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Secret of Water Documentary Review
Potable water is becoming increasingly scarce. Water is life, but human misuse of water is causing big problems, according to the Secret of Water documentary.
12:54 Mar 26, 2015 PST
3-24-2015 Top Ten DVD Releases (FEATURE)
The top DVD releases for this week starts with the final movie based on the final J.R.R. Tolkien novel: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
15:25 Mar 25, 2015 PST
Kam's Kapsules Introduces Cinderella and Run All Night
Don't miss these opening movies of the week including Cinderella, starring Lily James, a live-action version of the classic fairytale.
04:28 Mar 25, 2015 PST
Get Hard Film Review
Working man Darnell Lewis is stuck on the wrong side of the tracks in South Central L.A., living the opposite life to Mr. King who has money all around him.
13:05 Mar 23, 2015 PST
Kam's Kapsules For March 20 2015
High-action movies, starting with The Gunman, with Sean Penn, directed by Pierre Morel, plus the sci-fi Insurgent, with Shailene Woodley and Taylor Lautner in Tracers.
05:36 Mar 23, 2015 PST
The Gunman Film Review
Sean Penn showcases his abilities in drama and action, as an assassin who leaves the scene of the crime only to return years later, expecting his girlfriend to be still waiting.
05:17 Mar 23, 2015 PST
April Ryan 'The Presidency in Black and White' Interview
Besides covering the Obama administration, April's responsibilities include hosting 'The White House Report,' a syndicated show airing on about 300 radio stations around the country. The Morgan State grad still lives in her native Baltimore which is
04:26 Mar 23, 2015 PST
Praedamus: Let US Prey Book Review
Why have Christian churches kept members in the dark for over 2,000 years? What did the church hierarchy know that wasn't being shared? Why the secrets?
15:55 Mar 19, 2015 PST
Shailene Woodley The 'Insurgent' Interview
Kam Williams chats to Shailene Woodley, who starred in the drama White Bird in a Blizzard, and solidified her stature as a versatile actress in The Fault in Our Stars.
05:34 Mar 18, 2015 PST
It Follows Film Review
Oblivious to everything and overwhelmed with passion, Hugh sneaks up from behind and knocks out the girl he's just made love to by covering her face with a cloth dipped in chloroform.
16:06 Mar 17, 2015 PST
Ben Crump 'The Ferguson' Interview
Ben Crump is the attorney of record in many high-profile, civil rights cases, most notably representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.
03:46 Mar 14, 2015 PST
Treading Water Film Review
A aloof boy with a stinky medical problem was raised by his eccentric mother in a house converted into a museum dedicated to the memory of an obscure Mexican musician.
03:26 Mar 14, 2015 PST
Midnight: Run All Night Film Review
Jimmy warns his son. Mike calls the cops, ignoring his father's advice to avoid the local police since they're bought and likely in cahoots with the Maguire crime family.
20:32 Mar 13, 2015 PST
Like Sunday, Like Rain Film Review
Written and directed by Frank Whaley, the character-driven coming-of-age flick is very dependent on the generation of chemistry between the leads.
06:11 Mar 13, 2015 PST
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Film Review
That is only one of several storylines in a romance-driven sequel which unfolds more like a daytime soap opera than a fully fleshed-out feature film. Scene after scene is simply a setup for another transparent love triangle.
20:05 Mar 11, 2015 PST
The Cobbler Film Review
Written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, The Cobbler has to be considered a big disappointment, given the high expectations set by his impressive earlier offerings.
05:04 Mar 11, 2015 PST
Clarence Page: The 'Culture Worrier' Interview
Clarence Page, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and TV political pundit talks with Kam Williams about his life, career and his Culture Worrier essays.
16:19 Mar 10, 2015 PST
Faults Film Review
The plot thickens as it becomes clear that the exasperated shrink isn't up to the task, and the subject gets the better of their intense sessions.
22:50 Mar 9, 2015 PST
Black Republican Book Review
Eddie Murphy made his Saturday Night Live debut back in November of 1980 in a spoof of the TV show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom entitled In Search of the Negro Republican.
15:21 Mar 9, 2015 PST
McFarland, USA Film Review
After settling on seven promising proteges, Coach White doesn't know whether their cash-strapped families can afford to let them run track in lieu of laboring as farm workers
05:26 Mar 9, 2015 PST
Black Male Frames Book Review
In the antebellum era, when minstrel shows took the US by storm as the country's first popular form of entertainment, African-American males were portrayed by white men in blackface as servile or surly.
