For movies opening April 19, 2013
"Oblivion" (PG-13 for violence, nudity, sexuality and brief profanity) Post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller about an ex-Marine (Tom Cruise) with the fate of humanity in his hands in the wake of a war with extraterrestrials which devastated the planet. Cast includes Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Melissa Leo.
"Ain't in It for My Health" (Unrated) Reverential rockumentary about Levon Helm, the late drummer, lead singer and founding member of The Band. Featuring appearances by Billy Bob Thornton, Libby Titus and Larry Campbell.
I have a friend who looks similar to Tyrese. He has the same complexion and chiseled features, and a fondness for wearing plaid shirts, which Ty wore in a pivotal scene as Jody in John Singleton's "Baby Boy."
Last year, that friend and I were standing backstage at a music festival when a group of "mature" black women approached us to ask my friend for an autograph. He laughed, explained that he was not Tyrese and apologized for the confusion. One woman responded, "We should have known it wasn't him as soon as you were polite. Tyrese is an a--hole."
I wondered, "So why did you want his autograph, then?" But I didn't say that, of course, because who in their younger right mind talks slick to a "mature" black woman?
WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON!: Doesn't it seem that the most popular entertainers have been in some type of trouble with the law at some point in their careers? Whether it's tax trouble, driving while under the influence or just plain ole silly shenanigans, it seems that somebody famous is always getting caught by the long arm of the law.
Well, the latest celebrity is funnyman Kevin Hart, who just a few days ago was arrested for drunken driving/DUI and resisting arrest. The California Highway Patrol reportedly observed Hart speeding down the freeway doing about 90 miles an hour in his black Mercedes, weaving across lanes and nearly hitting a gas tanker truck. He was booked and held on a $5,000 bond.
After he was released, he posted a statement on Twitter saying that being busted early Sunday in Los Angeles was "a wake-up call" and that he needs "to be smarter." And that is very true in his case. He has a lot going for himself these days and it doesn't take much to make it all go away.
CBS Television Distribution issued a press release at the end of March announcing that the "Judge Joe Brown" court reality program was being terminated because of a salary dispute with the show's namesake and star, former Memphis attorney and judge, Joe Brown.
"Judge Joe Brown" has been the consistent No. 2 program in the syndication market for more than a decade, with "Judge Judy" the top-slot holder.
According to CBS, the ratings for "Judge Joe Brown" began to dip last year, down 17 percent over the previous year, and dipping 15 percent in the key 25-54 female demographic.
Danielle Jones took what she described as a "creative risk" during the talent portion of "The Ascension to the Throne" – the 2013 Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant hosted by the Nu Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
With violin comfortably in place, Jones played a violin dubstep (a genre of electronic dance music) piece by Lindsey Sterling.
"It pushed me out of my comfort zone to first play a solo, and then to memorize the music," said Jones of Rhodes College.
The gamble paid off, helping Jones emerge from five "Nubian Princesses" to secure the title of Miss Black and Gold Scholarship at the pageant held in Christian Brothers' University Theatre last Sunday (April 7).
Lavish Records artist Tracy Randall isn't supposed to be here.
In 2006, Randall – a graduate of The LeMoyne-Owen College – was diagnosed with acute blastic leukemia. After aggressive rounds of chemo and radiation therapy, his doctors gave up and in February 2007 told him to go home and prepare to die.
"The doctor told me to get my affairs in order because he didn't know if I had 3 months or 6 months to live," Randall recalls. He left the office that cold, rainy afternoon and started walking.