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Top Ten DVD List for December 11, 2012

AfterKony-500Top Ten DVD List for December 11, 2012

"After Kony: Staging Hope"

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 12/07/2012

For movies opening Dec.r 7, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Playing for Keeps" (PG-13 for profanity, sexual situations and an intense image) Romantic comedy revolving around a retired pro athlete (Gerard Butler) with a checkered past who's effort to woo back his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) by coaching their son's (Noah Lomax) soccer team goes awry when some of his players' moms start flirting with him. With Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid and Judy Greer.

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‘Sin City’ sequel has its man

DHaysbert-600The "Sin City" sequel is working to bring "24's" Dennis Haysbert aboard as the lethal character Manute, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, the latter of whom created the "Sin City" comics, knew they couldn't bring the story of "A Dame to Kill For" to the big screen without that character.

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What’s Happening Myron? Holiday events

The Holidays are a wonderful time of the year...even if they tend to start earlier and earlier each year. However, at least I did get a chance to get Thanksgiving out of the way before I got around to getting into Christmas.

As it gets deeper into the Holiday season, you might have felt the urge to participate in a few holiday festivities. Well, of course the "What's Happening Man" delivers once again. From shopping to helping the needy to downright partying until the break of dawn, I got you covered for your Holiday activities.

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Photo book shows Whitney through the years

WhitneyHouston-600It's been nine months since pop music superstar Whitney Houston passed away, but her legacy continues to live on via television musical tributes, a recently released Greatest Hits compilation, the DVD release of her final film work, "Sparkle," and a critically panned reality show starring her family members.

"These projects are just some of the things that are a continuation of her legacy," said her sister-in-law/manager, Pat Houston. "They're showing Whitney in a very beautiful light. For the past 10 years or more, it has been very turbulent with the media and her personal life."

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theGrio’s healthy cooking series: Chef Bryant Terry

bryantterry-600Chef Bryant Terry has focused the last 10 years of his career on food justice activism. And the first step toward food justice, he says, is to empower people to cook at home and share meals with family and friends. Through his efforts, Terry works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.

His books are evidence. His most recent project, The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus, showcases recipes and cooking tips using whole, fresh, seasonal ingredients — complete with a focus on nutrition.

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‘Who Is Black in America?’

whoisblack-1Kam Williams: Hi Soledad, thanks for another interview.

Soledad O'Brien: Thank you, Kam.

KW: Let's talk about your upcoming special. Where did you come up with the idea for Who Is Black in America?

SO: We were thinking about universal themes for "Black in America" that really touch people, that really matter to people, and one of the themes that we kept coming up with was colorism, discrimination based on skin tone. It was fascinating to hear the conversations that were happening between people who were light-skinned, people who were dark-skinned, and people somewhere in between. Just the hurt, the pain and anger on all sides was very interesting.

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Urban spin powers Hattiloo’s Scrooge

It's that time of year again and a community favorite has returned for another holiday season. "If Scrooge Was a Brother" is now playing at the Hattiloo Theatre through Dec. 23.

Written by Hattiloo Theatre founder and director Ekundayo Bandele, "If Scrooge Was a Brother" is an urban spin of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". The musical tells the story of Eb Scroo's ideological, ethical and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 11/29/2012

For movies opening Nov. 30, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Killing Them Softly" (R for violence, drug use, sexual references and pervasive profanity) Screen adaptation of the George V. Higgins crime thriller of the same name about a hit man (Brad Pitt) hired to investigate the heist of a mob-protected poker game. Cast includes Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepard and Max Casella.

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Prosody: A journey into the mind of a Memphis stage band

prosodyProsody (prä-sə-dē) - noun. 1. The study of versification; especially: the systematic study of metrical structure; 2. a particular system, theory or style of versification; 3. the rhythmic and intonational aspect of language.

"Everybody from Memphis, baby," said Vick Lampkin, manager of the surging Memphis stage band, Prosody.

"Carlos (Strong) is from Whitehaven, Wallace (Walker) is from North Memphis, Johnathin (Rayborn) is from Westwood, Marcus (Malone) is from Collierville. These are good guys, church boys. Marcus isn't here now because he's in Bible study," said Lampkin, who insists that he reigns from East Memphis' legendary Kirby High School.

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HBCU Classic Weekend set to sport its growth

The 2nd Annual Memphis HBCU Classics takes place this weekend, building upon excitement that has been in the air for the past few weeks. This year's events have expanded into more than just a series of games and now include an HBCU mixer, a job fair, a college fair, and an ACT study session.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 11/22/2012

For movies opening Thanksgiving, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Life of Pi" (PG for mature themes and scary action sequences) Oscar-winner Ang Lee (for Brokeback Mountain) directs this 3-D adaptation of Yann Martel's magical novel chronicling a shipwrecked zookeeper's (Suraj Sharma) ordeal after being stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a Bengal tiger. With Irrfan Khan, Gerard Depardieu and Rafe Spall.

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Dr. Steve Perry: The man behind ‘Save My Son’

Steve-Perry"Due to my lifestyle and the work that I do, I travel a lot. The two cities that I must say I travel to the most are Atlanta, Ga. – due to my CNN work – and Memphis, Tenn. – due to speaking engagements. So when I speak about Memphis, trust that I know what I'm talking about. Although I'm totally plugged in on the school merger and exact issues that came to bring it about, I do know that Memphis children are beautiful and Memphis is going to have to take a stand and have just as much pride in its children as it does its barbecue."

– Dr. Steve Perry

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