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Georgian Marxist revolutionary and later virtual dictator of the USSR (1928–53), born in Gori, C Georgia, the son of a cobbler and ex-serf. He studied at Tiflis Orthodox Theological Seminary, from which he was expelled in 1899. After joining a Georgian Social Democratic organization (1898), he became active in the revolutionary underground, and was twice exiled to Siberia (1902, 1913). As a leading Bolshevik he played an active role in the October Revolution (1917), and became people's commissar for nationalities in the first Soviet government and a member of the Communist Party Politburo. In 1922 he became general secretary of the Party Central Committee, a post he held until his death, and also occupied other key positions which enabled him to build up enormous personal power in the party and government apparatus.
After Lenin's death (1924) he pursued a policy of building ‘socialism in one country’, and gradually isolated and disgraced his political rivals, notably Trotsky. In 1928 he launched the campaign for the collectivization of agriculture during which millions of peasants perished, and the first 5-year plan for the forced industrialization of the economy. Between 1934 and 1938 he inaugurated a massive purge of the party, government, armed forces, and intelligentsia in which millions of so-called ‘enemies of the people’ were imprisoned, exiled, or shot. In 1939 he signed the Non-Aggression Pact with Hitler which bought the Soviet Union two years respite from involvement in World War 2.
After the German invasion (1941), the USSR became a member of the Grand Alliance, and Stalin, as war leader, assumed the title of generalissimo. He took part in the conferences of Tehran, Yalta, and Potsdam which resulted in Soviet military and political control over the liberated countries of post-war E and C Europe. From 1945 until his death he resumed his repressive measures at home, and conducted foreign policies which contributed to the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West.
He was posthumously denounced by Khrushchev at the 20th Party Congress (1956) for crimes against the Party and for building a ‘cult of personality’. Under Gorbachev many of Stalin's victims were rehabilitated, and the whole phenomenon of ‘Stalinism’ officially condemned by the Soviet authorities. While many regard Stalin as a brutal dictator possibly equalled only by Hitler in the scale of the terror he wreaked, others question whether the Soviet Union would have survived to win victories in World War 2 under a more liberal leader.
Stage and film actor, and director, born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA. The son of a wealthy inventor and a concert pianist, he was a precocious child who staged mini-productions of Shakespeare in his house. When his mother died (1925), he went on a world tour with his father, then attended a private school in Illinois where he continued to direct plays (1926–31). With his father's death (1927), he became the ward of a Chicago physician, Dr Maurice Bernstein. Welles turned down college and set off for Ireland on a sketching tour - he had shown talent as an artist - and ended up acting with Dublin's famous Gate Theatre (1931). He returned to the USA in 1932, toured with Katharine Cornell's road company, and made his Broadway debut (as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet) in 1934, the year he also gave his first radio performance. With John Houseman he collaborated on productions for the Phoenix Theatre Group and the Federal Theater Project, and they co-founded the Mercury Theatre (1937), noted for such productions as an all African-American Macbeth. In 1938, Welles and Houseman began to produce plays on their Mercury Theatre on the Air, and on 30 October that year, as a Halloween spoof, they broadcast a dramatization of H G Wells's War of the Worlds, so realistic in conveying a Martian invasion that it led to actual panic throughout the USA.
His growing reputation led to his appointment by RKO in Hollywood, but none of his initial projects got into production. Then he made Citizen Kane (1941), which despite its success with critics and a few metropolitan audiences, was not all that successful at the time.
Two more films, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and The Lady from Shanghai (1948), were heavily edited by the studios, and only years later recognized as superb works. From this point on, Welles suffered from his reputation as an erratic film-maker who was unable to hold to budgets or schedules, and he would spend the rest of his life forced to seek financing for his projects. By c.1946 he was effectively in exile in Europe, where he continued acting in films, including The Third Man (1949), to earn enough money to finance his own productions, such as Othello (1952) and Chimes at Midnight (1966).
Back in the USA by the mid-1970s, he found himself honoured as one of the true geniuses of American films, but thereafter he was reduced to appearances in grade-B films, television talk shows, and television commercials. Several times divorced, overweight, with a resumé that included many failed projects, he would have seemed a failure at his death, had his rich life not produced so many original works.
Cricketer, born in Cantaro, NW Trinidad, West Indies. He came to prominence in the 1994 season, when he broke several cricketing records, scoring seven centuries in eight successive innings, and breaking the world Test record with 375 for the West Indies against England. Six weeks later he became the first batsman to score over 500 runs in one innings in first-class cricket, playing for Warwickshire against Durham. After a slump in form, he burst back to life with three successive centuries against Australia in 1999. He has captained the West Indies three times (1999, 2003–4). He broke the world Test record again in April 2004, scoring 400 runs in a single innings for the West Indies against England.
