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Too many loose ends in Get On Up

By Charles Hallman
Staff writer

 

Any actor hired to play “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” in a biopic expectedly would be challenged at every split or scream he’d attempt in character on screen. Chadwick Boseman demonstrated this as he played the late James Brown in Get On Up, based on the legendary singer’s life – the film hit theaters today (Friday, August 1). “It’s hard to do James Brown,” says Kenny Lang, adding that it takes “a high energetic actor” to portray the singer. He and Sybil Lang saw an advance screening of the movie July 29 at AMC Southdale Center 16 in Edina. “I was hoping the story would have more on [Brown] up to his death [in 2006],” says Sybil Lang. Continue Reading →

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Will Get On Up get it right?

James Brown a/k/a the Godfather of Soul, precursor to Prince, did not lead what you would call a wholesome life. He grew up in a shack dirt poor, lived in a brothel, went to prison at age 16 for robbery, later went to prison again for assault and battery and, throughout his career — despite insisting his band members stay clean — did drugs, abused women and, well, as the expression goes, wasn’t nothin’ nice. On the other hand, his was, it goes without saying, one hell of a career. He was, onstage, on record and over the radio — long before MTV — celebrated, hell, worshipped as the entertainment heart and soul of grassroots Black America at its grittiest. When he released “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)” it immediately became the national anthem for a 1960s groundswell that saw increasing urban unrest and hailed Brown as Soul Brother No. Continue Reading →

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Baggage Claim takes you on a pleasant, yet predictable trip

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff writer

 

Baggage Claim is a delightful but predictable movie that hit theaters September 27. The David E. Talbert movie is like one of lighthearted screwball fare that I can sit and watch on Turner Classic Movies all day long. However it probably won’t make the channel’s line-up simply because of its mostly Black cast, which in itself destines the film for a future small-screen premiere on BET, TV One or Bounce TV. The cast, or for that matter the movie itself, isn’t on the same scale as the classic Uptown Saturday Night (1974) that boasts an all-star Black cast of legends, but Paula Patton headlines a notable cast nonetheless. Aaron Park, of Brooklyn Park, calls Baggage Claim “a nice refreshing movie” after seeing it at the September 23 special preview that the MSR — among others — co-sponsored. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights

JXTALICIOUS -Last of Summer Happy Hour

Friday, Sept. 27, 6-9 pm • JXTA Artists’ Cooperative at 1108 W. Broadway. Mpls.• Join the 1108 Artists in a late summer studio crawl. Stroll through nine artist studios while enjoying refreshments by Tabota Seyon of Right on Thyme Catering. Check out our spaces and learn about the diversity of art forms represented in the co-op. Continue Reading →

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Part one: Singer/songwriter explores love, personal experiences on debut solo project

 

 

Have you heard Lia Renee Dior sing? If you’ve listened to KMOJ 89.9 lately, chances are you’ve heard the beautiful voice of the Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter singing her songs “Beautiful,” or “Good Morning,” that speak to self-love and self-awareness. Dior has performed at a number of community events around the Twin Cities — including Sister Spokesman, and the Midwest Black History Expo — and you may have even caught her music video featured on the Black Music America (BMA) Network. If this sort of exposure continues, she could be well on her way to becoming an international artist in no time. At 23, she describes herself as a neo-soul/R&B artist, who’s inspired by artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, India Arie, and Lauryn Hill. Continue Reading →

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Hometown talent celebrate BMA’s 25-year anniversary

 
African American cable music company saluted by local music artists
 
By Robin James

Contributing Writer

 

“Coming here tonight, I see so many great friends in the house who are here with us tonight…Without you there would be no us,” Pete Rhodes, the founder of the BMA Network, said at its first BMA Channel celebration held at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant on Friday, December 21. This three-hour event, which Rhodes hosted, was free and open to the public. A first-of-its-kind event, it also served as the 25th anniversary of the BMA Network. Sponsors of the event included IPR, Comcast, and the Minnesota State Lottery. Technically speaking, BMA has been around for 28 years, but as far as formal annual celebrations go, the number 25 works. Continue Reading →

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Best albums of 2011 make for optimism about 2012

 

 

As the year 2011 ends and 2012 begins, one word comes to mind: optimistic. Optimistic is how I feel. Kind of like the song “Optimistic,” sung by the Sounds of Blackness and written by Jimmy Jam for his mother. It’s one of my favorite songs. And I’ve told Jimmy so. Continue Reading →

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Movies, Media & More – The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency DVD box set makes an excellent gift

 

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency DVD box set makes an excellent gift

By Dwight Hobbes

 

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (HBO) is exactly why DVD is a great invention. You can plant yourself in front of the television, enjoy this box set half to death, then, when it’s over, grab some more snacks out of the kitchen and play the whole thing all over again. Holiday shopping hint. Continue Reading →

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