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The Book of Roma

Choral director Catherine Roma is going into prisons to help inmates find their voice:

"This choir isn’t her first in a prison. She started the UMOJA Men’s Chorus (Swahili for unity) two decades ago at the Warren County Correctional Institution near Lebanon as part of a Wilmington College educational program. Under Roma’s leadership, that group has done well, recording three CDs and becoming the Cinderella story of the World Choir Games last summer. Roma approached Interkultur, the German organization that puts on the international event, about allowing UMOJA to compete, even though as a prison choir the men couldn’t perform in public. Interkultur agreed, sent judges to the close-security lockup to hear the inmates sing, and ended up awarding the choir gold diplomas (top honors) in the gospel and spiritual categories—a moment that, according to Der Offizielle Blog Von Interkultur, left observers 'unable to dam up their tears.'"
AUTHOR:Dave Ghose
PUBLISHED: July 1, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5252 words)

Flynt Family Values

Jimmy Flynt has had a falling out with his infamous brother Larry, and is now striking out on his own:

"Jimmy doesn’t sugarcoat his time with Larry. His brother is narcissistic, a micromanager, and a publicity hound, he says. Does he feel liberated to no longer have to deal with such a difficult personality? He pauses for a few seconds and then says, 'I miss him. I enjoyed that brotherly connection.'

"Theirs is a complex relationship, forged under extreme duress during years that encompass Larry’s struggles with drugs, prison, paralysis, and mental illness. Sure, Larry was a piece of work, Jimmy says. But his brother also was his hero. 'When he cut me off,' Jimmy says, 'he cut off his best friend. He cut off his number-one fan.'"
AUTHOR:Dave Ghose
PUBLISHED: Feb. 1, 2013
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4968 words)