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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 minglewoodhall.com, or you may call 901-312-6058. Stan Bell will be host and Comedian Prescott will kick off the show.


BET Awards, Charlie Wilson a match that works for me

charliewilson1-400I caught the "BET Awards" this past Sunday and surprisingly – pleasantly so – I didn't feel so much like an old out-of-touch guy like I do during the "BET Hip Hop Awards." I didn't even have to keep asking my kids, "Who are these people?"

Usually I would have found something else to do for a couple hours and heard about the show the next morning. But I have to admit, it was time well spent this year. It was a really great show.

I actually had a favorite part. And that part had to be the Charlie Wilson tribute. I can't think of anyone as deserving as Wilson. This guy has had a heck of a career and one heck of a story!


Kevin Hart: ‘Let Me Explain’

kevin hart-600Move over Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey and Katt Williams, the hottest black comic around right now is Kevin Hart. The diminutive, 5' 2" funnyman has skyrocketed to the heights of showbiz ladder lately, making myriad memorable performances on both TV and film.

This year on TV alone, he's hosted "Saturday Night Live" and launched a sitcom spoofing reality shows called "Real Husbands of Hollywood." On the big screen, he can currently be caught in the ensemble comedy "This Is the End," which comes close on the heels of hits such as "Think Like a Man" and "The Five-Year Engagement."

"Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain" is a concert flick featuring the best of his recent concert tour across North America and Europe, with stops at ports-of-call as far afield as Vancouver, Toronto, Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam and Birmingham, England. The film opens at a Mix and Mingle party where a frustrated Kevin finds himself accused of letting success go to his head.


This week’s DVD releases - July 2, 2013

DVD-comedy-collection-400tTop Ten DVD list for releases on July 2, 2013

"The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Complete Series"

"The Up Series"

"Best of Warner Brothers: 20 Film Collection Comedy"

"Venus and Serena"

"The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season Four"


Lauryn Hill vents about racism, slavery and IRS in open letter

lauryn-hill-500Lauryn Hill took to her Tumblr page this past Friday to post an open letter, venting about slavery, racism and the IRS.

The Grammy Award winning singer and rapper was recently found guilty of tax evasion on an estimated $1.8 million. Hill was sentenced to three months in jail.

The post, entitled "MLH On Racism," opens addressing the concept of "reverse racism," calling it "flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous."


Martial arts actor Jim Kelly, best known for ‘Enter the Dragon,’ dies

jim-kelly-400Jim Kelly, who parlayed his martial arts skills into a successful but brief career in action movies, has died. He was 67.

Kelly's former wife Marilyn Dishman told CNN that the actor died Saturday of cancer – but did not elaborate.

Kelly worked as a martial arts instructor in Los Angeles when he was tapped for his first role in the action movie, "Melinda." But he is best known for his work in the 1973 Bruce Lee film "Enter the Dragon."


J-Lo sings happy birthday wishes to repressive Asian leader

j-lo-600Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" on Saturday to a leader who has been characterized as one of the most repressive in the world.

"We wish you the very, very, happiest birthday," Lopez said to Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, and then she sang to him at a huge celebration at a resort in the central Asian country.

The singer's spokesman told CNN Sunday that "had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended."


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/27/2013

WhiteHouseDown-600For movies opening June 28, 2013


"The Heat" (R for violence, crude humor and pervasive profanity) Good cop/bad cop comedy about a straitlaced FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who grudgingly agrees to work with a foul-mouthed Boston police officer (Melissa McCarthy) with a short fuse in order to apprehend a ruthless Russian mobster. With Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport and Tony Hale.

"White House Down" (PG-13 for profanity, violence, brief sexuality and intense action) Action thriller about a cop (Channing Tatum) recently rejected by the Secret Service who comes to the rescue when the President (Jamie Foxx) is abducted by a paramilitary group. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods and Richard Jenkins.


For Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, there IS love in the heart of the city

BBB-600Services for Bobby 'Blue' Bland will be at First Baptist Church-Broad at 2835 Broad Ave. at noon Thursday, June 27. The family has asked that all memorials be sent to The Blues Foundation, which will assign them to the HART Fund.

Also, the family is allowing the blues community to share the celebration of Bland's life via this link: www.ustream.tv/channel/bobby-bland-memorial.

The blues and soul balladeer's signature hits include "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City." He died beloved and revered last Sunday (June 23) at age 83.


African-American Music Appreciation Month: That’s a wrap!

CarleeMcCullough-160No one ever accuses Memphis of being short on talent. With a church seemingly on every other corner, the choirs are filled with voices worthy of placing on compact discs. Blessed with schools such as Overton and Stax to train and hone those tones, Memphis churns out the "Voices" regardless of genre.

But as we all know, only a few have the disposable income, relationships and the perseverance to make it. It is hard to say who among the "newbies" may wind up along side the Memphis-rooted greats that include The Bar-Kays, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Aretha Franklin, Kirk Whalum, BB King and Al Green.

We have watched as Eightball & MJG, Juicy J and DJ Paul, Three 6 Mafia and Yo Gotti have all risen to national acclaim. With television shows, Academy Awards, soundtrack placements, and the like, these guys are showing us how to do it modern day.


Al Bell taps new PR firm to lead iconic brand

albell-400Soul music pioneer and entertainment industry executive Al Bell has selected Courtney Marketing PR as the agency of record for his brand.

Courtney Marketing PR's work for Al Bell will draw on a network of resources and capabilities to include creative, public relations, social media communications and loyalty positioning.

"It has been my desire to share my personal and professional story in various platforms," Bell said. "The strategic alliance with Courtney Marketing PR gives me optimal declaration to exponentially reach more audiences and to share more about the evolution of my journey."