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Tyler Perry the ‘dad’ and the mogul stir feedback

Tyler Perry the ‘dad’ and the mogul stir feedback

Tyler Perry is always in the news. Whether it’s the latest box office feature or a brand new television show, the guy is everywhere. The latest news regards him becoming a dad! There has been quite a bit of positive feedback and some that is, well, not so. Of course, the not-so positive is tethered to the point that he is not married.
 
Let’s be realistic, the guy really doesn’t owe us anything when it comes to what we feel is a moral issue. Tyler Perry is an actor, playwright and filmmaker. All we should expect from him is his product. And if we’re not fans, we shouldn’t expect anything.

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Debut novel ‘No Less Worthy’ is perfectly titled

Debut novel ‘No Less Worthy’ is perfectly titled

All of what lies ahead for newly self-published Memphis author Dorchelle T. Spence is of course unpredictable, but a building block for success is the clarity of the gripping opening scene in her debut novel “No Less Worthy” (UrbanEdge Publishing, 2014).

To be introduced to the market with a downtown book party this week, it is available for sale at $12.95 at urbanedgepublishing.com. Spence hopes the book becomes an inspirational series aimed at the coming-of-age young adult market.

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  • Written by Tony Jones

‘Sarah Vaughan’ comes to Hattiloo

‘Sarah Vaughan’ comes to Hattiloo

The Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square provided the perfect backdrop for an “almost fall” evening of art and jazz last Friday (Sept. 19th).

The atmosphere was eclectic and simply elegant. The VIP guests sipped chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon and dined on smoked salmon, spiced shrimp, and pasta salad. The lobby was transformed into a gallery of art provided by local artists 1225 Cristalynne (Dupree), Frankd Robinson, Sir Walt, Malika Collins, Peggy Van Buren and Danny Broadway.

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  • Written by Nona N. Allen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

NOW SHOWING – TSD-TV

NOW SHOWING – TSD-TV

First interview – Tavis Smiley
The legacy and brand of The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) expanded this week with the launch of TSD Television.

“Through TSD Television we will be bringing to you exciting digital video content to include news broadcasts, community and celebrity interviews and dynamic new shows that both inform and entertain,” said TSD President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Selma’s Director and Star on Bringing MLK to Life

Selma’s Director and Star on Bringing MLK to Life

One of the most pivotal periods in civil rights history is finally coming to the big screen. Selma, depicting Martin Luther King Jr.’s voting-rights campaign and the weeks of bloody protests in Selma, Ala., opens Christmas Day. The movie could not be timelier, with current civil rights leaders steeped in a continuing fight over voting rights.

Oprah Winfrey is one of the producers, British actor David Oyelowo stars as King and Ava DuVernay directs.The director told The Root on the red carpet at the Urbanworld Film Festival, “We made it with an elevated sense of responsibility.” The film was more than seven years in the making, with several big Hollywood directors and stars circling around it at one point or another.

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  • Written by Julie Walker-The Root

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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