For movies opening June 15, 2012
"Rock of Ages" (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, heavy drinking and suggestive dancing) Screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, set in L.A. in 1987, revolving around a waitress (Julianne Hough) and busboy (Diego Boneta) who fall in love at first sight while pursuing their dreams of superstardom. A-list cast includes Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominees Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Paul Giamatti, along with Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige and Will Forte.
Mom says you're getting to be a "big-enough" kid.
This summer, she says, you're big enough to start making the family's lunches. She says you need to learn how to cook and make meals – and that does not mean PB-&-J every day, either.
You learned a little about food in school but since you want to do a good job with this new chore, you want to learn more. So why not grab "The World in Your Lunch Box" by Claire Eamer, artwork by Sa Boothroyd?
A silhouette – that's all you could see when the multi-talented Drake appeared on stage at the FedExForum on Tuesday (June 5) night.
Then the rapper, singer, songwriter and actor began to shout out the good times he had in Myriad parts of Memphis – East Memphis, Orange Mound, the mall and various other spots.
by Nona Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
If you attended the Sisterhood Showcase (June 1-3), I am sure you were introduced to a variety of talented writers from various genres. A literary veteran of the authors featured was Kimberla Lawson Roby. Roby is the author of over 15 books that are widely read and extremely popular in the African-American community.
Noted for her engaging writing style, Roby is probably most famous for the Reverend Curtis Black. Black is the main character in nine of her novels.
The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Delta Fine Arts, Education and Cultural Center present their signature event – Cater to You: A Gentleman's Way – on June 16 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum Exhibit Center, 3050 Central Avenue.
The event is an effort to provide scholarships to deserving, college bound inner city youth, as well as free arts and cultural programming to the Memphis community.
A fresh-faced, bright-eyed, Southern beauty, 14-year-old, Hollywood Records recording artist Coco Jones will grace television sets across the world on June 15th when she stars in the Disney Channel original movie "Let It Shine" opposite Tyler James Williams and Trevor Jackson. Coco plays the role of "Roxie," a teenage singing sensation whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club.
"Cyrus DeBarge" (Williams) writes a contest-winning song about his love for Roxie but, when he's too shy to claim it as his own, his best friend, "Kris McDuffy" (Jackson) takes the credit. Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Let It Shine" relates a tale of young love with an underlying message about summoning self-confidence.
For movies opening June 8, 2012
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (PG for mild action and rude humor) Latest adventure in the animated franchise finds the anthropomorphic menagerie joining the circus in Monte Carlo to evade capture by a mean, animal control officer (Frances McDormand). Voice cast includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Cedric the Entertainer.
"Prometheus" (R for intense violence and brief profanity) Ridley Scott directed this sci-fi thriller, set in the late 21st Century,