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Gary Owen is “Just a Cool Guy”

Gary Owen is “Just a Cool Guy”
“You don’t choose your audience, they just choose you.” With these wise words, the hysterical Gary Owen explains how a Caucasian comedian commands the attention of his primarily African-American audi

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  • Written by Leah Long- Special to the New Tri-State Defender

K. Michelle talks Rebellious Soul: The Musical

K. Michelle talks Rebellious Soul: The Musical
K. Michelle is taking the next step in her career by modifyingspace“>  her award-winning album The Rebellious Soul into a musical.
 
Let that marinate.
 
In a joint collaboration with VH1 and Atlantic Records, Rebellious Soul: The Musical is a story about a stripper’s journey in love, set to to the vocals of the Tennessee singer.

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  • Written by Kyle Harvey- theGrio

Step Aside, Iggy Azalea, It’s Time for Nicki Minaj to Appropriate … Herself

Step Aside, Iggy Azalea, It’s Time for Nicki Minaj to Appropriate … Herself
At midnight Wednesday, Nicki Minaj dropped the full video for “Anaconda,” an ode to bodacious booties with a heavily sampled shoutout to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 signature “thickums” jam “Baby Got Back.”
 
What’s endearing, in an “Oh, the ’90s” kind of way, is remembering how “Baby Got Back” and its video were highly controversial at the time—to the point that MTV only played it at night. But thanks to the Magic City-fication of rap videos, “Baby Got Back” and its papier-mâché butt prop seem fairly quaint by comparison. In Mix-A-Lot’s video, the women wear shorts that cover their cheeks with fishnet tights underneath. Minaj gets rid of all that and dives pants-less into what an Internet-porn-saturated culture wants—dat azz.

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  • Written by DANIELLE C. BELTON-The Root

‘Purple Rain at 30′

‘Purple Rain at 30′
Already a rising superstar on the music scene, courtesy of the groundbreaking and innovative 1999 album, the Purple Rain movie and accompanying soundtrack of the same name catapulted the diminutive genius Priince Rogers Nelson to transcendent megastardom who possessed all-time talent within his 5-foot-2 frame.
 
The movie was the figurative soundtrack for the X and Y generations and told the quasi-biographical tale of a tortured musical savant who almost followed in his father’s self-destructive path before being whisked from self-immolation by his music and his woman.

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  • Written by Terry Shropshire, National Correspondent

Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba Win Emmys

Joe Morton, Uzo Aduba Win Emmys
Two top black actors took home awards from last night’s Creative Arts Emmys ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., including Joe Morton for his wildly popular role as Elijah Pope on ABC’s Scandal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. And Uzo Aduba won for her portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
 
Aduba earned the Outstanding Guest Actress trophy, while Morton garnered the Outstanding Guest Actor award for his role as Olivia Pope’s father.

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  • Written by Lynette Holloway-The Root

School desegregation issue is the crux of ‘Best of Enemies’

School desegregation issue is the crux of ‘Best of Enemies’
Claire D. Kolheim will have no trouble transforming herself into civil rights activist Ann Atwater in Mark St. Germain’s upcoming play, “Best of Enemies,” at Playhouse on the Square, Aug. 22 – Sept. 14.  
“I put a lot of work into the character and role,” said Kolheim, who researched the activist, watched several videos of her, and read Osha Gray Davidson’s best-selling book, “The Best of Enemies,” “to get a feel for who she is, her mannerism, and how she talks.”

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun  
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“The Expendables 3” (PG-13 for profanity and violence) Third installment in the high-impact franchise finds the guys reuniting to rescue a former team member (Wesley Snipes) before squaring off with another (Mel Gibson) who has gone rogue with malevolent intentions. Beefcake cast featuring Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz and Jet Li, along with Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer.   
 
“The Giver” (PG-13 for action, violence and mature themes) Adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning children’s novel about a teen (Brenton Thwaites) who becomes disillusioned upon learning the truth about his supposed utopia upon becoming the protégé of the one person (Jeff Bridges) living there aware of the existence of pain, sadness, war and other woes. Ensemble includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift and Alexander Skarsgard.   

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