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'Mama Africa' Miriam Makeba Dies

Miriam Makeba has died at age 76. She was a South African musician who became famous, and was exiled from her own country, for her anti-apartheid music. In 2000 she told Salon "I just told the world the truth. And if my truth then becomes political, I can't do anything about that." That's admirable bravery.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCc61z9IFu4The BBC has an obituary, including a short timeline of her dramatic life.

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John Perez was acquitted on Friday, February 21, for charges stemming from an altercation with Allentown, Pennsylvania police that was caught on video.

Footage from September 2018 shows an officer pushing Perez to the ground. After Perez got to his feel, multiple officers kicked and punched him in an attempt to get him back on the ground.

Perez claims he was responding to insults hurled at him by the officers. The police say that Perez was picking a fight. The altercation left Perez with a broken nose, scrapes, swelling, and bruises from his hips to his shoulder.

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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the first degree in New York City.

The jury was unanimous in its convictions as well as two not-guilty verdicts on predatory sexual assault charges involving actress Annabella Sciorra.

The Miramax co-founder may spend the rest of his natural life behind bars.

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Most of the animation you see these days is done by computers. It seems that we see fewer and fewer films made with stop-motion animation, a time-consuming art where objects are manipulated and photographed 24 times per second to create the illusion of motion.

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