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Say hello to the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival

juneteenth 600Out: The annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival. In: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival.

Yes, the long-running Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival is getting a makeover. After a 21-year run in Historic Douglass Park in North Memphis, the board of directors has changed the festival's name. The location is changing too, with Robert R. Church Park on Beale Street in Downtown Memphis now the new venue.

According to Executive Director Telisa Franklin, the name change and the new location are moves made to increase the events appeal, retool it as an urban music festival, and strengthen its brand.

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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

blackmansion 600For movies opening April 25, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Brick Mansions" (PG-13 for profanity, sexual menacing, gunplay, drug use and pervasive violence) Remake of the French action-thriller District B-13, now set in a dystopian, walled-in Detroit, and starring the late Paul Walker as a detective determined to rid the city of a drug kingpin (RZA) in league with corrupt cops. With David Belle, Carlo Rota, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa and Gouchy Boy.

"The Other Woman" (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references and mature themes) Romantic comedy revolving around the wife (Leslie Mann) of a shameless womanizer (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who befriends his two mistresses (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) before hatching a plan with them to even the score. With Nicki Minaj, Don Johnson and Tatlor Kinney.

 

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Minister Farrakhan is no terrorist

muhammad 600The news cycle April 14th was filled with reports of the murders of three people in Overland Park, Kansas. That these killings occurred during a time of religious observation, the Jewish celebration of Passover, and the killer may have targeted victims for their religious faith or presumed faith makes the loss of life even more reprehensible.

That a grandfather and his grandson could be shot down in the streets says something about the sickness of this society, the prevalence and continued cancer of hatred and an unhealthy and deadly obsession with guns and solving problems or disputes with violence.

Such activity is woven into the history of this nation and America cannot deny that her history is bathed in blood and oppression from the slaughter of the Native peoples to the April 13th killing of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood.

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Apple vs. Pears: Which is really the healthiest shape?

bodyshape 600For years and years and years now, women have used two particular pieces of fruit to define their body shape – and, to a certain extent, their health risks.

An apple shape, where body fat tends to be stored mostly around the waist, is typically considered to be an indicator of higher health risks, especially heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

A pear shape, where body fat tends to be stored mostly around the hips and thighs, is generally considered to be "safer."

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Take ownership of your pride and unforgiveness button

LucyShaw-160Dear Lucy: I divorced my husband ten years ago. We have one child and now he is seventeen. His father has never paid child support and I have never done anything about it because I can usually handle everything myself. However, when I really need his help and ask, he knows how to push my buttons, make me mad and I walk away angry and empty handed. He has never done anything for our son willingly and makes me feel guilty for asking by telling me about the last time he gave me money. Now, my son doesn't even want to ask for anything. Senior year is coming up and I can really use the help. How can I get different results?
– Buttons

Dear Buttons: Our emotions can work for or against us. Could it be that one of the buttons he pushes is the one called pride and unforgiveness? These two states can make us very emotional.

First there is the pride that made you think you didn't need or want his help so you decided not to legally enforce his responsibility to provide support for his child. Second, when we wallow in unforgiveness, it's hard to be civil. And here is something about forgiveness that we need to remember. To forgive a person does not mean that we let them go free. It means that we let ourselves go free. We become free enough to think rationally and without cloudy emotions.

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