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Best-selling African-American books for Summer 2014

Best-selling African-American books for Summer 2014
Autobiographies and books with political themes dominated both the hardcover and paperback non-fiction portions of the Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, which was released Monday.
 
The one notable exception was a health-related book, “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse: Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 10 Days” by nutritionist and certified weight loss expert J.J. Smith, whose book was #1 among paperback non-fiction books for the quarter ending June 2014.
 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

‘One America: Moving Beyond The Question of Race’

‘One America: Moving Beyond The Question of Race’
If nothing else, Gilliam Communications CEO Art Gilliam’s recently published memoir “One America: Moving Beyond the Issue of Race” presents an endearing essay taking the reader on his personal journey through America.  
 
Available now at the Tennessee Regular Baptist Book Store, Booksellers in Laurelwood and Burke’s Book Store, “One America: Moving Beyond the Issue of Race” certainly has been released with impeccable timing. The nation’s first African American to serve as president has had to issue contemplative messages following seemingly race-based murders of young African-American men, economic data points to a different kind of segregation that many say is more dangerous to the African-American community than legal segregation and his hometown is at a crossroads trying to figure out if an African-American population base can create a fairer and better metropolis.  

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  • Written by Tony Jones

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam's Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“Calvary” (R for profanity, sexual references, drug use and brief violence) Psychological drama, set in a tiny seaside town in Ireland, about a Catholic cleric (Brendan Gleeson) who finds his life threatened during confession by an anonymous parishioner who was raped as a child by a pedophile priest.  With M. Emmet Walsh, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Domnhall Gleeson (Brendan’s son). 
 
“Get on Up” (PG-13 for sexuality, drug use, profanity and violence) Chad Boseman portrays James Brown in the biopic chronicling the Godfather of Soul’s rise from abject poverty to the heights of superstardom. Supporting cast includes Keith Robinson, Jill Scott, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. 

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Much more than a ‘Food Network Star’ finalist

Much more than a ‘Food Network Star’ finalist

Aryen Moore-Alston was one of twelve finalists who competed on season 10 of “Food Network Star.” Alston was the first finalist from Memphis, the first finalist from Tennessee in the 10 years that the show has been on the air, and the only female African-American on this season. Though she was eliminated, the Spelman College graduate and owner of baked goods and catering company Sweet Potato Baby still has big plans for her culinary future.
– International (Cuisine) Lover

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  • Written by by Brittney Gathen Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“And So It Goes” (PG-13 for sexual references and drug use) Romantic comedy revolving around a narcissistic realtor (Michael Douglas) who enlists the help of his carefree next-door neighbor (Diane Keaton) when the 9 year-old granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed is suddenly dropped at his doorstep. With Frankie Valli, Yaya DaCosta,  Annie Parisse and Austin Lysy. 
 
“Hercules” (PG-13 for sensuality, pervasive violence, partial nudity and brief profanity) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson follows in the footsteps of Ferrigno, Schwarzenegger and Reeves as the latest incarnation of the Greek legend. This episode, set in 1400 B.C., finds the muscle-bound demigod and five faithful companions hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) and his daughter (Irina Shayk) to subdue a tyrannical warlord. With Rebecca Ferguson, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes. 
 

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