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

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“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
 

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson!

Keith 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.

This week’s DVD releases

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Top Ten DVD List for July 22, 2014
 
“Detour”
 
“The M Word”  
 
“Day of Days: June 6, 1944”
 
“The Suspect”
 
“Made in America: Jay-Z”  
 
“An American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight”
 
“Heaven Is for Real”
 
“Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club”
 
“All Cheerleaders Die”
 
“Caillou: Fun and Games with Caillou!”
 
Honorable Mention
 
“D-Day’s Sunken Secrets”
 
“The Legend of Billie Jean (Special ‘Fair Is Fair’ Edition)”
 
“Donnie Brasco” (Blu-ray)
 
“Flatliners”
 
“Justin and the Knights of Valor”
 
“The Pretty One”
 
“Make Your Move”
 
“Last Action Hero”
 
“Gridiron Gang”
 
“Anaconda”
 
“Geronimo Stilton: Going Down to Chinatown”
 
“Peep and the Big Wide World: Peep Discovers”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
“Appleseed Alpha”
 
“Transcendence”
 
“Eroddity(s)”
 
“At War with the Army”
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“Children without a Shadow”
 
“I Was There in Color”

Memphis playwright puts twist on the ‘Prodigal Son’ story

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In the parable of the Prodigal Son, a man seeks his inheritance, wastes it, returns home, and is welcomed back with open arms. A Memphis playwright added a twist to this story and turned it into a gospel stage play, which debuted July 12th at the West Memphis Civic Auditorium.
 
T.L. Gathen, a business applications advisor at FedEx and president of Majestic Kingdom Melodies (MKM) Productions, wrote “From a Mess to a Miracle.” It follows A.J. Clarkesdale (Jarvis Taylor), who returns home after hitting rock bottom, hoping to be welcomed back into his father’s house and TV station.  However, his stepmother, Gertrude Clarkesdale (Jennifer Gomez), is not happy about him interrupting the life she and her son, Reggie (Malik Walker), have with A.J.’ s father, Andrew (Rodney Burns), and A.J. has to move in with his church-going Aunt Maxine (Joann Bell).  
  • Written by Brittney Gathen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

A serving of comedy, with D. L. Hughley as the main course

 
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In full spectator mode, I showed up at the new Chuckles Comedy House in Cordova hungry for comedy and braced for long lines and lagged show times from a new business. My downside expectations were completely wrong.
 
The entire staff was on point. There was an ample wait crew, efficient cashiers and prompt show times. Serve up the comedy!
  • Written by Ashley Grandberry-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” (PG for action and peril) Animated sequel finds crop duster-turned-air racer Dusty (Dane Cook) joining forces with a team of smoke-jumping helicopters and all-terrain vehicles to fight a massive forest fire. Voice cast features Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Ed Harris, Teri Hatcher, Regina King, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. 
 
“The Purge: Anarchy” (R for profanity and graphic violence) Serendipitous horror sequel follows a quintet’s (Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez and Zoe Soul) struggle to survive on the annual national holiday during which crime is legal, even murder. Cast includes John Beasley, Michael K. Williams, Justina Machado and Jack Conley.    

Rosie Perez: The ‘Handbook for an Unpredictable Life’

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Rosie Maria Perez was born on Sept. 6, 1964 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she was raised in a Catholic orphanage after being abandoned by her mom and taken from her aunt. She made a most memorable screen debut as Spike Lee’s girlfriend, Tina, in “Do the Right Thing,” and later landed an Oscar-nomination for a nonpareil performance in “Fearless.” Her many other credits include “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Won’t Back Down” and “The Counselor.”
 
Rosie serves as the Artistic Chair of Urban Arts Partnership and sits on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Here, she talks about her career and her autobiography, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life.”