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Hip-hop is changing whether you like it or not

Hip-hop is changing whether you like it or not
Every so often in hip-hop we’re introduced to a new kid on the block who happens to be white; this new face gets loads of media mentions and a group of the genre’s fans wild out on the blogs – they usually call themselves “true hip-hop heads.”
 
The latest to get the wrath is Iggy Azalea. Before her, it was Macklemore.
 
Plenty of white rappers have had to deal with the closed-mindedness of a group of hip-hop-goers that can’t get past the prehistoric idea that hip-hop is purely a black experience. This is far from the truth. Over time, the Beastie Boys, 3rd Base, House of Pain, Kid Rock, Eminem and even Vanilla Ice have left their imprints on the culture.

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  • Written by Taryn Finley-The Root

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, violence and brief sensuality) Three-time Oscar-nominee Lass Hallstrom directed this adaptation of Rochard Morais’ best-seller about an immigrant family which opens a Indian restaurant in a quaint village in the South of France, much to the chagrin of the steely proprietor (Helen Mirren) of a trendy bistro right down the street. Cast includes Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. (In English, French and Hindi with subtitles) 
 
“Into the Storm” (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references, and scenes of intense peril and destruction) Found footage thriller about some storm chasers and thrill-seekers who get more than they bargained for when they decide to film a tornado bearing down on a tiny town in Middle America. Co-starring Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies.  

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UniverSoul Circus ready to fly high for Memphis fans

UniverSoul Circus ready to fly high for Memphis fans
The UniverSoul Circus is a family attraction that attendees most likely won’t forget. Ranked in the top 10 of Ticketmaster’s top 25 events, it is the only African-American circus in the world and the most requested family event in the United States.
 
With that in mind, lots of children and their parents in Memphis will be waiting for the UniverSoul Circus to pitch its big top tent at the Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Rd., for over-the-top, high-flying excitement the week of Aug. 26 – Sept. 1.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Keke Palmer to be Broadway’s 1st African-American Cinderella

 Keke Palmer to be Broadway’s 1st African-American Cinderella
NEW YORK – Like many girls, actress and singer Keke Palmer grew up dreaming of meeting a prince who would whisk her away to a life of love and happiness. In her case, it's going to happen – eight shows a week on Broadway.
 
Palmer said she'll be stepping into the title role in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" starting Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre. She will become the first African-American to play the part on the Great White Way.

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  • Written by Mark Kennedy-Associated Press

Best-selling African-American books for Summer 2014

Best-selling African-American books for Summer 2014
Autobiographies and books with political themes dominated both the hardcover and paperback non-fiction portions of the Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, which was released Monday.
 
The one notable exception was a health-related book, “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days” by nutritionist and certified weight loss expert J.J. Smith, whose book was #1 among paperback non-fiction books for the quarter ending June 2014.
 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

‘One America: Moving Beyond The Question of Race’

‘One America: Moving Beyond The Question of Race’
If nothing else, Gilliam Communications CEO Art Gilliam’s recently published memoir “One America: Moving Beyond the Issue of Race” presents an endearing essay taking the reader on his personal journey through America.  
 
Available now at the Tennessee Regular Baptist Book Store, Booksellers in Laurelwood and Burke’s Book Store, “One America: Moving Beyond the Issue of Race” certainly has been released with impeccable timing. The nation’s first African American to serve as president has had to issue contemplative messages following seemingly race-based murders of young African-American men, economic data points to a different kind of segregation that many say is more dangerous to the African-American community than legal segregation and his hometown is at a crossroads trying to figure out if an African-American population base can create a fairer and better metropolis.  

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  • Written by Tony Jones

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