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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a SlaveChiwetel Ejiofor stars in adaptation of African-American autobiography

Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a black man born free in upstate New York in 1808. A skilled carpenter and fiddler, he and his wife (Kelsey Scott) settled in Saratoga Springs where they were raising their children (Quvenzhane Wallis and Cameron Zeigler) when their American Dream turned into a neverending nightmare.

Algebra Blessett

Algebra BlessettThe princess of neosoul, Algebra Blessett coming to the Dakota, Oct. 27

She's worked with everyone from Anthony Hamilton to Anthony David, Esperanza Spalding and Eric Roberson, and now, with her latest album, Algebra Blessett is shining on her own.

Known by most of her fans as simply Algebra, the Atlanta-born singer is set to release her long awaited sophomore LP, "Recovery" later next month. The singer/songwriter will be debuting some of her new music, as well as performing several of her well-known tunes, when she takes the stage at the Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, on Sunday, Oct. 27 for her 7 p.m. show.

Opening this week for October 25

Kam's Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
For movies opening October 25, 2013


North Minneapolis performance artists at Capri theater open mic

North Minneapolis performance artists at Capri theater open micThe young woman sauntered onto the stage, cracked a half smile then pulled the mike almost to her lips. The lights dimmed, music piped in and the spotlight turned onto her. The smoky voice that emerged from this girl was surprising as was the melody. Here on the Capri Theater stage in North Minneapolis, an African American girl was singing a jazz song popularized by Billie Holiday, an American cultural icon of the 1940s. The audience of about 50 young students, teens and middle aged folks hooted and howled encouragement when this aspiring singer ended her rendition. She glowed with a big smile, waved, and bounded off into the wings.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"One of the central themes of African Americans is the exploration of the diversity of ethnic origins of the people from Africa and their descendants whose enslavement led to the creation of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies and beliefs, and religious and social institutions that the African American people have created....

Lizz Wright and Raul Midón join forces on the Ordway stage

Lizz Wright and Raul Midón join forces on the Ordway stageThe Ordway Center for the Performing Arts' Target World Music and Dance Series opens on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with performers Lizz Wright and Raul Midón.

The singer-songwriters share the Ordway Stage with their combined talents to present an intoxicating collection of contemporary songs that deftly span the genre of jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and gospel.

Giving Ja a Holla!

Giving Ja a Holla!Ja Rule
The "I'm in Love with a Church Girl" Interview
with Kam Williams

Born in Hollis, Queens on February 29, 1976, Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins began rapping professionally while still in his teens, although he really made a big splash in 1999 with the release of "Venni Vetti Vecci." That solo album went platinum on the strength of the single "Holla Holla," thereby kickstarting an enviable musical career which has produced a half-dozen more studio lps while netting the popular hip-hop artist four Grammy nominations and counting.
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