17:24 Mar 8, 2015 PST
Wild Canaries Film Review
The coroner quickly concludes an old lady died of natural causes, but her young neighbor suspects otherwise, much to the frustration of her fiance.
03:42 Mar 4, 2015 PST
3-6-2015 Kam's Movies For the Month of March
Here are three not-to-miss big budget films for this week that will bring delight and color to your hectic days ahead, starting with Chappie, and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel followed by independent and foreign films.
17:13 Mar 3, 2015 PST
Jake Tapper 'The Lead' Interview
Jake Tapper has been a widely-respected reporter in Washington for more than 14 years. Kam Williams asks how the son of a pediatrician and a psychiatric nurse got into journalism.
14:17 Feb 28, 2015 PST
Oscar Recap: Birdman Reigns Supreme!
There were no upsets in terms of the major categories, with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) prevailing in the lead acting categories, as expected
03:55 Feb 28, 2015 PST
Kung Fu Elliot Film Review
Kung Fu Elliot is a kickboxer on a desperate quest to be star. He ropes his girlfriend in to his delusional scheme and the question is, can the relationship last longer than the dream.
13:07 Feb 26, 2015 PST
Love Month 2-24-2015 Top Ten DVD Releases
Here are the top DVD releases for this week, starting with Whiplash, and just the right time for a fond farewell to the love month of February 2015!
16:23 Feb 23, 2015 PST
Reach Book Review
Role models serve a critical function. In the Introduction to the inspirational book Reach, Editor Ben Jealous says We cannot imitate that which we have never seen, heard, or read about.
04:32 Feb 21, 2015 PST
Craig Robinson The 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' Interview
While Craig Robinson was studying Education, he discovered his love of acting and comedy when he joined the famed Second City Theatre.
04:19 Feb 21, 2015 PST
Oscar Predictions 2015: Kam Williams' Official Picks
The only other multiple winners will likely be Boyhood, Whiplash and The Theory of Everything, at 2 each.
14:11 Feb 20, 2015 PST
The Business of Disease Film Review
Concerned about your health and inclined to question authority, check out The Business of Disease, a damning documentary written, directed, produced and narrated by Sonia Barrett.
20:22 Feb 19, 2015 PST
Chinese New Year 2-20 Kam's Kapsules
Add delight to the Chinese Lunar New Year - watch The DUFF, the crude humored Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and McFarland, USA, with Kevin Costner.
20:17 Feb 19, 2015 PST
Post Valentine 2-17-2015 Top Ten DVD Releases And Honorable Mentions
These not-to-missed DVD releases for this week add delight to your weekend activities. In the lead are Life Itself, Birdman and The Theory of Everything.
15:36 Feb 16, 2015 PST
50 Shades of Grey Film Review
estal virgin Anastasia Steele drives from Vancouver to Seattle to the corporate headquarters of Grey Enterprises to interview CEO Christian Grey...
13:30 Feb 16, 2015 PST
1971 Film Review
1971 is a whistleblower documentary directed by Johanna Hamilton. The participants in the theft eluded capture by the authorities for decades.
12:10 Feb 16, 2015 PST
The Rewrite Film Review
The Rewrite is a delightful romantic romp written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality). It is the fourth collaboration between Lawrence and Hugh Grant
02:22 Feb 16, 2015 PST
Old Fashioned Film Review
Clay Walsh, an unassuming gentleman retreats to a quiet Midwestern town to run his Aunt Zella's antique store, and finds an attractive free-spirit in Amber Hewson.
13:58 Feb 15, 2015 PST
Kingsman: The Secret Service Film Review
A boy who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, could use a few lessons in etiquette, ala My Fair Lady's Eliza Doolittle.
