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‘If You Can See It, You Can Be It’

‘If You Can See It, You Can Be It’

Jeff 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."

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"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.

 

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‘The Best Man Holiday’ delivers against the odds

‘The Best Man Holiday’ delivers against the odds

It'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.

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‘JT’ & Memphis – an experience with roots

‘JT’ & Memphis – an experience with roots

Justin 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 Fe

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews

BIG 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)

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Love-packing Optimist still serving youth at 100

Love-packing Optimist still serving youth at 100

At 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."

 

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

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