Gucci Mane admits addiction on Twitter

guwop-400Rapper Gucci Mane went AWOL on Twitter a few days after a very bizarre rant in which he claimed to have had sex with basically every woman in the music industry. He recently returned to Twitter to apologize to his fans, and to admit an addiction to "lean," a drink made with promethazine and codeine.

"I've been drinking lean for 10 plus years & I must admit it has destroyed me," Gucci Mane tweeted. "I'm addicted to lean and that (s—t) ain't no joke."

He apologized to everyone at whom he took shots during his Twitter tirade, saying, "I just wanna man up right now & take this time to apologize to my family, friends, the industry and most of all my fans."


Steve McQueen: The ‘12 Years a Slave’ interview

12 years a slaveArtist and filmmaker Steven Rodney McQueen talks about his latest film, "12 Years a Slave," which recently won the People's Choice Awards for Best Film and Best Director at the Toronto Film Festival.

Kam Williams: I've loved all three of your feature films, this new one, and "Hunger" and "Shame" as well. They are so different from each other and yet quite remarkable and memorable, each in their own way.

Steve McQueen: Thank you. Well, I do my best. I'm just happy that people are responding to the films as positively as they are. To be honest with you, it's one of those things where we're just happy to get them made. When you get to make something, you always hope people will go and see it. And we're very, very pleased by the response to "12 Years a Slave." It's kind of humbling and remarkable.


Jay-Z, Beyoncé top celebrity couples earning list – again

beyonce jay-z-300Forbes has released its list of this year's highest-earning celebrity couples and that Jay Z and Beyonce have once again come out at the top of the heap.

Between June 2012 and June 2013 (the time frame established for the rankings), the hip-hop power-couple took in a combined $95 Million. The couple also topped Forbes' celebrity couples list last year.

Beyonce is said to have earned $11 million more than her husband did this year, thanks in large part to her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, with average grosses of $2 million per night.



This week’s DVD releases - September, 24, 2013

DARK-GIRLS-MOVIE-400tTop Ten DVD List for Sept. 24, 2013

"The Kings of Summer"

"Dark Girls"

"Iron Man 3"

"Unfinished Song"

"Foyle's War: Set Seven"


2013 Emmys: Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington

Emmys-500The 2013 Emmys had a few memorable pairs – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; comedy winners Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale – but Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington were history in the making.

The two trailblazers walked out hand-in-hand to present the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, and both endearingly honored the work each has done.

At 78, Carroll is a legend – not just for having talent and charm to spare but for bursting through TV's barriers. In 1968, the actress became the first African-American woman to lead her own TV show. Washington, 36, has accomplished another first with ABC's "Scandal," as she's the first African-American woman to lead a network TV drama since 1974. (Yes, 1974. Let that sink in for a minute.)


Disney show rocks on ice

Crowd-Shot-600With snippets from the films "The Little Mermaid," "Tangled" featuring Rapunzel, "Brave" and "Beauty and the Beast," Disney sets out to combine the heart of some it's best films with elegance and athletic figure skating in "Rockin' Ever After."

The venue this past weekend for the Disney on Ice production was the FedExForum.

As always, the show opens up with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy warming up the crowd. It then moves on to "The Little Mermaid" leading the other mermaids into a medley of 80's rock songs.


Emmys 2013: Kerry Washington, ‘It Girl’

kerrywashington-600In 1995, Kerry Washington had just launched her career.

The actress, then 18, had one professional credit to her name – a role in an ABC after-school special, according to Internet Movie Database.

Oh what a difference a few years can make.

Now Washington is the star of the hit ABC series "Scandal," and she's nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama at Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards. The last time an African-American woman was up for such an honor was when she was starting out. (Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in "Sweet Justice" in 1995.)


Marvin Gaye ‘Sexual Healing’ Biopic Trailer Surfaces Online


For years, Marvin Gaye fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of his biopic and they may finally get to see it soon. Yesterday, a four-minute trailer of “Sexual Healing” hit the web and it looks great so far. Jesse L. Martin‘s portrayal of the R&B legend (in addition to his striking resemblance) is impressive based on the teaser.



Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/20/2013

BOTY-600For movies opening Sept. 20, 2013


"Battle of the Year" (PG-13 for profanity and rude behavior) Musical drama about buddies (Laz Alonso and Josh Holloway) who assemble a talented, hip-hop dance team with dreams of bringing the B-Boy trophy back to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years. Cast includes Chris Brown, Josh Peck and Caity Lotz.

"Prisoners" (R for pervasive profanity and disturbing violence) Hugh Jackman stars in this vigilante crime thriller as a desperate father who decides to take the law into his own hands after being frustrated by the detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) handling the investigation into the Thanksgiving Day kidnapping of his 6 year-old daughter (Erin Gerasimovich) and her best friend (Kyla Drew Simmons). With Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo.


Hamilton delivers with don’t-sleep-on-me show

anthonyhamilton-400Never disappointed!

Those are words that comes to mind when I think of Anthony Hamilton being in concert. Although I have seen him before, He always delivers.

This time the venue was the downtown Cannon Center for the Performing Arts last Friday (Sept. 13). Marcus Dorris and Mix and Mingle Entertainment once again brought an evening to Memphis that I am glad I didn't sleep on and that I got to experience up close and personal.


Naomi Campbell, Iman call for an end to runway racism

models-600LONDON – The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features – all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses.

But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion Week.

The lack of racial diversity in the fashion industry is a serious issue that needs to be tackled, according to supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman, who this month launched a campaign to raise awareness of racism in the industry.

"The absence of people of color on the runways and photography reinforces to our young girls that they're not beautiful enough, that they're not acceptable enough," said Iman, model and wife of David Bowie, to CNN.


What’s new with Newt!

newt gingrich-400tFormer Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich talks about his new duties as co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," a political talk show airing weekdays. (Check local listings).

Kam Williams: Hello, Mr. Speaker, I'm honored to have this opportunity. Thank you.

Newt Gingrich: Well, thank you, Kam. I'm delighted to have a chance to chat with you.

KW: What interested you in hosting "Crossfire?"


Life after the f-word

isaiahwashington-400It's been more than six years since Isaiah Washington was unceremoniously dropped from the hit TV series "Grey's Anatomy" for allegedly insulting co-star T.R. Knight with a derogatory gay slur. Since then, the actor has failed to secure a role as popular as Dr. Preston Burke, his character on the Shonda Rhimes-created medical drama, which is still on the air.

His role in "Blue Caprice" as John Allen Muhammad, the D.C. sniper who killed 10 people in 2002 and was executed for those crimes in 2009, might change all that. But according to an interview with Gawker, Washington says he felt the aftereffects of the "Grey's" scandal for a very long time.