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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (PG-13 for intense violence and brief profanity) Eighth installment in the storied sci-fi franchise finds burgeoning nation of genetically-altered primates threatened by a band of humans who survived the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. Ensemble cast includes Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Judy Greer. 
 
 
INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS  
 
“Affluenza” (Unrated) Class conscious drama, set in 2008, about a social-climbing, pot-smoking shutterbug (Ben Rosenfield) who abandons his humdrum life to hang out in the Hamptons with his gorgeous cousin (Nicola Peltz) and her clique of privileged friends. With Steve Guttenberg, Greg Sulkin, Grant Gustin and Samantha Mathis.
 
“As It Is in Heaven” (Unrated) Shaken faith drama about a cult leader’s (Chris Nelson) struggle to hold onto his flock following the failure of his recently-deceased predecessor (John Lina) to predict the end of the world. Cast includes Luke Beavers, Sylvia Boykin and Meredith Cave.   
 
“Boyhood” (R for profanity, sexual references, and teen drug and alcohol abuse) 
Coming-of-age drama, shot in Austin, Texas over the course of a dozen years, tracing the life of a toddler (Ellar Coltrane) well into his teens. Written and directed by Richard Linklater, and co-starring Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)  
 
“Honour” (Unrated) Fatwa thriller, set in London, revolving around a hit man (Paddy Considine) hired to track down the Muslim runaway (Aiysha Hart) who has incurred the wrath of her family by dating a Punjabi guy (Nikesh Patel). Featuring Faraz Ayub, Shubbham Saraf, Harvey Virdi and Ben Bishop. 
 
“Land Ho!” (R for profanity, sexual references and drug use) Road trip comedy about a couple of geriatric buddies (Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson) who venture to Iceland to recapture their youth in a bawdy adventure of a lifetime. With Alice Olivia Clarke, Karrie Crouse and Elizabeth McKee.   
 
“A Long Way Down” (R for profanity) Screen adaptation of the Nick Hornby best-seller of the same name about four suicidal strangers (Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots) who meet on a rooftop on New Year’s Eve where they decide to form a blended family instead of jumping. Supporting cast includes Sam Neill, Rosamund Pike and Zara White. 
 
“Made in America” (Unrated) Ron Howard was afforded the cinematic equivalent of an all-access backstage pass to shoot this Budweiser concert flick headlined by Jay-Z and also featuring Kanye West, Jill Scott and Janelle Monae. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)
 
“Rage” (Unrated) Vigilante thriller about an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) who decides to take the law into his own hands with the help of a couple of buddies (Max Ryan and Michael McGrady) when his teenage daughter (Aubrey Peeples) is abducted by Russian mobsters. With Danny Glover, Rachel Nichols and Peter Stormare.
 
“Road to Paloma” (R for profanity, nudity, sexuality, violence, rape and drug use) Jason Momoa wrote, directed and stars in this chase thriller as a Native American fugitive from justice who finds himself on the run across the desert after avenging his mother’s murder. With Lisa Bonet, Tye Alexander and Henree Alyse. 
 
“Underwater Dreams” (Unrated) Overcoming the odds documentary about a team of undocumented immigrants attending an Arizona high school who enter their submersible robot in a NASA-sponsored competition against colleges students from MIT and other leading colleges.   

The Links, Incorporated elects its 16th national president

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(BlackNews.com) – The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated have elected Glenda Newell-Harris, M.D., as its 16th national president. 
 
The election of Newell-Harris marks the first time a medical doctor will serve at the helm of the organization, and the first time a national president has been elected from the state of California.
 
A 29-year member of the Alameda Contra-Costa (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, (Oakland Bay Area), Newell-Harris steps into her new role after having served four years as the organization’s national vice president.

‘The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery’

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I flunked out of high school before recovering sufficiently to not only get a diploma but to subsequently earn degrees from three different Ivy League institutions and a top law school to boot. I rarely ever mention that speed bump I hit in the 9th grade, since I think of it as an embarrassing blemish on an otherwise-stellar academic record.
 
 
But I suspect that Sarah Lewis would have me celebrate that temporary setback as a necessary step on the road to success. For, she sees failure as a much-maligned blessing, given how many of humanity’s greatest achievements “from Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to entrepreneurial inventions and works in the arts” followed initial attempts that fell short of the mark.

Democrats ‘ain’t loyal’

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.”  Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said,
 
“Democrats ain’t loyal.”
 
They ain’t, to borrow the vernacular.
 
Although people of color comprised 45 percent of Democratic voters in 2012, less than 2 percent of the $1.1 billion collected over a 4-year period by the three primary Democratic fundraising committees went to people of color – defined as U.S. residents who are African American, Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Native American – according to the “2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report” by PowerPAC+, a national advocacy organization that helps elect progressives to office by building on the political power of the multiracial majority in America.

Too many African Americans are ‘credit invisible’

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“I am invisible, understand,” Ralph Ellison famously wrote, “simply because people refuse to see me.”
 
He was speaking of the double consciousness that accompanied the burden of blackness in America more than 60 years ago. But according to Yale professor Frederick Wherry, this conundrum is not just social and political but also economic—and that sense of invisibility persists in the 21st century.
 
It may come as no surprise that in the nation’s supposedly colorblind age, access to income, credit and financial solutions remains riddled with racial inequity – and those on the losing end are disproportionately African American.