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Much more than a ‘Food Network Star’ finalist

Much more than a ‘Food Network Star’ finalist

Aryen Moore-Alston was one of twelve finalists who competed on season 10 of “Food Network Star.” Alston was the first finalist from Memphis, the first finalist from Tennessee in the 10 years that the

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  • Written by by Brittney Gathen Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“And So It Goes” (PG-13 for sexual references and drug use) Romantic comedy revolving around a narcissistic realtor (Michael Douglas) who enlists the help of his carefree next-door neighbor (Diane Keaton) when the 9 year-old granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed is suddenly dropped at his doorstep. With Frankie Valli, Yaya DaCosta,  Annie Parisse and Austin Lysy. 
 
“Hercules” (PG-13 for sensuality, pervasive violence, partial nudity and brief profanity) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson follows in the footsteps of Ferrigno, Schwarzenegger and Reeves as the latest incarnation of the Greek legend. This episode, set in 1400 B.C., finds the muscle-bound demigod and five faithful companions hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) and his daughter (Irina Shayk) to subdue a tyrannical warlord. With Rebecca Ferguson, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes. 
 

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Lauryn Hill & The Misunderstanding of Memphis Fans

Lauryn Hill & The Misunderstanding of Memphis Fans
Hundreds of Memphis-area residents were incredibly eager and excited about attending the sold-out concert of living legend Lauryn Hill last Saturday (July 18th) at Minglewood Hall in Midtown. Although she has but one solo album under her belt, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is such a magnificent body of work that 16 years later it still is more significant than most of the contributions by today’s artists.
 
True artists withstand the test of time. Embracing that thought, I was one of the many fans who were beyond thrilled to learn that Lauryn was making a comeback and – more importantly – putting Memphis on her tour. Perhaps it was our eagerness and excitement that contributed to the disappointment, but none of us could have anticipated that the night would be such a letdown.

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  • Written by Ashley Grandberry-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

‘Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival’

‘Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival’
“In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, 300 officers of the newly-created, elite paramilitary unit known as SWAT initiated a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party (BPP)… 5 hours and 5,000 rounds of ammunition later, 3 SWAT team members and 3 Panthers lay wounded. 
 
“The LAPD considered the encounter a disaster. For the Panthers and community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory. A key contributor to that victory was 19-year-old Wayne Pharr. (This book) tells Wayne’s riveting story of the L.A. branch of the BPP, and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive, military-style attack.” 
– Excerpted from the dust jacket
 

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Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson!

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson!
In a world where talent takes you far, Keith Robinson is ahead of the game.
 
He’s a true triple threat – having already mastered acting and songwriting, he’s now positioning himself to take over the music world with a velvety voice.
 
Before he made his way to Tinseltown, the Kentucky native set his sights on music, and attended the University of Georgia. Upon coming to Los Angeles, Keith had a chance meeting with a talent manager who jumpstarted his acting career. Since then, he’s thrived, landing an incredible 50+ projects in television and film while continuing to pursue his musical career-- often placing songs in the acting projects he stars in.

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Really, NY Magazine? Couldn’t find a black rom-com for Top 25?

Really, NY Magazine? Couldn’t find a black rom-com for Top 25?
I’m a big fan of New York magazine, in large part because of its cultural coverage and willingness to give a platform to artists, institutions and subjects that other mainstream publications might not. A case in point is the slide show the site just devoted to the upcoming coffee table book “Vintage Black Glamour,” which showcases rarely seen photos of black leading ladies, many from Hollywood’s golden age. (I also once wrote about the first black supermodel, Donyale Luna, for www.nymag.com.) But even publications with the best intentions can make editorial missteps fueled by lack of diversity, and I was reminded of this when taking a look at the site’s recent list of the 25 Best Romantic Comedies Since “When Harry Met Sally.”
 
To say the list lacks diversity would be an understatement. There is only one film that made the cut that does not star white casts, the Taiwanese film
“The Wedding Banquet.” I wouldn’t have a problem with this if the rest of the list comprised films that were better than some of the ones omitted. But in what universe is “Knocked Up” better than “Boomerang,” which boasts one of the best comedic ensemble casts in film history? Of course there is a catch. “Boomerang’s” cast is predominantly black and New York magazine, for all of its strengths, does not have a track record to be proud of in its treatment of black romantic comedies.

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  • Written by Keli Goff-The Root

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