"American Idol" champ Fantasia Barrino is warming her pipes for a jazzy production this fall.
The season three "Idol" winner has been confirmed as the first guest star to be featured in the Broadway musical "After Midnight."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the musical revue celebrates Duke Ellington's days at Harlem's legendary Cotton Club, and will have a rotation of headliners to mimic the big names that graced the Cotton Club's stage at its peak.
The grill was smoking. The music was pumping. The kids were playing. The New Tri-State Defender's Let's Move Memphis Summer Health Fair and Family Fun Day was off to a terrific start.
This year's event returned to the Orange Mound Community Center, and the citizens of Orange Mound were glad about it.
Co-hosted by State Rep. G.A. Hardaway, the event also drew other politicians and concerned community activists. Congressman Steve Cohen was on hand to help pass out hot dogs, hamburgers and cold sodas to the community. Event sponsor Methodist HealthCare provided free health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose testing for the very grateful attendees.
For movies opening July 17, 2013
"The Conjuring" (R for disturbing violence and scenes of terror) Fact-based horror flick about a couple of paranormal investigators (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) hired to help a family terrorized by an evil force inside their secluded farmhouse. Cast includes Lily Taylor, Joey King and Ron Livingston.
"Red 2" (PG-13 for profanity, drug use and pervasive violence) Espionage thriller finds former, CIA Agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) coaxed back out of retirement and reunited with his elite team of spies to track down a portable nuclear bomb that's landed in the hands of terrorists. With Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Mary- Louise Parker and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
"R.I.P.D." (PG-13 for violence, profanity, sensuality and sexual references) Fantasy comedy about a recently deceased cop (Ryan Reynolds) who tries to solve his own murder with the help of a new partner (Jeff Bridges) after joining a police department for the undead. Support cast includes Kevin Bacon, James Hong and Mary-Louise Parker.
Musician Stevie Wonder has vowed to stay out of Florida until the state repeals its "stand your ground" law.
The law allows people to meet "force with force" if they believe they or someone else is in danger of being seriously harmed by an assailant.
"I decided today that until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," Wonder told the audience at a concert in Quebec on Sunday night. "As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."
In an industry where love and marriage is as inconstant as the latest box office or Billboard ratings, Denzel and Pauletta Washington have defied the odds.
The power couple graces the cover of Ebony magazine's August issue. And, in a cover story celebrating black love, the couple discusses the ingredients for their successful marriage: The Washingtons celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 25.
"There's no magical mystery to (staying together). ... We go through up and downs like any couple," Denzel told Ebony writer Shirley Henderson, as quoted by the Huffington Post.
For 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.