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McLemore & College: ‘Where do we go from here?’

McLemore & College: ‘Where do we go from here?’
The music industry ebbs and flows affecting – directly and indirectly – the lives of succeeding generations through an eclectic mix of genres, including R&B, blues, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, country

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  • Written by George Tillman Jr.-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Deliver Us from Evil” (R for graphic violence, grisly images, profanity and pervasive terror) Screen adaptation of Beware the Night, Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool’s supernatural thriller about an NYPD street cop (Eric Bana) who joins forces with a renegade exorcist (Edgar Ramirez) in response to the alarming increase in cases of demonic possession occurring around the city. With Olivia Munn, Dorian Missick and Joel McHale.   
 
“Earth to Echo” (PG for action, peril and mild epithets) Kid-friendly sci-fi, reminiscent of E.T. (1982), about a trio of adolescents (Astro, Teo Halm and Reese Hartwig) who surreptitiously come to the aid of a homesick alien stranded on Earth. Supporting cast includes Ella Wahlestedt, Cassius Willis, Jason Gray-Stanford and Drake Kemper.

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Why we need more black female rappers

Why we need more black female rappers
 
I swear, this is not another “I miss Lauryn Hill” article, even though, yes, I do miss her output. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” (and, to a lesser degree, the “Unplugged” double album) changed my life for the better. But as often as Hill is cited for being the greatest female rapper of all time (I agree) and, in some circles, the greatest rapper, period (I also agree), she wasn’t the only. There were several, and as an ’80s baby, I grew up watching them and sneaking to order their videos off Video Jukebox and playing dumb like I didn’t know where the charges came from when my parents got the bill. 
 
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  • Written by Demetria L. Lucas-The Root

Justin Robinson: On his latest album ‘Alana’s Fantasy’

 Justin Robinson: On his latest album ‘Alana’s Fantasy’
 
Justin Robinson is a jazz saxophonist and flutist. Robinson established himself as a child prodigy when, while still a teenager, he began running after-hours jam sessions at the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City in the late 1980’s. He released his debut album “Justin Time” in 1991, which featured saxophone legends such as Bobby Watson and Gary Bartz. Robinson has shared the stage with greats like Diana Ross, Abbey Lincoln, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, and currently tours with trumpeter Roy Hargrove. His newest album, ‘Alana’s Fantasy,’ comes out today (July 1) under the Criss Cross Jazz label.
 
What was the artistic vision for “Alana’s Fantasy?”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Launch day for the new JET Magazine Digital App

Launch day for the new JET Magazine Digital App
 
Today, Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) launched its new JET magazine app. The app replaces the printed edition of the magazine.
 
The new digital magazine app will add fresh content on a weekly basis, every Friday.  Readers will access to 3D images, video interviews, enhanced digital maps, audio content and photography from the JPC archives. 
 
The app will be available on all tablet and mobile platforms via a free introductory offer of 30 days for all subscribers. 
   

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

R&B legend Bobby Womack reported dead

R&B legend Bobby Womack reported dead
You could hear the life and the living in Bobby Womack’s voice. He was the gospel-trained son of a preacher man, who climbed back from the depths of addiction, had career highs and lows and was a most cherished protege of the great Sam Cooke. The soulful singer was back in the studio this year recording a new album alongside the likes of Snoop Dogg and Ron Isley. It’s apt title, “The Best is Yet To Come.”
 
According to Rolling Stone magazine, Womack passed away Friday at the age of 70. He had been known to suffer from a variety of ailments, including colon cancer, but the exact cause of his death is still unknown.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Begin Again” (R for profanity) Musical tale of female empowerment about a struggling singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) who dumps her philandering, pop star boyfriend (Adam Levine) in order to pursue her own career with the help of an alcoholic, disgraced record exec (Mark Ruffalo). Supporting cast includes Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, CeeLo Green and James Corden.    
 
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence and brief sexual innuendo) Fourth installment of the sci-fi franchise finds a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) attracting the attention of scientists, transformers, a power-hungry businessman (Stanley Tucci) and a paranoid government bureaucrat (Kelsey Grammer) after they discover the deactivated leader (Peter Cullen) of the Autobots. With John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles and Ken Watanabe. 

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