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Kerry Washington in conversation with Cicely Tyson

kerrywashington-400There are legends, and there are stars. The former can be used to describe Cicely Tyson, who recently won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play A "Trip to Bountiful," the latter, Kerry Washington, the Emmy-nominated actress who is headed into her third season as Olivia Pope, the complex heroine in the hit television drama "Scandal" on ABC.

The star and the legend met for brunch, along with Philip Galanes, a reporter from the New York Times, to discuss, among many things, life as black actresses in Hollywood. It was, as one would suspect, Washington in awe of Tyson, and Tyson passing down jewels. But Washington also had some moments where she, too, was teaching.

PG: One of the most intriguing things about "Scandal," in which you play Olivia Pope, the fastest-talking alpha woman on TV, is that the show barely mentions race, even though you're the first woman of color to lead a network drama in 40 years. Is that progress?

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Are all males destined to become grumpy old men?

grumpy-old-manweb-400The short answer to the question, "Are all men destined to become grumpy as they age?" is no – no man has to become a "grumpy old man."

Growing up, do you remember that old man at the end of the block just waiting for some unsuspecting kid to step on his lawn? "Get off my lawn!" he'd bellow.

Just put one toe on that man's grass and you'd hear it for blocks: "Get off my lawn!"

You'd think that kid was walking across a white carpet with muddy feet. "Why was this old man so darned ornery?" I often wondered.

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This week’s DVD releases - October, 1, 2013

Brancas-Pitch-DVD-400Top Ten DVD List for Oct. 1, 2013

"This Is the End"

"Branca's Pitch"

"The Croods"

"Laurence Anyways"

"The Little Mermaid [Diamond Edition]"

"Tupac 2-Pack: Tupac Conspiracy and Tupac Aftermath"

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Ladies & Gentlemen ... Mr. John Gary Williams!

jgw-portrait-600One of the truest living embodiments of why Memphis soul music is Memphis soul music will take the stage at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park on Saturday (Sept. 28) night.

The evening's concert has the elements that are present when the full power and reason of music spring to life. Consider the featured performers: the Bo Keys, Percy Wiggins, and the supporting ensemble Opus 1 (comprised Memphis Symphony Orchestra members), and a rejuvenated version of the Mad Lads.

The frontman for the new-look Mad Lads will be original lead singer John Gary Williams. And in that name lies a history we all share.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/26/2013

Baggage claims-poster-400tFor movies opening Sept. 27, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Baggage Claim" (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Paula Patton stars in this romantic comedy about a marriage-minded flight-attendant's frantic search to find Mr. Right before her younger sister's (Lauren London) impending wedding. Ensemble cast includes Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Christina Milian, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Adam Brody, Boris Kodjoe, Jenifer Lewis and Trey Songz.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" (PG for mild rude humor) Eco-conscious, animated sequel finds Flint (Bill Hader) and friends forced to vacate Swallow Falls by an evil corporation with a diabolical plan to repopulate their idyllic island with a motley menagerie of anthropomorphic food monsters. Voice cast includes Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Terry Crews, Will Forte and Benjamin Bratt.

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Gucci Mane admits addiction on Twitter

guwop-400Rapper Gucci Mane went AWOL on Twitter a few days after a very bizarre rant in which he claimed to have had sex with basically every woman in the music industry. He recently returned to Twitter to apologize to his fans, and to admit an addiction to "lean," a drink made with promethazine and codeine.

"I've been drinking lean for 10 plus years & I must admit it has destroyed me," Gucci Mane tweeted. "I'm addicted to lean and that (s—t) ain't no joke."

He apologized to everyone at whom he took shots during his Twitter tirade, saying, "I just wanna man up right now & take this time to apologize to my family, friends, the industry and most of all my fans."

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Steve McQueen: The ‘12 Years a Slave’ interview

12 years a slaveArtist and filmmaker Steven Rodney McQueen talks about his latest film, "12 Years a Slave," which recently won the People's Choice Awards for Best Film and Best Director at the Toronto Film Festival.

Kam Williams: I've loved all three of your feature films, this new one, and "Hunger" and "Shame" as well. They are so different from each other and yet quite remarkable and memorable, each in their own way.

Steve McQueen: Thank you. Well, I do my best. I'm just happy that people are responding to the films as positively as they are. To be honest with you, it's one of those things where we're just happy to get them made. When you get to make something, you always hope people will go and see it. And we're very, very pleased by the response to "12 Years a Slave." It's kind of humbling and remarkable.

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Jay-Z, Beyoncé top celebrity couples earning list – again

beyonce jay-z-300Forbes has released its list of this year's highest-earning celebrity couples and that Jay Z and Beyonce have once again come out at the top of the heap.

Between June 2012 and June 2013 (the time frame established for the rankings), the hip-hop power-couple took in a combined $95 Million. The couple also topped Forbes' celebrity couples list last year.

Beyonce is said to have earned $11 million more than her husband did this year, thanks in large part to her Mrs. Carter Show world tour, with average grosses of $2 million per night.

 

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This week’s DVD releases - September, 24, 2013

DARK-GIRLS-MOVIE-400tTop Ten DVD List for Sept. 24, 2013

"The Kings of Summer"

"Dark Girls"

"Iron Man 3"

"Unfinished Song"

"Foyle's War: Set Seven"

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2013 Emmys: Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington

Emmys-500The 2013 Emmys had a few memorable pairs – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; comedy winners Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale – but Diahann Carroll and Kerry Washington were history in the making.

The two trailblazers walked out hand-in-hand to present the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, and both endearingly honored the work each has done.

At 78, Carroll is a legend – not just for having talent and charm to spare but for bursting through TV's barriers. In 1968, the actress became the first African-American woman to lead her own TV show. Washington, 36, has accomplished another first with ABC's "Scandal," as she's the first African-American woman to lead a network TV drama since 1974. (Yes, 1974. Let that sink in for a minute.)

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Disney show rocks on ice

Crowd-Shot-600With snippets from the films "The Little Mermaid," "Tangled" featuring Rapunzel, "Brave" and "Beauty and the Beast," Disney sets out to combine the heart of some it's best films with elegance and athletic figure skating in "Rockin' Ever After."

The venue this past weekend for the Disney on Ice production was the FedExForum.

As always, the show opens up with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy warming up the crowd. It then moves on to "The Little Mermaid" leading the other mermaids into a medley of 80's rock songs.

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Emmys 2013: Kerry Washington, ‘It Girl’

kerrywashington-600In 1995, Kerry Washington had just launched her career.

The actress, then 18, had one professional credit to her name – a role in an ABC after-school special, according to Internet Movie Database.

Oh what a difference a few years can make.

Now Washington is the star of the hit ABC series "Scandal," and she's nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama at Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards. The last time an African-American woman was up for such an honor was when she was starting out. (Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in "Sweet Justice" in 1995.)

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Marvin Gaye ‘Sexual Healing’ Biopic Trailer Surfaces Online

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For years, Marvin Gaye fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of his biopic and they may finally get to see it soon. Yesterday, a four-minute trailer of “Sexual Healing” hit the web and it looks great so far. Jesse L. Martin‘s portrayal of the R&B legend (in addition to his striking resemblance) is impressive based on the teaser.

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