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Boney James & Raheem DeVaughn

photo-4-400tDr. Lynn Bobo made her way to the Cannon Center on Saturday (Oct. 5) in full expectation of getting a good return on her investment of time and energy. The draw was the concert featuring Boney James and Raheem DeVaughn.

And, wow! Bobo came out a winner, even making her way into the spotlight.

Bobo's golden moment came as the three-time Grammy Award nominee Boney James singled Bobo out for a special serenade.

 

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A black film renaissance? Or, a step backward?

4oscarcontenders-600Huffington Post Entertainment Editor Kia Makarechi is absolutely right to title his well-intentioned piece "Hollywood's 'Race Problem' Is Worse Than You Think."

In it, Makarechi discusses the stark reality behind the possibility that Chiwetal Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") and Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniel's 'The Butler'") could all be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

While it is certainly good news that Ejiofor, Elba, Jordan and Whitaker are indeed on the tongues of Hollywood's top critics for nominations, it is, according to Makarechi, bittersweet. For Makarechi, the roles for which these men are garnering praise are ones that "have to be played by black actors" and that, for Makarechi, indicates no true progression in Hollywood.

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New mom Halle Berry lands CBS show

halleBerry-600Halle Berry is the latest film star to make a move for the small screen.

The 47-year-old Oscar winner will lead a new CBS serialized drama called "Extant" from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.

"There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen 'Extant' to expand her illustrious career," Spielberg said in a statement. "As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity

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This week’s DVD releases - October, 8, 2013

Resolution-2012-movie-250Top Ten DVD List for Oct. 8, 2013

“Resolution”

“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”

“Psych: The Complete Seventh Season”

“La Cage aux Folles [Criterion Collection]”

“The Purge”

“Aliyah”

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Fall, fur & fashion

Fur-4-600Models – including various Memphis notables – styled in wraps from The Fur Vault at Macy's during the 2013 Fall Fur Fashions for Women of Distinction red-carpet event last Sunday (Sept. 29).

The invitation-only affair was held at the Macy's Oak Court store on Poplar Ave.

Approximately 300 women from the Mid-South area previewed the new line-up of 2014 fur coats from around the globe.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/04/2013

RunnerRunner poster-400For movies opening Oct. 4, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Gravity" (PG-13 for intense peril, disturbing images and brief strong profanity) Sci-fi survival thriller about a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) and a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) on her first mission who find themselves in a race against time when they're left suspended in space with limited oxygen after satellite debris destroys their rocket ship during a spacewalk. With Ed Harris, Amy Warren, Basher Savage and Paul Sharma.

"Runner, Runner" (R for profanity and sexuality) Crime drama about a Princeton grad student (Justin Timberlake) who travels to Costa Rica to confront the owner of an online poker website (Ben Affleck) after being cheated out of his tuition money, only to become the corrupt mobster's right hand man. Support cast includes Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie and Michael Asper.

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TaKeOver for five hours of fun

Myron-Mays-160WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON The TaKeOver returns Saturday (Oct. 5th) at the Prohibition Lounge at 94 South Front Street in Downtown Memphis. It starts at 2 p.m. and continues through 7 p.m. If you haven't been to one of these, you're missing out on five hours of fun. There will be food and drink specials the whole time, with music provided by DJ Suave and Bother John.

After you leave the TaKeOver, you can unwind and enjoy Boney James and Raheem Devaughn at the Cannon Center for a night of sexy jazz and Neo Soul. Tickets are still available at the Cannon Center Box Office.

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‘Scandal’ is back, daddy issues and all!

Kerry Washington-600Well, you don't have to wait any longer! The time has finally arrived. Ladies and gentlemen, "Scandal" is about to return!

No longer do you have to relive the reruns of last season. No longer do you have to opt for catching "The Voice" on NBC just to have something new to watch.

Will the fans be treated fairly in the first episode of season 3? I mean, last season left us with a ton of cliffhangers. We learned who the mole was, but everyone wants to know the answer to the BIG question: Who leaked word of Olivia's affair with the President?" Who snitched?

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Kerry Washington in conversation with Cicely Tyson

kerrywashington-400There are legends, and there are stars. The former can be used to describe Cicely Tyson, who recently won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play A "Trip to Bountiful," the latter, Kerry Washington, the Emmy-nominated actress who is headed into her third season as Olivia Pope, the complex heroine in the hit television drama "Scandal" on ABC.

The star and the legend met for brunch, along with Philip Galanes, a reporter from the New York Times, to discuss, among many things, life as black actresses in Hollywood. It was, as one would suspect, Washington in awe of Tyson, and Tyson passing down jewels. But Washington also had some moments where she, too, was teaching.

PG: One of the most intriguing things about "Scandal," in which you play Olivia Pope, the fastest-talking alpha woman on TV, is that the show barely mentions race, even though you're the first woman of color to lead a network drama in 40 years. Is that progress?

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Are all males destined to become grumpy old men?

grumpy-old-manweb-400The short answer to the question, "Are all men destined to become grumpy as they age?" is no – no man has to become a "grumpy old man."

Growing up, do you remember that old man at the end of the block just waiting for some unsuspecting kid to step on his lawn? "Get off my lawn!" he'd bellow.

Just put one toe on that man's grass and you'd hear it for blocks: "Get off my lawn!"

You'd think that kid was walking across a white carpet with muddy feet. "Why was this old man so darned ornery?" I often wondered.

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This week’s DVD releases - October, 1, 2013

Brancas-Pitch-DVD-400Top Ten DVD List for Oct. 1, 2013

"This Is the End"

"Branca's Pitch"

"The Croods"

"Laurence Anyways"

"The Little Mermaid [Diamond Edition]"

"Tupac 2-Pack: Tupac Conspiracy and Tupac Aftermath"

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Ladies & Gentlemen ... Mr. John Gary Williams!

jgw-portrait-600One of the truest living embodiments of why Memphis soul music is Memphis soul music will take the stage at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park on Saturday (Sept. 28) night.

The evening's concert has the elements that are present when the full power and reason of music spring to life. Consider the featured performers: the Bo Keys, Percy Wiggins, and the supporting ensemble Opus 1 (comprised Memphis Symphony Orchestra members), and a rejuvenated version of the Mad Lads.

The frontman for the new-look Mad Lads will be original lead singer John Gary Williams. And in that name lies a history we all share.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/26/2013

Baggage claims-poster-400tFor movies opening Sept. 27, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Baggage Claim" (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Paula Patton stars in this romantic comedy about a marriage-minded flight-attendant's frantic search to find Mr. Right before her younger sister's (Lauren London) impending wedding. Ensemble cast includes Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Christina Milian, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Adam Brody, Boris Kodjoe, Jenifer Lewis and Trey Songz.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" (PG for mild rude humor) Eco-conscious, animated sequel finds Flint (Bill Hader) and friends forced to vacate Swallow Falls by an evil corporation with a diabolical plan to repopulate their idyllic island with a motley menagerie of anthropomorphic food monsters. Voice cast includes Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Terry Crews, Will Forte and Benjamin Bratt.

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