American Music Awards: The top 6 moments

ama 600Sunday night's American Music Awards seemed much tamer than many of the other awards shows lately, despite having the promise of host rapper Pitbull to ABC that "I hope you got that delay button ready; we're going to have a lot of fun."

But there were a few moments during the evening that had viewers buzzing. Here are a few:

1) Justin Timberlake epitomizes "crossover"
We will try not to drop the term "blue-eyed soul" here, but the former 'N Sync member nabbed not only favorite pop/rock male but also favorite soul/R& B male and soul/R& B album awards. Before presenting him with the latter award, comedian Sarah Silverman joked that the competition was between Timberlake, the son of the "dad from Growing Pains" (aka) Robin Thicke and Rihanna.

"Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, I can say this is the first time I have ever been racially profiled by a white woman," Timberlake joked during his acceptance speech.


Old-school rules at pre-Thanksgiving concert

IMG-Bobby-Womack-600Music legends Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, and Bobby Womack transformed the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. into "Old-school Haven" on Saturday night.

Womack came out dressed in red – leather pants, jacket and a cap – and launched into his deep bag of hit songs, including "Across a 110th Street," "I Can Understand it," "That's The Way I Feel About You," "Harry Hippie" and many more. He also did a tribute to Sam Cooke, singing "A Change Is Going To Come," and introduced his daughter, who sings backup for him. He gave her an opening to sing a song and it's safe to say talent runs in the family.

Next up was the Isley Brothers and their presence triggered a surge toward the stage as they reeled off hits such as "Fight The Power," "It's Your thing," and "For the Love of You." As always, eye-grabbing dancers performing precision moves accented the performance that was punctuated by the distinctive voice of Ronald Isley and the lead-guitar prowess of Ernie Isley.


This week’s DVD releases

cosby 600Top Ten DVD List for Nov. 26, 2013

"Breaking Bad: The Complete Series"

"Samson & Delilah"

"The Mod Squad: The Complete Collection"

"Bill Cosby... Far From Finished"

"ESPN Films: Nine for IX [Gift Set]"

"Diagnosis Murder: The Complete Series"

"NFL: A Football Life – Ray Lewis"


"Unhung Hero"

"Impractical Jokers: The Complete First Season"

Honorable Mention


"Old Dogs & New Tricks: Seasons One and Two"


Jay Z’s Barneys collection unveiled: Clothing for the 1 percent

jayz 600Sometimes we collectively create the man, only to watch him become the thing he once rallied against. Hip-hop is funny that way. Artists use the story of their lives as the vehicle to drive a wedge between the man they have become and the person they once were.

In street terms: Once the money gets fluffy, they leave the hood.

In Disney terms: The pauper is now the prince.



‘If You Can See It, You Can Be It’

Chef 600Jeff Henderson turned his life around behind bars while serving time for drug dealing. In the penitentiary, he developed a passion for cooking which, upon being paroled, he parlayed into a career as a celebrated chef and host of his own TV series on the Food Network.

Now, he's published a collection of recipes not of his best dishes but of the secrets of his success. The dozen key ingredients include: self-discipline, delayed gratification, education, intuition, risk, persuasion, adaptation, collaboration, humility, selflessness, visionary leadership and getting the competitive edge.

Besides clarifying each of those concepts, the author augments his ideas with pearls of wisdom from fellow luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, who reveals, "The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work."


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews


"Delivery Man" (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug use, mature themes and brief violence) Vince Vaughn plays the title character in this baby-daddy comedy as a slacker who finds himself the subject of a class-action paternity suit filed by dozens of the children he fathered anonymously years earlier through a sperm bank. With Chris Pratt, Bobby Moynihan and Cobie Smulders.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence, frightening images, mature themes and a suggestive situation) Second installment in the series based on the Suzanne Collins trilogy finds triumphant survivors Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) enjoying a victory tour before being drafted to compete in another death match, this one comprised entirely of former Hunger Games winners. With Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland.



‘The Best Man Holiday’ delivers against the odds

Myron-Mays-160It's not very often that the sequel to a great film can be greater than the original. Especially when there are so many things that can be considered obstacles. A few being that it's been 15 years since the original and sequels tend to only gross a fraction of the original film.

