Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run

Chris Brown-CNN-600LOS ANGELES – Chris Brown's legal troubles got more serious Tuesday when a Los Angeles prosecutor charged him in a minor traffic crash.

Brown already faces a charge that he violated his probation in connection with his felony assault conviction in the beating of his girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown, 24, allegedly was driving a car that rear-ended another car in Los Angeles in May.


Film review: ‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’

DetroitDealer-600"Are you unemployed or stuck in a dead-end job? Don't worry, we have an answer!" That is the dubious proposition made by How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a tongue-in-cheek (I pray) documentary about the art of dope dealing. The film arrives accompanied by proven provenance, as it features appearances by celebs with street cred like 50 Cent, Eminem, Rick Ross and Russell Simmons.

This fairly thorough training guide focuses on marijuana and cocaine, although its advice undoubtedly could be applied to heroin, ecstasy and numerous other narcotics as well. However, we learn that pot is probably the easiest way to get started, given that it's a weed that all you need is water, lamps and electricity to grow. In fact, it is now the most profitable farm product in the U.S., easily outstripping tobacco, cotton and even corn as the country's top cash crop.


This week’s DVD releases - June 25, 2013

DVD-APlaceAtTheTable-400Top Ten DVD List for release June 25, 2013:

"A Place at the Table"


"Supporting Characters"

"Kind Hearted Woman"

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"


Soul Classics 103.5 scores again with annual reunion

IMG-Diva-600The 7th Annual Ultimate Family Reunion sponsored by Soul Classics 103.5 drew a ready-to-beat the heat crowd to Mud Island River Park on Saturday.

This year's headliner was R&B recording artist and writer Michel'le, who is known for hits such as "No More Lies," "Something In My Heart" and "Nicety."

There was some great local talent as well, including David Crutcher, Pursuit of God, Coretta King, and Carlos Strong and his band.


Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland dies at age 83

BobbyBlueBland-600Bobby "Blue" Bland, who many credit with helping to usher the blues into the modern era, died Sunday in Memphis at age 83.

According to the Associated Press, which quoted his son, Rodd, the blues and soul balladeer died from complications from an ongoing illness.

Robert Calvin Bland, now known to the world as "Bobby," was born January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tenn., Bland moved to Memphis in the late '40's. He played with Billy "Red" Love and other influential Delta musicians. His first recording was "Dry Up Baby" (Modern 848).



Myron-Mays-160WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON?: Chad Johnson, the guy formerly known as Chad Ochocinco has managed to find himself back in the news lately. Unfortunately for him it's not all good news.

According to TMZ, the guy has been on a quest to get his child support payments lowered as he claims to make only $3,000 per month, but still has to unload about $16,525 a month in child support. He also claims he has to pay about $9,063.24 in mortgage payments, $2,500 for food, $2,650 for car expenses, $3,500 for clothes, $250 for grooming, $5,000 for entertainment and another $1,000 for something. Between all that, some other various expenses, and the child support Johnson claims he is spending $45,982.76...per month that is.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/20/2013

WWZ-600For movies opening June 21, 2013


"Monsters University" (G) Disney animated adventure, a prequel set about a decade before the events of Monsters, Inc., finds polar opposite Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) pledging the same fraternity and majoring in scaring. Voice cast includes Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes and Bobby Moynihan.

"World War Z" (PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and frightening horror fare) Screen adaptation of Max Brooks' apocalyptic novel about a globetrotting, United Nations investigator (Brad Pitt) who rises to the occasion in the face of a zombie pandemic that's toppling governments and threatening humanity with extinction. With Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, David Morse, Matthew Fox and Fana Mokoena.


Lil Wayne: ‘It was never my intention to desecrate the flag’

Lil Wayne-400Lil Wayne created a firestorm on social media after a video for the rapper's new single "God Bless Amerika" leaked and it showed images of him stepping on the American flag.

The behind the scenes footage led numerous commenters to question Wayne's patriotism and ridicule his rap skills.

"God Bless America but you have the flag on the ground and stepping all over it? Smh...I'll be looking forward to Magna Carta Holy Grail...Wayne dropped off a long time [ago] anyway," one commenter wrote.


This week’s DVD releases - June 18, 2013

GhostArmyDVD-300Top Ten DVD List for June 18, 2013

"Great Zebra Exodus"

"The Ghost Army"

"Frontline: Syria behind the Lines"

"Jack the Giant Slayer"

"Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence"


Dave Chappelle is back!

dave-chappelle-600Dave Chappelle, who's generally kept a low profile since the end of "Chappelle's Show" eight years ago, is about to come back in a big way.

Chappelle is the headliner for Funny or Die's "Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival," which kicks off August 23 in Austin, Texas. The tour, which also includes Flight of the Conchords, Demetri Martin and Kristen Schaal, will run through 13 cities in five weeks, concluding in Mountain View, California.


Garden concert was truly elemental

EWF-1-600The Elements of the Universe returned to Memphis on Saturday night at the Botanic Garden. If you didn't know, the Elements of which I am referring, they are none other than Earth, Wind and Fire (EWF), one of music's most successful R&B groups from the seventies and eighties. Memphis is the birthplace and childhood home to EWF member and founder Maurice White who retired from touring with the band in the mid-nineties largely due to his diagnosis and complications with Parkinson disease. Despite not touring, he remains a big part of the band behind the scenes producing and composing and certainly remains in the hearts and minds of the group members and audiences alike. Phillip Bailey now sings the lead on most of the songs that Maurice once sung while still holding down his famous high falsettos.

The band took the stage on Saturday night, opening with one of their monster hits, "Boogie Wonderland." Later on in the show the band spoke fondly about Memphis being the home of their former lead singer and founder, White who grew up in South Memphis in the Foote Homes Housing Project.


‘Sesame Street’ goes to prison

SesameStPrison-600'Sesame Street' has been teaching children the ABCs and so much more for years. Now, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind 'Sesame Street,' unveils its newest initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration, for families with young children (ages 3–8) who have an incarcerated parent. This resource will be distributed through targeted outlets in communities by organizations, partners and individuals who reach these families.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration is designed to:

• support, comfort, and reduce anxiety, sadness, and confusion that young children may experience during the incarceration of a parent


Mariah Carey photo causes a stir

mariah-400A still from Lee Daniel's latest movie, "The Butler," is causing a bit of a ruckus on Twitter. The movie is about Eugene Allen, who retired as head butler of the White House in 1986. The photo shows Mariah Carey as a slave working in a cotton field with two other darker-skinned (assumed) slaves in the background.

The picture raised questions in some folks' minds about the historical accuracy of the film: How likely would it be that someone of Mariah's complexion would be working in the fields on a plantation?