Tag: Kam Williams

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
Aesthetically Speaking

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

[caption id="attachment_18542" align="alignleft"]dr.-henry-louis-gates-standingDr. Henry Louis Gates (Photo credit: Peter Simon)[/caption]“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….

Giving Ja a Holla!
Aesthetically Speaking

Giving Ja a Holla!

[caption id="attachment_18498" align="alignleft"]105976 galrottentomatoes.com[/caption]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.

The “12 Years a Slave” Interview
Aesthetically Speaking

The “12 Years a Slave” Interview

[caption id="attachment_18351" align="alignleft"]steve mcqueen gabbot flickrrottentomatoes.com[/caption]Steve McQueen

Artist and filmmaker Steven Rodney McQueen was born in London on October 9, 1969. His critically-acclaimed directorial debut, “Hunger,” won the Camera d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He followed that up with the incendiary offering “Shame,” a well-received, thought-provoking drama about addiction and secrecy in the modern world.

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine
Aesthetically Speaking

Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine

[caption id="attachment_18263" align="alignleft"]adrian milleribiblio.org[/caption]by Adrian Miller
University of North Carolina Press
Hardcover, $30.00
352 pages, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-4696-0762-7

“From frontier cabins to plantation houses to the White House, from steamboat galleys and Pullman kitchens to public barbecues and fish fries and private homes without number, black chefs and cooks and servants have elevated the art of American cookery and distinguished themselves in the process, and they and all other Americans need to see the story fully told…

An overachiever making a difference
Aesthetically Speaking

An overachiever making a difference

[caption id="attachment_18211" align="alignleft"]bridget2homePhotos courtesy of Bridget Davis[/caption]Bridget Davis
The “Pocono Film Festival” Interview

Bridget O. Davis grew up in Harlem, in the Drew Hamilton Projects, with her four sisters. Some of her close friends took to the streets — selling and using drugs, and becoming stick-up kids.

Campbell’s Quips: Mmm… Mmm… Good!
Aesthetically Speaking

Campbell’s Quips: Mmm… Mmm… Good!

cloves campbell jr. tn-tribune-7 5 12Cloves Campbell, Jr
The “NNPA Chairman” Interview

Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., is the Publisher of the Arizona Informant, a family
owned and operated newspaper that provides an important voice for the
African-American community in Arizona. This year it celebrates 42 years
of publishing. Currently, he serves as Board Chair of the National
Newspaper Publishers’ Association (NNPA).

Show me the butler!
Aesthetically Speaking

Show me the butler!

[caption id="attachment_18133" align="alignleft"]df-10187 poptwcpublicity.com[/caption]Cuba Gooding, Jr
The “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” Interview

Cuba Gooding, Jr. was born in the Bronx on January 2, 1968, but raised in Los Angeles from the age of 4 on. Best known for his Oscar-winning portrayal of the charmingly-arrogant Rod “Show Me the Money!” Tidwell in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, he first found fame in 1991 when he received critical acclaim for his performance in John Singleton’s coming-of-age classic “Boyz n the Hood.”

Aesthetically Speaking

OPENING THIS WEEK: For movies opening September 13, 2013

Kam’s Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“Insidious: Chapter 2” (PG-13 for terror, intense violence and mature themes) Horror sequel finds the Lamberts reunited and again haunted by a series of increasingly-terrifying paranormal events while unraveling the mystery linking them to the spirit world. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey.

Aesthetically Speaking

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

For movies opening September 6, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

“Riddick” (R for profanity, nudity, sexuality and graphic violence) Third installment of the otherworldly sci-fi series finds Vin Diesel reprising his role as an alien antihero now left for dead on a desolate planet where he ends up in a struggle for survival after the arrival of bounty hunters searching for him. Cast includes Karl Urban, Bokeem Woodbine and Keri Hilson.

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