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.)


Marvin Gaye ‘Sexual Healing’ Biopic Trailer Surfaces Online


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.



Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 09/20/2013

BOTY-600For movies opening Sept. 20, 2013


"Battle of the Year" (PG-13 for profanity and rude behavior) Musical drama about buddies (Laz Alonso and Josh Holloway) who assemble a talented, hip-hop dance team with dreams of bringing the B-Boy trophy back to the U.S. for the first time in 15 years. Cast includes Chris Brown, Josh Peck and Caity Lotz.

"Prisoners" (R for pervasive profanity and disturbing violence) Hugh Jackman stars in this vigilante crime thriller as a desperate father who decides to take the law into his own hands after being frustrated by the detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) handling the investigation into the Thanksgiving Day kidnapping of his 6 year-old daughter (Erin Gerasimovich) and her best friend (Kyla Drew Simmons). With Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo.


Hamilton delivers with don’t-sleep-on-me show

anthonyhamilton-400Never disappointed!

Those are words that comes to mind when I think of Anthony Hamilton being in concert. Although I have seen him before, He always delivers.

This time the venue was the downtown Cannon Center for the Performing Arts last Friday (Sept. 13). Marcus Dorris and Mix and Mingle Entertainment once again brought an evening to Memphis that I am glad I didn't sleep on and that I got to experience up close and personal.


Naomi Campbell, Iman call for an end to runway racism

models-600LONDON – The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features – all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses.

But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion Week.

The lack of racial diversity in the fashion industry is a serious issue that needs to be tackled, according to supermodels Naomi Campbell and Iman, who this month launched a campaign to raise awareness of racism in the industry.

"The absence of people of color on the runways and photography reinforces to our young girls that they're not beautiful enough, that they're not acceptable enough," said Iman, model and wife of David Bowie, to CNN.


What’s new with Newt!

newt gingrich-400tFormer Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich talks about his new duties as co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," a political talk show airing weekdays. (Check local listings).

Kam Williams: Hello, Mr. Speaker, I'm honored to have this opportunity. Thank you.

Newt Gingrich: Well, thank you, Kam. I'm delighted to have a chance to chat with you.

KW: What interested you in hosting "Crossfire?"


Life after the f-word

isaiahwashington-400It's been more than six years since Isaiah Washington was unceremoniously dropped from the hit TV series "Grey's Anatomy" for allegedly insulting co-star T.R. Knight with a derogatory gay slur. Since then, the actor has failed to secure a role as popular as Dr. Preston Burke, his character on the Shonda Rhimes-created medical drama, which is still on the air.

His role in "Blue Caprice" as John Allen Muhammad, the D.C. sniper who killed 10 people in 2002 and was executed for those crimes in 2009, might change all that. But according to an interview with Gawker, Washington says he felt the aftereffects of the "Grey's" scandal for a very long time.


John Legend marries swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen

Legend-teigen-wedding-500Hate to break it to you, girls – and guys. John Legend tied the knot. To his model girlfriend. In Italy.

Legend, 34, married Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Chrissy Teigen, on Saturday in Lake Como.

The lovebirds' wedding comes as no surprise. Teigen keeps an online blog, where she posts recipes and tidbits about her life with the famed crooner.

Last September, she posted that it was their sixth anniversary.


Multiple fatalities in Navy Yard shooting; suspect dead, official says

Nushooting-600A suspect is dead after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, a senior Navy official said Monday.

Conflicting reports emerged about whether there was another shooter. Ed Zeigler, director of public affairs for Naval District Washington, told CNN earlier Monday that two suspected shooters were "down," but the senior Navy official could not confirm whether there was more than one gunman.

Multiple people were killed in the deadly shooting, Zeigler said, which sent police in SWAT team gear swarming to the scene.


Beltway sniper saga revisits 2002 terror in DC area

bluecaprice poster-400In October of 2002, the entire Washington, DC area was practically paralyzed by a series of sniper attacks that was difficult to solve because the murderers didn't fit the typical serial killer profile and there was neither rhyme nor reason for how they picked their victims. Plus, the shooter's perch was inside the trunk of a car, a blue Chevy Caprice with a peephole bored out of the trunk.

That not only afforded the pair plenty of cover but enabled them to make a fast getaway from the scene of each crime. Meanwhile, the general populace waxed hysterical, having no idea from which direction the next bullet might come.

If you're interested in understanding what motivated the two madmen behind the bloody spree, then Blue Caprice is designed with you in mind. Directed by Parisian Alexandre Moors, the movie co-stars Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond as John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, respectively.


Comebacks, returns and the ‘Classic’

Myron-Mays-160WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON Guess who's back? No, not me. I didn't go anywhere. I'm talking about Eddie Murphy! No, not Eddie Murphy the actor. I'm talking about Eddie Murphy the singer! Yeah, I know...same person. But Eddie hasn't made a record in years! Remember "Party all the Time?"

Now he is back on the music scene with a new song called "Red Light" featuring Snoop Dogg...or Snoop Lion rather. The laid back, smooth reggae tune is described as an anthem to raise awareness of important social changes in light of recent world events.

After I stumbled across the story about Eddie's new venture, I rushed to YouTube just to see what kind of amusement I could get out of it for a day. I mean, come on, this is the same guy who also recorded "Put Your Mouth on Me." And the song was just a bad as the title.


Viola Jackson – doing it with ‘Disney On Ice’

disney Viola Jackson-400A fashion designer by trade, Viola Jackson graduated from Alabama A&M University, where she focused on fashion, with a concentration on design. She toured with the Ebony Fashion Fair, hitting 180 cities in nine months while having an "off-the-chain" experience right out of school. Later, she freelanced, taking advantage of behind-the-scenes opportunities.

Jackson always wanted to do movies and bowed to the suggestion that she first needed more costume experience. She thought about the circus and then about "Disney on Ice," which had fascinated her since childhood. She reached out to Disney and now the self-described "Southern girl" from Demopolis, Ala. is doing it with Disney.

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YAE Muzik – a match that works

freshfruit-600The sun was bouncing off my Air Jordan's and Jay Z's album, "Magna Carter," was jumping through my headphones and into my thought pattern as I arrived early at The Tug Restaurant in Harbor Town for an interview with Marnie Byford, aka MB, and Antonio Fleming, aka Cartier Hugo.

MB is a Caucasian woman and Hugo is an African-American man. So I jumped right in, asking what almost everyone would want to know, although most would be reluctant to broach.

"What brought you two together on this music game? When did black people and white people in the city of Memphis start making money together, seriously?"