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Denzel Washington wants to play James Bond

Denzel Washington wants to play James Bond

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.

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  • Written by theGrio

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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.
 

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A conversation with ‘Uncle Charlie’ Wilson

A conversation with ‘Uncle Charlie’ Wilson

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!

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  • Written by Nina Allen-Johnson-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Back in Memphis for ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee'

Back in Memphis for ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee'

 

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.

 

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  • Written by Bernal E Smith II

Gladys Knight to today’s artists: ‘You don’t need to sell sex to sell music’

Gladys Knight to today’s artists: ‘You don’t need to sell sex to sell music’

Legendary soul singer Gladys Knight is back with her newly released Gospelalbum, Where My Heart Belongs, a collection of songs that showcases faith, soul, and unmatched vocal ability.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner has a career spanning several decades and has no plans of slowing down.

In an interview with Chris Witherspoon for MSNBC.com, the “Empress of Soul” opened up about having “new album jitters” and also discussed the current state of the music industry.

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  • Written by Chris Witherspoon-theGrio

Reverential biopic revisits life of free-spirited Renaissance woman

Reverential biopic revisits life of free-spirited Renaissance woman
Altina Schinasi (1907-1999) was lucky enough to be born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. The youngest of three girls, her parents were Sephardic Jews of humble origin who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey in the late 19th Century.
 
Thanks to the tobacco fortune soon amassed by their industrious father, the sisters were raised in the lap of luxury on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Although headstrong Altina wanted for nothing, she proved to be something of a rebel, opting to study art in Paris after graduating from a prestigious prep school, rather than follow the conventional path of a pampered debutante.

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