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Radar 12/21: The Pop Culture Periscope

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"Holidays, a time for giving

Celebrating love and living

Memories and joy along the way"


--Patti LaBelle "Holidays Mean More to Me"


Monday, December 21:

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Music: Mary J. Blige is back with her ninth album "Stronger with Each Tear." It's classic Mary with empowering songs like "I Am" and the hip-hop soul anthem "The One" featuring Drake. "Stronger with Each Tear" is available in stores and online today--just in time for the holidays.  

Happy Birthday: Actor Samuel L. Jackson celebrates his 61st.

 
Tuesday, December 22:

TV: If you missed the first showing and forgot to DVR "Christmas at The White House: An Oprah Primetime Special," you have another chance. The exclusive television show scored 12 million viewers and will air again today at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Check local listings. This is history. It's President and First Lady Obama's first holiday in the White House.

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Happy Birthday: Singer and American Idol Jordin Sparks turns 20 today.

Wednesday, December 23:

TV: The 1966 holiday classic Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is the perfect family television show for the season. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Check local listings.

Black History: Madame C.J. Walker, the businesswoman who developed the process of straightening and softening Black hair, was born on this way in 1867.

Thursday, December 24:

TV: Get ready for more holiday classics. These are great films to watch with your family or have on TV while you finish wrapping presents.

The 1946 movie that reminds us to be thankful for what we have "It's a Wonderful Life" will be on at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC. Check local listings.

The film that reminds us how to be happy during troubling holiday times "White Christmas" airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. on AMC. Check local listings.

 
Friday, December 25:

Merry Christmas!!!

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Film: It's a holiday weekend and a great time to go to the movies. Here is our list of what you may want to check out, if you haven't already.

"The Princess and the Frog": Disney brought us their first Black princess and we must support her. And the animated film offers a great role model for our girls. Check out the movie that broke records and barriers.
    
"Precious": If you haven't seen this film with the tour-de-force performances by Gabouraye Sidibe, Mo'Nique and Mariah Carey, go! Based on the best selling novel Push by Sapphire is receiving lots of nominations for the awards season.
    
"Invictus": Nelson Mandela is one of the most powerful leaders of our time. In this motion picture Morgan Freeman plays Mandela. It's the real life story about how he collaborated with the South African soccer team to create peace.

 
* Don't forget to appreciate what you have this holiday season. We thank you!

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