By RYCH McCAIN
Stic Man and M-1, the revolutionary duo that comprise the rap act Dead Prez, have combined forces with DJ Green Lantern for their new LP, Pulse of the People. This is the third installment of their critically-acclaimed independent series, Turn Off the Radio Vol. 3, which was recently released on Green Lantern’s new label, Invasion Music Group/Boss Up Inc. Guests include Styles P, Bun B, K’Nann and Chuck D.
Actress/Singer/Minister Della Reese presented a concert at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills last weekend featuring crooner Jon B., singer Noel and a re-united S.W.V. performing all of their hits. Many celebs were in attendance.
Happy birthday congrats are in order for teen actress, Raven Goodwin, who turned 17 on June 24. Of course Raven is one of Rych McCain’s Child/Teen Actors Family members.
KBXX-FM 97.9 The Box, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services and AIDS Foundation Houston in conjunction with the NAACP Houston Branch and Amerigroup Community Care are sponsoring a city-wide awareness campaign for HIV and STD education. This will be the single largest testing event in the United States.
The goal is to provide free and confidential HIV and syphilis screening and consultation to 15,000 youth and young adults ages 15-50 in Houston until July 10 at various locations throughout the city. Each person tested who receives their results will get one ticket to a star-studded concert featuring Plies, Pleasure P, Day 26, Melanie Fiona, Bobby Valentino, LeToya Luckett, Twista, Yung Problemz, Yung LA, GT, Gorilla Zoe, Bun B and Ginuwine.
Actress Nia Long, Grammy winning songwriter Sean Garrett, actor Gary Sturgis and writer/publisher Curtis Benjamin were on hand to participate in a book signing and discussion last weekend for the book, Saving Our Daughters: From A Man’s Point Of View Vol. One, at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore located in the Grove Shopping Mall inside the world famous Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. The book encourages Black fathers to take leadership roles in the lives of their daughters.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee’s groundbreaking movie, Do the Right Thing, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release a 20th Anniversary edition of the film in Blu-ray, high-definition and DVD format on Tuesday, June 30. It is loaded with over four hours of never-before-seen materials, including interviews with the cast and crew, cut scenes and a full documentary.
Life is Hot in Cracktown; A Lightning Media Release; Starring Kerry Washington, Evan Ross, Vondie Curtis Hall, Desmond Harrington, Ridge Canipe, Victor Rasuk, RZA, Brandon Routh, Shannyn Sossamon and Thomas Ian Nicholas. Written and directed by Buddy Giovinazzo from his best selling novel of the same title.
The depictions in this film are based on the true observations of Giovinazzo on the streets of New York which compelled him to write the book. Four individual scenarios take place and they are pretty dramatic. Kerry Washington devotees will especially marvel at her role as a transvestite, which she pulls off quite convincingly. Evan Ross is off the hook as ‘Romeo’. Actually, all of the actors make this film very convincing.
The Proposal; Touchstone Pictures; A Mandeville Films Production.; Starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and Betty White. Directed by Anne Fletcher. Written by Peter Chiarelli; produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
This is a pretty good romantic comedy about Margaret Tate (Bullock) who is an unbearable boss being threatened with deportation out of the U.S. back to her native Canada. As a result, she strikes up a fake marriage deal to legally stay in the country with her male assistant, Andrew (Reynolds), who hates her guts like everyone else in the office. They go home to his parents for a wild and wacky weekend. This is a good flick for couples.
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