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Queen Latifah set to host new talk show

Queen Latifah set to host new talk show

She's conquered hip-hop, Hollywood and Broadway; but now Queen Latifah is out to conquer daytime television with a new talk show. "The Queen Latifah Show" debuts nationally on Sept. 16. For Latifah, t

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  • Written by NNPA News Service

Book Review: ‘The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks’

Book Review: ‘The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks’

Rosa Parks' (1913-2005) contribution to the civil rights movement has been conveniently reduced by most historians to that fateful day in December of 1955 on which she inspired the Montgomery bus boycott by refusing to surrender her seat to a white person.

According to legend, the revered heroine's act of civil disobedience came as a consequence of her just being tired rather than as a result of any political strategy or sense of social conscious.

Truth be told, Rosa Parks had already been involved in the African-American struggle for equality for over a decade. Even as a child, she picked up a brick to defend herself when a racist boy tried to bully her. And as a teenager, she fought back against a white man who was sexually assaulting her, explaining, "If he wanted to kill me and rape a dead body, he was welcome, but he'd have to kill me first."

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A UniverSoul Big Top Party

A UniverSoul Big Top Party

The circus with a purpose – UniverSoul Circus – was back in Memphis on Tuesday, with some new acts and the same agenda.

The only African-American Circus in the world, UniverSoul Circus always makes a point to tell the children to tell their parents that they love them and that they thank them for bringing them to the circus.

Tuesday's opening-night performance started with a local flavor, featuring The Millennium Madness Fancy Trick Drill Team that many have seen do their thing at the Southern Heritage Classic, area high schools and other Memphis venues.

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  • Written by Warren Roseborough

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/29/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/29/2013

For movies opening Aug. 30, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Closed Circuit" (R for profanity and brief violence) Legal thriller about a couple of ex-lover lawyers (Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall) whose lives are threatened when they decide to defend the prime suspect (Dennis Moschitto) in the terrorist bombing of a bustling London market. With Jim Broadbent, Ciaran Hinds and Claudia Simmons-Howe.

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Home Grown Funk – Family Reunion

Home Grown Funk – Family Reunion

One of the most fun things in life is reminiscing, and this Friday (Aug. 30) the New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale Street, will feel like the inside of a way-back machine, with a special musical performance by Home Grown Funk.

Quite a few Memphians have connection to the band that became a household name but never made it over the national hump.

"I've met so many people over the years who have come up to me and told me how they will never forget Home Grown Funk," said Jerry "Big Jerry" Jones, who formed the band in 1972, along with John Harris and Alvin Potts (keyboards). The trio then expanded to include Lee Chastain (bass) and James Lewis (guitar).

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  • Written by Tony Jones

Celeb Cam: Candid Shots of the Week

Celeb Cam: Candid Shots of the Week

Keri Hilson and Nicole Murphy vacation in Europe, Christina Milian and Vanessa L. Williams go horseback riding, and Phaedra Parks shows off her baby. See these and more candid celebrity photos from so

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  • Written by Essence

What’s happening? UniverSoul Circus, Delta Fair & Stone Soul

What’s happening? UniverSoul Circus, Delta Fair & Stone Soul

If you haven't gotten out with the family in a while here's your chance to turn that around!

It's BIG family fun under the big top as the UniverSoul Circus returns Memphis, next Tuesday (Aug. 27) through Monday (Sept. 2) at the Hickory Ridge Mall. If you haven't gotten a chance to check out this circus, you have missed a really fun experience. Put it on your calendar and make plans to take the family. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Family fun continues with the Delta Fair Friday Aug. 30 through Sept. 8. Fun games, rides and a lot of fair food, that's always good, right? They even have special discount rates for students as well as wristbands. It's taking place at the Agricenter located at 7777 Walnut Grove. For more information, visit www.deltafest.com.

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