Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/11/2013

Pacific Rim-600For movies opening July 12, 2013


"Grown Ups 2" (PG-13 profanity, crude humor, partial male nudity and suggestive content) Adam Sandler and the rest of the principal cast reprise their roles as childhood pals now reuniting in their hometown for another round of nostalgia and middle-age mischief. Ensemble includes Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek.

"Pacific Rim" (PG-13 for pervasive violence and brief profanity) Sci-fi adventure about the team of pilot-controlled robots called upon to save the day when the Earth's surface is suddenly invaded by a hostile race of subterranean monsters. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kinkuchi and Ron Perlman.


We remember Cool DJ Soni D

Sonny-D-600Nearly every DJ from nearly every radio station and the club scene in Memphis came out to the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street Monday night to pay homage to the late Cool DJ Soni D, who died in a traffic accident in California on July 1. It was kind of a "who's who" of Memphis radio.

From past to present, almost every station had a presence in the room. People meters weren't important and neither was competition.

In what had the feel of a historic night, more than music set the tone. Heartfelt sentiments filled the room as some of Soni's closest friends and colleagues shared stories of how they met, of how he gave them their names and how he influenced their careers. I looked at all of the legends in attendance and thought to myself, "This was Memphis."


Seeking Maxwell: Landers Center crowd finds its man

Maxwell-5085-600"Where is he? Where is he?" The question bounced around the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., as Maxwell seekers could hardly contain their desire to see the multi-talented singer-songwriter, record producer and instrumentalist in concert last week (July 3).

Thirty-minutes after a crowd-pleasing performance by Marsha Ambrosius, music blasted and then the lights dimmed as Maxell's slender silhouette pierced through a cloud of smoke. The crowd screamed.


Marsha Ambrosius hitting the high notes with ease

Marsha-Ambrosius-4887-600Marsha Ambrosius – formerly of Floetry – has been a consistent figure at the top of the charts since she went solo. As the opening act for Maxwell (July 3), she stepped right into a warm welcome at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss.

The image? Stilettos and a black short-set suit, with her natural hair pinned up in a bun unlike her normal over-the-top big hair frizzy look.

In full control of her falsetto skills, she crooned hits from her latest album, "Late Nights and Early Mornings." Halfway through her 45-minute live-band set, Ambrosis belted out high notes from her chart busters, the "Late Nights & Early Mornings" title track, "Say Yes" and "Hope She Cheats on You (With A Basketball Player," which drew cheers from a mostly-female audience.


Bar-Kays at home with the ‘funk’ at Minglewood concert

Barkays-5012-600The parking lots around Minglewood Hall in Midtown were packed Friday (July 5) night for a show that got underway about 9 p.m., two hours after the doors opened. This was a highly-anticipated evening – a hometown performance by The Bar-Kays – and funk fans turned out in droves despite the rain.

Comedian and Memphis funnyman Prescott warmed up the sold-old crowd. Laughs bounced across the room as he spoke of real-life experiences while tying in other funny relatable topics. "Hilarious," said one fan, Denise Parker, who declared that she wouldn't have missed the concert for anything.

Parker grew up listening to the Bar-Kays on the radio but had never seen them in concert. Other concertgoers said jamming with The Bar-Kays was like attending a family reunion. It seemed that Minglewood had transformed into just that, a playground for old friends and neighbors, with dignitaries such as former Judge D'Army Bailey and record executive Al Bell sprinkled throughout the crowd.


Bittersweet biopic recounts final hours in Oscar Grant’s life

fv-1-600Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) and his girlfriend, Sophina (Melonie Diaz), were returning to Oakland in the wee hours of the morning after attending a New Year's Eve 2009 celebration when their crowded train was stopped by police in response to a report of a disturbance. Oscar was among a number of male passengers ordered onto the platform at Fruitvale Station, where he was initially allowed to sit quietly with his back against the wall.

