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Giving Ja a Holla!

Giving Ja a Holla!

Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins talks about his new film, "I'm in Love with a Church Girl," a faith-based tale of redemption chronicling the real-life reformation of drug dealer-turned-pastor Galley Molina.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/10/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/10/2013

For movies opening Oct. 11, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Captain Phillips" (PG-13 for intense violence, sustained terror, bloody images and substance abuse) Tom Hanks stars in this action thriller, directed by Paul Greengrass, reenacting the 2009 rescue by Navy SEALs of an American container ship hijacked by Somali pirates. With Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi and Faysal Ahmed.

"Machete Kills" (R for profanity, sexuality and pervasive graphic violence) Danny Trejo reprises the title role in this high body-count sequel which finds the intrepid detective-turned-spy recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen) to foil a terrorist plot being hatched by a Mexican madman (Demian Bichir) and an eccentric billionaire (Mel Gibson). Ensembler includes Lady Gaga, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Cuba Gooding Jr., Antonio Banderas and Amber Heard.

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Boney James & Raheem DeVaughn

Boney James & Raheem DeVaughn

Dr. Lynn Bobo made her way to the Cannon Center on Saturday (Oct. 5) in full expectation of getting a good return on her investment of time and energy. The draw was the concert featuring Boney James and Raheem DeVaughn.

And, wow! Bobo came out a winner, even making her way into the spotlight.

Bobo's golden moment came as the three-time Grammy Award nominee Boney James singled Bobo out for a special serenade.

 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

A black film renaissance? Or, a step backward?

A black film renaissance? Or, a step backward?

Huffington Post Entertainment Editor Kia Makarechi is absolutely right to title his well-intentioned piece "Hollywood's 'Race Problem' Is Worse Than You Think."

In it, Makarechi discusses the stark reality behind the possibility that Chiwetal Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") and Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniel's 'The Butler'") could all be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

While it is certainly good news that Ejiofor, Elba, Jordan and Whitaker are indeed on the tongues of Hollywood's top critics for nominations, it is, according to Makarechi, bittersweet. For Makarechi, the roles for which these men are garnering praise are ones that "have to be played by black actors" and that, for Makarechi, indicates no true progression in Hollywood.

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  • Written by Ronda Racha Penrice/The Grio

New mom Halle Berry lands CBS show

New mom Halle Berry lands CBS show

Halle Berry is the latest film star to make a move for the small screen.

The 47-year-old Oscar winner will lead a new CBS serialized drama called "Extant" from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.

"There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen 'Extant' to expand her illustrious career," Spielberg said in a statement. "As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

Fall, fur & fashion

Fall, fur & fashion

Models – including various Memphis notables – styled in wraps from The Fur Vault at Macy's during the 2013 Fall Fur Fashions for Women of Distinction red-carpet event last Sunday (Sept. 29).

The invitation-only affair was held at the Macy's Oak Court store on Poplar Ave.

Approximately 300 women from the Mid-South area previewed the new line-up of 2014 fur coats from around the globe.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/04/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/04/2013

For movies opening Oct. 4, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Gravity" (PG-13 for intense peril, disturbing images and brief strong profanity) Sci-fi survival thriller about a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) and a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first mission who find themselves in a race against time when they're left suspended in space with limited oxygen after satellite debris destroys their rocket ship during a spacewalk. With Ed Harris, Amy Warren, Basher Savage and Paul Sharma.

"Runner, Runner" (R for profanity and sexuality) Crime drama about a Princeton grad student (Justin Timberlake) who travels to Costa Rica to confront the owner of an online poker website (Ben Affleck) after being cheated out of his tuition money, only to become the corrupt mobster's right hand man. Support cast includes Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie and Michael Asper.

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