I remember back in the early '90's when Eight Ball & MJG worked at a burger joint with my best friend, little Barry. We were teenagers, I worked at McDonald's and he worked at Central Park Burgers. He would always tell me how these two guys were rapping out the frame; burning fries, flipping burgers and skillfully rapping the whole time.
I took his word on it and the first chance I got to go see them perform I took it. It was at The Crystal Palace Skating Rink over on Third Street. The crowd was thick inside and out, much like the Craig Brewer movie "Hustle and Flow" depicts. Eight Ball & MJG did not disappoint.
Disney on Ice has thrilled audiences since its inception in 1981. Queens and princesses, villains and rascals, fairies, elves and all things magical have graced the ice on skates in the most beloved fairy tales.
Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23, the currently touring production will be staged at the FedExForum. "Dare to Dream" is a variety show featuring color, comedy and pageantry that promises not to disappoint.
For movies opening Sept. 14, 2012
"Finding Nemo" (G) 3-D rerelease of the much-beloved animated adventure about a timid clownfish (Albert Brooks) who summons up the courage to embark on a perilous transoceanic trek to rescue a son (Alexander Gould) left trapped in a bowl in a dentist's office after being netted by fishermen near the Great Barrier Reef. Voice cast includes Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney and Geoffrey Rush.
I really don't like doing entertainment-based columns like these, yet I know that they are inevitable. I prefer happy topics such as actors receiving Academy Award nominations, making great movies that touch our hearts or talking about how they traveled a long hard road before making it to the top.
No, I don't like to talk about them becoming ill or passing away. I like to focus on their accomplishments and the way they inspire us. So instead of making this column about Michael Clarke Duncan passing away, I'll talk a little bit about his accomplishments and a few other things about him that you may not have known.
For movies opening Sept. 7, 2012
"Bait 3-D" (R for profanity, graphic violence and grisly images) Disaster flick about a group of residents of a beachfront community who find themselves surrounded by a swarm of great white sharks after a tsunami leaves them trapped inside a submerged grocery store. Cast includes Xavier Samuel, Julian McMahon and Phoebe Tonkin.
by Nona N. Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
I have always prided myself on my ability to relate to young people. I am the one they come to when they can't talk to their parents. I understand young people. I am the rare adult who actually gets it!
That was my self-proclaimed status.
When I sat down with teen author Angel Ray and five other teens, I found out that I couldn't have been further from the truth.
Not too long ago I read a report where Eddie Murphy was considering doing another installment of "Beverly Hills Cop." Yes, "Beverly Hills Cop 4." I remember thinking to myself, "NO!"
I really enjoyed the first "Beverly Hills Cop." I actually enjoyed "Beverly Hills Cop 2". When it came to "Beverly Hills Cop 3," however, I was just a little disappointed. It seemed as if they ran completely out of ideas.