*Let’s name some names.
The Democrats voting not to confirm Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), John Walsh (Mont.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Chris Coons (Del.).
Here’s what they have in common. They disgraced themselves, their party, and most importantly the bedrock Constitutional principle that a defendant, that’s all defendants no matter how putrid some consider them and the crimes they’re charged with to be, are entitled to counsel and a defense.
These Democrats disgrace on all these counts was, of course, their vote against confirmation for Adegbile the former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Continue reading
Higher Body-Count Sequel Trumps the Original
*The bloody epic “300″ (2007) chronicled the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. when a badly outnumbered band of 300 soldiers were sent on a suicide mission to defend Sparta against a horde of over 100,000 Persian invaders.
Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name, that minimalist, monochromatic adventure was shot almost entirely against blue screens on assorted soundstages.
“300: Rise of an Empire” is one of those rare sequels which actually improves on an original’s formula. This relatively-expansive, higher body-count affair arrives replete with sweeping seascapes and panoramic mob scenes. It also ups the ante in terms of sensuality, especially by exploiting the visual appeal of Eva Green. Continue reading
*In a rare television appearance, the incomparable Prince takes over The Arsenio Hall Show tonight kicking the show off with a debut performance of FUNKNROLL, a track off his upcoming album.
The pop icon took a moment to answer questions from Arsenio’s audience, revealing his biggest pet peeve and what got his blood boiling at a recent Oscar party. Continue reading
*NASHVILLE, TN – Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune has created another inspired album of fresh music and stirring ministry, as the latest release from James Fortune & FIYA, Live Through It (FIYA World Music/Entertainment One Music), soars with a #1 debut on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, and enters at #13 in top albums on the Billboard 200 chart, also marking a career-high for Fortune with his highest first week of sales in his career thus far. Continue reading
An African American Feature Film Giving Insight into Spirituality and Culture
*Director/Producer Roy Belfrey is currently in post production on a new feature film, “Matthew 18.”
The upcoming film release is both thought provoking and engaging in its story line as its theme centers around the subject of African American culture, what goes on in the grassroots of the church community and even within the households and fabric of the culture.
Matthew 18, the film, explores the spiritual world as it impacts the natural world in the format of a dramatic thriller. Continue reading