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‘Sarah Vaughan’ comes to Hattiloo

‘Sarah Vaughan’ comes to Hattiloo

The Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square provided the perfect backdrop for an “almost fall” evening of art and jazz last Friday (Sept. 19th).

The atmosphere was eclectic and simply elegant. The VIP guests sipped chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon and dined on smoked salmon, spiced shrimp, and pasta salad. The lobby was transformed into a gallery of art provided by local artists 1225 Cristalynne (Dupree), Frankd Robinson, Sir Walt, Malika Collins, Peggy Van Buren and Danny Broadway.

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  • Written by Nona N. Allen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

NOW SHOWING – TSD-TV

NOW SHOWING – TSD-TV

First interview – Tavis Smiley
The legacy and brand of The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) expanded this week with the launch of TSD Television.

“Through TSD Television we will be bringing to you exciting digital video content to include news broadcasts, community and celebrity interviews and dynamic new shows that both inform and entertain,” said TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Selma’s Director and Star on Bringing MLK to Life

Selma’s Director and Star on Bringing MLK to Life

One of the most pivotal periods in civil rights history is finally coming to the big screen. Selma, depicting Martin Luther King Jr.’s voting-rights campaign and the weeks of bloody protests in Selma, Ala., opens Christmas Day. The movie could not be timelier, with current civil rights leaders steeped in a continuing fight over voting rights.

Oprah Winfrey is one of the producers, British actor David Oyelowo stars as King and Ava DuVernay directs.The director told The Root on the red carpet at the Urbanworld Film Festival, “We made it with an elevated sense of responsibility.” The film was more than seven years in the making, with several big Hollywood directors and stars circling around it at one point or another.

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  • Written by Julie Walker-The Root

Soul Music Retrospective Revisits Memphis Roots of the Rhythm and Blues Sound

Soul Music Retrospective Revisits Memphis Roots of the Rhythm and Blues Sound
A lot of great soul music came out of Memphis in the Sixties and early Seventies. Stax Records launched the careers of acts like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. and the MGs while its cross-town rival Hi Records had Al Green, Ann Peebles and O.V. Wright. Take Me to the River is a reverential retrospective which is a combination tribute to the city’s impressive legacy and a tip of the cap to some up-and-coming artists still recording in the region. 
 
The movie marks the directorial debut of Martin Shore, who tapped Terrence Howard to narrate the documentary. The Oscar-nominated actor also raps and sings in the picture which features the reflections of hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg who pays tributes to the trailblazers that paved the way for him. 

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“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” – a journey of discovery

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” – a journey of discovery
The house lights fell, inviting a dominant spotlight to focus on the medium built, black guy who playfully rubbed his hands together as if recently learning of a secret and wanting to tell it to the hundreds of patrons at The Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday night. 
 
The bald narrator (Thaddeus Daniels) was given the name “Man,” recounting the events, experiences and emotions in “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” of six men – historically known as the Tuskegee Airmen – who would become some of the first African-American military pilots in World War II. 

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  • Written by Kirstin L. Cheers-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Tavis Smiley – ‘Death of King’

Tavis Smiley – ‘Death of King’

“The question I attempt to answer in this book is simple: In his last year, what kind of man has Martin Luther King, Jr. become? In my view, he is a man whose true character has been misinterpreted, ignored, or forgotten. I want to remember—and bring to life—the essential truths about King in his final months before they are unremembered and irrecoverable.

“This is the King that I cherish: the King who, enduring a living hell, rises to moral greatness; the King who, in the face of unrelenting adversity, expresses the full measure of his character and courage. This is the King who, despite everything, spoke his truth, the man I consider the greatest public figure this country has ever produced.”
– Excerpted from the Introduction (page 5)

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Kanye West Humiliates Two Disabled Fans During Show

Kanye West Humiliates Two Disabled Fans During Show

Kanye West totally and completely humiliated two handicapped fans in front of thousands of people by demanding that they stand up.

Kanye and his diva behavior have really gotten out of hand. Earlier this week, he was rushed to the hospital for a migraine headache…because apparently taking some aspirin and a nap just wasn’t going to be enough.

Now he’s taken things to a whole new level of ridiculous.

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  • Written by Sonya Eskridge-Hello Beautiful

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