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Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun OPENING THIS WEEK- July 3, 2015

BY: KAM WILLIAMS BIG BUDGET FILMS   Faith of Our Fathers (PG-13 for brief violence) Christian- oriented drama about two strangers (Kevin Downes and David A.R. White) who bond while driving from Mississippi to Washington, DC with plans to locate where their killed-in-action dads’ names were engraved in the Vietnam War Memorial. With Stephen Baldwin, Candace Cameron Bure and Rebecca St. James. Magic Mike ...

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          Chicago Food Truck Fest:  Saturday & Sunday, June 27-28 @ Armour Square Park by U.S. Cellular Field (3309 S. Shield Ave.)             L.A.T.E. Ride:  Saturday, June 27 overnight ride @ Buckingham Fountain (500 S Columbus Dr)   Randolph Street Market Festival:  Saturday & Sunday, June 27-8 @ 1350 W. Randolph & 1340 W. Washingto ...

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What Happened, Miss Simone?

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic What Happened, Miss Simone? Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can’t distinguish between them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn’t shake. As you look back at her life, from a child prodigy, to a dinner theater piano crooner, to renown recording artist and a sufferer of mental illness, the m ...

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Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth Grown Folks Stories: Thursday, June 18 @ The Silver Room (1506 E. 53rd Street)   Peace March and Annual End of the School Year Rally: Friday, June 19 @ 7800 S. Throop   Juneteenth Celebration: Friday, June 19 @ Culture Connection (400 W. 71st Street)   Taste of Randolph Street: Friday - Sunday, June 19-21 @ 900 W. Randolph   6 Corners BBQ Fest:  Friday - Sunday, June 19-21 ...

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              By: Kam Williams Film Review: JURASSIC WORLD How do you revive an expiring film franchise that was ostensibly put out of its misery over a dozen years ago after audiences became jaded with over-saturated visual effects they no longer found spellbinding? In the case of Jurassic World, you mount a self-reverential sequel laced with allusions to earlier episodes ...

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Barbers Celebrate The Art Of Hair Styling At 4th Annual Ball

Barbers Celebrate The Art Of Hair Styling At 4th Annual Ball Val Warner of Windy City Live on ABC-7 (left) and Comedian Leon Roger’s of The Morning Show on WGCI 107.5 (right) were MC’s for the 4th Annual  Barber Ball held Sunday June 7th at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th Street. Photo by John Alexander   Barbers from across the Chicagoland area gathered on Sunday, June 7, 2015, at the Beverly A ...

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Melissa McCarthy Stars as CIA Analyst-Turned-Spy in Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy

film review: by Kam Williams   Melissa McCarthy Stars as CIA Analyst-Turned-Spy in Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy     For the past three years, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has been stuck sitting behind a desk as an analyst at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. In that capacity, she’s been providing technical support from afar to Bradley Fine (Jude Law), a veteran spy who has successfully ha ...

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Verizon’s “POTENTIAL OF US” Inspires Inner City Youth Artists

BY: NAIMAH LATIF STAFF WRITER Verizon’s “POTENTIAL OF US” Inspires Inner City Youth Artists   An excited audience Tweeted and Facebooked images of award winning R & B artist Melanie Fiona, rap artists KM and lyricist OMEN during a special concert sponsored by Verizon held at the Harold Washington Cultural Center on 47th and King Drive Friday evening May 29, 2015. The new technology coupled with cel ...

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Entourage – The Boys Are Back for a Bawdy, Big Screen Adventure

Entourage  The Boys Are Back for a Bawdy, Big Screen Adventure Film Review:By Kam Williams   Entourage - went off the air in 2011, after enjoying a phenomenal, eight-year run on the HBO Network, thanks to its refreshingly-authentic take on cutthroat world of Hollywood. That semi-autobiographical TV-series revolving around the irreverent alpha-male antics of a fictional movie star and his posse was insp ...

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Kenny “The Jet” Smith makes $15K donation to Metroboard Chicago Urban League

Kenny “The Jet” Smith Makes $15K donation to Metroboard Chicago Urban League Kenny “The Jet” Smith, TV analyst and former NBA star, joined Coors Light to make a $15,000 donation to the Metroboard of Chicago Urban League. The donation is part of the Coors Light Full Court reFRESH program, now in its second year, which restores community basketball courts in need across the country. Local basketball courts in ...

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