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"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
DISNEY'S FIRST BLACK PRINCESS : New concept art has been recently released for Disney's new animated feature, The Princess and the Frog. The film, scheduled to hit theatres in December 2009, depicts Disney's first African-American princess, Tiana. The company previously received criticism for the film, which was formerly titled, The Frog Princess, because that version depicted a black heroine named, Maddy, who worked as a chambermaid. After much criticism, Disney reworked the film, which is depicted in early-20th century New Orleans. Disney says princess Tiana will be added to its line of princess characters, including Cinderella, Snow White, Mulan, and Aladdin's Princess Jasmine. (CA)
TOLEDO ROCKS: Saturday night the new Toledo Civic Theatre will host the six piece Flobots , a band that's not afraid to take a political stance even though their first single "Handlebars" might seem a bit light. It's not. (RL)
REST IN PEACE, SOUL MAN: Isaac Hayes was a performer who transcended generations, from his early career as a Memphis soul legend to his iconic role in transforming a blaxploitation flick into something more with his soundtrack to Shaft. Finally, he's remembered for his irreverent turn on South Park. Hayes died Sunday. (RL)
OLYMPICS BAH: You want real athletes? Go to the Sauna World Championship. Leila Kulin sweated her way to the Women's title with a time of 5:22 minutes. "I could do 5:22 in a sauna," you say. In a 'contest' sauna? (KC)
ACID SOUNDS: A Protein Primer: A Musical Introduction to Protein Structure takes 20 amino acids and assigns them to a musical scale. Music samples are produced from protein and DNA sequences using software to give you the sounds of a Beta Globin and a Blue cone receptor? (KC)
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