- Written by Kirstin L. Cheers-Special to The New Tri-State Defender
“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)
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.
LOS ANGELES (L.A. Times)—ABC is placing big expectations on its new fall comedy with a certain small letter in its title: “black-ish.”
The half-hour series, which premieres Sept. 24, is centered on an African American family that moves to an upper-class, predominantly white neighborhood. Comedic frustrations ensue, in no small part from Andre “Dre” Johnson (Anthony Anderson), who wants to make sure his children maintain a sense of cultural identity.
Denzel Washington is being added to the list of potential candidates who may portray the smooth, charming, debonair James Bond.
The possibility of a black actor playing the role of James Bond is not a new one, with fans having considered the idea for many years now.
For movies opening September 12, 2014
BIG BUDGET FILMS
“Dolphin Tale 2” (PG for mature themes) Cetacean sequel chronicles more true stories from the annals of Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Cast includes Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Kris Kristofferson.
“No Good Deed” (PG-13 for violence and profanity) Crime thriller about a charming stranger (Idris Elba) who terrorizes a stay-at-home mom (Taraji P. Henson) and her kids after gaining entry to their home by claiming to have car trouble. With Kate del Castillo, Leslie Bibb and Henri Simmons.
Not being much of a conversationalist, when presented with the assignment to interview the great Charlie Wilson with regard to his pending trip to Memphis to perform for the Southern Heritage Classic, I tried my best to hand it off to someone else. When that didn’t work, I resolved to just relax and talk to him like I would my own uncle.
And when you have a conversation with Charlie Wilson, it is just instinctive to call him Uncle Charlie. So after we got on the phone and exchanged the initial pleasantries, I asked, “May I call you Uncle Charlie?” And it was on from there!
Lamman Rucker stars in the off-Broadway production of “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” which the National Civil Rights Museum is bringing to the Orpheum Theatre for a one-show-only performance on Sept. 16th at 7 p.m. The play tells the story of the historic Tuskegee Airmen.
The courage, determination and brotherhood of the Tuskegee Airmen will be part of what Rucker shares with young men and boys during an afternoon visit to Booker T. Washington High school on Sept. 15th. That evening, he will speak to the general public during a session at the National Civil Rights Museum.