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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/28/2012

madea-witnessFor movies opening June 29, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Madea's Witness Protection Program" (PG-13 for crude sexual remarks and brief drug references) Tyler Perry's back in drag for another madcap adventure. This go-round, we find the pistol packin' granny hiding the family of a Wall St. whistleblower (Eugene Levy) who's on the run from mobsters after agreeing to testify in federal court about his company's Ponzi scheme. With Romeo, John Amos, Tom Arnold, Denise Richards and Marla Gibbs.

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Tyler Perry: The ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ interview

madea-400Tyler Perry practices what he preaches, and what he preaches has endeared him to millions of fans drawn by that unique blend of spiritual hope and down-home humor that continues to shape his inspiring life story and extraordinary body of work.

Here, he talks about his latest film, "Madea's Witness Protection," which he not only wrote, directed and produced, but also stars in, playing three roles, including the sassy, straight-talking title character.

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‘El’ seems focused this time around

EL-DeBargeby Nona Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Listening to the title cut from El DeBarge's 2010 release, it is clear that the song is about a second chance at love. Scratch below the surface of "Second Chances" and a deeper meaning emerges for the R&B crooner.

I spoke with El on Saturday (June 16) before his Mud Island Amphitheater appearance at Funk Fest 2012 at the Mud Island Amphitheater. (Yes, I got a hug!)

With a widely-publicized history of drug abuse and a host of related concert cancellations, many fans were not confident that he would show for the Funk Fest.

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Make mine F-U-N-K-Y, and leave room to dance!

FunkFest-JamminI left my house knowing that funk was in my near future, fully expecting it to fill my camera lenses to overflow.

Yes it was Funky in Memphis on Saturday (June 16), particularly at the Mud Island Amphitheatre, where a capacity crowd gathered to get funked up at Funk Fest 2012.

It was a show of stars, from hip hop to R&B crooners to some nasty funk. You want names? OK, try these: Frankie Beverly & Maze, Charlie Wilson, El DeBarge and Slick Rick.

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Farewell to another ‘Moesha’ show star

If I didn't have to write about the death of actress and comedian Yvette Wilson, I would never have to admit that "Moesha" was one of my favorite TV shows. Not because I really loved Brandy, but because I liked the entire cast.

One of my cast favorites was Wilson's character, Andell, the role she was best known for not only on "Moesha," but also on it's spin off, "The Parkers." Wilson died of cervical cancer last week. She was 48 years old.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/21/2012

abelincoln-vampire-hunterFor movies opening June 22, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (R for brief sexuality and pervasive violence) Screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's revisionist historical novel based on Honest Abe's (Benjamin Walker) supposed secret diary relating how he saved the day when bloodthirsty vampires attempted to enslave the people of the United States. With Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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Shopping economically smart – and with style!

ThriftFashion-1-600x434by Danielle Taylor
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

OK, the economy generally is down in the dumps, but that does not mean that fashion has to be too.

Still want to look fabulous on a few dollars? Well, let's take a walk down to the fashion corner 411 and confront the challenge of finding something hot – but cool – for the summer.

On a recent thrift-oriented excursion for The New Tri-State Defender, we found a bonanza of outfits at Goodwill.

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ArtPlace grant ‘lifts’ Soulsville USA neighborhood

Mslimhome-200Soulsville USA, the neighborhood that spawned Stax Records, is the target of an ambitious revitalization plan building on the community's musical heritage and a decade of community investment from public and private sources. A $678,195 grant from Chicago-based ArtPlace will give the plan a significant jump-start.

The project includes transforming an historically significant building — the former home of bluesman Memphis Slim (John Len Chatman) — in the neighborhood surrounding LeMoyne-Owen College into "Memphis Slim's Collaboratory," a new arts center that will feature artist collaborations, music/studio training, and video-casting of neighborhood oral histories.

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Chris Brown, Rihanna: Is the way they were, the way they are?

Here's another good reason not to take anything that happens in the entertainment world too seriously. Remember that time when Chris Brown and Rihanna used to date, and that domestic violence thing that happened in the car right before the Grammys?

Well, of course you do. The story really never went away. It's seems that their relationship didn't either. Apparently the two found some common ground recently at Jay-Z's 40/40, watching the Miami Heat/Boston Celtics playoff game.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/14/2012

For movies opening June 15, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Rock of Ages" (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, heavy drinking and suggestive dancing) Screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, set in L.A. in 1987, revolving around a waitress (Julianne Hough) and busboy (Diego Boneta) who fall in love at first sight while pursuing their dreams of superstardom. A-list cast includes Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominees Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Paul Giamatti, along with Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige and Will Forte.

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‘The World in Your Lunch Box’ is a recipe for fun

World-in-Your-Lunch-BoxMom says you're getting to be a "big-enough" kid.

This summer, she says, you're big enough to start making the family's lunches. She says you need to learn how to cook and make meals – and that does not mean PB-&-J every day, either.

You learned a little about food in school but since you want to do a good job with this new chore, you want to learn more. So why not grab "The World in Your Lunch Box" by Claire Eamer, artwork by Sa Boothroyd?

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Drake: At ‘home’ in Memphis

Drake-1A silhouette – that's all you could see when the multi-talented Drake appeared on stage at the FedExForum on Tuesday (June 5) night.

Then the rapper, singer, songwriter and actor began to shout out the good times he had in Myriad parts of Memphis – East Memphis, Orange Mound, the mall and various other spots.

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‘The Reverend’s Wife’ does not disappoint

book-authorby Nona Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

If you attended the Sisterhood Showcase (June 1-3), I am sure you were introduced to a variety of talented writers from various genres. A literary veteran of the authors featured was Kimberla Lawson Roby. Roby is the author of over 15 books that are widely read and extremely popular in the African-American community.

Noted for her engaging writing style, Roby is probably most famous for the Reverend Curtis Black. Black is the main character in nine of her novels.

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