Sun04202014

Entertainment

Chris Brown arrested and jailed, again

chrisbrown 600Embattled R&B crooner Chris Brown is in trouble again.

There are multiple reports out of Los Angeles that Brown has been jailed without bail after violating the terms of his probation.

According to the gossip website TMZ, the 24-year-old singer was booted from the rehab facility where he has been living for the last four months.

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Will Black Twitter help swing the 2016 presidential election?

blacktwitter 600It's been well reported that Black Twitter has become a force to be reckoned with.

This incredibly witty and educated group is responsible for ending the careers of Food Network star and Antebellum South enthusiast, Paula Deen, as well as PR executive Justine Sacco, who famously tweeted before a trip to South Africa:

Going to Africa. Hope I don't get
AIDS. Just Kidding. I'm White
12/20/13, 10:19 AM from Hillingdon, England

When it comes to checking "casual racists" and white privilege, Black Twitter is present and ready to put folks back in their place.

 

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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

nialong 600For movies opening March 14, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Need for Speed" (PG-13 for nudity, crude humor, reckless driving and disturbing crashes) High-octane revenge thriller, inspired by the video game of the same name, revolving around a recently-paroled street racer's (Aaron Paul) attempt to even the score with the wealthy business partner (Dominic Cooper) who'd framed him for manslaughter. With Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton and Scott Mescudi.

"The Single Moms Club" (PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes) Tyler Perry wrote, directed and co-stars in this tale of female empowerment about a support group created by five, frazzled single moms (Nia Long, Zulay Henao, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown and Wendi McLendon-Covey) whose kids attend the same private school. Supporting cast includes Terry Crews, Eddie Cibrian and William Levy.

"Veronica Mars" (PG-13 for sexuality, violence, profanity and drug use) Kristen Bell reprises the title role in this screen version of the TV mystery series which finds the super sleuth returning home from New York to attend her high school reunion and to assist an ex-boyfriend (Jason Dohring) suspected of murder. With Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen and Francis Capra.

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Civilian oversight of law enforcement needed more than ever in Memphis

civilian 600In 1994, the controversial shooting of Jesse Bogand – a 68 year old resident of Orange Mound – outraged the citizens of Memphis. This and other similar incidents pushed the Memphis City Council to create a Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB), which according to the City Of Memphis website would be "an independent, non-police Mayoral Agency with...the power to receive, investigate, hear cases, make findings and recommend action on complaints."

Though seemingly a positive step forward for our city, many have lamented that CLERB has insufficient power to accomplish its assigned tasks. For instance, CLERB can only hear a case after the Memphis Police Department's Internal Affairs has completed their investigation. Moreover, CLERB has no subpoena powers, and as such MPD officers' presence at a hearing is purely voluntary.

More troubling is the fact that the extent of CLERB's disciplinary power is a non-binding recommendation to MPD.

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Memphis parent backs HB190 and the value of school choice

porter-ed-600There are few things more important to me than the quality of my children's schools. After all, I know that a great education is crucial to their success as adults.

I also believe that parents know their kids better than anyone else, and should be able to decide what is best for them.

Fortunately for me, I happen to live in a neighborhood with schools that meet the needs of my kids. But many families across Tennessee are not as lucky. Thousands of students across the state are forced to attend schools that are failing or otherwise inadequate.

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Simmons’ cookbook for a stress-free life

simmons 600Russell Simmons is best known as the flamboyant playboy who co-founded Def Jam Records back in the Eighties. But the matured hip-hop mogul would like you to know that his satisfaction in life now comes less through the sort of shallow materialistic trappings celebrated in the average rap music video than through the peace of mind, body and spirit offered by the relatively-modest practice of meditation.

As he puts it, "I had to do a lot of damage before I finally accepted that I liked early-morning meditation better than late-night drinking." And all it takes him is 20 minutes twice a day to find that state of bliss.

The good news is that you can achieve it, too, provided you're willing to carve out a little quiet space from your hectic schedule to sit in a chair with your eyes closed. Yes, it's as simple as that, according to Russ, although getting novices to try meditation isn't as easy as one might think.

