facebook-icotwitter-icogoogle-icorss-ico
connectsubscribearchives
Log in

Entertainment

Marlon Wayans to host Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony

Marlon Wayans to host Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony

Comedian and television and big screen star Marlon Wayans will host the Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis on Nov. 6.

 “This is gonna be a blast. Sharing a stage with legends like Ann Peebles and Al Bell will be outrageous,” said Wayans.

Read more...

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

The real ‘King of R&B’

The real ‘King of R&B’

Take U.S. 78 South about 90 miles from Memphis and you come to Tupelo, Mississippi and BancorpSouth Arena, where Robert Sylvester Kelly – widely known as the “King of R&B” put on a show that will have people talking…at least until he returns.

At first, I was a little skeptical about the show. I mean, when I arrived and took my seat, the only thing I saw on stage was a tall thin curtain and the blue lights. There did not appear to be any instruments behind it. Not a drum set. No keyboards. Not even so much as a guitar.

Read more...

In defense of Tiny Harris’ new eye color

In defense of Tiny Harris’ new eye color

Was I the only one who had absolutely no idea that people could permanently change their eye color with surgery? Apparently I was stuck in the ’90s, thinking that colored contacts, which never look real, were the only option. Who knew?

Apparently Tameka “Tiny” Harris—celeb mom, wife of rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and reality-TV star—did. During promotional rounds for her latest reality show, Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip, fans noticed that Harris had a new enhancement: a new color she would eventually call “ice gray.” Harris turned to BrightOcular to permanently lighten her dark-brown eyes by having an implant of “thin, flexible, biocompatible, colored, medical-grade silicone” applied to her eyes. The procedure costs around $8,000.

Read more...

  • Written by Demetria L. Lucas-The Root

Film review: ‘Plot for Peace’

Film review: ‘Plot for Peace’

In 2009, I reviewed a movie called “Endgame,” a political potboiler which divulged, for the first time, the pivotal role a British professor named Will Esterhuyse played in the end of apartheid. I remember feeling a little skeptical about the veracity of the alleged well-kept secret.

But here it is five years later, and we now have a “Plot for Peace,” a documentary staking a similar claim on behalf of another supposed critical figure who also ostensibly operated under the radar. This picture purportedly recounts how Jean-Yves Ollivier, a French businessman surreptitiously referred to as “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspondence, orchestrated the dismantling of South Africa’s racist regime as well as the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.

Read more...

Subcategories