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Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches


PREP TIME - 5 MINUTES

COOK TIME - 15 MIN + 8.5 HR (CHILL)
SERVINGS - 4-6
SERVINGS - 12
Read More Tuesday, August 15, 2017
RICK STEVES’ EUROPE: How to plan a dream vacation in eight easy steps

 Paris offers more sights than you’ll be able to see in one trip; enjoy the rooftop of Notre Dame but save some other attractions for your next visit. By Laura VanDeventer, Rick Steves’ Europe. 

Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Recipe: Lobster Mac and Cheese Bites

 

This delicious snack is great for a picnic.

PREP TIME - 15 MINUTES

COOK TIME - 30 MINUTES

SERVINGS - 12
Read More Sunday, April 30, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Handling false allegations at work

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I've been accused by a coworker of something I did not do. My boss has taken the allegations seriously and I am being put through hell over a lie. I am not sleeping or eating because I am so scared and upset. How can I maintain any sanity or effectiveness when I am unfairly being put through hell?
Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
Interpersonal Edge: Attention deficit disorder and workplace success

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Content Agency
 
Q. I have wicked attention deficit disorder (ADD) and really struggle with tracking detail, getting sidetracked and forgetting processes at work. I take medication but still find myself dropping details through the cracks. My manager is very frustrated with me, and I am afraid I will lose my job. Do you have any clients that have bad ADD, and how do you help them?
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Movie: “Kong: Skull Island”

 Studio:  Warner Bros. (1 hr. 58 min)

Plot: A reimaging of the King Kong legend.
Cast:  King Kong, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line: ***
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
Recipe: Chocolate Truffles

 PREP TIME

5 MINUTES
 
COOK TIME
5 MINUTES
 
SERVINGS
12
 
Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
Recipe: Aztec Hot Chocolate

 PREP TIME

10 MINUTES
 
COOK TIME
2 HOUR (CHILL)
 
SERVINGS
12
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
Recipe: Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

 Indulge in this pumpkin treat.  

 
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
Recipe: Mexican Spinach Dip

 

PREP TIME - 10 Minutes
COOK TIME - 30 minutes
SERVINGS - 8
 
Read More Sunday, October 16, 2016
Recipe: Hot Caprese Dip

Prepare this dish in 10 minutes!  

Read More Sunday, October 2, 2016
Movie: Suicide Squad

 Studio:  Warner Bros. (1hr. 40 min.)

Plot:  A secret government agency recruits imprisoned super villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.
Cast:  Will Smith, Jarde Leto, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevinge
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  **
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
Recipe: Salted Pistachio Ice Cream

  PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME:  15 MIN + 5 HR CHILL
SERVINGS:  6-8
 
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup roasted, salted pistachios, roughly chopped
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 egg yolks
Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
Recipe: Homemade Fudgsicles

 This easy frozen recipe will be sure to make your family happy!

 PREP TIME: 10 Minutes

COOK TIME:  12 Hours (CHILL)
SERVINGS:  12
Read More Sunday, August 7, 2016
Recipe: Strawberry Oatmeal Popsicles

  This easy frozen recipe will be sure to make your family happy!

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
Recipe: Cherry Lemonade Ice Cream

  INGREDIENTS:

2 1/3 cups heavy cream
2 1/3 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons lemon extract
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Read More Sunday, July 10, 2016
Recipe: Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf bread, Ciabatta
1 (5-ounce) package pancetta, diced cooked and drained well
4 eggs
4 thick slices Havarti cheese
1 cup fresh arugula
Salt and pepper
butter
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
Recipe: Coconut Hot Fudge Ice Cream
 
By Rachel Gurk
 
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup flake coconut, unsweetened
1 cup whole milk
 
Log on for the rest of the recipe...
Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Enjoy Michigan's Summer Free Fishing Weekend June 11-12

  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. That weekend, everyone – residents and nonresidents alike – can fish without a license, although all other fishing regulations still apply.

