Friday, 5 September 2014

EDITOR'S PICKS: Streisand makes new friends; Revisiting Miss Lou's legacy; Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela

Author: Mervyn Morris
Title: Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture (Ian Randle Publishers)
This month (this weekend actually) brings the 95th anniversary of Miss Lou's birth, so there's no better time than the present to pick up a copy of this Mervyn Morris-penned biography, a slim yet meticulously researched volume chock-full of remembrances and fantastic trivia that invites readers to reminisce on the life and legacy of one of the Caribbean's greatest literary artists, raconteurs and folklorists who ever lived.

Artist: Barbra Streisand
Title: Partners (Columbia Records)
Over the course of her illustrious career, Barbra Streisand has recorded some of the most memorable duets of all time, teaming up with iconic acts of the day, most notably Barry Gibb (the jaunty "Guilty"), Neil Diamond (the simplistically beautiful "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"), Celine Dion (the powerhouse ballad "Tell Him") and Donna Summer (the foot-stomping "Enough is Enough"). So her most devoted fans will be thrilled to hear that this month brings this 12-track collection on which Babs assembles an all-star cast comprised of (among others) John Legend, Josh Groban, Babyface, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble, for a musical feast of classic duets sure to epitomize the idea of the dynamic duo.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Title: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
With roles in everything from groundbreaking television series (HBO's The Wire) to Tyler Perry films (Daddy's Little Girls) to big-budget action blockbusters (Thor), Idris Elba has emerged as one of the most compelling actors of his Black Hollywood generation. But never before has he charged to dig so deep into a part as he did when he took on the role of South Africa's greatest hero in this landmark biopic, earning critical hosannas from L.A. to his native London. Look out for Elba as he unleashes a reign of terror (opposite Taraji P. Henson) in this month's home-invasion thriller No Good Deed.

"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advance." Albert Einstein

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