04:03 Feb 15, 2015 PST
Eye on The Struggle Book Review
President Lyndon B. Johnson recognized Payne's seminal role by presenting her with pens used in the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
14:27 Feb 12, 2015 PST
Sharon Leal The 'Addicted' Interview
Prior to that, she starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac in the comedy Soul Men as well as in This Christmas, opposite Regina King and Mekhi Phifer. Her performance in the latter project won her an Asian Excellence Award for outstanding
12:25 Feb 12, 2015 PST
Pre-Valentines Movies for 2-13-2015 Kam's Kapsules
Watching movies is one romantic way to spend the special day with someone we love. Kam Williams starts the list with Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
20:58 Feb 11, 2015 PST
F.B. Eyes Book Review
These ghostreaders knew enough to simulate a sinister black literature of their own. The official aim... was to anticipate political unrest. Yet, FBI surveillance came to influence the creation and public reception of African American literature in
17:10 Feb 11, 2015 PST
3 Nights in The Desert Film Review
Travis forgot about the unresolved romantic tensions which contributed to the breakup, given how Barry had an unrequited crush on Anna
13:57 Feb 11, 2015 PST
Girlhood Film Review
An estrogen-fueled sepia posse of Marieme (Karidja Toure), Lady (Assa Sylla), Adiatou (Lindsay Karamoh) and Fily (Marietou Toure), are rudderless rebels without a clue.
04:06 Feb 9, 2015 PST
Jupiter Ascending Film Review
This epic unfolds like a classic origins tale by introducing a plethora of characters and filling in their back stories. A housekeeper in Chicago discovers she is to inherit the earth.
04:10 Feb 8, 2015 PST
Pre-Valentine 2-6-2015 Kam's Kapsules
These are the must-see movies before everybody else join the bandwagon of love stuff before the Valentine's celebration!
19:31 Feb 7, 2015 PST
Top 9 Books Read By African Americans
These 9 top titles, all of which were released in 2014, experienced strong sales both prior to and after their nominations were announced in December.
17:46 Feb 6, 2015 PST
Tasha Smith The 'Addicted' Interview
Tasha's memorable portrayal of Angela in Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married, Too? sparked the spin-off series focused around her relationship with her husband.
05:28 Feb 6, 2015 PST
Supremacy Film Review
Garrett is a white supremacist with tattoos of swastikas, a Confederate flag, an Iron Cross and the word HATE adorning his face, arms, fingers and chest.
16:16 Feb 3, 2015 PST
Above and Beyond Film Review
In 1948, Israel was losing its War of Independence without fighter planes to respond to air attacks, but WWII fighter pilots from half a world away answered the call.
16:54 Feb 1, 2015 PST
1-30-2015 Kam's Kapsules
There's no better and exciting way to unwind this 'Thank God It's Friday' day and the rest of the week than to spend with friends and loved-ones by watching movies!
05:04 Jan 31, 2015 PST
Dark Girls Book Review
Movie and book reviewer, Kam Williams states the book. 'Dark Girls' is an uplifting collection capturing both the intelligence and elegance of darker-skinned sisters.
07:14 Jan 29, 2015 PST
Voices of Auschwitz TV Review
Movie reviewer, Kam Williams sums up this moving memoir as a remarkable testament to the indomitability of the human spirit as well as a mighty reminder why the evils of the Holocaust must never be forgotten.
09:05 Jan 28, 2015 PST
Black Or White Film Review
Movie reviewer Kam Williams reviews the film, 'White or Blace' 3 stars and says it is very good. To sum it up, he says the film is about White and Black grandparents clash in a courtroom drama.
10:00 Jan 27, 2015 PST
Kevin Costner 'The Black or White' Interview
Movie and celebrity interviewer Kam Williams chats with Kevin Costner about his new film, 'The Black or White' and shares it with NewsBlaze readers around the world.
13:03 Jan 26, 2015 PST
The Imitation Game Film Review
Movie reviewer Kam Williams reviews the film, 'The Imitation Game' which is a life story of unsung hero for cracking Nazi Code.
16:04 Jan 25, 2015 PST
Americons Film Review
Movie reviewer Kam Williams reviews the new film, Americons. This movie is a fact-based cautionary tale that revisits the Sub-Prime mortgage crisis.
12:24 Jan 25, 2015 PST
Big Muddy Film Review
Movie reviewer Kam Williams unfolds his take of Big Muddy, an intriguing neo noir marking the impressive directorial debut of Jefferson Moneo.
17:20 Jan 24, 2015 PST
1-23 Kam's Kapsules
Movie reviewer Kam Williams shares movies opening January 23, 2015 with NewsBlaze readers around the world. As the Chinese new year is fast approaching, it is exciting to jumpstart with the latest and must-see movies opening this Friday!
13:08 Jan 24, 2015 PST
2015 Academy Award Nominations: Full List Here!
Movie reviewer Kam Williams shares his full list of nominations for 2015 Academy Awards with NewsBlaze readers around the globe.
