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Soul Music Retrospective Revisits Memphis Roots of the Rhythm and Blues Sound

Soul Music Retrospective Revisits Memphis Roots of the Rhythm and Blues Sound
A lot of great soul music came out of Memphis in the Sixties and early Seventies. Stax Records launched the careers of acts like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. and the MGs while its cross-town rival Hi Records had Al Green, Ann Peebles and O.V. Wright. Take Me to the River is a reverential retrospective which is a combination tribute to the city’s impressive legacy and a tip of the cap to some up-and-coming artists still recording in the region. 
 
The movie marks the directorial debut of Martin Shore, who tapped Terrence Howard to narrate the documentary. The Oscar-nominated actor also raps and sings in the picture which features the reflections of hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg who pays tributes to the trailblazers that paved the way for him. 

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“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” – a journey of discovery

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” – a journey of discovery
The house lights fell, inviting a dominant spotlight to focus on the medium built, black guy who playfully rubbed his hands together as if recently learning of a secret and wanting to tell it to the hundreds of patrons at The Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday night. 
 
The bald narrator (Thaddeus Daniels) was given the name “Man,” recounting the events, experiences and emotions in “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” of six men – historically known as the Tuskegee Airmen – who would become some of the first African-American military pilots in World War II. 

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  • Written by Kirstin L. Cheers-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Tavis Smiley – ‘Death of King’

Tavis Smiley – ‘Death of King’

“The question I attempt to answer in this book is simple: In his last year, what kind of man has Martin Luther King, Jr. become? In my view, he is a man whose true character has been misinterpreted, ignored, or forgotten. I want to remember—and bring to life—the essential truths about King in his final months before they are unremembered and irrecoverable.

“This is the King that I cherish: the King who, enduring a living hell, rises to moral greatness; the King who, in the face of unrelenting adversity, expresses the full measure of his character and courage. This is the King who, despite everything, spoke his truth, the man I consider the greatest public figure this country has ever produced.”
– Excerpted from the Introduction (page 5)

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Kanye West Humiliates Two Disabled Fans During Show

Kanye West Humiliates Two Disabled Fans During Show

Kanye West totally and completely humiliated two handicapped fans in front of thousands of people by demanding that they stand up.

Kanye and his diva behavior have really gotten out of hand. Earlier this week, he was rushed to the hospital for a migraine headache…because apparently taking some aspirin and a nap just wasn’t going to be enough.

Now he’s taken things to a whole new level of ridiculous.

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  • Written by Sonya Eskridge-Hello Beautiful

ABC’s ‘Black-ish’: The Family Show with the Semi-Shocking Title

ABC’s ‘Black-ish’: The Family Show with the Semi-Shocking Title

LOS ANGELES (L.A. Times)—ABC is placing big expectations on its new fall comedy with a certain small letter in its title: “black-ish.”

The half-hour series, which premieres Sept. 24, is centered on an African American family that moves to an upper-class, predominantly white neighborhood. Comedic frustrations ensue, in no small part from Andre “Dre” Johnson (Anthony Anderson), who wants to make sure his children maintain a sense of cultural identity.

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  • Written by BlackPress USA

Denzel Washington wants to play James Bond

Denzel Washington wants to play James Bond

Denzel Washington is being added to the list of potential candidates who may portray the smooth, charming, debonair James Bond.

The possibility of a black actor playing the role of James Bond is not a new one, with fans having considered the idea for many years now.

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  • Written by theGrio

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening September 12, 2014


BIG BUDGET FILMS    

“Dolphin Tale 2” (PG for mature themes) Cetacean sequel chronicles more true stories from the annals of Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Cast includes Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Kris Kristofferson.

“No Good Deed” (PG-13 for violence and profanity) Crime thriller about a charming stranger (Idris Elba) who terrorizes a stay-at-home mom (Taraji P. Henson) and her kids after gaining entry to their home by claiming to have car trouble. With Kate del Castillo, Leslie Bibb and Henri Simmons.
 

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