However, 'The Best Man Holiday' has managed to overcome those two challenges, plus some.

The film had some heavy competition on opening weekend as well. It was up against Marvel Comics' "Thor," which grossed about $38 million in its second week and also played on many more screens than "Holiday." With a little less than $31 million over the three-day weekend, "Holiday" came in second place. And also of note, 'Holiday' played to an entirely different audience, which was mostly African-American females.


‘JT’ & Memphis – an experience with roots

IMG-J-T-9477 600Justin Timberlake returned home to Memphis with his "20/20 Experience" tour on Monday night and it truly was an awesome experience – for him.

Here's a snippet of proof:

With a sold-out crowd at the FedExForum shouting his name, "JT" returned the sentiment.

IMG-J-T-9458IMG-JT-0064IMG-JT-9521IMG-Soldout-Crowd-9327"I am home! I am home! Memphis is my home!

This week’s DVD releases

Top Ten DVD List for Nov. 19, 2013

twilight 600"The Twilight Zone (The Complete Series)"

"China Beach "The Complete Series)

"The World's End / Hot Fuzz / Shaun of the Dead Trilogy"



Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews

the-best-man-holiday-image 600BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Best Man Holiday" (R for profanity, sexuality and brief nudity) Christmas-themed sequel, set 15 years after the original, finds college pals reuniting to reminisce, find romance and revive rivalries. Ensemble includes Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs.

"The Book Thief" (PG-13 for violence and mature themes) Adaptation of the Mark Zusak novel of the same name, set in Nazi, Germany and revolving around an abandoned 9 year-old girl (Sophie Nelisse) adopted by foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) hiding a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) from the SS. With Kirsten Block, Nico Liersch and Sandra Nedeleff. (In English and German with subtitles)


"Charlie Countryman" (R for sexuality, nudity, drug use, pervasive profanity and brutal violence) Shia LaBeouf portrays the title character of this romantic comedy about a tourist traveling to Bucharest who falls in love with the wife (Evan Rachel Wood) of a ruthless Romanian mobster (Mads Mikkelsen). Narrated by John Hurt and featuring Rupert Grint, Melissa Leo and Vincent D'Onofrio. (In English and Romanian with subtitles)


Love-packing Optimist still serving youth at 100

FrontPageWiggins 600At 100 years old, retired teacher and former Sunday school teacher Etha Wiggins has had plenty of time to become passionate about helping young people, and she believes that it is exactly what God called her to do.

"I just love children. I love working with them and teaching them. I give God the credit," Wiggins said. "He just called me to be with the kids."

Wiggins is a member of the Curve Optimist Club, the motto of which is "bringing out the best in kids." She says, "We do different things for them. We teach them positive thinking, good behavior, and academic achievement."



A ‘star spangled’ search for a music career

SerenityDSC 0245_600Hitting all the right notes to the "Star Spangled Banner" may be a little difficult for some singers, especially if it's a capella, but not for 14-year-old Serenity Holloway. The gifted singer, songwriter and keyboardist hopes the Memphis Grizzlies will select her to sing the country's national anthem before the tip-off of one of its basketball games.

Performing the patriotic song before thousands is a cinch for Serenity, and practicing the song will only make her better, said Rena Clay, Serenity's mother, during a recent recording session at Hot City Entertainment in Millington.

Clay has been working with Serenity to make sure that her "gift" is polished and that she puts her best foot forward while singing a song – like annunciating her words, getting the pitch and timing correct, and remembering the lyrics.


Daytime soap ‘All My Children’ canceled again, actress tweets

debbi-morgan 600LOS ANGELES – Daytime soap "All My Children" may have finally reached the end of its run, according to an actress on the show.

The iconic drama, which moved from television to the Internet after ABC canceled it, will not return for a second online season, Debbi Morgan tweeted this week.

Morgan, who played Dr. Angie Hubbard, revealed the news when a fan asked her via Twitter if rumors of the show's demise were true. "So sorry to say, Kristin...but yes it is," Morgan responded.