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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.

Amma’s good karma

Amma Asante_600Writer/director Amma Asante talks about her new film, "Belle," a fact-based, historical drama starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw about the daughter of an African slave and a British ship captain who was raised in England as an aristocrat.

Kam Williams: Hi Amma. I'm honored to have this opportunity.
Amma Asante: Thank you very much, Kam. It's my pleasure.

KW: I told my readers I'd be speaking with you, so I'll be mixing in their questions with some of my own.
AA: OK, cool.

 

Leslie Jones’ slave monologue on ‘SNL’ sparks backlash

Leslie Jones_600A portion of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update featuring Leslie Jones has generated backlash on social media.

During the episode, the writer performed a monologue as an image expert, commenting on People naming Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o their most beautiful person.

She congratulated the actress, but what followed had Twitter abuzz.

  • Written by Carrie Healey/theGrio