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Spike Lee attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences and BAMcinematek 25th anniversary screening of “Do The Right Thing” on June 29, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Craig Barritt (Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) If you can believe it, it’s edging on 30...
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A new Lifetime television series premiering tonight (June 6) will have a Memphis flair. “Ms. T’s Music Factory” is one of two new reality shows set to run on the Lifetime summer schedule. The star of the show is Memphis singer and independent music mini-mogul Temmora Levy, and was filmed...
Film critic and literary writer Kam Williams died Thursday, May 30 from prostate cancer. He was 66 years old. A resident of Princeton, NJ, Williams published nearly 10,000 articles and reviews. Throughout his nearly 22-year career as a writer, he was most known for his film reviews and celebrity interviews...
If you want to see the wizard, bypass the yellow brick road and head down to The Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts this weekend. For their season-ending show, Ballet on Wheels will do two performances of "The Wiz," the 1975 classic urban version of Frank L. Baum's "The Wizard...
How rich is Jay-Z? He’s a business, man. Nine years after Jay-Z sat down with billionaire Warren Buffet over strawberry malts to discuss wealth and the art of giving for the Forbes 400, the iconic rapper has amassed a billion-dollar fortune – becoming the first rapper to achieve this milestone,...
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WIDE RELEASES Ma (R for violent and disturbing material, language throughout, sexual content, and for teen drug and alcohol use) Harrowing horror film revolving around a lonely woman with a secret agenda (Octavia Spenser) who lets an unsuspecting group of teens party at her house. Featuring Allison Janney, Juliette Lewis...
I met with the two (of three) Whalum brothers – Kortland and Kameron – in anticipation of their performance with their super fabulous, super talented uncle, Kirk, on June 2. The brothers will be featured guests in the Kafe Kirk series, which is now staged at the theater at...
In an alternate reality, one where John Gary Williams wasn’t called up to go to Vietnam, he might have become a soul music icon, a household name mentioned alongside Marvin Gaye, Al Green or Otis Redding. But in this reality, as news spread of Williams’ death at his Memphis home...
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WIDE RELEASES Aladdin (PG for some action/peril) Mena Massoud stars as the title character in this classic fairytale about a street urchin vying with a power-hungry Grand Vizier for a magic lamp. Cast includes Naomi Scott, Will Smith and Billy Magnussen. Booksmart (R for strong sexual content and language throughout, drug...
By Tonja Renée Stidhum, The Root I owe a lot of my love for comedy writing to Norman Lear. As a typical black child raised by her loving grandmother, I plopped my (then) tiny butt in front of the single TV in the house every day to watch episodes of All...