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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“The Expendables 3” (PG-13 for profanity and violence) Third installment in the high-impact franchise finds the guys reuniting to rescue a former team member (Wesley Snipes) before squaring off with another (Mel Gibson) who has gone rogue with malevolent intentions. Beefcake cast featuring Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz and Jet Li, along with Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer.   
 
“The Giver” (PG-13 for action, violence and mature themes) Adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning children’s novel about a teen (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes disillusioned upon learning the truth about his supposed utopia upon becoming the protégé of the one person (Jeff Bridges) living there aware of the existence of pain, sadness, war and other woes. Ensemble includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift and Alexander Skarsgard.   

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LL hasn’t lost his street cred

LL hasn’t lost his street cred
I had the honor of sitting in on LL Cool J’s private listening session in New York City.  He was previewing excerpts from his upcoming release of the “G.O.A.T. 2.” When super producer Alize Jones from Beatbrokerz Ent. invited me to the session, I was thinking, what’s he (LL)  trying to do with the hood?  You would think that he would have lost some of his street cred being in Hollywood but he represented the evolution of Hip Hop. His demeanor was well versed and professional but his swag was hood.
Everybody in the studio was Hip Hop, the vibe was Hip Hop, the love was Hip Hop, LL is Hip Hop.
 
It was the ultimate atmosphere of what Hip Hop is supposed to look like. It was opportunity in the air.  Young producers playing their best tracks for The Greatest of All Time?  LL checking for the tastemakers to whip their head back and forth?  Where they do that at?  I was waiting for Ashton Kushner to pop out and say, “You just got Punked.”

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  • Written by Jineea Butler-NNPA News Service

Air Force officer wins Miss Black USA 2014 Title

Air Force officer wins Miss Black USA 2014 Title
The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation recently announced Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander as the new Miss Black USA 2014. 
 
On Sunday night at the University of the District of Columbia Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., a panel of judges chose Alexander for top honors out of 25 contestants from across the nation. Alexander is a 26-year-old Air Force Intelligence Officer stationed at Peterson Air Force Base. 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Wesley Snipes: “The Expendables 3” interview

Wesley Snipes: “The Expendables 3” interview
Wesley Snipes ranks among the highest paid African-American actors with gross earnings worldwide estimated at over $2 billion. Here he talks about his latest outing alongside Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Terry Crews and Kelsey Grammer in “The Expendable 3.”
 
Kam Williams: Hi Wesley, thanks for the interview.
Wesley Snipes: How’re you doing, Kam?
 

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Hip-hop is changing whether you like it or not

Hip-hop is changing whether you like it or not
Every so often in hip-hop we’re introduced to a new kid on the block who happens to be white; this new face gets loads of media mentions and a group of the genre’s fans wild out on the blogs – they usually call themselves “true hip-hop heads.”
 
The latest to get the wrath is Iggy Azalea. Before her, it was Macklemore.
 
Plenty of white rappers have had to deal with the closed-mindedness of a group of hip-hop-goers that can’t get past the prehistoric idea that hip-hop is purely a black experience. This is far from the truth. Over time, the Beastie Boys, 3rd Base, House of Pain, Kid Rock, Eminem and even Vanilla Ice have left their imprints on the culture.

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  • Written by Taryn Finley-The Root

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, violence and brief sensuality) Three-time Oscar-nominee Lass Hallstrom directed this adaptation of Rochard Morais’ best-seller about an immigrant family which opens a Indian restaurant in a quaint village in the South of France, much to the chagrin of the steely proprietor (Helen Mirren) of a trendy bistro right down the street. Cast includes Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. (In English, French and Hindi with subtitles) 
 
“Into the Storm” (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references, and scenes of intense peril and destruction) Found footage thriller about some storm chasers and thrill-seekers who get more than they bargained for when they decide to film a tornado bearing down on a tiny town in Middle America. Co-starring Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies.  

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