For movies opening August 24, 2012
"The Apparition" (PG-13 for terror, frightening images and sensuality) Haunted house horror flick about a young couple (Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan) who enlist the help of an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton) to rid their home of a ghost that arrived in the wake of an experiment in parapsychology gone amuck. Cast includes Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez and Anna Clark.
Emma Anderson (Whitney Houston) didn't want her daughters to follow in her footsteps by having babies as teenagers while squandering their future in the futile pursuit of celebrity and bad boys who wouldn't treat them like ladies. That's why the overprotective single-mom feels fortunate to be able to raise them in a middle-class suburb of Detroit where she keeps them on the straight and narrow path via a steady diet of Christianity and high expectations.
by Jeremiah Short
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
When Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes' founder, Harold Melvin, died in 1997, many thought it was the end of the legendary group. They were mistaken. The group pressed on with the remaining members: Donnell "Big Daddy" Gillespie, Anthony "Tony" Brooks, Rufus "Fuss" Thorne, and John Morris.
After Melvin's passing, the ensemble reorganized, renaming the group Harold Melvin's Blue Notes.
On Aug. 20, 1972, something happened in Los Angeles that remains unmatched in American history. More than 112,000 African Americans gathered in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a seven-hour concert that became a cultural phenomena known as Wattstax, hosted by Stax Records.
Now, 40 years later, on August 20, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is commemorating the event's 40th anniversary by presenting "Conversations With: Wattstax 40th Anniversary Discussion."
Multi-award winning Christian fiction author, Shelia E. Lipsey, has taken a giant leap of faith in an effort to help people from all walks of life focus on the importance of literacy by creating the Black Writers And Book Clubs (BWABC) Literacy Festival to be held Sept. 14-15 on the campus of The LeMoyne Owen College (LOC).
"The mission of the festival is to provide encouragement, support, and information to anyone desiring to learn more about the wonderful world of reading along with the gift to write stories that inspire others to read," said Lipsey.
For movies opening August 17, 2012
"The Expendables" (R for pervasive graphic violence) Bombastic beefcake sequel features a reunion of the crack team of mercenaries for a death-defying adventure to avenge the murder of one of their own at the hands of a bloodthirsty rival (Jean-Claude Van Damme). Matinee idol ensemble includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth and Yu Nan.
"The American Dream is in dire need of a wake-up call... If only Uncle Sam could see us now. He'd roll up his sleeves, ball his hands into fists, and knock some sense into this nation of ours... But he's not around. So some other proud American has to tell this country what it needs – not wants – to hear...
"As a stand-up, I've traveled this country for decades, seeing it at its best and at its worst. And what I'm seeing (now) is terrifying to me. When I see something that's f#cked up, I can't remain silent. I ask why... It may sound funny, but to me this s#it ain't no joke."