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TV Premiere Review: Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson co-star in nighttime soap opera of Shakespearean proportions
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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.”

Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop
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Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop

The 10 Best, No, the 100 Best Films of 2014

2014 has produced a cornucopia of great films, at least a dozen of which has an excellent shot at taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture, including Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game and Whiplash, to name a few. However, all the stars seemed to be aligned for my personal favorite, Selma, the searing civil rights saga, set in March of 1965, about the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Retracing the road to justice!
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Retracing the road to justice!

duvernaysanfranfilmfest-copyAva DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Ava was honored with the 2013 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award and the Tribeca Film Institute 2013 Affinity Award for her second feature film, “Middle of Nowhere.”

BOOK REVIEW: “Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System”
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BOOK REVIEW: “Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System”

[caption id="attachment_22582" align="alignleft"]nick chilesNick Chiles: photo credit it: Photo © Denene Millner[/caption]“The August 9th fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri has focused global attention on the precarious safety of young African-American men… Brown is only the most recent addition to the tragic list of shootings of young, African-American men that have ignited media attention in recent years.

The “Cop Town” Interview: Check out Slaughter, come hell or high water
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The “Cop Town” Interview: Check out Slaughter, come hell or high water

karin slaughterKarin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of 14 thrillers, including “Unseen,” “Criminal,” “Fallen,” “Broken,” “Undone,” “Fractured,” “Beyond Reach,” “Triptych,” “Faithless,” and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.” Here, the Georgia native discusses her latest opus, “Cop Town,” a riveting murder mystery set in Atlanta in 1974.

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