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‘Purple Rain at 30′

‘Purple Rain at 30′
Already a rising superstar on the music scene, courtesy of the groundbreaking and innovative 1999 album, the Purple Rain movie and accompanying soundtrack of the same name catapulted the diminutive g

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  • Written by Terry Shropshire, National Correspondent

Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba Win Emmys

Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba Win Emmys
Two top black actors took home awards from last night’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., including Joe Morton for his wildly popular role as Elijah Pope on ABC’s Scandal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. And Uzo Aduba won for her portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
 
Aduba earned the Outstanding Guest Actress trophy, while Morton garnered the Outstanding Guest Actor award for his role as Olivia Pope’s father.

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  • Written by Lynette Holloway-The Root

School desegregation issue is the crux of ‘Best of Enemies’

School desegregation issue is the crux of ‘Best of Enemies’
Claire D. Kolheim will have no trouble transforming herself into civil rights activist Ann Atwater in Mark St. Germain’s upcoming play, “Best of Enemies,” at Playhouse on the Square, Aug. 22 – Sept. 14.  
“I put a lot of work into the character and role,” said Kolheim, who researched the activist, watched several videos of her, and read Osha Gray Davidson’s best-selling book, “The Best of Enemies,” “to get a feel for who she is, her mannerism, and how she talks.”

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

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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