by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
NNPA News Service
When you and I talk about technological leaps and bounds, frequently we're focused on the way we communicate with each other. And, I write here a lot about what we watch and how we watch it. But, let me ask you this: What are you listening to today, and perhaps, even more interestingly – how are you listening to it?
My assumption that you are indeed very likely to listen to music today is an educated one, as results from new Nielsen Entertainment and Nielsen 360 studies show that music is an everyday activity for most people in this country.
For movies opening Aug. 31, 2012
"Lawless" (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and graphic violence) Prohibition Era crime saga revisiting the real-life exploits of the bootlegging Bondurant brothers (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke), a ruthless gang who ran a thriving moonshine operation in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia where they crossed paths with a crooked Deputy Sheriff (Guy Pearce) demanding a cut of the take. With Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska.
by Stephanie Gatewood
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
Resilience, domestic violence, shattered dreams and the reality of life are all elements from the movie "Sparkle," starring Whitney Houston and co-starring Jordin Sparks. And as the film enjoys its run on the big screen, many communities are dealing daily with those elements in real life and real time.
The character Sparkle, played by Jordin Sparks, is insecure, talented and badly wants to gain the approval of her single parent mother, Emma Anderson (Whitney Houston).
TV One is pumped up over the announcement that its newest reality series "R&B Divas" delivered the most watched original premiere in the history of the network.
The series, airing Monday nights at 9 p.m. CT, tells the real-life story of five multi-talented, beautiful R&B stars – Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt looking to reclaim their place in the musical spotlight.
I look forward to the day when I get that call from Hollywood saying, "Myron. We'd like to give you your own daytime talk show! We would also like to pay you a truckload of money to do it!" However, until that time comes, I guess I will settle for checking out the daytime TV talk show hosts who have already gotten that call.
"On November 4, 2008, Michelle Obama stood before a crowd of thousands of roaring, singing and weeping supporters in Chicago's Grant Park... It was Election Night and her husband had just become the first African-American President of the United States...
(She) was... the poised picture of a sophisticated, self-assured woman prepared to take her place in history. The truth was, though, that she knew very little about her own (history)...
For movies opening August 24, 2012
"The Apparition" (PG-13 for terror, frightening images and sensuality) Haunted house horror flick about a young couple (Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan) who enlist the help of an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton) to rid their home of a ghost that arrived in the wake of an experiment in parapsychology gone amuck. Cast includes Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez and Anna Clark.