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Lil Wayne writes song disrespecting Emmett till, family livid

Emmitt Till-500When a rapper says he's gonna "pop a pill" then "beat that p*ssy like Emmett Till," that's when we know that he might have gone just a little bit too far. But that's just what happened this week, and the Till family isn't happy.

Lil Wayne and Future, two very talented hip-hop artists, have decided to push the envelope of disrespect by releasing a song called "Karate Chop." In the song, Lil Wayne takes the liberty of turning the mutilated face of Emmett Till into a weary s*x organ, ridiculing the agony experienced by this young man many years ago.

The matter is made is even sadder by the fact that Till's legacy was trampled by Lil Wayne, Future and Universal Records right in the middle of Black History Month.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 02/15/2013

BeautifulCreatures-400For movies opening Feb. 15, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Beautiful Creatures" (PG-13 for violence, sexuality and scary images) Supernatural fantasy, set in a sleepy South Carolina town, revolving around the budding romance between a high school sophomore (Alden Ehrenreich) and a mysterious new classmate (Lena Duchannes) who's identical to the girl of his dreams. Stellar supporting cast includes Oscar-winners Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson and nominee Viola Davis, along with Emmy Rossum.

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‘Many Thousands Gone’ more than a stage play

Myron-Mays-160Although the month is a little shorter than the rest of them and Valentine's Day takes a lot of the attention during the month of February, it's still African American History Month. And there's still a lot to get out of it...even in 2013.

African American History Month is much more than just hearing that famous speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made right here in Memphis. It's much more than Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on the bus. There were many years of history even before then. As African Americans, our history in this country began with "slavery."

"Many Thousands Gone," the critically acclaimed stage play returns for African American History Month on next weekend. The play shines the spotlight on the life of the Negro slave, telling the story of strength in adversity and hope for freedom.

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Beyoncé: I feel a lot more like a woman

BEYONCE-ON-VOGUE-425Beyoncé's path to motherhood was rocky, but now that she's mom to one-year-old Blue Ivy, the entertainer says her life has opened up.

"I feel like I have something that has grounded me so much more," Bey tells Vogue in its March issue, which features her on the cover. These days, she says, baby Blue has become her "road dog. She's my homey, my best friend."

And it sounds like they've had that bond since day one. The 31-year-old singer admits that she was fearful leading up to the delivery, but when that day finally came she felt peaceful.

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Farrakhan on Lifetime movie’s ‘mis-education’

bassetblige-600Minister Louis Farrakhan has declared anew that "I did not kill Malcolm X."

That declaration is part of Farrakhan's response to the release of "Betty and Coretta" – a movie airing this month on the Lifetime channel.

The film's executive producer is nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige, who stars as Dr. Betty Shabazz, the widow of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (widely known as Malcolm X). Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King.

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Top ten DVD list for Feb. 12

BullyDVD-250“The Sessions”

“Girl Model”

“Photographic Memory”

“Bully”

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
 
“Robot & Frank”

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Is Scandal’s Olivia Pope the ‘Magical Negro?’

11scandal-450On the "Feminist Wire," male feminist Brandon Maxwell writes that "Scandal" is actually nothing special. It presents stereotypes with which Americans are comfortable, like patriarchal characters and a strong black woman who repeatedly saves the day, like the "magical negro" archetype.

Here's an excerpt from Maxwell's take:

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Top 5 moments at the Grammys

11GrammyRihanna-600Sunday night's 55th annual Grammy Awards were as much about the performances as it was the actual statues handed out.

The evening saw some powerful collaborations among artists, and all eyes were on one controversial performer. Here are the top 5 moments of the night:

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Tina Turner applies for Swiss citizenship

TinaT-600Singer Tina Turner is giving up her American passport to become a citizen of Switzerland, according to news reports.

"I am very happy in Switzerland, and I feel at home here. I could not imagine a better place to live," Turner told the Blick, a German newspaper. Turner, once part of the duo of Ike and Tina Turner, has lived since the mid-1990s in Kuesnacht, Switzerland, a suburb of Zurich.

Zuerichsee-Zeitung, a Lake Zurich, Switzerland, web portal for regional newspapers, reported that local authorities have approved Turner's citizenship application. State and federal authorities, however, must give their individual thumbs up.

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Countdown to Valentine’s Day

Myron-Mays-160Can you just feel it in the air? There's nothing like love, huh?

It's "Boo Season #2" – better known to the masses as St. Valentine's Day! It's that one day a year that you have to prove to that special someone how much you care...because the other 364 days just really don't matter.

It's also that one day per year that most guys seem to have a shortage of creativity. I've seen guys stand in line on Feb. 14th with an arm load of candy and roses and leftover cards from Walgreens because they waited to the last minute and simply did not do their proper planning.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 02/08/2013

IDthief02-600For movies opening February 8, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Identity Thief" (R for profanity and sexuality) Crime comedy about an account rep's (Jason Bateman) attempt to wrest control of his name back from the con artist (Melissa McCarthy) 2,000 miles away who stole his identity and went on a spending spree. Ensemble cast includes Amanda Peet, T.I., Jon Favreau, Morris Chestnut, John Cho and Robert Patrick.

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Grammy buzz a good fit for Tamela Mann

tamela-600For Tamela Mann and her legion of Christian-market fans, a truly historic weekend kicks off with a live performance at the University of Memphis' Rose Theatre on Friday evening.

A gospel-industry showstopper for two-plus decades, Mann will be bringing new fire for her repertoire. The fuel is the news that she's been nominated for her first Grammy Award for the No. 1 gospel single "Take Me To The King" from her aptly titled 2012 CD, "Best Day."

Sounding wonderfully enthusiastic and down to earth, Mann shared the Grammy news and more with The New Tri-State Defender during a telephone interview from her home in Dallas on Wednesday.

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Historical musical scores another hit for Stax Museum

sacredsoul-1-600The "Sacred Side of Soulsville" – performed at the Cannon Center Tuesday evening (Feb. 5) – brought the word pastiche to mind. Pronounced "pas-tēsh," it paints a picture of "stylistic imitation."

With that backdrop, I can say definitively that the celebration of the Stax Museum's 10th anniversary hit a distinct high note with a play performance so apropo for African American History Month.

Combining a Broadway-style performance troupe from Soulsville Charter School and the Stax Music Academy as orchestra and stage troupe, the show's writer, Justin Merrick, began the stage story in Grandville, Miss., lighting up the stage with a pyrotechnic intro of an eloquent dance sequence depicting slavery.

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