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Super Bowl halftime, a Hooligan and hardwork

Super Bowl halftime, a Hooligan and hardwork

When Bruno Mars performs live at the Super Bowl halftime before 100-plus million television viewers on Sunday, Kameron T. Whalum, a super-talented trombone player with deep Memphis roots, will be in h

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Alice in Walkerland!: The ‘PBS American Masters’ Interview

Alice in Walkerland!: The ‘PBS American Masters’ Interview

Alice Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction as well as the National Book Award in 1983 for her novel "The Color Purple." An internationally celebrated author, poet and activist, Walker's books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children's books, and volumes of essays and poetry.

Here, she talks about her career and about the documentary "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth," which premieres on PBS' American Masters series on Friday, Feb. 7th at 8 p.m. CT.

Kam Williams: Hi Alice. I'm so honored to have this opportunity to interview you.
Alice Walker: Oh, I'm so glad to be talking with you, too, Kam. ...

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Power List of best-selling African-American books – Winter 2014

Power List of best-selling African-American books – Winter 2014

The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, has released its winter 2014 list.

The influence of feature films strongly impacted the Winter 2014 list, as books based on two movies released in 2013 topped the list in two separate categories. "The Butler" by Wil Haygood was No.1 among hardcover non-fiction titles and "Twelve Years A Slave" by Solomon Northrup was No. 1 among paperback non-fiction titles. The movie adaptation of "Twelve Years A Slave" has received nine Academy Award nominations.

Terry McMillan's latest novel, "Who Asked You?," was No. 1 in hardcover fiction and "Animal 2: The Omen" by urban fiction author K'Wan was No. 1 in paperback fiction. McMillan has been a bestselling author for the past two decades, since her breakthrough novel, "Waiting To Exhale," remained on the New York Times bestseller list for several months. K'wan has written several successful urban fiction novels and "Animal 2" is the sequel to "Animal," which also was a Power List bestseller in 2013, reaching the highest position of No. 7.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

33 weddings, robots, a goofy hat and major snubs: Must be the Grammys

33 weddings, robots, a goofy hat and major snubs: Must be the Grammys

This year's 56th annual Grammy awards were filled with head-scratchers from Pharrell's hat to a mass wedding officiated by Queen Latifiah to robots winning best album and song and then being unable to deliver an acceptance speech because they are non-verbal futuristic machines. To the biggest head-scratcher of them all, a Compton-raised rapper who had arguably one of the best rap albums in the last decade being completely shut out of the awards show.

While Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons killed on stage with a mashup of their songs, "m.A.A.d. city" and "Radioactive" it was another rapper who would clean house in the rap category.

Macklemore & Lewis would sweep virtually all rap categories wining four Grammys and beating out a who's-who of top rappers. Jay Z, Drake, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West proved to be light work for the Seattle based indie-rap duo as they won best rap album ("The Heist"), best rap song ("Thrift Shop"), and best rap performance ("Thrift Shop").

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

E-BRIEFS: MJG at Stax, All-Star Jazz-A-F!RE Benefit Concert, Unique Steppers, & ‘RISE’

E-BRIEFS: MJG at Stax, All-Star Jazz-A-F!RE Benefit Concert, Unique Steppers, & ‘RISE’

MJG to share the real deal at Stax Fresh Trax

Record Deal or Record Steal? Super Star or Mega Scar? The wheels, deals and power appeal of the music industry are as attractive as ever, Everybody wants to be down! In an era of beats, rhymes, auto-tuned vocalists and music makin' machines...what's a "real" artist to do?

On Feb. 5th, MJG of the world-famous rap duo 8-Ball & MJG will stop by Stax Fresh Trax and spill the beans at the Stax Museum of American Soul at 926 East McLemore. Listen to MJG's journey and learn how to develop your own career path.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

OPENING THIS WEEK  Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"I, Frankenstein" (PG-13 for intense fantasy and pervasive violence) Adaptation of Mary Shelley's monster classic re-imagined as a dystopian tale revolving around a reanimated corpse (Aaron Eckhart) caught up in a clash between demons and gargoyles. Cast includes Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Yvonne Strahovski.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

"Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys" (Unrated) Lapland documentary chronicling a year-in-the-life of a family of reindeer herders. (In Finnish with subtitles)

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The Taboo to pursue!

The Taboo to pursue!

Born in L.A. on July 14, 1975, Jimmy "Taboo" Gomez began dreaming about show business at an early age. The versatile fourple threat is a multilingual rapper, singer, dancer and emcee who got his big break in 1995 when approached by will.i.am to form the Black Eyed Peas.

Among the popular hip-hop group's hits are the Grammy-winning "I Gotta Feeling," "Let's Get It Started," "Boom Boom Pow" and "My Humps," to name a few. Besides music, Taboo is also the designer of his own line of footwear, Taboo Deltah, and has added acting to his bag of tricks.

Here, he talks about his latest outing as Guillermo in "Jamesy Boy," a fact-based tale of redemption co-starring Ving Rhames, James Woods and Spencer Lofranco. Although he wants to make more movies in the future, he is currently focused on his own solo album releasing later in the year, as well as on an upcoming tour with the Black Eyed Peas.

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