12:28 Jan 24, 2015 PST
1-20 Top Ten DVD Releases
Don't miss the hottest movies in DVD this week that will surely make your day stress-free!
07:41 Jan 24, 2015 PST
Turning 15 on The Road to Freedom Book Review
Lynda's story of overcoming terror and winning one of our nation's most important battles is eye-opening and inspiring memoir that brings us into the heart of the civil rights movement to offer compelling proof that young people can be heroes.'
14:30 Jan 23, 2015 PST
Lee Daniels The 'Empire' Interview With Kam Williams
Here, he talks about directing the new nighttime soap opera Empire, co-starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
03:55 Jan 21, 2015 PST
Tara Ochs The 'Selma' Interview
Tara can currently be caught performing with Atlanta-based theatre company Dad's Garage, where she also teaches improv to people of all ages. Previously, she worked with The Second City troupe, and was a company member of the L.A.-based improv compa
18:24 Jan 19, 2015 PST
Kevin Hart 'The Wedding Ringer' Interview
The irrepressible comedian shows no sign of letting up, between presently releasing The Wedding Ringer, and following that up with Get Hard in March. And he's already wrapped work on Ride Along 2, and has The Secret Life of Pets, Central Intelligenc
18:05 Jan 19, 2015 PST
Two-Bit Waltz Film Review
Maude is sent to the detention for tactless remarks and bad reputation in school resulting in rejection by her best friend and the boy who took her virginity.
15:34 Jan 18, 2015 PST
2015 Golden Globes Recap - And the Big Winner is ... Boyhood!
The Golden Globes established Boyhood as the early Oscar favorite. Directed by Richard Linkater, the time-lapse coming-of-age drama won...
23:17 Jan 15, 2015 PST
1-9 Kam's Kapsules
Start the year of the ram with the hottest of the hot movies opening this this weekend!
04:17 Jan 15, 2015 PST
Inherent Vice Film Review
It is 1970, in Los Angeles, and Private Eye Larry Doc Sportello is totally wasted, but his ex-girlfriend needs help with her philandering billionaire boyfriend.
21:17 Jan 9, 2015 PST
Anthony Bourdain The 'Parts Unknown' Interview
Anthony Bourdain talks to NewsBlaze movie critic, Kam Williams, about his life, career and his Peabody and Emmy-winning TV-series, Parts Unknown.
20:42 Jan 9, 2015 PST
The Lawyer as Leader Book Review
Most people think of Dr. Martin Luther King and other Reverends when it comes to iconic, African-American civil rights leaders, but black attorneys played critical roles.
14:51 Jan 9, 2015 PST
Empire TV Premiere Review
Directed by two-time Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels (for Precious), the premiere of this nighttime soap opera is mostly devoted to introducing characters and setting the stage for the impending struggle to control the thriving family business. There's a
20:40 Jan 7, 2015 PST
Jeff Chang The 'Who We Be' Interview
Next, he edited 'Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop,' an anthology of essays and interviews. Here, he talks about his latest opus, 'Who We Be: The Colorization of America,' which has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstan
14:53 Jan 7, 2015 PST
Farewell, Herr Schwarz Film Review
After examining the divergent behavior of siblings Michla and Peter, director Reuveny devotes attention to how the pair's second and third generations have adjusted to life.
03:24 Jan 7, 2015 PST
Unbroken Film Review
Unbroken, the story of Olympian airman, Louie Lamperini, is an honorable, historical drama, an uplifting tribute to the indomitability of the human spirit.
22:51 Jan 1, 2015 PST
The Search for General Tso Film Review
Who was General Tso? A military hero, or was his title merely honorary, like that of Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Find out here.
13:27 Jan 1, 2015 PST
1-2-2015 Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
Kam's Kapsules - first for 2015: Kam Williams gives us his first weekly 2015 previews, to help choose which films to see, including The Woman in Black 2.
12:42 Jan 1, 2015 PST
100 Best Films of 2014: Kam Williams
Top of the list is the first feature-length biopic about Dr. King, which is hard to believe since the revered national icon was assassinated way back in 1968.
06:43 Dec 31, 2014 PST
Why Vegan is The New Black: Book Review
Nutritionist and fitness trainer Deborrah Cooper became a vegan when her body began breaking down, battling headaches, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and severe stomach pains.
