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McNamara's picks: 'Alice Walker,' 'Walking Dead,' 'House of Cards'

McNamara's picks: 'Alice Walker,' 'Walking Dead,' 'House of Cards'

"American Masters -- Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” A lovely and lyrical tribute to the great American novelist, poet, essayist and activist airs just two days before she turns 70 and helps kick off Black History Month.

Obviously, it shouldn’t require an African American-themed event to warrant a tribute to Walker, and  “Beauty in Truth” reminds us how singular and extraordinary Walker’s life and work remain.

Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Color Purple," she is a woman who speaks softly, writes beautifully, draws strength from nature and refuses to follow conventions of any sort....