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Kasi on call

Kasi on call

A proven talent as an actress, writer and director, Kasi Lemmons continues to tantalize creatively with her thought provoking body of work. Her work as an actress includes roles in :Silence of the Lambs" opposite Jodie Foster, and Spike Lee's "School Daze," as well as "Hard Target," "Fear of a Black Hat," "Candyman" and "Vampire's Kiss."

Kasi's magical directorial debut, "Eve's Bayou," was the highest-grossing independent film of 1997. The film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and received seven NAACP Image Award nominations, including Best Picture.

Her sophomore offering, "The Caveman's Valentine," opened the 2002 Sundance Film Festival to audience and critical acclaim. And, in 2008, she received an NAACP Image Award for directing "Talk to Me."

 

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Making music in Memphis

Soul balladeer Jaheim had the ladies mesmerized as he sang all of his hits at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis on Saturday night (Nov. 30).

The opening act was Chrisette Michelle and she was – in a word – sensational.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Fans, father grieve death of ‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker

Fans, father grieve death of ‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Stunned by his untimely death in a car wreck, fans, friends and family remembered actor Paul Walker – what he meant to them and what he did for them.

His father remembered him as a loving son who wanted to take a hiatus from acting. A fellow actor recalled how he had just celebrated Walker's 40th birthday. And a U.S. military veteran will forever be grateful for a touching act of generosity.

Walker died in a fiery crash in Southern California on Saturday. He was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by a racing team partner, that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in the community of Valencia, Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.

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  • Written by Alan Duke and Holly Yan/CNN

Making music in Memphis: Dana Dane, John Mayer

Making music in Memphis: Dana Dane, John Mayer

Dana Dane was the star attraction Friday night at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street during the Food Bank Bash Classic 80's Party.

Across the street at the FedExForum, fans packed the house for John M

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules

Kam’s Kapsules

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Frozen" (PG for action and mild rude humor) Disney animated adventure about a fearless princess (Kristen Bell) who embarks on an epic journey with a gruff mountain man (Josh Gad) in order to reverse the curse of eternal winter accidentally inflicted upon the kingdom by her queen-to-be sister (Idina Menzel) with cryogenic powers. Voice cast includes Ciaran Hinds, Jonathan Groff and Edie McClurg.

"Homefront" (R for graphic violence, drug use, pervasive profanity and brief sexuality) Sly Stallone wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of the Chuck Logan novel of the same name about a DEA Agent (Jason Statham) who retires to a quiet town for the sake of his family only to have their lives turned upside-down by a ruthless meth dealer (James Franco). With Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic and Omar Benson Miller.

"Oldboy" (R for nudity, profanity, graphic sexuality, brutal violence and disturbing images) Spike Lee directed this remake of the Korean revenge thriller revolving around an advertising exec's (Josh Brolin) quest for vengeance after being kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years. With Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli.

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Why it matters that Angelina Jolie’s white child plays with black dolls

Why it matters that Angelina Jolie’s white child plays with black dolls

Angelina Jolie is known for her unconventional family, which includes three biological children with longtime partner Brad Pitt and adopted children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. Her multiracial and multicultural family has generated headlines, most notably when critics have felt the need to weigh in on her Ethiopian daughter Zahara's hair. Some challenged Jolie's ability to style and comb it, while others had a problem with her daughter wearing braided extensions.

But the Jolie-Pitt family should be commended for their efforts to be culturally conscious, particularly when it comes to their diverse brood. Pitt once acknowledged using Carol's Daughter products on Zahara's hair and recently explained why he declined the role of a cruel slave owner in "12 Years a Slave," which his company produced, saying, "I didn't want my kids to see me in this role."

A recent photo of the Jolie-Pitt kids seems to reinforce that Jolie and Pitt may be more conscious of racial and cultural diversity than the average parent. The widely published photo captured the couple's biological daughter Vivienne carrying a black doll with short, tightly curled hair. This may not seem like a big deal but it is.

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  • Written by Keli Goff/The Root

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