For movies opening Christmas week, 2012
"Django Unchained" (R for profanity, nudity, ethnic slurs and graphic violence) Jamie Foxx stars as the title character in Quentin Tarantino's revenge-tinged Western about a slave-turned-bounty hunter's search for his wife and slave owners with whom he wants to settle a score. Cast includes Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson.
It's time for my annual push – five years running – at recapping most of the memorable moments of the past year. Here we go:
Beyoncé gave birth to her first child, Blue Ivy. This is perhaps the richest African-American baby ever born.
"Chrihanna" made their return in 2012. Chris Brown and Rihanna that is.
With a vibrant imagination and dedication to rich, layered storytelling, Quentin Tarantino has established himself as one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation. Here, he talks about his new movie, "Django Unchained," a Western featuring Jamie Foxx in the title role as a slave-turned-bounty hunter, and co-starring Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kerry Washington.
Kam Williams: Hi Quentin, thanks for the interview.
The highly popular talent show "Americas Got Talent" rolled into Memphis recently in search of unique and jaw-dropping talents. My guitarist/ singer-friend, Emma Web, got word of the audition from her mother.
Emma immediately shifted into search-mode, looking high and low for the perfect song to sing at the "America's Got Talent" (AGT) audition that she secured by waiting in line for almost an hour.
For movies opening December 21, 2012
"The Guilt Trip" (PG-13 for violence, profanity and drug use) Dysfunctional family comedy about a scientist (Seth Rogen) who, against his better judgment, invites his overbearing mother (Barbara Streisand) to tag along on a cross-country journey in search of a distributor for his new invention. With Ari Graynor, Kathy Najimy, Colin Hanks, Nora Dunn and Casey Wilson.
Astounding harmony and sweet melodies of the Holiday season were delivered Wednesday by the Stax Music Academy's "Street Harmony Group" during their day of appreciation.
Directed by Justin Merrick, operations manager, vocal/choreography director, the group of talented student singers and musicians went caroling to their major business donors and supporters. They arrived downtown at the offices of The New Tri-State Defender about 10 a.m., and boy, did they put on a show.
Art collecting is a profitable practice that few people embrace. Huge art and artifact collections like that of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are filled with original works by key figures in the legacy of African-American culture.
Quite literally, the Kinsey's are the stewards of numerous important African-American works of art and artifacts. Though the bevy of artists in their collection is atypical, it is a testament to the importance of keeping your mind and your pocket open to art.