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Angelo Henderson: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist dies at 51

henderson 600In 1999, Angelo B. Henderson became the only African-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize for the "Wall Street Journal."

The following year, he was honored by Columbia University as one of the nation's best reporters on race and ethnicity in America, the "Detroit News" reports.

He was beloved by members of the National Association of Black Journalists because the singular leadership skills he demonstrated during his 24 years in print and broadcast.


This week’s DVD releases

dvdrelease 600Top Ten DVD list for Feb. 18, 2014

"Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season"

"Silver Screen Romances" (8 Movie Collection)

"For the Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots"

"The Ellen Show: The Complete Series"


‘About Last Night’

michaelealy 600If you're planning to do anything for Valentine's Day you should at least make plans to check out "About Last Night," which opens in theatres this Friday (Feb. 14th).

"About Last Night" is somewhat of a remake of the 1986 film, which starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore and was a film version of the 1974 off-Broadway play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." This particular adaptation stars Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy...and yes, it's a great film.

Ealy was in Memphis this past weekend promoting the film at a second sneak screening at the Malco Paradiso. The Red Carpet premiere was set to take place last week before the weather in Atlanta caused all of the flights to be cancelled and his appearance to be postponed.




"About Last Night" (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and brief drug use) A modern reimagining of the 1986 romantic comedy based on "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," the David Mamet play following two couples (Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, and Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant) whose relationships are put to the test as they venture from the bar to the bedroom. With Paula Patton, Christopher McDonald and Terrell Owens.

"Endless Love" (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, partying and partial nudity) Remake of the romance drama about the star-crossed love affair between teens (Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer) from opposite sides of the tracks. With Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Emma Rigby and Dayo Okeniyi.

"RoboCop" (PG-13 for sensuality, drug use, brief profanity and pervasive intense violence) Sci-fi remake, set in Detroit in 2028, about a police officer (Joel Kinnaman) who is turned into a bionic crime-fighting killing machine equipped with state-of-the-art gadgetry after being critically-injured by a car bomb. Talented cast includes Oscar-nominees Samuel L. Jackson (for "Pulp Fiction"), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (for "Secrets & Lies"), Gary Oldman (for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"), Jackie Earle Haley (for "Little Children"), along with Michael Keaton and Jay Baruchel.



‘Flo’ Anthony plans literary stops in Memphis

flo 600The What's Happening Myron Book Club welcomes syndicated radio personality and author Florence "Flo" Anthony to Memphis on Saturday (Feb. 15th).

Anthony's new book, "Deadly Stuff Players," was released in November and published by Strebor Books, which is owned by writer Zane. In addition to her newly published book, you can also catch her on TV One's series, "Life After."

The first African-American woman to work in the sports and entertainment departments at the New York Post, Anthony is also the first African-American woman in the nation to work on the Post's gossip page, "Page Six."


Diverse ways of viewing diversity

seinfield 600Comedian Jerry Seinfeld made some comments last week about not caring about "diversity" in Hollywood, especially in the area of comedy, and set off some very heated conversations across the country.

Seinfeld was on "CBS This Morning" being interviewed about his Internet-based show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Seinfeld has been criticized in the past, as he is now, for having no minorities on his hit TV show "Seinfeld."

When asked about this by the reporter from CBS, Seinfeld said, "People think it's the census or something? This has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You're funny, I'm interested. You're not funny, I'm not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that...It's more about PC nonsense than are you making us laugh or not?"


About Regina and Kevin!

AboutLastNight 600Regina Hall and Kevin Hart discuss their new film, "About Last Night," a remake of the classic romantic comedy released back in 1986.

Kam Williams: Hi, Kevin and Regina, thanks for the interview. I'm grateful for the opportunity to speak with you. ...What interested you two in "About Last Night?"
Kevin Hart: What interested you, baby?
Regina Hall: Well, I loved the script. I'm always thrilled whenever I see a good script. And of course, when I then heard that Kevin was going to be my co-star... that sealed the deal. Need I say anything more? How about you, Kev?
Kevin: Like you, the script, first of all. I also liked that this was a different type of role for me, and that the original movie was so amazing!
Regina: A classic!


Memphis rolls out red carpet for “About Last Night” star Michael Ealy

michaelealy 600With the new movie "About Last Night" set for a Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th) release, one of the stars – Michael Ealy – strolled the red carpet at the Malco Paradiso in East Memphis on Sunday.

DSC 0391Ealy, co-star of the television series "Almost Human," stars in "About Last Night" with Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant.

The ‘introduction’ of Kameron Whalum

kamwhalum 600Memphis' Kameron Whalum – fresh off of a critically acclaimed performance alongside Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl 48 halftime show – kept that momentum rolling at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street Friday night.

With his signature trombone ever-ready and his backup role to Mars giving way to front-man status, Whalum stepped right into what he earlier acknowledge would be "my first show."

In an interview with the TSD's Kelvin Cowans prior to the Super Bowl performance, Whalum had said, "I just want to introduce myself to people that may just know me from Bruno Mars or the church." He is the youngest son of Sheila Whalum and the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., the pastor and first lady of The New Olivet Baptist Church.


Ledisi headed to Memphis with ‘The Truth’

ledisi 600Grammy-nominated powerhouse Ledisi will be at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis on April 18th – two days after she kicks off a 30-city tour titled after her upcoming new album, "The Truth," which is in stores March 11.

The tour, which has partnered with ESSENCE as a media partner, will stop in major markets across the US and Canada starting in Jacksonville, Fla. on April 16th and concluding in Sacramento, Calif. on May 25th.

Opening up for Ledisi will be The Robert Glasper Experience. For every pair of tickets purchased, fans will receive free download of the album to redeem on release day. Those who purchase tickets also will receive a one-year subscription to ESSENCE.


Macy’s salutes culture-defining eras of black style

macyblack 600This February, culture-defining trends take center stage as Macy's examines the influence of black style in celebration of Black History Month 2014.

From the Harlem Renaissance to urban wear and high-fashion glamour, black style has influenced popular culture for decades. Through special events and panel discussions at select Macy's stores across the country, style experts and thought leaders, such as famed fashion editor Constance White, supermodel Beverly Johnson and actress Tracee Ellis Ross, will highlight the uniqueness of black fashion and how many of these styles have been adopted, reinterpreted and reinvigorated by new generations, inspiring countless fashion-savvy ladies and gentlemen of today.

"As a retailer with more than 150 years of fashion history, Macy's has seen the evolution of black style firsthand and we are thrilled to examine and celebrate the style icons and trends that have defined generations, in honor of Black History Month," said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer for Macy's.


The realities of being the other woman

maryjaneotherwoman 600Television viewers turn on their flat screens and computers in an effort to escape the realities of life. However, current dramas and reality shows may force us to confront conflict in our own homes.

After watching the movie and the first three episodes of "Being Mary Jane," the memories of my own adulterous affair have resurfaced. Like the main character, I was a single, young professional woman involved with a married man. I was also a media producer.

Of course, he was unhappy at home. You know, he was just hanging in there for the sake of the children. Cue the Sunshine Anderson track, because many of us have heard it all before.