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"




A case for Nas, hip-hop’s finest MC

S007017698-600Let's begin with a disclaimer: Nas doesn't endorse the following sentence.

But he's the greatest lyricist of all time.

Those words were carefully chosen: "lyricist" over "rapper" or "hip-hop artist;" "greatest" instead of "most successful;" "all time" rather than "today."


Trey Songz: The ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ interview

texaschainsaw3d-03-600Trey Songz – undeniably one of music's hottest R&B artists today – talks about his latest film, "Texas Chainsaw 3D," where he co-stars as Ryan opposite Alexandra Daddario.

Kam Williams: Hi Trey, thanks for the interview.

Trey Songz: Hey, Kam, what's up?

KW: What interested you in "Texas Chainsaw 3D?"


A timely, fitness primer strictly for sisters!

"Let's face it, ladies, as black women we have issues when it comes to food and exercise... If you're like me, you sometimes reminisce about the good ole days... when you could eat whatever you wanted [and] you didn't have to exercise.

So what happened? Was it age? Your love of fast food? Heredity? Soul food is typically high in fat, sodium and sugar... We've let our hairstyles determine the size of our waistlines, and it's killing us! Pride in your appearance shouldn't stop at the neck.


The trombone that landed on Bruno Mars

FreshFruitAsaesnCCAAE0j-600Mars – the fourth planet from the Sun – is the second smallest planet in the Solar System. Fictional Martians have been a recurring feature of popular entertainment over the last two centuries. Still the question remains: "Does life exists on Mars."

While astronomers debate and differ, Kameron Timothy Whalum keeps demonstrating to us that the answer is a resounding, "Yes! There is life on Mars." Bruno that is, as in singer-songwriter and record producer.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 01/02/2013

For movies opening Jan. 4, 2013


"Texas Chainsaw 3-D" (R for grisly violence and pervasive profanity) 7th installment of the enduring horror franchise finds an unsuspecting heiress (Alexandra Daddario) travelling to a tiny Texas town to take possession of the mansion she has just inherited only to discover a bloodthirsty madman (Dan Yeager) lurking in the shadows. With Trey Songz, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood (Clint's son).


Blacktrospective 2012

thinklikeaman-600The Best in Black Cinema

Best Big Budget Black Films

1. "Think Like a Man"
2. "Sparkle"
3. "Good Deeds"
4. "Flight"
5. "Won't Back Down"
6. "Men in Black III"
7. "Safe House"
8. "Madea's Witness Protection"
9. "Red Tails"
10. "Red Hook Summer"


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 12/27/2012

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"Django Unchained" (R for profanity, nudity, ethnic slurs and graphic violence) Jamie Foxx stars as the title character in Quentin Tarantino's revenge-tinged Western about a slave-turned-bounty hunter's search for his wife and slave owners with whom he wants to settle a score. Cast includes Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.


What’s Happening Myron? 2012: Year in Review

It's time for my annual push – five years running – at recapping most of the memorable moments of the past year. Here we go:

In the world of music

Beyoncé gave birth to her first child, Blue Ivy. This is perhaps the richest African-American baby ever born.

"Chrihanna" made their return in 2012. Chris Brown and Rihanna that is.


Quentin Tarantino: The ‘Django Unchained’ interview

QTarantino-600With a vibrant imagination and dedication to rich, layered storytelling, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation. Here, he talks about his new movie, "Django Unchained," a Western featuring Jamie Foxx in the title role as a slave-turned-bounty hunter, and co-starring Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington.

Kam Williams: Hi Quentin, thanks for the interview.


TSD iTeen: Emma’s ‘got-Talent’ moment

AGT2-600The highly popular talent show "Americas Got Talent" rolled into Memphis recently in search of unique and jaw-dropping talents. My guitarist/ singer-friend, Emma Web, got word of the audition from her mother.

Emma immediately shifted into search-mode, looking high and low for the perfect song to sing at the "America's Got Talent" (AGT) audition that she secured by waiting in line for almost an hour.