However, he was subsequently ordered to lie on his stomach so that he could be handcuffed and placed under arrest. When he resisted, a struggle ensued during which Oscar could be heard begging not to be Tasered as a cop yelling "bitch-ass (n-word)" forced him to the ground.


This week’s DVD releases - July 9, 2013

Twilight-Zone-3-300Top Ten DVD list for release on July 9,

"In the Family"

"The Twilight Zone: The Complete Third Season"

"Dead Man Down"

"Spring Breakers"


"How the West Was Won: The Complete First Season"


B. Scott refuses BET apology

b-scott3-400Apparently BET figured that between Paula Deen and Serena Williams, we haven't had enough unapologetic apologies this year and decided to issue one of its own.

Internet personality B. Scott recently spoke out about being forced to change his preapproved look minutes before he was scheduled to host the BET Awards preshow, having him essentially wear something less feminine. The Internet joined in speaking out, demanding an apology from BET for its gender policing.

BET released a statement bearing something that was supposed to be an apology and an insistence that some of its best friends are LGBT. They blamed it on a "misunderstanding" between BET and B. Scott, which he vehemently denies, saying, "I want a real apology from BET. This was not a mutual misunderstanding or miscommunication." He also added on his Twitter page: "BET's non-apology statement has added more insult to injury ... what they did to me was intentional."


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 07/04/2013

Despicable-Me-2-600For movies opening July 5, 2013


"Despicable Me 2" (PG for crude humor and mild action) Action-oriented animated adventure finds reformed evildoer Gru (Steve Carell) grudgingly leaving his recently-adopted daughters (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher) to spy for the Anti-Villain League in order to apprehend a diabolical criminal (Benjamin Bratt) bent on world domination. Voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and Dr. Ken Jeong.


Traffic accident claims life of Memphis DJ icon, Soni D

Sonny-D-600Kevin Allen Sr. – widely known as legendary Memphis Disc Jockey and Radio Host DJ Soni D – was killed Monday afternoon in Hinkley, Calif., when his 2013 Nissan Rogue collided with another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Attributing details to San Bernardino County coroner's officials, the San Bernardino Sun reported that Allen was driving west on Highway 58 near Harper Lake Road at 3:20 p.m. when he drove into eastbound lanes to pass a vehicle in front of him.

A native of Chicago, Allen was considered a pioneer in the Memphis club scene as well as the national radio industry. He is a three-time Billboard Magazine Award Winner for his work as production manager, producer and engineer for "Tom Joyner's On The Move" nationally syndicated countdown show.


Talib Kweli: Rap not ‘talent-based game right now’

talib-kweli2-600Call it Talib Kweli's jailbreak.

While that might mean something different for some rappers, Kweli, 37, sees his latest project as a way to escape the box the music industry and casual hip-hop fan have placed him in.

The "conscious rapper" category is meant for the socially responsible hip-hop artists who don't see misogyny and violence as integral to cutting a track, even if it's handy in climbing a chart.


NBC to air sequel to ‘The Bible’ miniseries

Bible Samson-600Everything gets a sequel these days, and that includes "The Bible."
The Mark Burnett miniseries, which aired on The History Channel in the spring to record ratings, is now getting a second act on NBC.

"A.D.: Beyond the Bible" (a working title) starts "in the dark days after Jesus' betrayal and death," a statement from NBC says. "A perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. ... And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus' disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities. In a generation of rebellion, war, famine, and carnage, who can they trust?"

Burnett will again executive produce the follow-up to his original 10-part miniseries with his wife, Roma Downey, and Richard Bedser.


Rare ‘club’ show for Bar-Kays

3barkays2-500Here's one I'm proud to be talking about...the hometown legends are getting ready to bring it on home!

This Friday, July 5th, Memphis' own Bar-Kays will play a rare "club" performance at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will even be an after-party, so plan on hanging out for a while.

Tickets are on sale now at the Minglewood Hall box office, online at, or you may call 901-312-6058. Stan Bell will be host and Comedian Prescott will kick off the show.