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Feb 06th

Tyler Perry & company in Bahamas for battle-of-the-sexes

Tyler Perry & company in Bahamas for battle-of-the-sexesWhy Did I Get Married Too

For years, four very close couples, friends since college, have been taking an annual vacation together to luxurious getaway spots to reconnect, reminisce, and reflect on the state of their marital relationships. Their previous reunion at a Colorado ski lodge proved very eventful, especially for the emotionally-abused Sheila (Jill Scott), who eventually summoned up the courage to dump her openly-unfaithful husband, Mike (Richard T. Jones), a creep brazen enough to bring his mistress along.

This go round, these unusually-introspective revelers made reservations at an oceanfront resort in the Bahamas, where just as much melodrama is about to unfold. But this time Mike’s the third wheel, because Sheila’s now remarried to Troy (Lamman Rucker), the local cop who rescued her like a knight in shining armor in a blizzard back in the Rocky Mountains.

Bittersweet Flashback Flick Follows Orphan’s Tragic Trajectory

Bittersweet Flashback Flick Follows Orphan’s Tragic TrajectoryWomen's Prison

Julie Ann (Gemma Lee) spent her formative years watching her mom (Katie Madonna Lee) suffer the wrath of her father’s violent outbursts. Eventually, Susan Mabry decided enough was enough, and split, taking her young daughter in tow. The two proceeded to take refuge in a series of seedy motels in a futile attempt to stay a step ahead of the venomous monster. But eventually, the creep did manage to track them down, whereupon he murdered his wife in cold blood.

The sudden loss sent the traumatized little girl’s life into a downward spiral, setting off a chain of events from which she would never recover. For despite the fact that she was subsequently adopted by her Aunt Marsha (Kelly Daisy) and Uncle Vic (Paul Frye), a couple of Bible-thumping Evangelicals, Julie Anne continued to find herself plagued by further dysfunction during her adolescence, mostly at the hands of malevolent males.

“The Best of Broadway” comes to West Broadway

“The Best of Broadway” comes to West BroadwayThe Capri Theater’s “Legends” series marks another first with “Down on Broadway,” two live performances on April 17 and 18 that will be recorded for CD release. Dennis Spears, the artistic director of the “Legends” series, headlines the show, with Sanford Moore on piano, Jay Young on bass, Daryl Boudreaux on percussion and Steven Jennings on drums. The song list will include hits from Funny Girl, Showboat, The Wiz, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

These live recordings will fulfill the idea that came to Spears during dress rehearsal for the first concert he directed at the theater three years ago, “Classic Capri,” which led to the creation of the “Legends” series.  “I have to do a recording in this space!” said Spears.  “From day one I realized that the Capri is, acoustically, a performer’s dream.” 

Spears said he developed the title “Down on Broadway” after the Manhattan Broadway. “This big, beautiful space is bursting with gifts,” he said.  Using the concert as the basis for his first CD in six years is also a natural. “I like the spontaneity of a live recording.  I’m a live performer.  I’ll be pushing the audience to push me,” said Spears.

Haunted House on Remote Island Serves as Setting for Old Fashioned Fright Flick

Haunted House on Remote Island Serves as Setting for Old Fashioned Fright FlickThe Black Waters of Echo’s Pond

Ever since the Scream trilogy so successfully parodied the horror movie genre, few directors have dared to try to make a traditional scary movie featuring all the tried and true conventions. But with The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond, Gabriel Bologna has served up an old-fashioned fright flick reminiscent of a Vincent Price classic.

First of all, you have the perfect setting, a spooky Victorian mansion located on a remote island off the coast of Maine. Then you factor in the place’s cursed history, since everyone there had perished 80 years before while playing an evil, ritualistic board game.

Today, Beacon Island has only one inhabitant, Pete (Robert Patrick), a grizzled geezer who patrols the grounds with his trusty gun. The grouchy caretaker has grudgingly agreed to let a group of young people use the house for what they expect to be a fun-filled weekend of imbibing and carousing.

"Tavis Smiley" enters Minneapolis late-night lineup

Beginning today, Monday, April 5, Minneapolis viewers will be able to watch Tavis Smiley’s unique take on the headlines as he interviews top newsmakers and celebrities at a new timeslot.

"I’m really happy to be coming to TPT Life in late-night” says Tavis Smiley. “This gives us the opportunity to bring our mix of politics, culture and social issues to folks who enjoy tuning in at the end of the day.”

My Holy Bible for African-American Children

My Holy Bible for African-American Children“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – President Barack Obama
”Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
-- Inspirational quotes in Bible for Blacks kids

Given that this is the Easter Season, Christian parents might like to check out this new Bible specifically designed with Black children in mind. This edition of the Good Book is basically the complete King James Version, but augmented by Cheryl and Wade Hudson to make it more appealing to African-American youngsters and teenagers.

For instance, Adam and Eve are brown-skinned in the illustrations. This only makes sense since the oldest human fossils unearthed by archeologists were found in Africa. Another bright-colored drawing features what appears to be Harriet Tubman leading a few fugitive slaves to safety via the Underground Railroad. A hint that it’s Harriet is that her skirt is fashioned out of a Canadian flag, and Canada was the final station on her perilous trek along the freedom trail.

Bone Thugs And Harmony in Minneapolis

Bone Thugs And Harmony in MinneapolisWith arms raised to the sky and an endless sea of heads bobbing to the beat like waves crashing against a levy, the main room at First Avenue Night Club was moving in sync with Bones Thugs-N-Harmony. The group reminded us why real Hip Hop transcends decades and levels any change in seasons.

Kicking off their latest tour with the first stop on their multi-city ticket being in Minneapolis, the hit makers, who were short Bizzy Bone (a founding member) Bones Thugs-N-Harmony took to the stage with a bevy of classic tracks and a celebration of new beginnings, by offering the crowd a seamless show that had everyone in the room wishing that they could freeze time and remain in the Crossroads of their infamous live music catalog.
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