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Star power on board for evening with UNCF

Star power on board for evening with UNCF

Actor-comedian Anthony Anderson, co-star of NBC's "Guys With Kids," will host the 34th annual UNCF An Evening of Stars® Educating our Future extravaganza – a nationally televised variety show.

The show – presented by Target – premieres nationwide on Saturday, Jan. 26 (check local listings for stations and times) and airs on BET Networks on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at 9 p.m. CST.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 01/17/2013

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 01/17/2013

For movies opening January 18, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Broken City" (R for sexuality, violence and pervasive profanity) Revenge thriller about a streetwise ex-cop (Mark Wahlberg) hell-bent on evening the score after being framed by the Mayor of New York (Russell Crowe). Supporting cast includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright and Barry Pepper.

"The Last Stand" (R for profanity and pervasive graphic violence) Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this present-day Western about a disgraced, LAPD narcotics detective who gets a shot at redemption when a drug kingpin (Eduardo Noriega) on the 10 Most Wanted List makes a break for Mexico through the sleepy border town where he's now serving as sheriff. Featuring Forest Whitaker, Harry Dean Stanton and Johnny Knoxville.

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Vegas move yields ‘Dream Girls’ role

Vegas move yields ‘Dream Girls’ role

Memphians 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."

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  • Written by Deidra Shores/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

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.

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

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

Fans 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.

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  • Written by Breeanna Hare/CNN

Marlon & the Paranormal

Marlon & the Paranormal

The 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?

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