05:56 Dec 31, 2014 PST
Gil Robertson The 'African-American Film Critics Association' Interview
Gil Robertson, the African-American Film Critics Association founder, reflects on the organization's start and its progress, in a session with Kam WIlliams.
15:05 Dec 30, 2014 PST
Kam's Kapsules: Exciting movies for this week!
After spending a bountiful and festive Christmas eve, it is unwinding to spend the rest of the holidays by watching movies with family and friends!
14:07 Dec 29, 2014 PST
Russell Simmons The 'Who Polices The Police?' Interview
Russell Simmons has been very active as of late in the Black Lives Matter movement, and not merely as a participant on the picket lines.
05:16 Dec 27, 2014 PST
Kam Williams' Blacktrospective 2014
Kam's all black films for 2014, Top Ten Big Budget, Best Independent, documentaries, best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress and directors.
04:44 Dec 27, 2014 PST
Top Five Film Review
Top Five features Chris Rock as Andre Allen, a comedian too closely associated with Hammy the Bear, so he's having a hard time making the transition to dramatic roles.
21:55 Dec 26, 2014 PST
Annie Film Review
Directed by Will Gluck, this fifth film version is modern and the main actor now comes as a cute black girl with gigantic hair. The film is very loosely based on that Tony-sweeping production.
21:27 Dec 26, 2014 PST
Ava DuVernay The Selma Interview
She made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed 2008 hip hop documentary, This is The Life. A couple years later, she wrote, produced and directed her first narrative feature, I Will Follow, starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield.
20:34 Dec 26, 2014 PST
Selma Film Review
Selma is the story of a movement, in a three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights.
17:38 Dec 26, 2014 PST
12-23-2014 Top Ten DVD Releases For Christmas Day!
Christmas is finally here! And these are the top and must-see DVDs for the rest of the week!
15:18 Dec 24, 2014 PST
Ten Best Black Books of 2014 and More!
The must-read black stories for 2014, including top choice, Justice While Black, a must-read for every young black male in America.
14:15 Dec 24, 2014 PST
David Oyelowo The 'Selma' Interview
David can currently be seen in Christopher Nolan's space travel, sci-fi adventure Interstellar and in A Most Violent Year opposite Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac. He just wrapped production on Captive, a true-life crime thriller, and will soon co-
18:31 Dec 20, 2014 PST
Mark Wahlberg 'The Gambler' Interview with Kam Williams
Movie Reviewer, Kam Williams interviews Mark Wahlberg about his new film, 'The Gambler' and shares it here on Newsblaze.
12:59 Dec 19, 2014 PST
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Film Review
Following last episode's cliffhanger, this action-oriented installment opens with Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf pals fretting over having unwittingly awakened Smaug.
06:36 Dec 19, 2014 PST
Kam's Kapsules: Movies Opening December 19, 2014
Movie reviewer Kam Williams shares the top movies opening December 19, 2014 at theatres around the world!
11:45 Dec 18, 2014 PST
12-16-2014 Top Ten DVD Releases
Here are the must see and top Ten DVD releases for this week, including The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, This Is Where I Leave You, and Finding Your Roots.
16:04 Dec 15, 2014 PST
12-12-2014 Kam's Kapsules
Kam Williams gives mini-reviews of movies opening December 12, 2014, including Exodus: Gods and Kings, Inherent Vice, and Chris Rock in Top Five.
03:50 Dec 14, 2014 PST
12-9 Top Ten DVD Releases
Included in this week's top ten are Guardians of the Galaxy, The Jeffersons: The Complete Series, In Real Life, anf The Simpsons: Season Seventeen.
02:37 Dec 14, 2014 PST
Ben Crump 'The Black Lives Matter' Interview
Ben Crump's considerable acumen as both a litigator and an advocate has ensured that those most frequently marginalized are protected by the nation's contract with its constituency.
04:17 Dec 13, 2014 PST
Wild Film Review
A perilous, 1,100 mile journey proves to be a woman's salvation, giving her chance to conquer and battle the demons within herself.
03:59 Dec 13, 2014 PST
Justice While Black Book Review
President Obama weighed in after the grand jury decisions not to indict officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
13:40 Dec 11, 2014 PST
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The 'Finding Your Roots: Season Two' Interview
The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross was executive produced, and hosted by Gates, and earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program-Long Form, and Peabody and NAACP Image Awards.
12:08 Dec 11, 2014 PST
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