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The Life of Yogananda Hits the Big Screen

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Have you ever wondered how yoga came to the West? The new feature documentary AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda examines the life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. The Indian Swami brought meditation and yoga in the 1920s, authored Autobiography of a Yogi, selling millions of copies and capturing the love of celebrities like Russell Simmons.

Why have his teachings resonated? They encouraged selflessness, disengaging with the world, and asked for unity.

The film examines yoga from the ancient to the present. Packed with interviews, taking viewers on holy pilgrimages in India, this unique experience should be on all yogis’ radars.

AWAKE_2_HOME_slider_2600x1200Director and CounterPoint Films founder Paola di Florio said felt compelled to tell Yogananda’s journey.

“It seemed that modern science was finally catching up with the ancient yogis of the Indus Valley.  And it couldn’t have come a moment too soon.  Given the destructive potential of the Atomic age, Yogananda realized it was high time for the masses to embrace these teachings of brotherhood and understanding… how we all emerge from a common ocean of consciousness.  The more I read Yogananda’s writings, the more I knew I needed to make this film.  And, in doing so, the lines between science and spirituality began to blur.”

For more about AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda click here.

Derrick Rose Donates $1 Million to Chicago Charity

posted by Angela Guzman

Derrick RoseBulls point guard Derrick Rose donated $1 million to After School Matters - a Chicago charity that assists in organizing out-of-school apprenticeships for teens. The charity has a program at Simeon Career Academy, Rose’s alma mater.

After School Matters stated that Rose’s donation is the largest ever from the three-time NBA All-Star. “He reached out,” said E. Robbie Robinson, the vice chairman of After School Matters. “There was a conversation around what would be the best way to build a relationship. He and his family concluded this is what they wanted to do and to make a big statement.”

In a statement Rose said, “To have a strong community of people who believe in your potential can make all the difference in the world. So many people have invested in me and I want to do the same for Chicago’s teens.”

The Chicago charity, After School Matters, was founded by the late Chicago first lady Maggie Daley and former Chicago Cultural Affairs Commissioner Lois Weisberg. After School Matters now is led by Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, who is married to filmmaker George Lucas. Annually the program reaches out to more than 15,000 kids.

Go Behind the Scenes of the “Good Lie,” The True Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan Will Inspire You

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“The Good Lie” from the producers who brought you “The Blind Side” and starring Academy Award Winning actress Reese Witherspoon, chronicles the journeys of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.

Go behind the scenes with The Lost Boys and their direct descendants, who share their personal stories of a journey toward freedom and a better life in this powerful featurette. Their experiences will move you. For more on “The Good Lie,” go to http://www.thegoodliemovie.com/ and be sure to see the movie, in theaters Oct.3.

Catching Up with Edwina Findley Dickerson

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What do you get with OWN, Tyler Perry, Edwina Findley Dickerson, and a hot script?

Viewers get “If Loving You is Wrong.”

“As you could imagine, it’s a dream working with these two inspiring titans Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. I’ve looked up to both of them for a long time. Playing a role in this has really been a dream come true,” said Findley Dickerson.

Inspirational, earthy, serious, and funny, Findley Dickerson is a lady anyone mother or wife could have a latte with. And her character Kelly is something many women can relate to, and that is getting their man to commit as a single mom. The show is set in a middle class neighborhood following a group of diverse friends, wives and husbands dealing with affairs, love and heartbreak. It’s a wonderful mix of ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds.

“One thing that I’ve learned is that while we might all come in different packaging, our hearts are really the same. What I mean by that is it’s such a diverse show. There [are] actors from Mexico, and from Columbia, and from the hood of LA, and from Michigan.”

Reaching out is important as she travels all over the world to speak. Filming the drama encouraged her to embrace other cultures.

“Many times we tend to stay in homologized groups in neighborhoods, in churches, and in communities that look like us, so I think it’s always nice to reach out. Like tonight I’m going to my very first Shavuot dinner with my director [and wife] from a movie I have coming up with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart [Get Hard 2015].”

Edwina Findley Dickerson

Edwina Findley Dickerson

For more on “If Loving You is Wrong” click here.

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