HBO”s ‘The Wire’ being taught at Harvard

Source: NY Post

Wow! My all time favorite TV show is now a case study for urban life in America.

If this does not convince them to make a movie I don’t what else could. David Simon has said that he is no longer interested in resurrecting the gritty drama.

Also for all you fans of The Wire I suggest you pick up a copy of The Corner which preceded this cult favorite and was done by the same writers and producers and directed by Charles Dutton.
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‘THE Wire,” HBO‘s gritty se ries about life in the Baltimore ghetto, is about to become a course at Harvard.

The announcement came at a panel discussion at the school featuring several of the show’s stars, according to the Harvard student newspaper, The Crimson.

The class will be taught by sociology professor William J. Wilson, one of the best-known African American history professors in the country, who has made no secret of the fact that he is a huge fan of the show.

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Common Addresses America’s “Call to Action” with the First National Online Book Club for Teens Through the Common Ground Foundation

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March 09, 2009, SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In an effort to encourage and inspire youth to read and use the power of their voice, Grammy┬« winner, actor and children’s author Common, launches the first national online book club at http://www.commongroundfoundation.org/thecorner.html. The Corner book club is an interactive way for 8th-12th grade students to learn and to talk about reading materials that are relevant to their life.

Each month, The Corner educational team chooses a book-of-the-month that conveys messages of tolerance, compassion and non-violent expressions of achieving social justice. Through lively discussions about the world of books through “Let’s Talk,” The Corner book club blog, members are encouraged to discuss, debate, critique, and comment on the selected material. A monthly spotlight of celebrity interviews focus on artists’ favorite books, why reading is important to them and issues that teens face today. The questions come right from The Corner youth members. In addition, members have the opportunity to participate in a live online chat with the author of the monthly book selection, which further strengthens relationship between young people and reading.

Common explains, “My mom was a teacher, and growing up she always stressed the importance of education. So when I look back it’s not a surprise for me to use words as a tool to make change, and to inspire children for the future.”

For March, War Child by Emmanuel Jal, is the featured “book-of-the-month”. War Child is the true story of Emmanuel Jal’s experiences as a child soldier in Sudan, before being rescued by a British aid worker, and his near-miraculous rise to international stardom as an African hip-hop artist. The book was released by St. Martin’s Press in February 2009 and Jal’s interview can be read in Chloe’s Corner on The Corner website. Continue reading