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‘Best Days’ ahead for Tamela Mann

‘Best Days’ ahead for Tamela Mann

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

As a child, Tamela Mann sang into pencils and hair combs to the sounds of the Clark Sisters.

"I always had hope (that I could be a gospel star), but I never dreamed that I would be on the same stage as Karen Clark Sheard. God has shown me favor!" exclaimed Mann. "I just want to be faithful to Him so He can continue to be faithful to me."

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Time to shift out of ‘Idol’?

Am I the only one who thinks "American Idol" has outstayed its welcome?

Once upon a time, we couldn't get enough "American Idol." We wanted more. It was a treat! Now it's seems that we are being force fed a version of it that was prepared by some inexperienced cook who filled in for the house chef.

We hated Simon Cowell didn't we? But you gotta admit we loved him at the same time. He made the show.

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SEAL-sational

SEAL-sational

International pop star Seal really left an everlasting impression during his visit to Memphis last weekend. This man puts on a show!

Macy Gray, who performed at last year's Memphis in May International Festival, opened up for Seal, coming out – as usual – in her cabaret-style attire and delivering a high-energy performance.

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  • Written by Warren Roseborough

Dance festival & expo to pump a healthy beat

The Memphis Dance Festival & Kids Expo, presented by Incredible Pizza, is designed to get kids moving towards a healthier and more active lifestyle through dance.

The free event is on tap for Aug.18 at Robert R. Church Park (Beale Street and Fourth St.) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 08/02/2012

For movies opening August 3, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" (PG for rude humor) Third installment in the underdog-friendly franchise finds hapless protagonist Greg (Zachary Gordon) hanging out with his portly pal Rowley (Robert Capron) and pretending to be employed at a country club after all his summer vacation plans fall through. With Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick and Rachael Harris.

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Mario & Mandela Van Peebles: ‘The We the Party’ interview

Mario & Mandela Van Peebles: ‘The We the Party’ interview

Here, Mario Van Peebles and his 18-year-old son, Mandela talk about the movie, "We the Party," a coming-of-age comedy, which might be best thought of as an African-American variation on "American Pie" (1999).

Kam Williams: Hi Mario and Mandela, thanks for the interview. You know, back in '79, I had the honor of running part of the Boston Marathon alongside Melvin Van Peebles. Your father's one of my idols.

Mario: Cool, man.

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Yes, we remember Sherman Hemsley!

No other character on television has touched our hearts the way that George Jefferson did. Here's a character that came up from nothing and became a successful businessman. As a matter of fact, he became synonymous with the phrase "moving on up".

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