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We Want Marvin!

Marvin Gaye in 1973-160Just when we thought we were gonna get a Marvin Gaye movie, it might be snatched away from us...again!

Remember when news of the movie first came out and Jessie L. Martin of NBC's "Law & Order" was attached to it?

Then for some reason it didn't happen. Maybe it's just me, but I don't believe that Martin was actually officially cast in the project. It sure seemed like the sensible thing since he looks so much like Marvin Gaye. The producers saw it differently and decided to cast Lenny Kravitz in the role.


5 things we learned at SXSW 2013



The techie fest known as South by Southwest Interactive has gotten so big that trends are hard to quantify. But it can be done. Here are five takeaways from the past five days.


Austin, Texas (CNN) -- Hoopla surrounding South by Southwest Interactive, the techie festival that wrapped up here Tuesday, has exploded in recent years.




ProfessU.com spotlights hip hop and pop culture positives

professu creators-400ProfessU.com is where hip hop and pop culture meet education. The web site was created by educators Dr. John P. Hamilton and Dr. John Spruill III, and their goal is to capture the positive essences of hip hop and pop culture in trending news, and create original content in the same vein.

ProfessU "flips the script" to give the world a glimpse of conversations with high profile individuals, allowing those interviewed to discuss their lives, dreams, and perspectives on the industry or world events.

ProfessU wants visitors to experience these individuals' "humble beginnings," and become a witness to how many have tapped into the academy as an option for opportunity, or used their newfound wealth to assist others.


First impressions: Justin Timberlake’s ‘20/20 Experience’

Justin Timberlake album-415Justin Timberlake made us wait almost seven years before releasing a new album, and now that he has our attention, he's going to take his time.

His 10-track, roughly 70-minute record, "The 20/20 Experience," was made available as a free stream on iTunes Monday night, a week ahead of its official release date.

The first impression reviews haven't deemed it a perfect disc, but the resounding response is positive. Mr. Timberlake can certainly feel good about his much anticipated return.


This week’s DVD releases - March 13, 2013

life-of-pi-poster2-500"Life of Pi"

"You've Been Trumped"

"Sholem Aleichem"




‘Don’t feed the trolls’: Racism on YouTube

franchesca-600AUSTIN, Texas – In five years on YouTube, Franchesca Ramsey says, only one of the nearly 200 videos she's posted has been explicitly about race.

Yet when the actress, comedian and video blogger hosted a meet-up with fans here at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, only three out of about 300 of them were white.

Of course that one video, "S**t White Girls Say ... to Black Girls," has accounted for nearly 10 million of the roughly 18 million views her videos have gotten, combined.


Top 10 breakup songs

You could feel it coming. It's like when you know the rain is coming and you can feel it in your bones. It's about to be over. You and who you thought was the love of your life are breaking up. Sometimes there is a conversation, sometimes just a text. Then there are things that only a song can communicate. Keep this list right next to the refrigerator filled with ice cream or next to a big bottle of brown liquor.


Notorious B.I.G. and his Coogi fashion history

biggiecoogi-400Saturday marked the 16th anniversary of the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G., and Vibe took a look at the MC's relationship with the Coogi fashion brand and who wore it before him, like one of America's favorite dads.

During the mid-90s, Christopher Wallace undoubtedly made it a hood priority to rock the iconic knit pattern. However, he wasn't the first to put a generation of urban style seekers onto the COOGI brand.

Back in the 80s, another figure in African-American pop culture made COOGI—more importantly, their sweaters – a go-to for guaranteed freshness: Bill Cosby. Everyone's favorite TV dad made the COOGI sweater a staple on his timeless sitcom, "The Cosby Show" (1984 – 1992).


Michael Jordan to get hitched



By CNN Staff
March 8, 2013 -- Updated 1416 GMT (2216 HKT)

(CNN) -- Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan applied for a marriage license Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jordan, who just turned 50, is set to marry Yvette Prieto.

The marriage to the Cuban-American model would be the second for Jordan, now the majority owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. Jordan played in the NBA for many years, most with the Chicago Bulls for 13 seasons beginning in 1984-85. He led the Bulls to six NBA championships.

His scoring feats have led many to regard him as the greatest player ever and led the Bulls to six NBA championships. He averaged 30.1 points per game, the highest in NBA history. He led the league in scoring a record 10 times. He ranks third on the NBA all-time scoring list with 32,292 points,

The All-Star played at the University of North Carolina before he went into the NBA. He was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 03/07/2013

TH-Dead-Man-Down-600For movies opening March 8, 2013


"Dead Man Down" (R for sexuality, violence and pervasive profanity) Multilayered whodunit, set in NYC, about a couple of grieving neighbors (Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace) who flirt before bonding because of a mutual passion for revenge. A-list cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Isabelle Huppert, Terrance Howard, Dominic Cooper and Armand Assante.


Catching up with Anthony Hamilton

Anthony-Hamilton-600Contemporary soul and R&B star Anthony Hamilton recently gave me a message for Memphis and Mississippi.

"Memphis and Mississippi, I love you," said the ultra-cool Hamilton in an exclusive, backstage interview with The New Tri-State Defender after his performance at the Landers Center in DeSoto County last Sunday night (March 3).

That love, said Hamilton, goes beyond Memphis-area support for his music. It's a genuine affection that reflects his recognition that people here enjoy life and aren't afraid to go to a concert and have a good time.


‘American Idol’ ratings – don’t dump it all on Nicki Minaj

Myron-Mays-160"American Idol" is back in the news and this time it's not all Nicki Minaj...well, maybe just a little bit. Apparently ratings are at an all-time low, with reports that viewers are just not feeling Nicki.

Might be true, but I'll be fair. I don't think it's all Nicki. The show itself is partially at fault as well. It has stayed around too long and has been essentially forced upon us lately.

I'll put it this way, if "American Idol" is the houseguest who stayed too long, Nicki Minaj is like an extra houseguest the invitee brought along with getting an OK. They showed up in the same car.


Around the globe with Logan Westbrooks

LoganWestbrooks-2-600Logan H. Westbrooks kicked off Black History Month 2013 at Indiana University with his signature lecture titled "Bustin' Loose: Breaking Racial Barriers in the Music Industry." The subject matter was fitting because the Memphis native is a music industry pioneer.

"I decided to pursue a career in music while participating in a management training program at RCA Victor Distributing Corporation in Chicago in 1966," said Westbrooks, a Booker T. Washington High School graduate.