 
Read More Monday, May 30, 2016
Excuse me, are you listening? Laughter is Good!

Dear Readers,

 
I am sure that you have heard plenty of laughter quotes.  However, mine is from the old timer, Milton Berle. 
 
Berle said, “Laughter is an instant vacation." 
Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
Recipe: Savory Cheddar and Chive Waffles with a Fried Egg

 Try this tasty dish for brunch!

Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
Recipe: Chicken Greek Salad
 

Recipe Serves: 4

Recipe Prep Time: 20 minutes
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
Recipe: Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Wraps


Recipe Serves: 10

Make healthy wraps for a potluck lunch.  They are delightful!

 

Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
Recipe: Turkey Black Bean Chili with Sriracha and Yogurt

  This yummy recipe serves 8.  Whip up a batch and take it to your next party with friends.

Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
TRAVEL: 10 unique places to stay

 Cave Suites: Cappadocia Cave Suites, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey.

Read More Saturday, April 9, 2016
Recipe: Sweet Potato and Crab Chowder

 

This yummy recipe serves 4

Recipe Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients: 
• 1 tablespoon butter
Cont'd....
Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
Milk Means More Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

 Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Read More Sunday, March 20, 2016
Recipe: Easy Parmesan Chicken

  Recipe Serves: 4

Recipe Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients: • 3 six-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
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Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Milk Means More Recipe: Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Bites

 

Recipe Serves: 8 (makes 24 bites, serving size is 3 bites)
Recipe Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Ingredients: 
• 1 1/2  cups vanilla greek yogurt
• Seeds scraped from one vanilla bean ..... continued
Read More Sunday, February 7, 2016
Movie Review: Concussion

 Studio:     Sony (2 hr. 3 min.)

Plot:     Accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions.
Cast:     Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Hill Harper, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, January 10, 2016
Oscar producers on Chris Rock: 'We're absolutely stoked'

 

Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Milk Means More: Recipe: Creme de menthe bars

  Recipe Prep Time: 

40 minutes plus 1 hour chill time
 
Cook Time: 
10 minutes
 
These delicious treats are worth the prep time!
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Movie Review: Chi-Raq

  Studio:     Amazon Studios (127 Minutes)

Plot:     A group of women organize a campaign to tackle the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside.
Cast:     Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and John Cusack
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
Wolfgang Puck: Sugar cookies are always a tasty, reliable treat for the holidays

 

By Wolfgang Puck

Tribune Content Agency

  Whenever I fly to Florida to spend a weekend on Home Shopping Network, Marian Getz - who joins me on-screen and previously worked as executive pastry chef at my Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe in Orlando - always greets me with a plate of freshly baked cookies.

Read More Monday, December 14, 2015
8TH ANNUAL GRAND RAPIDS INTERNATIONAL WINE, BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL

 

Grand Rapids’ annual pre-holiday event, the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival is set for Thursday, November 19 (5-10pm); Friday, November 20 (4pm-10pm) and Saturday, November 21 (Noon-10pm) at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids located at 303 Monroe Avenue NW.   It is the largest wine festival in Michigan.
Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Sweet Potato Biscuits

 

Ingredients: 
• 2/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
• 1/2 cup whole milk
• 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
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Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Travel: Europe far from the madding crowd

 Long lines at the Louvre are usually avoidable, if you purchase tickets in advance, buy a Paris Museum Pass or enter through the underground mall instead of the grand glass pyramid. 

CREDIT: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Recipe: Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Orange Zest

 

 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Recipe: Salsa Mac with Colby Jack

 This delicious dish is a dinner time favorite.

Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
Travel: Tempt Your Taste Buds in West Michigan

 

Henderson Castle has become one of the most popular restaurants in Kalamazoo.  Built in 1895, it is on a steep hill and overlooks the downtown area.  

 

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Recipe: Bean and Cheese Taco Rolls

 Try these for your next sports party!

