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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” (PG for action and peril) Animated sequel finds crop duster-turned-air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) joining forces with a team of smoke-jumping helicopters and all-terrain vehicles to fight a massive forest fire. Voice cast features Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Ed Harris, Teri Hatcher, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. 
 
“The Purge: Anarchy” (R for profanity and graphic violence) Serendipitous horror sequel follows a quintet’s (Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez and Zoe Soul) struggle to survive on the annual national holiday during which crime is legal, even murder. Cast includes John Beasley, Michael K. Williams, Justina Machado and Jack Conley.    

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Rosie Perez: The ‘Handbook for an Unpredictable Life’

Rosie Perez: The ‘Handbook for an Unpredictable Life’
Rosie Maria Perez was born on Sept. 6, 1964 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she was raised in a Catholic orphanage after being abandoned by her mom and taken from her aunt. She made a most memorable screen debut as Spike Lee’s girlfriend, Tina, in “Do the Right Thing,” and later landed an Oscar-nomination for a nonpareil performance in “Fearless.” Her many other credits include “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Won’t Back Down” and “The Counselor.”
 
Rosie serves as the Artistic Chair of Urban Arts Partnership and sits on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Here, she talks about her career and her autobiography, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.”  
 

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The SugaShack – ‘make-shift funky’ & ‘soulfoul good’

The SugaShack – ‘make-shift funky’ & ‘soulfoul good’
 
The nightlife in Memphis is diverse, even though some think it is not on par with other metropolitan cities. Amid that backdrop one local group of club owners is laboring to place Memphis back on the map for juke joints.
 
Located in the basement of Bon Ton Restaurant on Monroe, the SugaShack is every bit of a flashback in time to when music was “real” – and so were the singers.  During my visit I was treated to an amazing tribute to Stevie Wonder. 
 
The conductor for our journey to the SugaShack is Larry Springfield.

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How does God want us to deal with racism?

How does God want us to deal with racism?
In his new book “The Truth about Racism, Its Origins, Legacy and How God Wants Us To Deal With It,” Dr. Philip Asante sets out to uncover the truth about racism by providing a scientifically-supported perspective into the origins of racist ideology.
 
Asante, the son of a black African father and white English mother, explores contributions from both Christianity and the theory of Evolution.
 
“Whether you believe in creation or evolution, all humanity is related,” Asante said. “The subject of racism is, of course, controversial and continuous in society and in the church.”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Memphis makes room for comedy

Memphis makes room for comedy
If there was ever a void in Memphis when it comes to comedy, it doesn’t exist anymore. No more waiting for the occasional comedy show to come to the Orpheum or Cannon Center. Big laughs can now be found in Memphis as often as “weekly”. 
 
Perignon’s Restaurant & Lounge, located at 2818 Coleman Road, has been very successful with “J. Young Presents Saturday Night Laughs,” which commands quite a following every first Saturday of each month.
 
Jason Young, Saturday Night Laughs promoter, wanted a night that couples could prepare in advance for and serve as a date night for married couples. “I would love for SNL to be that event where people reconnect their lives to laughter with one another because it's good for the soul.”

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‘Scandal’ and ‘Orange’ is the New Black’ snag Emmy nominations

‘Scandal’ and ‘Orange’ is the New Black’ snag Emmy nominations
Joe Morton, better known as the infamous “Papa Pope” on TV’s hit series “Scandal,” has secured a nomination for this year’s round of Emmy Awards. Thursday’s eagerly awaited reveal of the list of nominees was a huge nod to “Game of Thrones,” which secured 19 nominations, followed closely by “Fargo” (18) and “American Horror Story: Coven (17)”.
 
“Scandal” received only two nominations in addition to Morton’s, with Kerry Washington vying for best actress in a drama series and Kate Burton contending for best guest actress.

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  • Written by Breanna Edwards-The Root

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