Call it Talib Kweli's jailbreak.
While that might mean something different for some rappers, Kweli, 37, sees his latest project as a way to escape the box the music industry and casual hip-hop fan have placed him in.
The "conscious rapper" category is meant for the socially responsible hip-hop artists who don't see misogyny and violence as integral to cutting a track, even if it's handy in climbing a chart.
Everything gets a sequel these days, and that includes "The Bible."
The Mark Burnett miniseries, which aired on The History Channel in the spring to record ratings, is now getting a second act on NBC.
"A.D.: Beyond the Bible" (a working title) starts "in the dark days after Jesus' betrayal and death," a statement from NBC says. "A perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. ... And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus' disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities. In a generation of rebellion, war, famine, and carnage, who can they trust?"
Burnett will again executive produce the follow-up to his original 10-part miniseries with his wife, Roma Downey, and Richard Bedser.
Here's one I'm proud to be talking about...the hometown legends are getting ready to bring it on home!
This Friday, July 5th, Memphis' own Bar-Kays will play a rare "club" performance at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will even be an after-party, so plan on hanging out for a while.
Tickets are on sale now at the Minglewood Hall box office, online at minglewoodhall.com, or you may call 901-312-6058. Stan Bell will be host and Comedian Prescott will kick off the show.
I caught the "BET Awards" this past Sunday and surprisingly – pleasantly so – I didn't feel so much like an old out-of-touch guy like I do during the "BET Hip Hop Awards." I didn't even have to keep asking my kids, "Who are these people?"
Usually I would have found something else to do for a couple hours and heard about the show the next morning. But I have to admit, it was time well spent this year. It was a really great show.
I actually had a favorite part. And that part had to be the Charlie Wilson tribute. I can't think of anyone as deserving as Wilson. This guy has had a heck of a career and one heck of a story!
Move over Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey and Katt Williams, the hottest black comic around right now is Kevin Hart. The diminutive, 5' 2" funnyman has skyrocketed to the heights of showbiz ladder lately, making myriad memorable performances on both TV and film.
This year on TV alone, he's hosted "Saturday Night Live" and launched a sitcom spoofing reality shows called "Real Husbands of Hollywood." On the big screen, he can currently be caught in the ensemble comedy "This Is the End," which comes close on the heels of hits such as "Think Like a Man" and "The Five-Year Engagement."
"Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" is a concert flick featuring the best of his recent concert tour across North America and Europe, with stops at ports-of-call as far afield as Vancouver, Toronto, Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam and Birmingham, England. The film opens at a Mix and Mingle party where a frustrated Kevin finds himself accused of letting success go to his head.
Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr page this past Friday to post an open letter, venting about slavery, racism and the IRS.
The Grammy Award winning singer and rapper was recently found guilty of tax evasion on an estimated $1.8 million. Hill was sentenced to three months in jail.
The post, entitled "MLH On Racism," opens addressing the concept of "reverse racism," calling it "flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous."