Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 12/21/2012

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"The Guilt Trip" (PG-13 for violence, profanity and drug use) Dysfunctional family comedy about a scientist (Seth Rogen) who, against his better judgment, invites his overbearing mother (Barbara Streisand) to tag along on a cross-country journey in search of a distributor for his new invention. With Ari Graynor, Kathy Najimy, Colin Hanks, Nora Dunn and Casey Wilson.


On day of appreciation, Stax students deliver!

STAXCarolers-1-600Astounding harmony and sweet melodies of the Holiday season were delivered Wednesday by the Stax Music Academy's "Street Harmony Group" during their day of appreciation.

Directed by Justin Merrick, operations manager, vocal/choreography director, the group of talented student singers and musicians went caroling to their major business donors and supporters. They arrived downtown at the offices of The New Tri-State Defender about 10 a.m., and boy, did they put on a show.


Simple steps to start an art collection

Soldiers-at-Camp--600Art collecting is a profitable practice that few people embrace. Huge art and artifact collections like that of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are filled with original works by key figures in the legacy of African-American culture.

Quite literally, the Kinsey's are the stewards of numerous important African-American works of art and artifacts. Though the bevy of artists in their collection is atypical, it is a testament to the importance of keeping your mind and your pocket open to art.


10 Best Black Books of 2012

Iconic-book-3001. "Tuskegee Love Letters"
by Kim Russell

2. "Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman"
by Lakesia D. Johnson

3. "Help Me to Find My People: The African-American Search for Family Lost in Slavery"
by Heather Andrea Williams


What’s Happening Myron?: Soul, comedy and ‘gifts’

As the holidays and 2012 come to a close, here are a few events to round out the rest of your year.

Spirit Magazine

Join Spirit Magazine for the "Spirit Making a Difference Awards" Banquet on Thursday (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis located at 3500 Central. Music will feature national recording artists James Fortune and Courtney Little. For more information, call 901-396-7957, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at


This week's DVD releases


Top Ten DVD list for Dec. 18, 2012

"Premium Rush"

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"



Gabby: Read all about her


It's easy to see how Gabrielle Douglas, the charming teen gymnast and first African American to win the individual all-around Olympic gold, can be an inspiration for generations of young black girls and boys. As a 16-year-old African-American girl from Iowa, she gave performances at the London 2012 Games that showed remarkable spirit and determination.

But it wasn't necessarily an easy road to glory. In her charming new autobiography, "Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith" – written with O, the Oprah Magazine founding editor Michelle Burford – Gabby reveals sacrifices her family made to get her ready for the Olympics. For example, some of her siblings had to give up a few hobbies to direct money toward her gymnastics training.


L.A. Reid leaving 'The X Factor'

1038039-LA-REID-1.jpg"The X Factor" fans may be looking forward to next week's finals, when a male country singer, a girl band and a female soloist battle it out for a $5 million record contract. But the end of season two will be another finale of sorts, as judge L.A. Reid announced Thursday he is leaving the show.

No, he didn't say he's mad at Simon Cowell.


The Xavier Cordell Crawford Story

Xavier-400For Kelvin Cowans, aka Six~Four, his latest literary effort is book number three. It follows (the e-book) "The Most Evil Person I Ever Met: My Time in Prison with Lemaricus Davidson" and "Eye For an Eye," which he sold out of his trunk after starting it while incarcerated.

It's been a tough ride, said Cowans of the endeavor to produce "1st Down & 100 Years to Go. The Xavier Cordell Crawford Story."


The Rise, fall and rise of Stephen A. Smith

stephenA-400Stephen A. Smith lives on television. Morning, noon or night you can almost always find him on your flat screen somewhere on ESPN, chopping it up – loudly, rapidly, humorously but certainly intelligently, honestly and incisively.

His is a presence we have come to know and love...or loathe, depending on how you like your opinions.


What’s Happening Myron?: 12/12/2012

Trey Songz, Miguel and Elle Varner are coming to Memphis. Not sure if this is your thing, but your kids probably already knows this. If you only recognize one name out of the three, you can ask them who the other two people are, because they know. You can also ask them if they would like to see them in concert. They'll say yes. In other words, they really want to go.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 12/11/2012

For movies opening Dec. 14, 2012


"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (PG-13 for epic battle scenes and scary images) Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) directed this adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel about a human-like creature with furry feet (Martin Freeman) who is prompted by a wizard (Ian McKellen) to embark on an epic with 13 dwarfs to wrest control of a lost kingdom from the clutches of a fearsome dragon. With Richard Armitage, Ken Stott and Graham McTavish.


TV One unchains 'Django'


TV One's Cathy Hughes sits down with Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino and more to go deep into the world of the new slave revenge flick "Django Unchained" in an upcoming special.

"Djanjo Unchained: The TV One Special' is set for 6 p.m. (CT) on Saturday (Dec. 15). Set in the Deep South, the film follows Django (Foxx), a freed slave who treks across America with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a bounty hunter.