Thu04242014

Hey ‘SNL,’ where’s the diversity?

darmirra-brunson-600I've been watching "Saturday Night Live" since way back to the days when the star of the show was pretty much Eddie Murphy. Of course comedian Garrett Morris came way before Murphy did. But I was born in 1973 and my memory only takes me back so far.

Murphy's Buckwheat, Gumby and Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood skits were classic. Post-Eddie there hasn't been much "diversity" on the show. He left in 1984, and to my viewing eyes there seems to have been a void ever since.

For years, I could not understand why there were rarely any African-American hosts on the show. The first I can remember was actually Eddie Murphy...and he was still a cast member at the time. This was back in 1982 when Nick Nolte was scheduled to host the show but became ill. Eddie had starred with Nolte in "48 Hours," so he was tapped to host the show as a last minute replacement.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/17/2013

CARRIE-400tFor movies opening Oct. 18, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"12 Years a Slave" (R for violence, torture, sexuality, nudity and ethnic slurs) Adaptation of the autobiography of the same name chronicling the ordeal of a black man (Chiwitel Ejiofor) born free in New York who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the Deep South. A-list ensemble includes Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Quvenzhane Wallis.

"Carrie" (R for profanity, sexuality, graphic violence and disturbing images) Chloe Grace Moretz plays the title character in this remake of the 1976 Stephen King classic about a shy teenager who uses her telekinetic powers to exact revenge on the classmates who teased her at the senior prom. With Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday and Gabriella Wilde.

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Gates unlocked! ‘The African Americans’ interview

Dr Gates-1-500(Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about his new PBS series, "The African Americans," which premieres on Tuesday (Oct. 22nd) at 9 p.m. CT.)

Kam Williams: What was the biggest challenge in covering 500 years of African-American history in a six-hour PBS-TV series?

Dr. Henry Louis Gates: Precisely that, covering 500 years of African-American history in six hours. (Chuckles) Well, I've been working on this for seven years. The biggest challenge was deciding which stories to tell. In a one-hour documentary, you can tell maybe ten stories. That's how the documentary is structured.

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Stepping into ObamaCare; The path for small business

obamacare-600Despite a federal government shut down, enrollment for ObamaCare – officially known as the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – went live on Oct. 1 and will continue through March 31, 2014. The legislation is groundbreaking for Americans, but the jury is still out on the execution of the program.

The intent is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance and to reduce the growth in health-care spending. No, it isn't designed to replace private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

The new law issues a mandate that most Americans obtain health coverage by the year 2014, obtain an exemption or pay a fee on their taxes for every month they do not have coverage. Most states established specific health insurance marketplaces (also known as exchanges), allowing citizens to shop for health insurance using cost assistance. Since Gov. Bill Haslam chose not to set up a marketplace, the Tennessee exchange was put in place by the federal government.

 

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How much do I need to save?

CharlesSimsJr-160Many Americans realize the importance of saving for retirement, but knowing exactly how much they need to save is another issue altogether. With all the information available about retirement, it is sometimes difficult to decipher what is appropriate for your specific situation.

One rule of thumb is that retirees will need approximately 80 percent of their pre-retirement salaries to maintain their lifestyles in retirement. However, depending on your own situation and the type of retirement you hope to have, that number may be higher or lower.

Here are some factors to consider when determining a retirement savings goal.

 

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