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Oct 09th

Calvin Richardson: Tried and true soul music

Calvin Richardson: Tried and true soul musicA single utterance of the name Calvin Richardson confronts an array of ear-gasms brought on by the memory of a genre in sound that remains tried and true to the heart: Soul Music.

Richardson, who is known world-wide for such hits as “More Than A Woman” and “Sang No More” is back with his fifth presentation entitled America’s Most Wanted, which hit stores August 31st to a unanimous applause.

If the title draws any conclusions, then after a listen you’ll quickly discern why this genius is branding himself as the head of a campaign to bring audible art back to our journey through music.

Documentary Chronicles Historic Gathering of Black Men

Documentary Chronicles Historic Gathering of Black Men Long Live the Spirit of the Million Man March

On October 16, 1995, African-American males descended in droves on the District of Columbia for a historic gathering on the National Mall. Prophetically dubbed the Million Man March ahead of time, the gathering lived up to its billing, with anywhere between one and two million brothers attending, depending upon the news source relied upon.

Over the course of the day-long event, organized by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, the audience listened to such luminaries as Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Ben Chavis, Congressman Charles Rangel, Kwanzaa creator Ron Karenga, Stevie Wonder and Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell. They also heard from female leaders, too, including Attorney Faye Williams, Poet Maya Angelou, civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height and Dr. Betty Shabazz, the widow of the late Malcolm X, to name a few.

DVD Features “Just Wright” Mix of Love and Basketball

DVD Features “Just Wright” Mix of Love and Basketball Just Wright

How do you make a movie that feels totally fresh despite the fact that it follows a fairly-transparent blueprint for a romantic comedy formula? Ask director Sanaa Hamri, who’s done it again with Just Wright, a syrupy-sweet love story guaranteed to leave you in tears, even though there’s never a doubt about how it will all end.

The picture stars Queen Latifah as Leslie Wright, a physical therapist and lifelong New Jersey Nets fan. The 35 year-old tomboy goes to see the team play regularly, always wearing jeans and a Nets jersey. The unflattering look simply doesn’t sit well with her mother (Pam Grier) who’s concerned about whether her daughter will ever get married.

JAZZ88 KBEM 88.5 FM celebrates 40 years on the air

JAZZ88 KBEM 88.5 FM celebrates 40 years on the airJazz88 KBEM 88.5 FM, the Twin Cities Radio Voice for Jazz and Education, will celebrate 40 years on the air with a weekend of gala events October 23rd and 24th. Saturday, October 23rd, International Market Square will host a gala evening featuring an exquisite menu by D’Amico, silent auction, dancing to The Wolverines Big Band and several special guest vocalists. Sunday evening, October 24th, Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson headlines an intimate five-course dinner evening at Vic’s on the Minneapolis riverfront. Saturday evening tickets are available for $88.50 per person. Sunday evening tickets are $125 per person. Tickets are available through the station’s website at JAZZ88FM.COM

No Rest for the Undead in Fourth Installment of Zombie Franchise

No Rest for the Undead in Fourth Installment of Zombie FranchiseResident Evil: Afterlife 3D

More campy than creepy, Resident Evil 4 is one of your classic “Take the Money and Run” rip-offs, being a badly-acted, poorly-scripted and sloppy-edited B-flick shot on the cheap. Even this installment’s calling card, its 3-D special effects, are a big disappointment, given that trick photography is barely employed again after being used to project the opening credits in block letters. So, you end-up sitting there wearing those clunky, plastic, power frames for no reason for the whole movie, anticipating cool optical illusions which never arrive.

Just about the only thing RE: 4 has going for it is an attractive ensemble that’s easy on the eyes, starting with supermodel Milla Jovovich. She reprises her starring role as Alice, a gun-slinging, genetically-altered mutant who represents the last hope for humanity. The cast features other accomplished models-turned-thespians in Ali Larter, Sienna Guillory and Boris Kodjoe but unfortunately, movies are not made by eye candy alone. The film also marks the return to the franchise of Ms. Jovovich’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, who last directed his wife in the original back in 2002.

Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey LewisFamed jazz pianists Ramsey Lewis and his trio takes a bow before a packed audience at the Dakota Jazz Club, after performing one of his well-known Grammy Award winning pieces.  Lewis presented four sold out concerts at the Dakota last Monday and Tuesday evening.    – Photograph by Oliver White -

Eclipsed is not to be missed

Eclipsed is not to be missedOur metro area ranks among the best nationally in opportunities to see live theater. Much of that theater is quite good. But, now and then, a play is staged which simply cannot be missed. For the year 2010, that play is Eclipsed, to be staged from September 17 to October 10, at the Playwrights’ Center on Minneapolis’ Franklin Avenue by Frank Theatre; the production is directed by Wendy Knox, and features a spectacular local cast.

Written by Danai Gurira, a young Zimbabwean-American of great heart and intellect, Eclipsed is the story of five Liberian women trapped in that country’s prolonged civil wars. Four of them are the unwilling “wives” of a guerrilla “commanding officer,” who use threads of solidarity and competition to weave themselves into a fragile community. The fifth is a “peace woman,” an educated, urban dweller who, like the others, has lost all her material possessions and, like the others, is unsure of her future. Their dreams, visions, and even identities have been “eclipsed” by the violence which surrounds them, but not erased. We sit on the edge of our seats, waiting to see what will emerge, what these young women can make emerge, as they explore their relationships with each other and the situation around them changes shape.
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