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The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Delta Fine Arts, Education and Cultural Center present their signature event – Cater to You: A Gentleman's Way – on June 16 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum Exhibit Center, 3050 Central Avenue.

The event is an effort to provide scholarships to deserving, college bound inner city youth, as well as free arts and cultural programming to the Memphis community.

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Cuckoo for Coco!: The ‘Let It Shine’ interview

cocojonesA fresh-faced, bright-eyed, Southern beauty, 14-year-old, Hollywood Records recording artist Coco Jones will grace television sets across the world on June 15th when she stars in the Disney Channel original movie "Let It Shine" opposite Tyler James Williams and Trevor Jackson. Coco plays the role of "Roxie," a teenage singing sensation whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club.

"Cyrus DeBarge" (Williams) writes a contest-winning song about his love for Roxie but, when he's too shy to claim it as his own, his best friend, "Kris McDuffy" (Jackson) takes the credit. Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Let It Shine" relates a tale of young love with an underlying message about summoning self-confidence.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/08/2012

prometheus-charlize-idriFor movies opening June 8, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (PG for mild action and rude humor) Latest adventure in the animated franchise finds the anthropomorphic menagerie joining the circus in Monte Carlo to evade capture by a mean, animal control officer (Frances McDormand). Voice cast includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Cedric the Entertainer.

"Prometheus" (R for intense violence and brief profanity) Ridley Scott directed this sci-fi thriller, set in the late 21st Century,

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Tales of woe and owe: Rodman, Flav, T.O. and more

Remember Dennis Rodman, the colorful, flamboyant character who once played professional basketball? Once upon a time, this guy seemed to be on top of the world, an NBA star as well a very popular figure off the court as well. It seemed like everywhere you looked, you saw Dennis Rodman. The guy was exciting.

Now it seems as if his life has become an E True Hollywood Story, you know the ones that don't have a happy ending.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/01/2012

For movies opening June 1, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Battlefield America" (PG-13 for profanity, drug use and mature themes) Overcoming-the-odds drama, set in L.A., about a charismatic businessman (Marques Houston) who hires a choreographer to help a rag-tag team of inner-city kids prepare for an underground, hip-hop dance competition. With Lynn Whitfield, Valarie Pettiford and Mekia Cox.

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‘MIB 3’ is one too many

MIB-3Will Smith tries to squeeze another hit performance out of Agent J in ‘Men In Black 3.’ (Photos courtesy Columbia Pictures)by Dwight Brown
NNPA Film Critic

'Men In Black 3' (Two of four stars)

It's been ten years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned their black suits, cool sunglasses and glib hipness to play Agent J and Agent K – the good guys who try to save the world from weird looking aliens. Should they have left well enough alone? Have they harmed their legacy? Yes and maybe.

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Disco-legend Donna Summer dead at 63

donna-summerDonna Summer – the Disco Queen – sings “What’s She Called” during her crowd-pleasing concert at the Memphis Botanic Garden in August, 2010. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)Disco-era R&B singer Donna Summer succumbed to her battle with cancer on May 17.

"Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith," said a statement from Universal Music, Summer's record label. "While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.

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Arsenio Hall back on track for his own TV show

Have you been watching Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice?" If so, you've noticed that Arsenio Hall has been making some major noise. Well, as a result, three major networks have expressed interest in bringing Arsenio back to TV. No word on whether it would be a daytime or nighttime show. However, wouldn't it be great to have Arsenio back on TV?

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 05/24/2012

For movies opening May 25, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Chernobyl Diaries" (R for violence, bloody images and pervasive profanity) Grisly horror flick about a half-dozen tourists who venture to the ghost town created by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant meltdown where they end-up on the run

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GAP Band icon passionate about health education

Charlie-WilsonA prostate cancer survivor, Charlie Wilson has teamed with Janssen Biotech to launch their Making Awareness A Priority (M.A.P.) program, which brings together leading voices in advocacy and health education through live events in select cities across the country. (Photos by Warren Roseborough)by Bobbi Booker
NNPA News Service

These days, Charlie Wilson talks to men and women about different life-uplifting things. He tries to sing the "right kinds of music" and make people feel happy and good.

"That's what I'm here for: I'm a messenger," said Wilson, a musical icon who broke out as a member of the Gap Band ("You Dropped A Bomb On Me," "Outstanding") in the '80s.

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Is it time to change ‘The Game?’

Here is some not-so-great news for all of the Derwin and Melanie fans out there. Tia Mowry has posted on her Twitter account that she will not be returning to "The Game" next season.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 05/18/2012

For movies opening May 18, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

rihanna-battleship-movieRihanna (right) makes her acting debut as Petty Officer Cora Raikes in “Battleship.” (Courtesy photo)"Battleship" (PG-13 for profanity and intense violence) Screen adaptation of the Hasbro board game features an international fleet of ships which comes to the defense of the planet in the wake of an invasion by an alien armada. Starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 05/10/2012

“Dark Shadows” and a number of independent and foreign films

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