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Oprah Donates $365k To ‘Vote However You Like’ Students Of Atlanta’s Ron Clark School

The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta was gifted with $365,000 from media mogul Oprah Winfrey last week. When asked by Clark how she arrived at the denomination of the donation Oprah reportedly told him, "I'm sending $1,000 for every day of the year." The Academy made headlines last year when it's middle schoolers sang their political song "You Can Vote However You Like" at the Coca-Cola Leadership Summit in Atlanta and subsequently performed on various news shows. The song, a remake of rapper T.I.'s hit song "Whatever You Like," encouraged voter participation in the 2008 presidential election by offering both Democratic and Republican viewpoints Clark, who has taught schools in rural North Carolina as well as a New York's inner-city, opened the Academy in mid 2007 in Atlanta using funds from the sales of his two books The Essential 55 and The Excellent 11 and donations. He received the 2001 Disney Teacher of the Year award, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice and has been recognized for his use of music and dance in his teaching methodology. His story was made into a television movie in 2006 with Matthew Perry in the starring role.
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Critic Says Twilight ‘Trespassed’ Taylor Lautner & Nikki Reed with ‘Race-Changing Makeup’

A film review of Twilight by the University of Minnesota's student paper criticizes Summit Entertainment for changing the skin color of actors Taylor Lautner (who plays Native American Jacob Black) and Nikki Reed (who plays translucent blond vampire Rosalie Hale) to fit their roles in the blockbuster vampire flick. "The make-up artists and casters, for some reason or another, decided that it was ok to change the race of actors if need be, and did so in at least two noticeable occasions," critic Rebecca Lang, who calls these actions "trespasses," says. "Taylor Lautner is painted brown and given a long black wig to play the Native American character Jacob Black," she points out, "and Thirteen star Nikki Reed appears to have been bleached white and stuck in a blonde wig. Naturally quite striking, the new look leaves her ... puffy." While Lautner is actually part-Native American, Reed previously admitted that her transformation was the most dramatic. The brunette admitted to damaging her hair to go blond and even going as far as undergoing skin-bleaching procedures to lighten her glowing olive complexion. "I had the biggest transformation out of everybody," Reed said during press junkets for the film. "I actually dyed my hair blonde and bleached my skin. Everything of mine that I associate with myself, like my mole, that was all gone. So I had to look in the mirror and see a different person every day."
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Oprah Donates $365k To ‘Vote However You Like’ Students Of Atlanta’s Ron Clark School

The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta was gifted with $365,000 from media mogul Oprah Winfrey last week. When asked by Clark how she arrived at the denomination of the donation Oprah reportedly told him, "I'm sending $1,000 for every day of the year." The Academy made headlines last year when it's middle schoolers sang their political song "You Can Vote However You Like" at the Coca-Cola Leadership Summit in Atlanta and subsequently performed on various news shows. The song, a remake of rapper T.I.'s hit song "Whatever You Like," encouraged voter participation in the 2008 presidential election by offering both Democratic and Republican viewpoints Clark, who has taught schools in rural North Carolina as well as a New York's inner-city, opened the Academy in mid 2007 in Atlanta using funds from the sales of his two books The Essential 55 and The Excellent 11 and donations. He received the 2001 Disney Teacher of the Year award, appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice and has been recognized for his use of music and dance in his teaching methodology. His story was made into a television movie in 2006 with Matthew Perry in the starring role.
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Critic Says Twilight ‘Trespassed’ Taylor Lautner & Nikki Reed with ‘Race-Changing Makeup’

A film review of Twilight by the University of Minnesota's student paper criticizes Summit Entertainment for changing the skin color of actors Taylor Lautner (who plays Native American Jacob Black) and Nikki Reed (who plays translucent blond vampire Rosalie Hale) to fit their roles in the blockbuster vampire flick. "The make-up artists and casters, for some reason or another, decided that it was ok to change the race of actors if need be, and did so in at least two noticeable occasions," critic Rebecca Lang, who calls these actions "trespasses," says. "Taylor Lautner is painted brown and given a long black wig to play the Native American character Jacob Black," she points out, "and Thirteen star Nikki Reed appears to have been bleached white and stuck in a blonde wig. Naturally quite striking, the new look leaves her ... puffy." While Lautner is actually part-Native American, Reed previously admitted that her transformation was the most dramatic. The brunette admitted to damaging her hair to go blond and even going as far as undergoing skin-bleaching procedures to lighten her glowing olive complexion. "I had the biggest transformation out of everybody," Reed said during press junkets for the film. "I actually dyed my hair blonde and bleached my skin. Everything of mine that I associate with myself, like my mole, that was all gone. So I had to look in the mirror and see a different person every day."
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