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McLemore & College: ‘Where do we go from here?’

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The music industry ebbs and flows affecting – directly and indirectly – the lives of succeeding generations through an eclectic mix of genres, including R&B, blues, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, country and more. Memphis’ contributions to the industry’s evolution reflect a noteworthy flow via hometown record labels such as Sun, Ardent, Hi, and Stax, just to name a few. 
 
During my childhood in the late fifties, I grew up listening to Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays of the Stax era. When Otis and nearly all of the Bar-Kays – with the exception of Ben Cauley – perished in a plane crash over Madison, Wis., I was tremendously impacted. It was a sad time in the music industry.
  • Written by George Tillman Jr.-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

This Weeks MOVIES
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Deliver Us from Evil” (R for graphic violence, grisly images, profanity and pervasive terror) Screen adaptation of Beware the Night, Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool’s supernatural thriller about an NYPD street cop (Eric Bana) who joins forces with a renegade exorcist (Edgar Ramirez) in response to the alarming increase in cases of demonic possession occurring around the city. With Olivia Munn, Dorian Missick and Joel McHale.   
 
“Earth to Echo” (PG for action, peril and mild epithets) Kid-friendly sci-fi, reminiscent of E.T. (1982), about a trio of adolescents (Astro, Teo Halm and Reese Hartwig) who surreptitiously come to the aid of a homesick alien stranded on Earth. Supporting cast includes Ella Wahlestedt, Cassius Willis, Jason Gray-Stanford and Drake Kemper.

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Begin Again” (R for profanity) Musical tale of female empowerment about a struggling singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) who dumps her philandering, pop star boyfriend (Adam Levine) in order to pursue her own career with the help of an alcoholic, disgraced record exec (Mark Ruffalo). Supporting cast includes Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, CeeLo Green and James Corden.    
 
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence and brief sexual innuendo) Fourth installment of the sci-fi franchise finds a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) attracting the attention of scientists, transformers, a power-hungry businessman (Stanley Tucci) and a paranoid government bureaucrat (Kelsey Grammer) after they discover the deactivated leader (Peter Cullen) of the Autobots. With John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles and Ken Watanabe. 

Nikki Giovanni had this to say

During her appearance at the National Civil Rights Museum on Sunday,
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Said Giovanni:
  • Written by Brittney Gathen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Blind Boys of Alabama and Taj Majal

The Blind Boys of Alabama opened for Taj Majal on June 18th at the New concertreview 600Jersey State Theatre, where they easily managed to eclipse the headliner in terms of intensity and audience appeal. “Boys” is a bit of misnomer for the six-time Grammy-winning gospel group formed way back in the 1930s by 9-year-old students attending the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, located in Talledega.
 
Sadly, only a couple of the founding members are still alive, Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain, and the latter’s participation in concerts is limited to the extent his failing health allows. But in the early decades, the talented ensemble crisscrossed the country, often going on tour with The Blind Boys of Mississippi, with whom they would share the stage in a friendly battle of the bands. 

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
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“Jersey Boys” (R for pervasive profanity) Clint Eastwood directs this adaptation of the rags-to-riches, jukebox musical featuring Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli in the role he originated on Broadway, as well as Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda as the other members of the Four Seasons. Cast includes Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley and Francesca Eastwood (daughter of Clint and Frances Farmer).   
 
“Think Like a Man Too” (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, crude humor, sexual references and partial nudity) The principal cast returns for an eventful sequel, set in Vegas, where the couples convene for bawdy bachelor and bachelorette parties which almost derail Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael’s (Terrence J) wedding plans. Ensemble includes Kevin Hart, Gabriel Union, Michael Ealy, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Kelsey Grammer.