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Hip Hop Union and The Black Press of America build on bond

hiphop 600The National Newspaper Publishers Association – The Black Press of America – and the Hip Hop Union have joined forces to eliminate the communication barriers that have plagued Black America for years.

The collaboration underpins the countdown to "The Greatest Mix" celebrating the Core DJ's 10th Anniversary Conference on May 3rd at the Holiday Inn Miami Beach, Fla.

The NNPA is a federation of approximately 200 African-American newspapers. The Hip Hop Union is a governing body of businesses and entrepreneurs and the largest DJ coalition in the world.

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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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The inspiration for ‘From The Rough’

roughinspiration 600NASHVILLE – Former Tennessee State University golf coach Catana Starks' story will be featured in the movie "From The Rough" starring Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson.

The film is inspired by the life of Dr. Starks, who became the first African-American woman to coach an all-men's team at the collegiate level. Through grit and determination, she overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudice to guide a group of golfers to a championship season.

According to BVonMovies.com , Henson will play a fictionalized version of Starks named Cassandra Turner, who parlays a successful stint as coach of the women's swim team at a historically black college into a shot at building the men's golf team. With available black players scarce, Turner scours Europe, Australia and Asia for hidden talents and constructs a uniquely multi-racial team.

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Prince ends 17-year war with Warner Bros.

prince 600Who can forget Prince's highly publicized split from his record label Warner Bros. in 1996?

The "When Doves Cry" singer scrawled the word "slave" on his face and even changed his name to a symbol as a form of retaliation against the record label which released his most popular albums in the 1980s and early '90s.

Now, some 17 years later, Prince has returned to Warner Bros. and is regaining complete ownership of his entire catalog.

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‘Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache’

VanishingPearl 600On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling rig owned and operated by British Petroleum (BP), exploded, spilling over 50 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico before it was finally capped weeks later. In June, President Obama announced that the company had set aside $20 billion in cash designated to help those deleteriously affected by the ecological disaster.

Kenneth Feinberg's law firm, which had previously handled the distribution of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, was retained at a rate of $850,000/month to handle the BP one also. Although the TV commercials running in the company's highly-saturated PR campaign would have you believe that it was contrite and committed to undoing any damage, truth be told, that carefully-cultivated corporate image bore little relation to how it was actually treating many of the victims seeking restitution.

Take, for example, Pointe a la Hache, an African-American enclave located in Plaquemines Parish, La. For generations, the men of that Gulf shore village of less than 300 had supported their families by plying their trade as oyster fishermen. However, the BP spill put the brothers out of business and by 2012 the tiny African-American community had effectively been turned into a ghost town.

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Memphis grad at home at the ‘front of house’

AmandaDavis 600(PRWEB) – Amanda Davis, a 2010 graduate of SAE Institute Atlanta's Audio Technology Program, will be the front of house engineer for the U.K. concerts of Grammy-nominated vocalist Janelle Monae, which will take place in May '14 in Birmingham, London, and Manchester.

"My touring schedule with Janelle will fill up around 150 days this year, and I'm excited to be a part of her concerts in England," says Amanda. "She's really popular there, and she was nominated for a Brit Award as Best International Female Solo Artist, so I'm sure that the turnout will be huge and the shows will be a fantastic experience."

A native of Memphis, Davis loved all genres of music growing up and was especially drawn to classical. As a student at Memphis' Central High School, she performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra chorus, toured Europe with the Sounds of America Chorus and Band, and won the "Outstanding Vocal Student" award from the Memphis City Schools system.

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Here comes Ja'Dae Nicole!

JaDaeNicole 600(Fre$h Fruit is Kelvin Cowans' periodic look at upcoming and rising talent from Memphis and the surrounding areas.)

After a long wait for her to hit the stage and by the time she actually graced the microphone, hands were waving in unison as the crowd ushered in the first verse of Ja'Dae Nicole's song.

Writers, promoters, artists and fans showed up to support Nicole and the release of her second mixtape, "Improv 2." Their wait for the 2011 Kirby High School graduate and now Atlanta-living, did-you-hear-that-note singing artist was warranted.

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20 Years after ‘Illmatic,’ Nas says American gun culture needs a remix

Nas 600During the 20th-anniversary celebration of "Illmatic," Nas has been described as the hip-hop generation's Angela Davis. Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson declared that Nas' debut album should be studied alongside Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway, and in recognition of his 20-year career, Harvard University established the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship at the prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. Despite being only 39 minutes long and a commercial dud by 1994 standards, "Illmatic" even received a symphonic remix by the National Symphonic Orchestra.

Not bad for a kid from New York City's Queensbridge housing projects who dropped out of the eighth grade.

Nas is a thought-provoking artist, and he said something during a recent appearance on HBO's "Real Time" With Bill Maher that's worth further examination: When asked whether daily life in impoverished communities has improved during the 20 years since he began exploring the issue in "Illmatic," he responded, "Hell no. Things have changed, but not for the better ... the influx of guns is worse than it was in 1994."

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John Wayne Bobbitt, Wu-Tang Clan weigh in on alleged Andre Johnson severed-penis suicide attempt

AndreJohnson 600Rapper Andre Johnson, known by his stage name Christ Bearer, allegedly cut off his own penis and jumped from a second story balcony on Wednesday in a possible suicide attempt.

He is still currently being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where there was an attempt to reattach the rapper's penis but it was reportedly unsuccessful.

After news of the incident broke, FOX411 sat down with John Wayne Bobbitt, who is best known for an infamous 1993 case in which his wife cut off his member after an alleged sexual assault and threw it in a field.

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Memphis on McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour

gosple 600(PRNewswire) – Memphis is one of 12 stops on the multi-city McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, which kicks off May 22nd.

New Salem Baptist Church will be the Memphis-area venue, with the tour stop set for June 20th. The tour begins at Mount Airy COGIC in Philadelphia and ends at Craneway Pavilion in Oakland, Calif. on July 25th.

Hosting the tour this year is Erica Campbell, one-half of sister duo Mary Mary and now a solo artist, and comedian Jonathan Slocumb. Joining them will be three-time 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, the renowned Mississippi Mass Choir, gospel's latest hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, organist Moses Tyson Jr. and Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers.

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‘Jerusalem 3D’ – giant-screen experience – ready for Memphis run

jerusalem 600Jerusalem: sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other place in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. And beginning Saturday (April 19th), visitors to the Crew Training International Giant Theater at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum will get a 3D feel for the ancient city.

"Jerusalem 3D" will be the vehicle for the giant-screen film experience. Locally presented by the Methodist Healthcare Center of Excellence in Faith & Health, the film is an original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek into the Darkness," PBS's "Sherlock"), "Jerusalem 3D" is billed as a grand-scale exploration of "the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place."

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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Marlon 600For movies opening April 18, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Bears" (G) John C. Reilly narrates this nature documentary, set in the Alaska wilderness, chronicling a year in the life of a family of brown bears with a couple of young cubs just learning how to survive the elements, including avalanches, predators and the bitter cold.

"A Haunted House 2" (R for violence, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, drug use, ethnic slurs and pervasive profanity) Irreverent spoof of recent horror flicks featuring Marlon Wayans as a newlywed who moves his bride (Jaime Pressly) and step-children (Ashley Rickards and Steele Stebbins) into a dream home only to be plagued by the ghost of his ex-girlfriend (Essence Atkins) as well as a series of paranormal phenomena. With Cedric the Entertainer, Gabriel Iglesias, Affion Crockett and Missi Pyle.

 

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