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
Downtown Owosso Invites You to the Annual ArtWalk Owosso
 Corunna High School living statues are a favorite at ArtWalk Owosso and they will be located throughout the downtown area. Courtesy photo
 
Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes

 An easy breakfast to charge you up for the day!

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Pleasin' Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

 An easy breakfast to charge you up for the day!

Read More Sunday, August 23, 2015
Milk Means More Recipe: Ice Cream in a Bag

 A fun and easy summer treat!

Read More Sunday, August 9, 2015
OLD TOWN’S JAZZFEST SET

 The Corey Kendrick Trio & Aguanko kick off Friday night at the 2014 Lansing JazzFest

Courtesy photo 
Read More Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Recipe: Grilled Steak Salad with Chive Yogurt Dressing Recipe -

  Recipe: Grilled Steak Salad with Chive Yogurt Dressing

Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
Movie:Trainwreck

  Studio:     Universal Pictures (2hr. 2 min.)

Plot:     Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.
Cast:     Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, LeBron James, Method Man, Leslie Jones
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
VIRTUAL TOURIST: 5 Superb Subterranean Spots

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Photo by keeweechic
 
Looking for an awesome underground adventure? Check out these  spots compiled by members of travel website VirtualTourist.com. 
Read More Sunday, July 12, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: BACON AND CHEDDAR PUFFS

 Try these easy to make treats for a party with friends!

Read More Sunday, July 12, 2015
BMRW Promotions goes Pink on July 31st The all-female International band “Jazz in Pink “headlines An Evening of Smooth Jazz in Holt

Lansing area fans have something to be excited about because the ladies of Jazz in Pink are set to headline the annual community summer music series An Evening of Smooth Jazz in Holt, MI on Friday, July 31st BMRW Promotions announced Friday.

The event takes place at Holt High School’s Margaret Livensparger Theater, 5885 W. Holt Road, Holt, MI 48842.  The show starts at 7:30 pm and doors will open @ 7pm.  Tickets are $25 and are on sale now. 
 
Read More Monday, July 6, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: BANANA PUDDING CAKE

 

A delicious twist on bananas and vanilla wafers!

 

Read More Sunday, June 14, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: AMAZING CHOCOLATE LASAGNA

 All of this yummy goodness is an easy fix for dessert!

Read More Sunday, May 31, 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron

  Studio: Disney/Marvel Studios (2 hr. 21 min.)

Plot:   Using the Infinity stone from Loki’s scepter, Tony Stark jumpstarts a peacekeeping program that goes awry.
Cast:  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader
Rating:  PG 13
Bottom Line:  ***
Read More Sunday, May 17, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: CAPRESE FLATBREAD PIZZAS

 

From the oven to your table, this is sure to please!
 
By Sharon Fox
 
Read More Sunday, May 17, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: AVOCADO LIME CHICKEN

 Try something new!

 

 

Read More Sunday, May 3, 2015
Movie: Furious 7

  Studio:     Universal Pictures (2 hr. 20 min.)

Plot:     Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
Cast:     Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Tony Jaa, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Monday, April 20, 2015
10 places to see before they disappear

  Borneo pigmy elephants. 

Photo by grumpydiver

Read More Monday, April 20, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: STEAK- N - SNOW PEAS

 Easy dish for dinner!

Read More Monday, April 20, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: MINI BEEF WELLINGTONS

 

This is one of our recent favorite recipes!  

Read More Sunday, April 5, 2015
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body and Soul”: EASY SHRIMP AND ORZO

  A lot of people absolutely LOVE orzo!! Here is a wonderful recipe for you to try!

 
Read More Sunday, March 22, 2015
Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service

  Studio:     20th Century Fox (2 hr. 9 min.)

