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LL hasn’t lost his street cred

LL hasn’t lost his street cred
I had the honor of sitting in on LL Cool J’s private listening session in New York City.  He was previewing excerpts from his upcoming release of the “G.O.A.T. 2.” When super producer Alize Jone

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  • Written by Jineea Butler-NNPA News Service

Air Force officer wins Miss Black USA 2014 Title

Air Force officer wins Miss Black USA 2014 Title
The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation recently announced Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander as the new Miss Black USA 2014. 
 
On Sunday night at the University of the District of Columbia Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., a panel of judges chose Alexander for top honors out of 25 contestants from across the nation. Alexander is a 26-year-old Air Force Intelligence Officer stationed at Peterson Air Force Base. 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Wesley Snipes: “The Expendables 3” interview

Wesley Snipes: “The Expendables 3” interview
Wesley Snipes ranks among the highest paid African-American actors with gross earnings worldwide estimated at over $2 billion. Here he talks about his latest outing alongside Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Terry Crews and Kelsey Grammer in “The Expendable 3.”
 
Kam Williams: Hi Wesley, thanks for the interview.
Wesley Snipes: How’re you doing, Kam?
 

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Hip-hop is changing whether you like it or not

Hip-hop is changing whether you like it or not
Every so often in hip-hop we’re introduced to a new kid on the block who happens to be white; this new face gets loads of media mentions and a group of the genre’s fans wild out on the blogs – they usually call themselves “true hip-hop heads.”
 
The latest to get the wrath is Iggy Azalea. Before her, it was Macklemore.
 
Plenty of white rappers have had to deal with the closed-mindedness of a group of hip-hop-goers that can’t get past the prehistoric idea that hip-hop is purely a black experience. This is far from the truth. Over time, the Beastie Boys, 3rd Base, House of Pain, Kid Rock, Eminem and even Vanilla Ice have left their imprints on the culture.

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  • Written by Taryn Finley-The Root

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, violence and brief sensuality) Three-time Oscar-nominee Lass Hallstrom directed this adaptation of Rochard Morais’ best-seller about an immigrant family which opens a Indian restaurant in a quaint village in the South of France, much to the chagrin of the steely proprietor (Helen Mirren) of a trendy bistro right down the street. Cast includes Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. (In English, French and Hindi with subtitles) 
 
“Into the Storm” (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references, and scenes of intense peril and destruction) Found footage thriller about some storm chasers and thrill-seekers who get more than they bargained for when they decide to film a tornado bearing down on a tiny town in Middle America. Co-starring Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies.  

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UniverSoul Circus ready to fly high for Memphis fans

UniverSoul Circus ready to fly high for Memphis fans
The UniverSoul Circus is a family attraction that attendees most likely won’t forget. Ranked in the top 10 of Ticketmaster’s top 25 events, it is the only African-American circus in the world and the most requested family event in the United States.
 
With that in mind, lots of children and their parents in Memphis will be waiting for the UniverSoul Circus to pitch its big top tent at the Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Rd., for over-the-top, high-flying excitement the week of Aug. 26 – Sept. 1.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Keke Palmer to be Broadway’s 1st African-American Cinderella

 Keke Palmer to be Broadway’s 1st African-American Cinderella
NEW YORK – Like many girls, actress and singer Keke Palmer grew up dreaming of meeting a prince who would whisk her away to a life of love and happiness. In her case, it's going to happen – eight shows a week on Broadway.
 
Palmer said she'll be stepping into the title role in "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" starting Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre. She will become the first African-American to play the part on the Great White Way.

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  • Written by Mark Kennedy-Associated Press

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