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COMMUNITY IN PHOTOS

An impromptu look at a new Beale Street entrepreneur, a civil rights icon awash amid well-wishers, a prayer warrior with a familiar face and a special guest, and a Manassas High School unity salute to the class of 1964 are among the images that reflect the Bluff City in motion.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Marlon Wayans talks ‘White Chicks 2,’ defends Nick Cannon in whiteface controversy

Marlon Wayans talks ‘White Chicks 2,’ defends Nick Cannon in whiteface controversy

Marlon Wayans is headed back to the big screen writing, producing and starring in "A Haunted House 2."

In an interview with theGrio's Chris Witherspoon, Wayans opened up about his new film, which hits theaters April 18, and also discussed his plan to do a sequel to 2004's "White Chicks."

The "In Living Color" star revealed who he believes is preventing "White Chicks 2" from getting made.

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  • Written by Chris Witherspoon/theGrio

Have soul, will travel!

Have soul, will travel!

Toni Green is a living proof that the soul of Memphis music still travels well.

In Poretta Terme, Italy, excitement already is mounting for the 27th Porretta Soul Festival, which will be a tribute to Otis Redding. The festival will take place July 17-20 in Rufus Thomas Park.

Green, who has been performing at the festival since 2005, graces the cover of the poster promoting the festival for the first time. She recalls crying for a week after getting that news.

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  • Written by Brittney Gathen/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening April 11, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Draft Day" (PG-13 for brief profanity and sexual references) Kevin Costner stars in this gridiron saga as the Cleveland Browns' general manager determined to turn the franchise around after 13 years of bad luck with the help of this year's #1 draft pick. Ensemble includes Jennifer Garner, Terry Crews, Frank Langella, Sam Elliott, Chadwick Boseman, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Rosanna Arquette and Sean "Puffy" Combs.

"Oculus" (R for terror, violence, disturbing images and brief profanity) Supernatural thriller about a woman's (Karen Gillan) effort to exonerate her brother (Brenton Thwaites) of their father's (Rory Cochrane) killing by proving that the perpetrator was actually an evil spirit that had inhabited their home. With Katee Sackhoff, James Lafferty and Garrett Ryan.

 

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An attention span beyond Flight 370

An attention span beyond Flight 370

If you missed the news about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, you must have been buried in sand. For three weeks, we have been bombarded with theories – was it terrorism? Pilot error? Something else? Now the story has evolved. Were pieces of the plane found? Is everyone dead? How do the families of the presumed dead feel? (This is a really stupid question. How does the clueless reporter asking such a question think the people feel?)

CNN may well have been called MPN – the Missing Plane Network. An evening of watching covered the same angle with a different host and guests. Some of the focus was certainly understandable, but other networks managed to find news of things going on that did not involve Flight 370. Still, the prevalent and relentless emphasis on the missing plane was excessive.

Couldn't some of the airtime granted Flight 370 have been used for equally critical matter? There were 239 people on that plane, and there were more than 300 killed in 2013. I'm not suggesting an equivalency in the two types of tragedies, but I am suggesting that the media might focus more on gun violence, its sources and possible solutions to end senseless violence. Of course, that might anger the National Rifle Association whose specious slogan – guns don't kill, people do – ignores the harm done by the proliferation of guns in our nation.

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  • Written by Julianne Malveaux/NNPA News Service

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