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February 5th, 2010
07:35 PM ET

A Love Song For Haiti

From a TV in his hotel room, Gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin watched the images of pain, struggle, and survival in earthquake-stricken Haiti. Without hesitation, Franklin rounded up Gospel music's best, and within 48 hours a relief song is recorded: "Are You Listening: A Love Song For Haiti," to comfort, encourage, and raise funds for many of those affected by the tragic earthquake. CNN's Kyra Phillips is joined by Kirk Franklin & Co. as he shares his song, and his purpose for creating it.

Filed under: Anchors • Kyra Phillips
February 5th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Hollywood's Version of Iraq

It's not just a movie make-believe mantra....our troopers say it daily. Now real-life hits Hollywood with "The Hurt Locker" nominated for nine Academy Awards. It's the story of explosives detonation teams, on the frontlines in Iraq. It's 131 minutes of emotion. CNN's Kyra Phillips spoke with the star of the movie, Oscar- nominated actor Jeremy Renner.

February 5th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Your Oscar Picks

The Academy has expanded the field of nominees in the race for the best picture this year.  Ten films,  Avatar,  The Blindside,  District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker,  Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, and Up in the Air  are vying for top honors and a spot in Oscar history.  Do you think your favorite film will make the cut?   

There's also a brewing battle between two famous exes, James Cameron, director of  Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow, director of  The Hurt Locker.  Both are up for 'Best Director'.   

One thing is certain, the star-studded event is a big draw in Hollywood and beyond.  And our movie expert thinks he already knows who will be taking home some golden hardware to proudly display on their mantle. 

Join us at 4pm ET Saturday and find out Ben Mankiewicz's  picks for the top awards, and see if you're on the same page.   You can also share your thoughts about the Oscar nominations.  Did your favorite star get the nominee nod, or get kicked to the curb?

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 5th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Are You Ready for the Super Bowl?

Unless you're living under a rock or your satellite dish is fried,  you probably know that the Colts go head to head with the Saints this Sunday in the Super Bowl.   While diehard fans will grab the remotes just to tune into the big game, some just want to see the wild commercials, while others are gearing up to throw a heck of a party.   There are new phone apps to help with all that and more;  apps to link you to best Super Bowl ads, apps to make your soiree a hit,  and if your football lingo is a bit rusty... do you know what a "bump and run" is?  Yep, there's an app for that too.

After the game, when you want to get off the couch to show off your own athletic prowess, there's a new device, a virtual sports trainer to coach you to your personal best.  Grab your shoes and get ready.

And if you're waiting until the last-minute to get an HDTV to watch the game on,  we'll have some expert advice on how to get the TV you really want.

Tech guru Mario Armstrong joins us on CNN Newsroom at 2pm ET on Saturday to answer your questions.  So let us know what you're thinking, share your thoughts, and we'll answer some of them on the air.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 5th, 2010
10:01 AM ET

Your Chance to Sound Off!

This weekend, we're launching a new feature called "Did You Hear?" highlighting some of the week's most provocative and noteworthy news moments.  And we want you to be a part of it.  Click on the links below to see what's coming and give us your reaction.  We'll share your comments on the air starting at noon eastern Saturday.

Here are 2 of the stories we are featuring this weekend.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 5th, 2010
08:15 AM ET

Tea Party Convention

We've received so many great comments; we want to keep the conversation going...

Out with big government and in with free markets. That’s part of the mission behind the Tea Party movement.

The first ever National Tea Party Convention is under way in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a growing political movement that has Democrats and Republicans in its cross-hairs.

For $549 you get to hear keynote speaker Sarah Palin and hang out with other tea partiers.

The movement formed last year to protest excessive government spending– by both Republicans and Democrats.

Over the year, the Tea Party grew from dozens to hundreds of loosely-linked groups around the country. As the movement grew, it also become increasingly partisan.

Some Tea Party members began directing their anger at President Obama, calling him a socialist and carrying posters with his face altered to resemble Hitler or The Joker.

We want to hear from you. What do you think about the Tea Party movement?

Leave us a comment and we’ll share some of them today in the CNN NewsRoom between 11am and 1pm ET.

Filed under: Don Lemon • Tony Harris