Plot:     A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Cast:     Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Sofia Boutella, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Sunday, March 8, 2015
Wolfgang Puck: Enjoy a golden loaf of homemade bread on your holiday table

 

 A close cousin of French brioche and Jewish challah, my recipe is easier than it looks to make!.
Photo by Fotalia

 
Read More Sunday, December 28, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: 26 secrets to save on travel

 

By Stacy Rapacon and Susannah Snider,Kiplinger
 
With airfares to Europe and Asia sky-high and high-seas breakdowns roiling the cruise industry, leisure travelers have plenty of reasons to put vacation plans on hold.
Read More Sunday, December 14, 2014
Movie: Horrible Bosses 2

  Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures  (1 hr. 48 min.)

Plot:   Three former employees who start their company vow revenge over an investor who rips them off.
Cast:  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, Jamie Foxx
Rating:  R
Bottom Line:   ***
Read More Saturday, December 13, 2014
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPES: Apple Cheddar Turkey Panini

  Ingredients:

 
2 Michigan Apples*, thinly sliced
8 slices hearty whole wheat bread
2 tbsp. honey mustard
8 slices (approx. 8 oz.) 2% sharp cheddar cheese
8 thin slices deli roasted turkey (*or you can used leftover turkey slices)
Read More Sunday, November 30, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Best travel apps for the holidays

  By Miriam Cross and Kaitlin Pitsker

 
 Not to test the limits of Murphy's Law, but the holidays seem particularly prone to travel mishaps. While we hope it will be nothing but smooth sailing for you between now and the new year, it pays to be prepared. Can't find a bathroom on your road trip? There's an app for that. Can't decide what to have for dinner? There's an app for that too. Grandma's house is overbooked? There's even an app for that. 
 
Read More Sunday, November 30, 2014
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPES: Individual Apple Upside-Down Cakes

  Ingredients:

CAKE:
3 tbsp. butter, melted
3 tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 medium (about 2 1/4-inches in diameter) unpeeled cored Gala or Empire apples, sliced 1/2 -inch thick
1/2 cup dried Michigan tart cherries
1 box dry yellow cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
Read More Sunday, November 16, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Best cruises, airlines, and booking sites for your travel dollar

  By Miriam Cross and Kaitlin Pitsker

 
 Who doesn't love a getaway? But traveling can be expensive - and daunting as you try to find affordable airfare and accommodations, plan the perfect trip and deal with all hassles of getting to your destination.
Read More Sunday, November 16, 2014
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPES: Apple Salad Bundles

 Apples are an important part of a healthy diet.

Read More Sunday, November 2, 2014
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPES: Apple Salad Bundles

 

 

 Apples are an important part of a healthy diet.

Read More Sunday, November 2, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: A new tax on the sharing economy

  By Sandra Block

Kiplinger
 
 Kathleen O'Malley first used Airbnb in the summer of 2013, when she traveled through Washington State and British Columbia with her fiance. After that, "we were hooked," says O'Malley of Portland, Oregon. The couple used Airbnb to book a cottage in Sonoma for their honeymoon in September.
Read More Sunday, October 19, 2014
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPES Apple Cherry Raisin Crisp

  

 

 

There are more than 9.2 million apple tree in commercial production, covering 36,500 acres on 850 family run farms in the great state of Michigan. 

Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
Aboutthatcar.com: 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD LT

  By Frank S. Washington

 
DETROIT, MI – There’s no other way to say it, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe was big. Our test vehicle had a 116-inch wheelbase, its overall length was 204 inches, it was 80.5-inches wide and it was 74.4-inches tall or six-foot two.
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
Pet World: Costumes OK, just keep your pet away from the Halloween candy

 

By Steve Dale
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Q: My husband insists that putting a Halloween costume on our little dog is a horrifying idea. What do you think? - M.E., Henderson, NV
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Worst U.S. airports for Wi-Fi

By Rebecca Dolan

Kiplinger
 
  As if you didn't already hate flying enough, having to pay for wireless Internet access at the airport just makes it worse. You might think in this day and age when major airports feature everything from spa services to upscale restaurants, a basic amenity such as free Wi-Fi would be a given. Unfortunately, there are still a few holdouts.
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
1st Annual Cider Fest hosted in Grand Ledge in October

