Tag: Kam Williams

Reverential Rockumentary amounts to a very good movie about a very bad band
Aesthetically Speaking

Reverential Rockumentary amounts to a very good movie about a very bad band

[caption id="attachment_17516" align="alignleft"]11171086 detrottentomatoes.com[/caption]“A Band Called Death”

After hearing some heavy metal in the early Seventies, Dannis, Bobby and David Hackney decided to make a big change in the type of music they were performing. Up until then, the African-American siblings from Detroit had been playing a blend of R&B and rock as the Rock Fire Funk Express.

Review: Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction
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Review: Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction

[caption id="attachment_17509" align="alignleft"]484705 10151359207173004 822842322 nsphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net[/caption]“This is a book about recovery—my recovery—from addiction to drugs, specifically cocaine. But… my addictions didn’t stop there. I was addicted to… drugs, love, men, food, you name it—if it gave me the temporary illusion of feeling whole and complete… My wants knew no end. Those wants nearly destroyed me and my child many, many times over…

Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire
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Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire

[caption id="attachment_17446" align="alignleft"]sugarbook authorPhoto of the author, randomhouse.com [/caption]“In the late 1630s, lured by the promise of the New World, Andrea Stuart’s earliest known maternal ancestor, George Ashby, set sail from England to settle in Barbados. He fell into the life of a plantation sugar owner by chance…

The swiftly increasing demands for sugar worldwide would not only lift [him] from abject poverty… but it would also bind together ambitious white entrepreneurs and enslaved black workers in a strangling embrace.

Stuart uses her own family story—from the 17th C. through the present—as the pivot for this epic tale of migration, settlement, survival, slavery and the making of the Americas.”

— Excerpted from the Book Jacket

Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence
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Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence

ross matthews“This is how I define ‘man up’: you are what you are and the sooner
you stop hating what makes you unique, and start celebrating it and
using it to make you stand out from the crowd, the better your life will
be. For some reason, I was lucky enough to figure that out at an early
age…
This book, like my life, will be a bit of a roller coaster—you’ll
experience ups and downs, fits of laughter—and who knows, you
might even throw up! So keep your arms and legs inside the ride
at all times and, for goodness sake, stay seated until we come to
a complete stop.”
— Excerpted from Prologue and Epilogue (pages xvi and 204)

Rochelle Aytes: The “Mistresses” Interview
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Rochelle Aytes: The “Mistresses” Interview

[caption id="attachment_17302" align="alignleft"]rochelle-aytes---touched-up-6Rochelle Aytes[/caption]Born in New York on May 17, 1976, Rochelle Aytes is quickly establishing herself as one of Hollywood’s brightest starlets with an impressive film and television career on the rise. Rochelle is now starring on “Mistresses”, ABC’s new, nighttime soap opera premiered Monday, June 3rd. 

Farfetched sequel features cartoon physics and comic relief courtesy of Tyrese
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Farfetched sequel features cartoon physics and comic relief courtesy of Tyrese

[caption id="attachment_17235" align="alignleft"]99535 galrottentomatoes.com[/caption]Fast & Furious 6

It’s important to note that this edition of “Fast & Furious” is every bit as funny as it is adrenaline-fueled. Most of the laughs come courtesy of comic relief provided by Tyrese, who is back in an expanded role as trash-talking Roman Pearce, a card-carrying member of the fugitive gang of auto thieves led by macho Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel).

Reading, writing and Rhee
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Reading, writing and Rhee

michelle rhee headshotMichelle Rhee
The “Radical” Interview

Michelle Rhee was born on Christmas Day, 1969 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A first-generation Korean-American descended from a long line of educators, she embarked on a career as a teacher in inner-city Baltimore soon after graduating from Cornell University with a BA in government.

“King’s Faith” Reformed gangsta seeks redemption in modern morality play
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“King’s Faith” Reformed gangsta seeks redemption in modern morality play

[caption id="attachment_17204" align="alignleft"]101636 galrottentomatoes.com[/caption]Brendan King (Crawford Wilson), a kid raised in the foster care system, was sent away at the age of 15 after being caught dealing drugs and running guns as a member of a notorious gang known as Avenue D. Upon parole a few years later, the juvenile offender was released to the custody of Vanessa (Lynn Whitfield) and Mike Stubbs (James McDaniel), a couple still struggling with the loss of their police officer son in a senseless act of violence while he was on duty.

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