Honoring a Nashville-bred compatriot of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the natural inheritor and present-day driver of St. Jude Hospital's crucial mission, and four entrepreneurs from worlds apart, the 2012 Freedom Awards announced by the National Civil Rights Museum this week carry a perfect message for the City of Memphis.
They recipients are:
International Freedom Award – Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize recipient
by Nona N. Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
As a child, Tamela Mann sang into pencils and hair combs to the sounds of the Clark Sisters.
"I always had hope (that I could be a gospel star), but I never dreamed that I would be on the same stage as Karen Clark Sheard. God has shown me favor!" exclaimed Mann. "I just want to be faithful to Him so He can continue to be faithful to me."
Am I the only one who thinks "American Idol" has outstayed its welcome?
Once upon a time, we couldn't get enough "American Idol." We wanted more. It was a treat! Now it's seems that we are being force fed a version of it that was prepared by some inexperienced cook who filled in for the house chef.
We hated Simon Cowell didn't we? But you gotta admit we loved him at the same time. He made the show.
International pop star Seal really left an everlasting impression during his visit to Memphis last weekend. This man puts on a show!
Macy Gray, who performed at last year's Memphis in May International Festival, opened up for Seal, coming out – as usual – in her cabaret-style attire and delivering a high-energy performance.
The Memphis Dance Festival & Kids Expo, presented by Incredible Pizza, is designed to get kids moving towards a healthier and more active lifestyle through dance.
The free event is on tap for Aug.18 at Robert R. Church Park (Beale Street and Fourth St.) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For movies opening August 3, 2012
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" (PG for rude humor) Third installment in the underdog-friendly franchise finds hapless protagonist Greg (Zachary Gordon) hanging out with his portly pal Rowley (Robert Capron) and pretending to be employed at a country club after all his summer vacation plans fall through. With Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick and Rachael Harris.
Here, Mario Van Peebles and his 18-year-old son, Mandela talk about the movie, "We the Party," a coming-of-age comedy, which might be best thought of as an African-American variation on "American Pie" (1999).
Kam Williams: Hi Mario and Mandela, thanks for the interview. You know, back in '79, I had the honor of running part of the Boston Marathon alongside Melvin Van Peebles. Your father's one of my idols.
Mario: Cool, man.