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December 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos
Nate Parker was an All-American wrestler at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a career in computer programming several years ago when a friend, who was trying to launch a modeling career, asked Parker to accompany her to Dallas. The trip would change Parker's life in ways he never imagined. While he was waiting for his friend, "this guy came in and asked me, 'Are you an actor?' " Parker recalled, referring to talent scout Jon Simmons, who would later become his manager. "I said, 'No.'
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December 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos
Nate Parker was an All-American wrestler at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a career in computer programming several years ago when a friend, who was trying to launch a modeling career, asked Parker to accompany her to Dallas. The trip would change Parker's life in ways he never imagined. While he was waiting for his friend, "this guy came in and asked me, 'Are you an actor?' " Parker recalled, referring to talent scout Jon Simmons, who would later become his manager. "I said, 'No.'
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December 23, 2007 | Pamela Chelin
THESE days, "debate" calls up images of candidates lobbing non sequiturs and pyrotechnic diversions at each other. But that's not the way it works, according to debate coach Thomas F. Freeman. "An issue has little validity in a particular debate if it's not related to the subject," says Freeman, whose credentials include being a professor at Texas Southern University, church pastor and now consultant to Denzel Washington's new film "The Great Debaters."
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December 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos
Call it a blessing. That's how 17-year-old Denzel Whitaker describes being cast alongside his namesake, Denzel Washington, in "The Great Debaters." "My dad and mom named me after Denzel," he explains. "They thought it was a unique name." Whitaker, for the record, is a pretty unique teenager.
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December 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos
Call it a blessing. That's how 17-year-old Denzel Whitaker describes being cast alongside his namesake, Denzel Washington, in "The Great Debaters." "My dad and mom named me after Denzel," he explains. "They thought it was a unique name." Whitaker, for the record, is a pretty unique teenager.
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December 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
In Denzel Washington's new film "The Great Debaters," we are introduced to a young woman who is poised, talented and determined to succeed as a college debater against a field of men, but who knows that to accomplish that goal she will have to overcome not only prejudice based on race, but also based on gender. Her name is Samantha Booke and in the film, which is set at Wiley College in eastern Texas during the Great Depression, she becomes the first woman selected by debate coach Melvin B.
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December 24, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
In Denzel Washington's new film "The Great Debaters," we are introduced to a young woman who is poised, talented and determined to succeed as a college debater against a field of men, but who knows that to accomplish that goal she will have to overcome not only prejudice based on race, but also based on gender. Her name is Samantha Booke and in the film, which is set at Wiley College in eastern Texas during the Great Depression, she becomes the first woman selected by debate coach Melvin B.
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December 23, 2007 | Pamela Chelin
THESE days, "debate" calls up images of candidates lobbing non sequiturs and pyrotechnic diversions at each other. But that's not the way it works, according to debate coach Thomas F. Freeman. "An issue has little validity in a particular debate if it's not related to the subject," says Freeman, whose credentials include being a professor at Texas Southern University, church pastor and now consultant to Denzel Washington's new film "The Great Debaters."
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