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You Gotta see Taraji!

You Gotta see Taraji!

Taraji P. Henson talks about her new film, "From The Rough," an inspirational biopic where she portrays Catana Starks, the African-American trailblazer who became the first female to coach an NCAA Div

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Hip Hop Union and The Black Press of America build on bond

Hip Hop Union and The Black Press of America build on bond

The National Newspaper Publishers Association – The Black Press of America – and the Hip Hop Union have joined forces to eliminate the communication barriers that have plagued Black America for years.

The collaboration underpins the countdown to "The Greatest Mix" celebrating the Core DJ's 10th Anniversary Conference on May 3rd at the Holiday Inn Miami Beach, Fla.

The NNPA is a federation of approximately 200 African-American newspapers. The Hip Hop Union is a governing body of businesses and entrepreneurs and the largest DJ coalition in the world.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening April 25, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Brick Mansions" (PG-13 for profanity, sexual menacing, gunplay, drug use and pervasive violence) Remake of the French action-thriller District B-13, now set in a dystopian, walled-in Detroit, and starring the late Paul Walker as a detective determined to rid the city of a drug kingpin (RZA) in league with corrupt cops. With David Belle, Carlo Rota, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa and Gouchy Boy.

"The Other Woman" (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references and mature themes) Romantic comedy revolving around the wife (Leslie Mann) of a shameless womanizer (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who befriends his two mistresses (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) before hatching a plan with them to even the score. With Nicki Minaj, Don Johnson and Tatlor Kinney.

 

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The inspiration for ‘From The Rough’

The inspiration for ‘From The Rough’

NASHVILLE – Former Tennessee State University golf coach Catana Starks' story will be featured in the movie "From The Rough" starring Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson.

The film is inspired by the life of Dr. Starks, who became the first African-American woman to coach an all-men's team at the collegiate level. Through grit and determination, she overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudice to guide a group of golfers to a championship season.

According to BVonMovies.com , Henson will play a fictionalized version of Starks named Cassandra Turner, who parlays a successful stint as coach of the women's swim team at a historically black college into a shot at building the men's golf team. With available black players scarce, Turner scours Europe, Australia and Asia for hidden talents and constructs a uniquely multi-racial team.

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  • Written by TSU News Service

Prince ends 17-year war with Warner Bros.

Prince ends 17-year war with Warner Bros.

Who can forget Prince's highly publicized split from his record label Warner Bros. in 1996?

The "When Doves Cry" singer scrawled the word "slave" on his face and even changed his name to a symbol as a form of retaliation against the record label which released his most popular albums in the 1980s and early '90s.

Now, some 17 years later, Prince has returned to Warner Bros. and is regaining complete ownership of his entire catalog.

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  • Written by Chris Witherspoon/theGrio

‘Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache’

‘Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache’

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling rig owned and operated by British Petroleum (BP), exploded, spilling over 50 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico before it was finally capped weeks later. In June, President Obama announced that the company had set aside $20 billion in cash designated to help those deleteriously affected by the ecological disaster.

Kenneth Feinberg's law firm, which had previously handled the distribution of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, was retained at a rate of $850,000/month to handle the BP one also. Although the TV commercials running in the company's highly-saturated PR campaign would have you believe that it was contrite and committed to undoing any damage, truth be told, that carefully-cultivated corporate image bore little relation to how it was actually treating many of the victims seeking restitution.

Take, for example, Pointe a la Hache, an African-American enclave located in Plaquemines Parish, La. For generations, the men of that Gulf shore village of less than 300 had supported their families by plying their trade as oyster fishermen. However, the BP spill put the brothers out of business and by 2012 the tiny African-American community had effectively been turned into a ghost town.

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Memphis grad at home at the ‘front of house’

Memphis grad at home at the ‘front of house’

(PRWEB) – Amanda Davis, a 2010 graduate of SAE Institute Atlanta's Audio Technology Program, will be the front of house engineer for the U.K. concerts of Grammy-nominated vocalist Janelle Monae, which will take place in May '14 in Birmingham, London, and Manchester.

"My touring schedule with Janelle will fill up around 150 days this year, and I'm excited to be a part of her concerts in England," says Amanda. "She's really popular there, and she was nominated for a Brit Award as Best International Female Solo Artist, so I'm sure that the turnout will be huge and the shows will be a fantastic experience."

A native of Memphis, Davis loved all genres of music growing up and was especially drawn to classical. As a student at Memphis' Central High School, she performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra chorus, toured Europe with the Sounds of America Chorus and Band, and won the "Outstanding Vocal Student" award from the Memphis City Schools system.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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