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Is it hip-hop homophobia over French nails and skirts?

frenchnails 600Apparently, veteran gangster rapper Snoop Dogg still enjoys defying all the rules of so-called authentic black masculinity found in mainstream hip-hop culture. After reinventing himself as a devoted father and Snoop Lion – the reggae-infused advocate of black consciousness and universal love – he is now using Instagram to promote his fierce, duo-chrome French manicure, complete with marijuana leaf and dollar sign.

Do real Gs get manis?

The news has left hip-hop fans debating whether Snoop is "gay" or mind-controlled by the "Illuminati," while rapper 50 Cent has questioned Snoop's sexuality. In response to 50 and the haters, Snoop replied that he is still a gangster: "Real playas keep they nails fly fresh n dipped at the tip." A few days later, 50 Cent posted photos suggesting that P. Diddy, Steve Stoute and Rick Ross are in a gay love triangle. In the mind of a hip-hop homophobe, "something ain't right (#smsaudio)" when black men get their nails done, wear pink and/or hug each other.

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J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise help a retired sheriff’s deputy shine on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’

choir 600Retired sheriff's deputy Ezra Harris of Chattanooga, Tenn. gained national headlines after a YouTube video of his mangled rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at a memorial service went viral and gained over 1.3 million views as "worst rendition of the national anthem ever."

Recently, Harris got a second chance of sorts and some backup. The vocal support came from the Stellar Award nominated urban inspirational music ensemble J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise. The group stopped by the New York studios of ABC's "Good Morning America" for a special makeover week music segment.

Producers of the No. 1 rated morning show decided to give Harris a chance to redo the anthem during its "do over" week makeovers this past week. Staffers called in J.J. Hairston and country music star Dierks Bentley to individually coach Harris on how to sing the song and to memorize the lyrics.

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Nia Long: ‘The Single Moms Club’ interview

NiaLong 600Stunningly-attractive leading lady Nia Long returned to the big screen last fall in the highly-anticipated sequel "The Best Man Holiday" where she reunited with original cast mates Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut and Harold Perrineau. Early last year, she joined the all-star cast of Showtime's "House of Lies" alongside Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell.

Here, Nia talks about co-starring as May in "The Single Moms Club" opposite her son Massai, as well as Amy Smart, Zulay Henao, Tyler Perry, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Cocoa Brown.

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Respect begins with us

JineeaButler 600"What are we talking about? We talking about fiction or we talking about fact? You talking about fiction? Hold up pardon my back..."
– Excerpt from Jay – Z, "What We Talking About"

I've been at a lost for words lately watching all the New World Order-like advancements unravel before our eyes. From Stand your Ground to Stop and Frisk, war is being waged on those who refuse to follow the "logical" standards of our society.

And there have been a long list of murders, both old and new: Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and Ramarley Graham. Why have people lost what little respect they had for our community? Why have they turned their backs and begun to raise deadly guns again?

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How an interracial dating web series gets everything wrong

Swirlr 600Relationships between people who claim different racial identities aren't new (hey, Barack Obama's parents, tons of other Americans and, according to the hope to which some fans are still clinging, Lupita and Jared. Nor are they all that controversial these days. (A full 86 percent of Americans approve of black-white pairings, for example.) So while it's not quite like everyone's doing it, things do seem to be going pretty OK for people who are inclined to find love across the old color line.

At least they were until this unfortunate reality dating Web series hit the Internet. It's called "Swirlr" (and it's quite possibly one big, ill-conceived advertisement for an online-dating service of the same name). In its premiere episode, Christelyn Karazin, acting like a YouTube version of Patti, the Millionaire Matchmaker ("Miscegenation Matchmaker"? No, that won't work), conducts preliminary interviews with a black woman and a white man she plans to set up. The result could be the start of one of the worst things to happen to interracial dating in recent history. Here's why:

 

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Annie’s black now. Get over it

annie 600"The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun."

The words and the tune are familiar, but the decidedly hip-hop twist belies a completely different story: that of the orphan Annie, who, in 2014, just happens to be black.

On Wednesday the world was given a sneak peek at the new "Annie" – starring Oscar-nominated child star Quvenzhané Wallis and the ever talented Jamie Foxx – as the first trailer hit the Internet. The 2:30-minute clip shows a modern spin on the beloved tale of the mistreated orphan who went on to be adopted by one of the world's richest men. Featured are the streets of Harlem and a mayoral campaign, as well as revamped versions of the classic songs.

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