The 2013 Annual Stellar Awards will be remembered as a zenith event in the growth of the gospel music industry. From inception to exit strategy, the show was terrifically executed in true glitterati style.
This year's 28th edition unfolded on Saturday (Jan. 19) and was broadcast live for the first time from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, a fitting choice. In the same way that the country music industry has become its own arena-filling powerhouse genre, gospel has grown into a commercial powerhouse, with marketing rivaling the best of the R&B and hip-hop markets – sans the vulgarity.
"Oh there's nothing to do in Memphis." I hear people say that far too often.
Or here's another one: "You have to go out of town to have a good time."
THAT'S NOT TRUE!
Actually, there's always something to do in Memphis. There are more events than we have days in the week. You don't even have to do a lot of due diligence. I've actually done that for you.
For movies opening Jan. 25, 2013
"Movie 43" (R for violence, drug use, pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, crude humor and coarse dialogue) A dozen directors collaborated on this raunchy series of short films chronicling three kids' internet search for the most banned movie in the world. A-list ensemble features Academy Award-winners Halle Berry and Kate Winslet, along with Oscar-nominees Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard.
A few weeks ago, I got into an argument with a friend of mine who happens to work for what I once dubbed "The Evil Empire." That company is BET. The argument was about the fact that I seemed to lack any sort of positive vibes towards BET. Basically upon mention of those three letters in order (came) an impressive array of profanities....
And I cuss real good.
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.
For movies opening January 18, 2013
"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.