Justin Timberlake: I’m not cool

Timberlake 600Justin Timberlake and Kanye West may not always see eye-to-eye, but they have at least one trait in common: the inability to be cool.

As Timberlake explains in the December issue of GQ, "being cool is about keeping your blood pressure steady," rather than being passionate.

Similar to Yeezus, Timberlake isn't the type of guy who can restrain himself from displaying passion, whether he's passionately in love with something or passionately in disagreement -- particularly when he's in disagreement with his critics.


Morris Chestnut: “The Best Man Holiday” interview

chestnut 600Morris Chestnut was born on New Year's Day 1969 in Cerritos, Calif., where he was a student-athlete in high school, en route to majoring in finance and drama at California State University. He made his big screen debut opposite Ice Cube in John Singleton's "Boyz n the Hood," and subsequently enjoyed his breakout role as the groom-to-be in Malcolm Lee's "The Best Man."

The handsome heartthrob has been a much-in-demand leading man ever since, starring in hits like "The Call," "Think Like a Man," "Identity Thief," "The Brothers," "Not Easily Broken," "Kick Ass 2," "Two Can Play That Game," "Breakin' All the Rules," "The Perfect Holiday," "Half Past Dead," "Like Mike," "Ladder 94" and "The Game Plan." A dedicated family man away from work, Morris and his wife, Pam, live in suburban L.A. with their son, Grant, and daughter, Paige.

Here, he talks about reprising the memorable role of Lance Sullivan in the eagerly-anticipated sequel, "The Best Man Holiday."


Meet the ‘Africapitalist’ who wants to power Africa

Africa 600You've probably heard by now about the Afropolitans and the Afropreneurs – but what about the Africapitalists?

It's the term created by Nigerian entrepreneur Tony Elumelu, one of Africa's most successful businessmen, to describe what he believes holds the key to the continent's future well-being.

According to Elumelu, Africapitalism is the economic philosophy "that the African private sector has the power to transform the continent through long-term investments, creating both economic prosperity and social wealth."



Judge Mathis taking it to the streets

JudgeMathis 600Judge Mathis has a new project – literally.

"The Mathis Project" premieres tonight (Nov. 8th) at 9 p.m. CST on BET.

"Thousands of African-American murders go unsolved each year. I'll be on the ground in the toughest neighborhoods seeking tips for cold cases," says Mathis.


Terry McMillan returns with ‘Who Asked You?’

S028662397 600Terry McMillan writes best-selling fiction, but it was real-life drama – a very public divorce – that garnered her some of her biggest headlines.

The nasty split with ex-husband Jonathan Plummer, the inspiration for the popular novel and movie "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," was dissected everywhere, from book blogs to "The Oprah Winfrey Show." A lawsuit, fraud allegations and public accusations all played out like plot points in one of her novels.

A lot has changed since then.


‘Saturday Night Live’ addresses lack of diversity

snl-diversity-sketch-600"Saturday Night Live" wasted no time addressing a brewing controversy about the lack of black women in its cast this week when Scandal star Kerry Washington hosted the show.

In the opening sketch of the night, Washington was cast as first lady Michelle Obama opposite Jay Pharoah's President Barack Obama.

"It feels like it's been years since I've seen you," quipped Pharoah poking fun at the fact that the first lady only gets portrayed on the show when an African-American woman, like Maya Rudolph, hosts.


This week’s DVD releases - November 5, 2013

TheBigPicture Dyslexia-225Top Ten DVD List for Nov. 5, 2013

"The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia"

"Home Is Where the Heart Is"

"American Experience: War of the Worlds"

"Hava Nagila: The Movie"



‘12 Years A Slave’ a talker, if you let go of your fear

12years-pg1-600I am no stranger to slavery. I literally stumbled into it while doing genealogy research in the early 1980's, finding a matriarch who showed up in the 1870 census, which listed her as 61 years old and having been born in Africa.

Much meandering later, and with some hard-learned lessons – many of which I did not want to learn – I decided to embrace what I considered a healthier attitude about slavery, changing my name, clothes, language, etc.

This commentary, however, is not about covering the finer aspects of my journey. I share that opening simply as a reference point for the attitude that I took with me to New Orleans for the Red-Carpet premiere there earlier this month of "12 Years A Slave." The movie debuts in Memphis Friday (Nov. 1) after an advance screening Wednesday at the Malco Majestic.


The return of Paul Porter!

paul Porter-1-600Revered gospel recording artist Paul Porter stepped out of a rental car in front of Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios and exclaimed, "Wow! Can you believe this? Do you know where we are?"

The exclamation and questions were directed to his traveling mates, publicist Jason Hardy and new label executive Lonnie Deadwyler. Porter – in Memphis to attend the "Help Is On The Way" Family Membership and Showcase picnic (Oct. 26th) hosted by the non-profit For The People By The People at Audubon Park – added amplification.

"Man, this was one of my childhood dreams to cut here! This is soul music, baby!"


C’mon Chris, get it together

Myron-Mays-160WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON: I was on the air this past Sunday deciding on an entertainment news story to talk about when I stumbled across an article I couldn't believe I was reading. The caption read, "Chris Brown Arrested for Assault." I'm thinking to myself, "really?"

As I read the story, I couldn't believe the details of what led to his arrest.

Brown and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, had been arrested and released without bail early Sunday morning following an altercation with another man outside the W Hotel in Washington D.C. The man was treated at the hospital and released.


Book review: ‘Ebony & Ivy’

Ebony and Ivy book-400tMost people hold the Ivy League in high esteem as an exclusive oasis of intellectual thinking where one can acquire an excellent education. What they might not know is that its long-revered universities were also once intimately involved in slavery, depending on that evil institution for everything from funding to free labor.

Furthermore, places like Princeton served as a proving ground for the sons of plantation owners being trained in classes on slave management that:

"For Sullenness, Obstinancy, or Idleness... Take a Negro, strip him, tie him fast to a post; take then a sharp Curry-Comb, & curry him severely til he is well scrap'd; & call a boy with some dry Hay, and make the Boy rub him down for several Minutes, then salt him & unlose him."



India! India! India!

IMG-India-Arie-5383-600Four-time Grammy winner India Arie returned to Memphis and the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday night, treating fans to old favorites and new vibes from her latest album "SongVersation."

No stranger to Memphis, Arie has graced Bluff-City stages previously in her decade-long career. I've had the pleasure of working her shows and the consistency of satisfaction again was on display.

The "Soulbird Presents: A SongVersation with India.Arie" tour kicked off Sept. 21st in Seattle! Fresh off the Memphis stop, Arie was off on a string of back-to-back-to-back-to-back shows that will roll her through Durham, N.C., Washington, D.C., Northampton, Mass., New York City and Westbury, N.Y.