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Kendrick Lamar Wasn't The Only Prison-Themed Grammy Nominee

Kendrick Lamar was hailed for his powerful Grammy Award performance that included a faux chain gang of convicts, African tribal dancers and freestyle rap with Trayvon Martin shout-outs. There were some real-life prisoners who were part of the Grammy nominations this year too — inmates from Malawi's Zomba Central Prison, incarcerated for everything from suspected witchcraft to murder. They call their musical group the Zomba Prison Project and their album I Have No Everything Here was up for the
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10 Things We Learned Watching Allegiance at The International Spy Museum

If you watched the premiere of Allegiance, NBC’s new spy drama, on Thursday night, you likely wonder what the creators can possibly do to top it. Modern day sex, lies and videotape—not to mention some pretty gnarly torture and a spy-within-a-spy plots—kept us on the edge of our seats when we previewed it at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Still, questions arise as to whether or not the show, which centers on a 40-something Brooklyn couple (she’s Russian-born, he’s American), is
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5 Reasons to Watch the Rainn Wilson-Produced Impress Me Series

If you love all that behind-the-scenes, Hollywood stuff—especially when it involves watching the famous hit a few rough, but funny, bumps along the way—you’ll want to tune in to POP TV channel when Impress Me debuts tonight at 10:30 PM ET. This is the same half-hour scripted comedy by writer-director Ben Shelton that made a big splash on executive producer Rainn Wilson’s Soul Pancake channel. The six episodes that aired online will be shown on POP, followed by seven more filled with the same he
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Iowa Woman Makes Cheerleader Dreams Come True for Students with Disabilities

Sarah Cronk’s voice breaks when she recalls fans at a 2008 Pleasant Valley High School football game roaring “Let’s go Sparkles, let’s go.” She was a cheerleader at the Bettendorf, Iowa, school watching as her dream of integrating students with and without developmental disabilities into one cheer squad become a reality. Now that “The Sparkles” has grown into The Sparkle Effect – a national nonprofit with 180 teams in 29 states – Cronk still marvels at its impact. “Two team captains both told
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