TV Premiere Review: Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson co-star in nighttime soap opera of Shakespearean proportions
Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the ailing CEO of Empire Entertainment, a company he built into a music industry titan while his wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) was doing 17 years behind bars for a crime that he committed. Like a modern-day King Lear, he's ready to surrender the throne to one of his heirs. Lear had three daughters, Luscious has three sons, and that similarity is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of unabashed allusions to the works of William Shakespeare made in the opening episode of "Empire."
BOOK REVIEW: "The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice"
"The social challenges of our time are enormous. About one in seven U.S. residents live in poverty, and the disparity between the haves and have-nots is wider than at any point since the Great Depression...
Freez: Minneapolis MC talks new album and the fight for fair wages
Toki Wright Twitter - @mrwrighttc
In December Freez went from being another working MC (rapper) to a trending topic on Twitter and thrust into the national spotlight.
While canvassing to get a bill passed to give sick days to all Minnesotans with a job he reported that an off duty police officer told him he wasn't welcome "in her neighborhood," followed him and threatened that he would be shot. In the middle of a national conversation on police accountability this story struck a nerve locally. Little did anyone know that the man in the middle of this fiasco was one of Twin Cities hip-hop's most respected artists and was directly connected to thousands of people listening through social media.
WWII saga recounts U.S. Olympian's ordeal as brutalized POW
Film Review by Kam Williams
Do you remember how, "Infamous," a biopic about Truman Capote, was released right on the heels of the one entitled "Capote?" But because the latter had already received considerable critical acclaim, including an Oscar for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Johnnie-come-lately had little chance of making more than a blip on the radar.
"Rush" to judgment: Hip-hop icon seeks solution to rash of police shootings
Russell Simmons The "Who Polices the Police?" Interview with Kam Williams
Russell Simmons has been very active as of late in the Black Lives Matter movement, and not merely as a participant on the picket lines. Whether extracting a promise from N.Y. State Governor Cuomo to appoint special prosecutors in cases of police brutality, or defending Bill de Blasio after NYPD President Pat Lynch suggested the Mayor has "blood on his hands," Rush has been an outspoken advocate urgently lobbying for an overhaul of how the criminal justice system handles the prosecution of cops accused of police brutality.