Dragon 6’2.. Moderator / Internet Fassy born February 25th 19?? In Palermo Sicily. To west Indian parents moved to the united states in 1986 became a member of islandmix in 1998 was one of the people who helped promoting islandmix to where it is today. . He is one of the founding partners of islandmix LLC . He has personally ban 75% of all banned members
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Shaun Wright-Phillips (born 25 October 1981 in London) is an English Association Football player. He is the adopted son of famous player Ian Wright, and brother to fellow player Bradley Wright-Phillips and upcoming youth player Bret.
He currently plays for Chelsea F.C..
Released by Nottingham Forest at the age of 15 for being "too small" Manchester City F.C. took him to Maine Road. He later made his debut at Port Vale and went on to become a regular starter in the Premiership. His determination and courage make him one of the most exciting players to emerge from the English Academy in years.
He scored an impressive goal on his England debut against Ukraine on 18 August 2004, after coming on as a substitute, and made his first start for England on February 9, 2004 against the Netherlands. On 17 November, he became one of the main targets of racist chants from the crowd at an international "friendly" between England and Spain in Madrid. However, he brushed that aside with an incredible match-winning performance in his next Manchester City game at Portsmouth, saying to reporters after the game, "I just let the football do the talking."
He also has a similar response regarding his father, saying in an interview with manchesteronline.co.uk: "The press brought up my adopted father's name. They relate to his name and that is fine by me - it comes with the name, but I will be my own man. I have made my own path and started to take my own steps."
Seen as one of the brightest prospects in English football, Wright-Phillips moved from Manchester City to Chelsea for a fee of GBP 21 million on 17th July 2005.
Shelton Jackson Lee (born March 20, 1957), better known as Spike Lee, is a film director, producer, writer, and actor noted for his bold, overtly political films. In addition he is a distinguished documentarian and teaches film at Harvard University.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was very young. He developed his film skills at Morehouse College, Atlanta and the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1982.
His distinctive filming style is energetic, powerful, colorful, and engaging. At his best, his films are penetrating and energetic portraits of people and places, brilliantly interweaving psychology and context, time and place. Lee's movies have examined diverse and complex issues, ranging from race relations, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and political issues. Many of his films include a distinctive and powerful use of music. Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, is a jazz bassist and responsible for the music in some of Spike's films, including Mo' Better Blues starring Denzel Washington.
Lee's films have garnered considerable critical acclaim. Noted film critic Roger Ebert has described Spike Lee as one of the greatest filmmakers working in America today. Lee's film Do the Right Thing was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1989. His moving documentary 4 Little Girls was nominated for the Best Feature Documentary Academy Award in 1997.
In Paris, France, in 2003, Mr Lee received an honorary Cesar Award for Lifetime Achievement in the film industry.
In 2003 Lee sued the Spike TV television network claiming that they were capitalizing on his fame by using his name for their network. The claim was settled out of court.
His production company is 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, named after the "40 acres and a mule," the colloquial term for compensation that was to be awarded to freed American slaves after the Civil War.
Lee is also famous for directing a series of Nike commercials featuring Michael Jordan, which helped establish Jordan as a highly successful commercial pitchman. In several of the commercials, Lee also played his alter ego of Mars Blackmon, a character he created for his first major film, She's Gotta Have It.
Lee received death threats, allegedly from the Nation of Islam over his 1992 biopic Malcolm X. The threats prompted Lee to remove scenes in which the NOI is depicted as plotting the murder of Malcolm X.
He is a well-known and highly visible fan of the NBA's New York Knicks, a team he has supported since childhood. Lee has courtside seats, and had several famous verbal run-ins with Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller.
He wrote a Playboy article in 2004 calling NASCAR a racist sport and gained criticism by many NASCAR fans.
Singer, guitarist, and composer of reggae music, born near Kingston, Jamaica. He made his first record at the age of 19, and in 1965 formed the vocal trio, The Wailers, with Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone. Their music developed political themes with an artless lyricism and infectious rhythm, and in the 1970s Marley brought it around the world. He was a disciple of Rastafarianism, and a charismatic spokesman not only for his religion but also his culture and generation. His albums include Catch a Fire (1972), and Uprising (1980), and his most famous songs include ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and ‘I Shot the Sheriff’.