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Much more than a ‘Food Network Star’ finalist

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Aryen Moore-Alston was one of twelve finalists who competed on season 10 of “Food Network Star.” Alston was the first finalist from Memphis, the first finalist from Tennessee in the 10 years that the show has been on the air, and the only female African-American on this season. Though she was eliminated, the Spelman College graduate and owner of baked goods and catering company Sweet Potato Baby still has big plans for her culinary future.
– International (Cuisine) Lover

  • Written by by Brittney Gathen Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“And So It Goes” (PG-13 for sexual references and drug use) Romantic comedy revolving around a narcissistic realtor (Michael Douglas) who enlists the help of his carefree next-door neighbor (Diane Keaton) when the 9 year-old granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed is suddenly dropped at his doorstep. With Frankie Valli, Yaya DaCosta,  Annie Parisse and Austin Lysy. 
 
“Hercules” (PG-13 for sensuality, pervasive violence, partial nudity and brief profanity) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson follows in the footsteps of Ferrigno, Schwarzenegger and Reeves as the latest incarnation of the Greek legend. This episode, set in 1400 B.C., finds the muscle-bound demigod and five faithful companions hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) and his daughter (Irina Shayk) to subdue a tyrannical warlord. With Rebecca Ferguson, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes. 
 

Lauryn Hill & The Misunderstanding of Memphis Fans

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Hundreds of Memphis-area residents were incredibly eager and excited about attending the sold-out concert of living legend Lauryn Hill last Saturday (July 18th) at Minglewood Hall in Midtown. Although she has but one solo album under her belt, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is such a magnificent body of work that 16 years later it still is more significant than most of the contributions by today’s artists.
 
True artists withstand the test of time. Embracing that thought, I was one of the many fans who were beyond thrilled to learn that Lauryn was making a comeback and – more importantly – putting Memphis on her tour. Perhaps it was our eagerness and excitement that contributed to the disappointment, but none of us could have anticipated that the night would be such a letdown.
  • Written by Ashley Grandberry-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

‘Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival’

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“In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, 300 officers of the newly-created, elite paramilitary unit known as SWAT initiated a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party (BPP)… 5 hours and 5,000 rounds of ammunition later, 3 SWAT team members and 3 Panthers lay wounded. 
 
“The LAPD considered the encounter a disaster. For the Panthers and community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory. A key contributor to that victory was 19-year-old Wayne Pharr. (This book) tells Wayne’s riveting story of the L.A. branch of the BPP, and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive, military-style attack.” 
– Excerpted from the dust jacket
 

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson!

Keith Robinson
In a world where talent takes you far, Keith Robinson is ahead of the game.
 
He’s a true triple threat – having already mastered acting and songwriting, he’s now positioning himself to take over the music world with a velvety voice.
 
Before he made his way to Tinseltown, the Kentucky native set his sights on music, and attended the University of Georgia. Upon coming to Los Angeles, Keith had a chance meeting with a talent manager who jumpstarted his acting career. Since then, he’s thrived, landing an incredible 50+ projects in television and film while continuing to pursue his musical career-- often placing songs in the acting projects he stars in.

This week’s DVD releases

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Top Ten DVD List for July 22, 2014
 
“Detour”
 
“The M Word”  
 
“Day of Days: June 6, 1944”
 
“The Suspect”
 
“Made in America: Jay-Z”  
 
“An American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight”
 
“Heaven Is for Real”
 
“Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club”
 
“All Cheerleaders Die”
 
“Caillou: Fun and Games with Caillou!”
 
Honorable Mention
 
“D-Day’s Sunken Secrets”
 
“The Legend of Billie Jean (Special ‘Fair Is Fair’ Edition)”
 
“Donnie Brasco” (Blu-ray)
 
“Flatliners”
 
“Justin and the Knights of Valor”
 
“The Pretty One”
 
“Make Your Move”
 
“Last Action Hero”
 
“Gridiron Gang”
 
“Anaconda”
 
“Geronimo Stilton: Going Down to Chinatown”
 
“Peep and the Big Wide World: Peep Discovers”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
“Appleseed Alpha”
 
“Transcendence”
 
“Eroddity(s)”
 
“At War with the Army”
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“Children without a Shadow”
 
“I Was There in Color”

Memphis playwright puts twist on the ‘Prodigal Son’ story

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In the parable of the Prodigal Son, a man seeks his inheritance, wastes it, returns home, and is welcomed back with open arms. A Memphis playwright added a twist to this story and turned it into a gospel stage play, which debuted July 12th at the West Memphis Civic Auditorium.
 
T.L. Gathen, a business applications advisor at FedEx and president of Majestic Kingdom Melodies (MKM) Productions, wrote “From a Mess to a Miracle.” It follows A.J. Clarkesdale (Jarvis Taylor), who returns home after hitting rock bottom, hoping to be welcomed back into his father’s house and TV station.  However, his stepmother, Gertrude Clarkesdale (Jennifer Gomez), is not happy about him interrupting the life she and her son, Reggie (Malik Walker), have with A.J.’ s father, Andrew (Rodney Burns), and A.J. has to move in with his church-going Aunt Maxine (Joann Bell).  
  • Written by Brittney Gathen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender