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

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

One 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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  • Written by Tony Jones

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

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

For 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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Gucci Mane admits addiction on Twitter

Gucci Mane admits addiction on Twitter

Rapper 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."

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  • Written by Tracy Clayton/The Root

Steve McQueen: The ‘12 Years a Slave’ interview

Steve McQueen: The ‘12 Years a Slave’ interview

Artist 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.

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

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

Forbes 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.

 

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

2013 Emmys: Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington

2013 Emmys: Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington

The 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.)

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

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