Top Ten DVD List for May 6, 2014
- Written by Kam Williams
Top Ten DVD List for May 6, 2014
When Viacom's VH1 and MTV moved away from music videos, it opened the door for Revolt TV network to fill in the gap, hip-hop mogul Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs told executives recently in Los Angeles, according to CNBC.
"We're following the footsteps of ESPN and CNN," he told the crowd, according to CNBC. Consumers "need the Weather Channel and they need Revolt," he told the crowd at the annual Cable Show, the industry's largest trade show.
He predicted that his Revolt TV network will one day be the size of Walt Disney's ESPN. He acknowledged the risk of starting a traditional TV network in today's environment when consumers are moving more and more toward digital video over the Internet. But he argued that Viacom's shift to reality shows and away from music videos left a lot of fertile ground for his television network to flourish.
Marvin Sapp, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and Grand Rapids, Mich. pastor, broke his silence recently to ABC 57 about his so-called connection to the Teleka Patrick case.
"I don't know much about the details of the case, other than the fact that I really feel terrible for her family," Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids told the news station.
The comment comes several months after he was thrust headlong into controversy surrounding the disappearance of the 30-year-old Michigan doctor. Patrick's body was found early last month in a lake in Porter, Indiana, less than a mile away from where her car was found on the side of I-94. Two autopsies confirmed that she had died of asphyxia from drowning.
America has a long, ugly legacy of promoting diametrically opposed images of black and white females. This can be traced all the way back to Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson, an adulterer who had a white wife, but fathered a half-dozen children with Sally Hemmings, one of his hundreds of slaves.
Yet, in his only book, "Notes on the State of Virginia," the hypocritical third President of the U.S. frowned upon race-mixing while denouncing black women as unattractive on account of their hair texture and skin color. He actually went so far as to pronounce sisters so promiscuous that they would just as soon mate with an ape as a human.
Sadly, such racist notions continued to shape popular attitudes about African-American femininity after Emancipation, especially in the South with its strictly-enforced color line. In the wake of the Civil War, Caucasian women "were transformed into symbols of white supremacy and, eventually, massive resistance," to integration and equal rights.
For movies opening May 2, 2014
BIG BUDGET FILMS
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (PG-13 for action and sci-fi violence) Second installment in re-booted Marvel Comics franchise finds your friendly neighborhood superhero (Andrew Garfield) wooing Gwen (Emma Stone) while protecting New York from a few, formidable new foes (Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan and Paul Giamatti). With Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Denis Leary, Colm Feore and Embeth Davidtz.
"Belle" (PG for mature themes, mild epithets and brief smoking) Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in this biopic about the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804), the illegitimate offspring of an African slave and a British ship captain (Matthew Goode) who sent his daughter to England to be raised in polite society by his aristocratic aunt (Emily Watson) and uncle (Tom Wilkinson). Cast includes Penelope Wilton, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton and Bethan Mary-James.
Top Ten DVD List for April 29, 2014
"Father Brown: The Complete Collection"
Columbus Short will not be returning to Scandal in season 4.
ALL THE WELPS THAT EVER WELPED IN WELPCHESTER! It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone though. Miss Cleo could have seen that coming.
His recent uncouth behavior and run-ins with the law had folks more nervous than Coolio's hair braider. We knew he was risking his job. I even wrote about it last week when I talked about how he needs to get some behavior before he ends up unemployed and unemployable in the future.
Taraji P. Henson talks about her new film, "From The Rough," an inspirational biopic where she portrays Catana Starks, the African-American trailblazer who became the first female to coach an NCAA Division-1 men's team when she accepted the reins of the golf squad at Tennessee State University.
Kam Williams: Hi Taraji, thanks for the interview.
Taraji P. Henson: Oh, no worries, Kam.
KW: What interested you in this film?
TPH: Well, first of all, I'd never seen a movie about a female coach before, outside of that Goldie Hawn comedy from years ago, "Wildcats." And I had certainly never seen an African-American woman portrayed this way in a drama. That was the first thing that interested me. Then, when I read the script, I went, "Wow! What an amazing story!" She had all the odds stacked against her, yet she and her team won. And it was all because of the tenacity and belief and passion that she instilled in her players.