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Vegas move yields ‘Dream Girls’ role

IMG 20130107 003257-600Memphians are making moves! Need proof? Well, native Memphian Markevius Faulkner has scored a role in a Las Vegas stage production of "Dream Girls."

Faulkner received the role after moving to Las Vegas, where he had been staying for several months before he even knew of the "Dream Girls" audition.

Impressions matter and Faulkner had made a lasting one on the "Dream Girls'" producer while auditioning earlier for a role in "The Color Purple." That's why he got the call to audition for the part of CeCe in "Dream Girls."


MLK Day: ‘Not just a day off, a day on’

This Monday, Jan. 21, is MLK Day. What does that mean to you? Well, it should mean much more than just an extra day at the house or seeing an overabundance of commercials that feature the likeness of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The day should be much more than just hearing the phrase, "I Have a Dream," played over and over again on television. It should even mean more than just the commemoration of Dr. King's birthday.


Does hip-hop have a place on ‘American Idol’

americanIdol-600Fans should prepare for some changes when "American Idol" returns to Fox on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but one change they won't be seeing is a larger emphasis on hip-hop.

With Nicki Minaj joining the judges' panel last year, it was questioned if "Idol" would see an uptick in artists closer to Minaj's profile: rap artists who can also sing.

But, "Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told CNN during a press call last week, he doesn't see that happening anytime soon.


Top ten DVD list for Jan. 15, 2013

"5 Broken Cameras"

"The Intouchables"

"The White Meadows"


"Won't Back Down"

"Putin's Kiss"


Marlon & the Paranormal

ahauntedhousemovie09-600The multi-talented Marlon Wayans talks about his latest film, "A Haunted House," a spoof of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise.

Kam Williams: Hi Marlon, thanks for another interview. How ya' been, bro?

MW: I'm good, Kam. Thanks for having me.

KW: Where did you find the inspiration to write this film?


Crazy about ‘Nazie!’

11nazieBOTSW-Hushpuppy-400Quvenzhané "Nazie" Wallis opens up in this interview that foreshadowed her Oscar nomination on Thursday.

Nazie was born on August 28, 2003, in Houma, Louisiana where she attends Honduras Elementary School. She is the daughter of Venjie and Qulyndreia Wallis, and sister to Qunyquekya, Vejon and Venjie Jr.


Oscar buzz: Quvenzhane comes up big

quvenzhane-wallis-400(CNN) Rising child star Quvenzhane Wallis found herself nominated to win an Oscar for best actress when the 85th Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning.

Wallis has wowed audiences with her stellar performance in "Beasts of the Southern Wild." The other best-actress nominees are Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible") and Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour").


Flo Roach & Deltas shine in Hollywood

9dstfloroach-600Florence "Flo" Roach – surrounded by numerous celebrities and dignitaries – took center stage on New Year's Day, receiving the "Shining Star Award" from her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Well-known for her stellar work in the arts and education, Roach was invited to Los Angeles for the presentation, which was made during the Deltas' Hollywood Gala, a kick-off celebration of the sorority's 100th anniversary. The glitzy black-tie affair was held at Club Nokia – LA Live.


Memphis’ future is ‘All Over Town’

9NyahNileintrophoto-4-600I am Nyah Nile and I am "All Over Town." In 2013, I am going to give the readers of The New Tri-State Defender everything I live in Memphis.

I am going to try new things, push out of my comfort zone and maybe even make you a little uncomfortable. I am going to let you see Memphis through my lens and filter. I'll share myriad things that move and interest me and ignite the creative fire.


‘Voice of King’ returns to Memphis

9kingplay2-600Not much of the inner city ever makes it all the way to Collierville. The tranquil, serene settings of the Memphis suburb belie the drama and shortcomings of its urban neighbor.

The two worlds join in theatrical harmony on January 15th at the Harrell Theater when Rabia Louis Haynes brings his one-man play, "If Martin Luther King, Jr. Were Alive Today," back to Collierville for the second year.


Madea: Strong black woman?

Yes, you read the headline right. And you will be reading right when you see that the man making the assertion that Tyler Perry's renowned Madea character is a strong black woman is none other than Minister Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam.

Yes, he did. Many might expect Minister Farrakhan to denounce the character that has been referred to by so many people as "ghetto" and "buffoonish." Minister Farrakhan, however, makes an interesting point when he says that he doesn't see the Madea character as a man dressed in women's clothing.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 01/08/2013

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"Gangster Squad" (R for profanity and graphic violence) Mob saga, set in the '40s, revolving around the efforts of a half-dozen detectives to prevent the Mafia from gaining a foothold in Los Angeles. Ensemble cast includes Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie and Giovanni Ribisi.


Top Ten DVD list for Jan. 8, 2013


"Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden"

"American Masters: Inventing David Geffen"