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Making music in Memphis

IMG-Jaheim 600Soul balladeer Jaheim had the ladies mesmerized as he sang all of his hits at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis on Saturday night (Nov. 30).

IMG Jaheim_2199IMG CM_2014IMG CM_2053IMG Crowd_Shot_1114The opening act was Chrisette Michelle and she was – in a word – sensational.

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Making music in Memphis: Dana Dane, John Mayer

IMG-Dana-Dane 600Dana Dane was the star attraction Friday night at the Hard Rock Café on Beale Street during the Food Bank Bash Classic 80's Party.

IMG-John-Mayer--0687Across the street at the FedExForum, fans packed the house for John Mayer and his Born and Raised Tour.

IMG-Phillip-Phillips-1368Former "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips was the opening act for John Mayer.

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules

kamkaps 600BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Frozen" (PG for action and mild rude humor) Disney animated adventure about a fearless princess (Kristen Bell) who embarks on an epic journey with a gruff mountain man (Josh Gad) in order to reverse the curse of eternal winter accidentally inflicted upon the kingdom by her queen-to-be sister (Idina Menzel) with cryogenic powers. Voice cast includes Ciaran Hinds, Jonathan Groff and Edie McClurg.

"Homefront" (R for graphic violence, drug use, pervasive profanity and brief sexuality) Sly Stallone wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of the Chuck Logan novel of the same name about a DEA Agent (Jason Statham) who retires to a quiet town for the sake of his family only to have their lives turned upside-down by a ruthless meth dealer (James Franco). With Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic and Omar Benson Miller.

"Oldboy" (R for nudity, profanity, graphic sexuality, brutal violence and disturbing images) Spike Lee directed this remake of the Korean revenge thriller revolving around an advertising exec's (Josh Brolin) quest for vengeance after being kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years. With Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli.

Old-school rules at pre-Thanksgiving concert

IMG-Bobby-Womack-600Music legends Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, and Bobby Womack transformed the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. into "Old-school Haven" on Saturday night.

Womack came out dressed in red – leather pants, jacket and a cap – and launched into his deep bag of hit songs, including "Across a 110th Street," "I Can Understand it," "That's The Way I Feel About You," "Harry Hippie" and many more. He also did a tribute to Sam Cooke, singing "A Change Is Going To Come," and introduced his daughter, who sings backup for him. He gave her an opening to sing a song and it's safe to say talent runs in the family.

Next up was the Isley Brothers and their presence triggered a surge toward the stage as they reeled off hits such as "Fight The Power," "It's Your thing," and "For the Love of You." As always, eye-grabbing dancers performing precision moves accented the performance that was punctuated by the distinctive voice of Ronald Isley and the lead-guitar prowess of Ernie Isley.

  • Written by Warren Roseborough

This week’s DVD releases

cosby 600Top Ten DVD List for Nov. 26, 2013

"Breaking Bad: The Complete Series"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00EEDNA4M/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Samson & Delilah"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004326F50/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"The Mod Squad: The Complete Collection"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ESFUED6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Bill Cosby... Far From Finished"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00EYA6VGY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"ESPN Films: Nine for IX [Gift Set]"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00DVLKMWQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Diagnosis Murder: The Complete Series"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ET6LPRI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"NFL: A Football Life – Ray Lewis"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00EHMYJSG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Pablo"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F98FOCC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Unhung Hero"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F7K5Q3O/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Impractical Jokers: The Complete First Season"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00F6SAMTA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

"Jobs"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00BEIYLAW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Old Dogs & New Tricks: Seasons One and Two"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00G3MXSW6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

"Getaway"
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00FKNHVC2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

‘If You Can See It, You Can Be It’

Chef 600Jeff Henderson turned his life around behind bars while serving time for drug dealing. In the penitentiary, he developed a passion for cooking which, upon being paroled, he parlayed into a career as a celebrated chef and host of his own TV series on the Food Network.

Now, he's published a collection of recipes not of his best dishes but of the secrets of his success. The dozen key ingredients include: self-discipline, delayed gratification, education, intuition, risk, persuasion, adaptation, collaboration, humility, selflessness, visionary leadership and getting the competitive edge.

Besides clarifying each of those concepts, the author augments his ideas with pearls of wisdom from fellow luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, who reveals, "The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work."

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews

lenny 600BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Delivery Man" (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug use, mature themes and brief violence) Vince Vaughn plays the title character in this baby-daddy comedy as a slacker who finds himself the subject of a class-action paternity suit filed by dozens of the children he fathered anonymously years earlier through a sperm bank. With Chris Pratt, Bobby Moynihan and Cobie Smulders.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence, frightening images, mature themes and a suggestive situation) Second installment in the series based on the Suzanne Collins trilogy finds triumphant survivors Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) enjoying a victory tour before being drafted to compete in another death match, this one comprised entirely of former Hunger Games winners. With Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland.