Here, Mario Van Peebles and his 18-year-old son, Mandela talk about the movie, "We the Party," a coming-of-age comedy, which might be best thought of as an African-American variation on "American Pie" (1999).
Kam Williams: Hi Mario and Mandela, thanks for the interview. You know, back in '79, I had the honor of running part of the Boston Marathon alongside Melvin Van Peebles. Your father's one of my idols.
Mario: Cool, man.
For movies opening July 27, 2012
"Step Up Revolution" (PG-13 for profanity and sensuality) 4th installment in the hip-hop, street dance series, set in Miami, revolves around the classically-trained daughter (Kathryn McCormick) of a wealthy businessman (Peter Gallagher) who falls in love with a flash mob choreographer (Ryan Guzman) trying to save his 'hood from a developer's wrecking ball. With Adam Sevani, Stephen Boss and Chadd Smith.
It's hard to ignore the parallels between "We the Party" and "American Pie" (1999). After all, the latter revolved around a quartet of horny, high school students competing to lose their virginity before graduation, and we find the testosterone-driven quintet at the center of "We the Party" in pursuit of the same rite of passage shortly before their senior prom.
by Nona N. Allen
Special to The New Tri-State Defender
Honest; Emancipator; Greatest President.
These are a few of the terms often used to describe Abraham Lincoln; nowhere on this list is the word fascinating – until now.
Lately there has been a growing fascination with our 16th president and those fascinations range from the academic to the borderline absurd.
by Gary L. Flowers
NNPA News Service
I recently read with great interest an article written by Patrice Peck in the Huffington Post titled, "50 Books African Americans Should Read." My interest in the list was particularly piqued by the fact that I, too, have compiled a list of "must reads" for black people – and all people, for that matter – on the contribution of black people and their thoughts to human history. Unlike her list (primarily fiction), my interpretation of such a book list is rooted in historically researched books (primarily non-fiction).
"The Dark Knight Rises" brings down the curtain on the brilliant Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. Each of the earlier episodes, "Batman Begins" (2005) and "The Dark Knight" (2008), earned a spot on this critic's annual Top Ten List, No. 9 and No. 1, respectively.
Given how the late Heath Ledger played The Joker to perfection, delivering an inspired, Oscar-winning, career performance in the previous installment, you knew it would be hard for Nolan to find as compelling a character for his highly-anticipated finale.