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Nikki Giovanni had this to say

Nikki Giovanni had this to say
During her appearance at the National Civil Rights Museum on Sunday,
world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni recited her iconic poem “Ego-Tripping” to a standing-room only crowd in the 350-seat auditorium. After her performance, Giovanni told The New Tri-State Defender of her hopes for the museum and her hope that young people take an active part in the “international world.”
 
Said Giovanni:

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  • Written by Brittney Gathen-Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Blind Boys of Alabama and Taj Majal

Blind Boys of Alabama and Taj Majal
The Blind Boys of Alabama opened for Taj Majal on June 18th at the New Jersey 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. 

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11 compelling hip-hop lyrics that give props to Africa

11 compelling hip-hop lyrics that give props to Africa
Middle America caught whiff of the tension brewing between the police and low-income black communities in the early 1990s because of the lyrics on N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton” album and Public Enemy’s call to “fight the power that be.”
 
People didn’t need to hear statistics about women entering the workforce in droves because Queen Latifah said so in “Ladies First.” She was no journalist, but she was reporting about a new generation of women who were taking charge at home and work. When Jay Z told folks to “change clothes” and to “throw on a suit [and] get it tapered up,” we knew hip-hop was growing up right before our very eyes.

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  • Written by Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele-The Root

African-American horror film poised to terrify audiences

African-American horror film poised to terrify audiences
 
(PRNewswire) – The film world hasn’t offered viewers an authentic African-American horror movie since the 70’s cult classic Blacula.  However, that is about to change with the entry of a brand new cinematic offering, “Matthew 18.”
 
Not a spoof, satire or send-up, “Matthew 18” is a chilling film delving into the disparity between logic/science and faith/spirituality/the supernatural.  When the film’s lead character is confronted with horrifying evil, which belief system can save her – the faith-based one traditional in her family, or her own scientific, scholarly one?

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Stax-UK connection featured at B.B. King’s on June 20th

Stax-UK connection featured at B.B. King’s on June 20th
The Stax Music Academy Alumni Band will perform with United Kingdom (UK) star Beverley Knight of the upcoming London premiere of “Memphis The Musical” at B.B. King’s on Beale Street on Friday (June 20th)
 
The performance, which will be taped for “Memphis” promotions for UK, is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 
The Tony Award-winning musical debuted on Broadway in 2009, with the London run beginning in October with Knight as the lead singer/actress. One of the UK’s most popular soul singers, Knight will film several promotional videos while in Memphis.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“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.     

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