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Cheree Franco

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MUSIC: Hip-hopper has many facets

posted: 04/15/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Kari Faux, the Little Rock rapper, is a sophisticated whirlwind of conflicting influences : consciousness-raising early hiphop pitted against West Coast gansta rap and Atlanta-flavored crunk, pop-culture references spanning the gamut from blaxploitation flick Foxy Brown to late- ’90s cartoon anti-diva Daria, and all of it seeped in lifelong devotion to George Clinton and a visual style haphazardly garnished from Goodwill and the local wig shop.

Off the Tinseltown path

posted: 03/30/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

The Independence County seat is a primarily white, conservative community of 10,000, ringed by hills and sustained by food processing — not the type of place a movie buff would expect to catch a slew of documentaries and micro-budget narratives on topics such as genocide, immigration, Arab-Americans and slavery.

Briefing of films

posted: 03/30/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Here’s a briefing on several of the nine films that will show at this year’s Ozark Foothills FilmFest. In addition, 28 short films also will be screened.

Takeout taxi

posted: 03/25/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

In a Hillcrest parking lot, Harris Corley, 23, slaps magnetic labels on both sides of his gray, late-model Nissan Maxima. It’s 5:10 on a Wednesday evening. He’s fresh from class at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, but he has already changed into a white chef’s jacket.

State venues offer figure skaters places to practice, learn

posted: 03/24/2014 2:33 a.m. Comment 1

Some states churn out elite figure skaters. New York has more than 40 clubs. Massachusetts has 36. California has 27 and a history of producing Olympians.

Benefit helps special kids shine

posted: 03/09/2014 4:14 a.m. Discuss

About half of the Access Schools campus is named for various members of the O’Connor family. There’s the Kelly O’Connor Therapy Gym and the Kelly O’Connor High School Classroom, the Lynn O’Connor Library and Mimi’s Nursery (Mimi was a pet name for Maconda O’Connor, Kelly’s grandmother ).

Ballet up to the barre

posted: 03/03/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

“Barre” is an exercise trend. BarreAmped is a barre method. Pure Barre is a barre franchise. And all are available in Arkansas.

Fitness fads date back to WWI yoga classes

posted: 03/03/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

According to Shelly McKenzie, a professor at George Washington University and author of Mass Movements: a Cultural History of Physical Fitness and Exercise, women’s day-salons were the precursors to today’s women-targeted exercise studios.

Dr. Roxane Angiulli Townsend

posted: 03/02/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

In the early afternoon of Aug. 31, 2005, a wide-eyed National Guardsman approached a cluster of cots in the corridor of the New Orleans Arena, home to the NBA Pelicans. Two days earlier, Hurricane Katrina had hit New Orleans.

Politicians go through hoops

posted: 02/25/2014 2:14 a.m. Discuss

A few hours after the Arkansas House of Representatives voted against renewed funding for Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion, members of the Legislature played a game of bipartisan, bicameral basketball.

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