About Laurence Washington

Laurence Washington is an award-winning writer and journalism professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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9News anchor TaRhonda Thomas, keeping Denver’s news factual and conversational

March 30, 2018

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DENVER — It’s 11:15 a.m. and 9News anchor TaRhonda Thomas, a six-time National Association of Black Journalist award-winning journalist, is vigorously typing her script for the noon broadcast she’ll be presenting in 45 minutes. Fast-forward: 11:45 a.m. Thomas polishes her copy, and has a quick word with her producer as she heads into the 9News […]

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“One Night In Miami” Takes Denver Audiences Back In Time

March 29, 2015

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Everybody loves a “What if” scenario. So what if you travel back to Feb. 25, 1964 Miami, and you’re with newly crowned boxing champion Cassius Clay, football legend Jim Brown, R&B singer Sam Cooke and human rights activist Malcolm X, the night Clay wins the heavyweight title from Sonny Liston? Well, you don’t have to […]

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“Get Ready to Boogie!”

March 19, 2015

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THE MOTOR CITY – Motown founder Berry Gordy’s 1994 autobiography (“To Be Loved”), turned Broadway musical, travels back to Hitsville’s glory days–1960s to early 1970s in “Motown: The Musical.” From the Temptation’s “My Girl” to Marvin Gaye’s breakthrough album “What’s Going On,” more than 50 Motown juke box memories will fill the Buell Theatre March […]

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Star Wars: Return Of The Prequel

April 11, 2013

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***See Editor’s Note at The Bottom.*** IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR, AWAY — The eagerly awaited “Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith” arrives in theaters on May 19. That’s good news – unless you’re a Jedi – because this sixth and final installment punctuates “boy toy” Anikan Skywalker’s conversion to the Dark Side of […]

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MI6 Cybersecurity falls in ‘Skyfall’

November 8, 2012

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“Skyfall,” and the previous Daniel Craig Bond outings, totally ignore the most exciting moment in any James Bond film — the traditional gun barrel opening. So what’s the big deal? Because during the gun barrel’s 22 seconds, the audience has the anticipation that this could the biggest Bond of all. In all fairness, the gun […]

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Dark Knight lives up to its name and expectations, tying the trilogy together

July 18, 2012

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GOTHAM CITY — Writer/director Christopher Nolan has completed his Batman masterpiece. Enter “The Dark Knight Rises” – the darkest and final edition to his Caped Crusader trilogy. Unlike the Burton and Schumacher films, Nolan uses a realistic motif to walk a thin line between a fanciful super-hero adventure and creditable storyline ripped from today’s headlines. […]

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New Spidey film is spectacular, but not quite amazing

July 2, 2012

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I’m not going to rain on “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” parade. I’m just going to sprinkle a little. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise, save for the disappointing “Spider-Man 3” (’07), has produced the best Spider-Man films to date. That’s not to say that this new entry, taken on its own terms, is a bad motion picture. Actually, […]

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Adventures in pancakes batter

December 2, 2010

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Adventures in pancakes batter

To misquote Ross Perot, “A billy goat ain’t no coyote, and box pancake mix just ain’t Mom’s scratch.” When I was 10 years old, Mom tried to shuffle, stack and deal off the bottom of the pancake deck without anybody being the wiser. I’ve always been a picky eater, and had proudly spent the first […]

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Adventures in Dentistry

December 2, 2010

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Adventures in Dentistry

Call me foolish. Call me irresponsible, but I hate visiting the dentist. I’ll tolerate pain for days, take aspirin like they are M&M’s, and hope that by ignoring the pulsating spasms, they’ll stop. Let’s face it, a trip to the dentist’s office is about as enjoyable as … a trip to the dentist’s office. So, […]

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