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You matter, now more than ever!

You matter, now more than ever!

We're getting down to the wire in this year's race for the White House. In our digital world of sometimes dizzying 24/7 information overload, both political camps are relying heavily on media in its plethora of forms to reach you and influence your vote. As we draw closer to Election Day, you are correct if you think the intensity of the political ads has increased.

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  • Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil

You gotta catch Denzel in ‘Flight’

Next weekend, "Flight" starring Denzel Washington hits theatres and it will more than likely be another box office hit to add to his resume. Washington plays a pilot who becomes a hero after he crash-lands his plane and saves nearly everyone on board only to see his life take a down turn after it was discovered that he had alcohol in his system.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/18/2012

Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/18/2012

For movies opening Oct. 19, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Alex Cross" (PG-13 for violence, nudity, sexuality, drug references and disturbing images) Tyler Perry plays the title character in this cat-and-mouse thriller based on the James Patterson best seller about a revenge-minded police psychologist hell-bent on apprehending a sadistic serial killer (Matthew Fox). Ensemble cast includes Edward Burns, Carmen Ejogo, Cicely Tyson, Jean Reno and Giancarlo Esposito.

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Film probes world of ‘Soul Food Junkies’

Film probes world of ‘Soul Food Junkies’

Filmmaker Byron Hurt did not have to journey far to find the inspiration for his newest project – "Soul Food Junkies" – which premieres on PBS Jan. 14.

Inspired by his own family's complex relationship with "soul food" – fried chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler and the whole panoply of down-home foods made with grease, sugar and love – Hurt asks whether this diet is nurturing or destroying the African-American community.

With humor and heart, Hurt questions the effects of "soul food" on the health of not only African-Americans but all who guiltily consume this most comforting of American comfort foods.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Alex Cross: Tyler Perry’s evolution

I never thought I would ever say these words, but I actually can't wait until next week for the opening of the new Tyler Perry movie. Really!

Although I have long admired Perry and his work, I've never been a big fan of "Madea," the stage play or the movie version.

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Viola Davis: The ‘Won’t Back Down’ interview

Viola Davis: The ‘Won’t Back Down’ interview

Viola Davis was born on Aug. 11, 1965 on her grandmother's farm in St. Matthews, S. Car., but raised by her parents in Central Falls, R.I. After earning a degree in theater from Rhode Island College in 1988, she did post-graduate work at the prestigious Juilliard School prior to embarking on a critically-acclaimed professional career. Here, she talks about her new film, "Won't Back Down," a female empowerment saga, where she plays Nona Alberts, a jaded teacher who joins forces with a frustrated single-mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) to turn around an underperforming public school.

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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly previews - 10/11/2012

For movies opening October 12, 2012

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“Argo” (R for profanity and violent images) Ben Affleck directed and stars in this fact-based espionage thriller, set in Teheran during the Iranian Revolution, revolving around a CIA exfiltration specialist who hatches a plan to rescue a half-dozen American diplomats hiding at the home of the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber). Cast includes Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Philip Baker Hall.

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