Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/21/2012

abelincoln-vampire-hunterFor movies opening June 22, 2012


"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (R for brief sexuality and pervasive violence) Screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's revisionist historical novel based on Honest Abe's (Benjamin Walker) supposed secret diary relating how he saved the day when bloodthirsty vampires attempted to enslave the people of the United States. With Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.


Shopping economically smart – and with style!

ThriftFashion-1-600x434by Danielle Taylor
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

OK, the economy generally is down in the dumps, but that does not mean that fashion has to be too.

Still want to look fabulous on a few dollars? Well, let's take a walk down to the fashion corner 411 and confront the challenge of finding something hot – but cool – for the summer.

On a recent thrift-oriented excursion for The New Tri-State Defender, we found a bonanza of outfits at Goodwill.


ArtPlace grant ‘lifts’ Soulsville USA neighborhood

Mslimhome-200Soulsville USA, the neighborhood that spawned Stax Records, is the target of an ambitious revitalization plan building on the community's musical heritage and a decade of community investment from public and private sources. A $678,195 grant from Chicago-based ArtPlace will give the plan a significant jump-start.

The project includes transforming an historically significant building — the former home of bluesman Memphis Slim (John Len Chatman) — in the neighborhood surrounding LeMoyne-Owen College into "Memphis Slim's Collaboratory," a new arts center that will feature artist collaborations, music/studio training, and video-casting of neighborhood oral histories.


Chris Brown, Rihanna: Is the way they were, the way they are?

Here's another good reason not to take anything that happens in the entertainment world too seriously. Remember that time when Chris Brown and Rihanna used to date, and that domestic violence thing that happened in the car right before the Grammys?

Well, of course you do. The story really never went away. It's seems that their relationship didn't either. Apparently the two found some common ground recently at Jay-Z's 40/40, watching the Miami Heat/Boston Celtics playoff game.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/14/2012

For movies opening June 15, 2012


"Rock of Ages" (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, heavy drinking and suggestive dancing) Screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, set in L.A. in 1987, revolving around a waitress (Julianne Hough) and busboy (Diego Boneta) who fall in love at first sight while pursuing their dreams of superstardom. A-list cast includes Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominees Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Paul Giamatti, along with Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige and Will Forte.


‘The World in Your Lunch Box’ is a recipe for fun

World-in-Your-Lunch-BoxMom says you're getting to be a "big-enough" kid.

This summer, she says, you're big enough to start making the family's lunches. She says you need to learn how to cook and make meals – and that does not mean PB-&-J every day, either.

You learned a little about food in school but since you want to do a good job with this new chore, you want to learn more. So why not grab "The World in Your Lunch Box" by Claire Eamer, artwork by Sa Boothroyd?


Drake: At ‘home’ in Memphis

Drake-1A silhouette – that's all you could see when the multi-talented Drake appeared on stage at the FedExForum on Tuesday (June 5) night.

Then the rapper, singer, songwriter and actor began to shout out the good times he had in Myriad parts of Memphis – East Memphis, Orange Mound, the mall and various other spots.


‘The Reverend’s Wife’ does not disappoint

book-authorby Nona Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

If you attended the Sisterhood Showcase (June 1-3), I am sure you were introduced to a variety of talented writers from various genres. A literary veteran of the authors featured was Kimberla Lawson Roby. Roby is the author of over 15 books that are widely read and extremely popular in the African-American community.

Noted for her engaging writing style, Roby is probably most famous for the Reverend Curtis Black. Black is the main character in nine of her novels.


Chefs, stilettos, comedy and funk

The Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Delta Fine Arts, Education and Cultural Center present their signature event – Cater to You: A Gentleman's Way – on June 16 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum Exhibit Center, 3050 Central Avenue.

The event is an effort to provide scholarships to deserving, college bound inner city youth, as well as free arts and cultural programming to the Memphis community.


Cuckoo for Coco!: The ‘Let It Shine’ interview

cocojonesA fresh-faced, bright-eyed, Southern beauty, 14-year-old, Hollywood Records recording artist Coco Jones will grace television sets across the world on June 15th when she stars in the Disney Channel original movie "Let It Shine" opposite Tyler James Williams and Trevor Jackson. Coco plays the role of "Roxie," a teenage singing sensation whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club.

"Cyrus DeBarge" (Williams) writes a contest-winning song about his love for Roxie but, when he's too shy to claim it as his own, his best friend, "Kris McDuffy" (Jackson) takes the credit. Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Let It Shine" relates a tale of young love with an underlying message about summoning self-confidence.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/08/2012

prometheus-charlize-idriFor movies opening June 8, 2012


"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (PG for mild action and rude humor) Latest adventure in the animated franchise finds the anthropomorphic menagerie joining the circus in Monte Carlo to evade capture by a mean, animal control officer (Frances McDormand). Voice cast includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer and Cedric the Entertainer.

"Prometheus" (R for intense violence and brief profanity) Ridley Scott directed this sci-fi thriller, set in the late 21st Century,


Tales of woe and owe: Rodman, Flav, T.O. and more

Remember Dennis Rodman, the colorful, flamboyant character who once played professional basketball? Once upon a time, this guy seemed to be on top of the world, an NBA star as well a very popular figure off the court as well. It seemed like everywhere you looked, you saw Dennis Rodman. The guy was exciting.

Now it seems as if his life has become an E True Hollywood Story, you know the ones that don't have a happy ending.


Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 06/01/2012

For movies opening June 1, 2012


"Battlefield America" (PG-13 for profanity, drug use and mature themes) Overcoming-the-odds drama, set in L.A., about a charismatic businessman (Marques Houston) who hires a choreographer to help a rag-tag team of inner-city kids prepare for an underground, hip-hop dance competition. With Lynn Whitfield, Valarie Pettiford and Mekia Cox.