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Take 10-plus with Rickey Smiley

smiley2 600The sound of laughter will be bouncing off the walls, ceiling and floor of the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts when the Rickey Smiley & Friends Comedy Show takes center stage on June 20th.
 
Presented by Marcus Dorris of Mix and Mingle Entertainment, the show is set to kick off at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
 
In advance of the big evening, The New Tri-State Defender reached out to Smiley with a few questions to get a feel for Rickey Smiley’s thoughts on Rickey Smiley and more!
  • Written by Tony Jones

‘Unbreak My Heart A Memoir’

ToniB 600“While Toni Braxton may appear to be living a charmed life, hers is in fact a tumultuous story: a tale of personal triumph after a public unraveling. In her heartfelt memoir, the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer… is unapologetically honest in revealing the intimate details of her journey…
 
“What fans might not know is the intense guilt Toni once felt when she accepted a recording deal that excluded her sisters… Toni’s world crumbled when she was forced to file for bankruptcy twice and was left all alone to pick up the pieces…
 
“The mother of an autistic child, Toni had long feared that her son’s condition might be karmic retribution for some of her choices… When heart ailments began plaguing her at the age of 41 and she was diagnosed with lupus, Toni knew she had to move beyond the self-recrimination…

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

KamsKaps 600BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“22 Jump Street” (R for sexuality, violence, drug use, brief nudity and pervasive profanity) Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their roles as ill-matched LAPD partners, this time going undercover as college students to crack a narcotics ring operating on campus. With Ice Cube, Amber Stevens and Nick Offerman. 
 
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” (PG for action and mildly rude humor) Animated adventure, set five years after the original, pits Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful pet, Toothless, against a diabolical, cave-dwelling villain (Djimon Hounsou) bent on world domination. Voice cast includes Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrara, Gerard Butler and Craig Ferguson.  
 
 

The Cube root of 22

cuberoot 600As much as technology, business and society have changed since the Eighties, one thing has remained constant: Ice Cube has been a premier cultural watchdog, astutely commenting on, examining and detailing the breadth of the American experience in uncompromising terms with an unflinching honesty and a sobering perspective, as well as a deft comedic touch that has endeared him to several generations of fans.
 
While Cube loves making movies, his first passion will always be music.  His forthcoming album, “Everythang’s Corrupt,” slated for a release later this year, will be his 18th as either a solo artist or member of a group (N.W.A, Da Lench Mob, Westside Connection). Here, he talks about reprising the role of Captain Dickson in “22 Jump Street.”
 
 
Kam Williams: Hi Cube, thanks for the interview.
Ice Cube: Oh, no problem, Kam.

‘Think Like a Man Too’

TLAM 600As a moviegoer, I give this “Think Like A Man” sequel two very enthusiastic and ecstatic thumbs up.
 
“Think Like A Man Too” refutes the sequel curse because it is – as Kevin Hart promised – much better than the original film. It is filled with the same stars from the first adaptation, along with an equal role for newcomer, Wendi McClendon-Covey, who plays Tish, the wife of Bennett, portrayed by comedian Gary Owen.
 
The setting is the ever-exciting and mayhem-filled Las Vegas, where both the women and men journey to participate in the nuptials of Michael (Terrance J) and Candice (Regina Hall). Early on, the scenery promises what the film delivers – that this will be eventful from start to finish.
  • Written by Ashley Grandberry-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening June 6, 2014

KamsKaps 600BIG BUDGET FILMS   

 “Edge of Tomorrow” (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence and brief sensuality) Infinite loop sci-fi starring Tom Cruise as the recently-deceased soldier called upon to travel back in time repeatedly to defend the planet against a bloodthirsty race of aliens bent on world domination. With Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson.

 “The Fault in Our Stars” (PG-13 for sexuality, brief profanity and mature themes)    

Screen adaptation of John Green’s #1 best-seller about the bittersweet romance which blossoms between a terminally-ill teenager (Shailene Woodley) and a patient in remission (Ansel Elgort) she meets at a cancer support group. With Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff and Mike Birbiglia.