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First Lady’s lineage a most-intriguing, multiracial mosaic

"On November 4, 2008, Michelle Obama stood before a crowd of thousands of roaring, singing and weeping supporters in Chicago's Grant Park... It was Election Night and her husband had just become the first African-American President of the United States...

(She) was... the poised picture of a sophisticated, self-assured woman prepared to take her place in history. The truth was, though, that she knew very little about her own (history)...

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/23/2012

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/23/2012

For movies opening August 24, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Apparition" (PG-13 for terror, frightening images and sensuality) Haunted house horror flick about a young couple (Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan) who enlist the help of an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton) to rid their home of a ghost that arrived in the wake of an experiment in parapsychology gone amuck. Cast includes Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez and Anna Clark.

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‘Sparkle’ sizzles as Whitney Houston’s cinematic farewell

‘Sparkle’ sizzles as Whitney Houston’s cinematic farewell

Emma Anderson (Whitney Houston) didn't want her daughters to follow in her footsteps by having babies as teenagers while squandering their future in the futile pursuit of celebrity and bad boys who wouldn't treat them like ladies. That's why the overprotective single-mom feels fortunate to be able to raise them in a middle-class suburb of Detroit where she keeps them on the straight and narrow path via a steady diet of Christianity and high expectations.

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Blue Notes step on with Melvin’s legacy

Blue Notes step on with Melvin’s legacy

by Jeremiah Short
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

When Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes' founder, Harold Melvin, died in 1997, many thought it was the end of the legendary group. They were mistaken. The group pressed on with the remaining members: Donnell "Big Daddy" Gillespie, Anthony "Tony" Brooks, Rufus "Fuss" Thorne, and John Morris.

After Melvin's passing, the ensemble reorganized, renaming the group Harold Melvin's Blue Notes.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Stax Museum to commemorate Wattstax 40th Anniversary

Stax Museum to commemorate Wattstax 40th Anniversary

On Aug. 20, 1972, something happened in Los Angeles that remains unmatched in American history. More than 112,000 African Americans gathered in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a seven-hour concert that became a cultural phenomena known as Wattstax, hosted by Stax Records.

Now, 40 years later, on August 20, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is commemorating the event's 40th anniversary by presenting "Conversations With: Wattstax 40th Anniversary Discussion."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

WHAT’S HAPPENING MEMPHIS? Author-driven literacy festival gets Sept. debut

Multi-award winning Christian fiction author, Shelia E. Lipsey, has taken a giant leap of faith in an effort to help people from all walks of life focus on the importance of literacy by creating the Black Writers And Book Clubs (BWABC) Literacy Festival to be held Sept. 14-15 on the campus of The LeMoyne Owen College (LOC).

"The mission of the festival is to provide encouragement, support, and information to anyone desiring to learn more about the wonderful world of reading along with the gift to write stories that inspire others to read," said Lipsey.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/16/2012

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/16/2012

For movies opening August 17, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"The Expendables" (R for pervasive graphic violence) Bombastic beefcake sequel features a reunion of the crack team of mercenaries for a death-defying adventure to avenge the murder of one of their own at the hands of a bloodthirsty rival (Jean-Claude Van Damme). Matinee idol ensemble includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth and Yu Nan.

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