 Cider Fest in Grand Ledge on October 11th from 5:00-10:00pm. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Homeless Veterans Project, a local charity that provides services for homeless veterans housed at the Lansing VOA. Event by www.imabeerhound.com

Read More Saturday, October 4, 2014
Museum Links Michigan War Efforts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: The Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the  stories of Michigan citizens who served and sacrificed, here and abroad , from WWI to the present

Photo by Rick Garcia

Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Michigan Apples Taste Better Geographic factors contribute to superior taste from Michigan-grown apples

  LANSING, MI —With the majority of Michigan’s apple growing region located along the coast of Lake Michigan, it is clear that proximity to the Great Lakes makes a difference in producing high-quality, flavorful apples.

 
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: What to do if you're stranded while traveling

 

By Cameron Huddleston
Kiplinger
 
Air travelers could be left high - or perhaps it would be better to say low - and dry if a volcano that's rumbling in Iceland erupts with the magnitude that another one in that country did in 2010.
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Movie Review: “Belle”

  Studio: Fox Searchlight (1hr. 45 min)

Plot:  An illegitimate mixed-race girl is brought up by her white uncle in Victorian England.
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Sam Reid
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Saturday, September 13, 2014
Sculpting Out Success

 Austen Brantley , 17-years-old creating during a recent public demonstration.  He is considering going to college in Italy.

 

Read More Sunday, September 7, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Should you buy travel insurance?

  By Jessica L. Anderson

Kiplinger
 
  Hurricane season is upon us, which means a tropical storm could be brewing just as you're about to leave on vacation. Is travel insurance the solution?
Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
More ways to protect your child from the Internet

  The Protect MI Child Registry is a secure database containing protected e- mail, fax, instant message, and mobile text message addresses. It allows Michigan parents and schools to register electronic addresses used by children to access the Internet.

                                                       Photo: istockphoto

Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Fabulous travel freebies

 

By Erin Burt and Rebecca Dolan
Kiplinger
 
 Each year we round up a list of fabulous freebies, valuable offers with few or no strings attached. This year's list is packed with more something-for-nothing deals than ever. Here are our favorite travel freebies.
Read More Sunday, July 13, 2014
Rick Steves: Navigating European airports

 

By Rick Steves
Tribune Content Agency
 
  Sometimes I wonder why I lug my bag through airports, following my own recommendation to pack light enough to carry on and avoid checking any bags on international flights. It can be a drag, dragging your bag through airports. But when scrambling with last-minute changes in flight plans, those without checked bags are far more nimble.
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: BEEF POT PIES

  By Sharon Fox

 
1-2 boxes (17.3 oz.) frozen puff pastry
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 lb. beef--stew meat, chuck roast, or sirloin, cut into 3/4" cubes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chopped mushrooms
                                             Click for more ingredients.  Delicious.
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Movie Review: “X-Men Days of Future Past”

  Studio:     20th Century Fox (2 hrs. 11 min.)

Plot:     Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halley Berry, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Cast:     The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Movie Review: “X-Men Days of Future Past”

  Studio:     20th Century Fox (2 hrs. 11 min.)

Plot:     Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halley Berry, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Cast:     The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
 
Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Blackflix.com Movie Review: “Million Dollar Arm”

 
By J.R. Johnson

Studio:     Disney (2 hrs. 4 min.)

Plot:     A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.
Cast:     Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma, Bill Paxton
Rating:     PG
Bottom Line:     **
Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: How to save money on vacation rental properties?

When I travel with my family, we tend to stay in vacation rental properties rather than hotels. Why? They offer more space and a kitchen to cook our own meals at a price that's typically lower than a hotel room.

Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
Top 10 beach activities and where to do them

 

For many travelers, a vacation is only a vacation if there is a beach on which to sunbathe. For others, activities are a must. With this in mind, members and editors of travel website and community VirtualTourist.com prepared a list of the Top 10 Beach Activities and Where to Do Them.
Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: SEAFOOD LASAGNA

 

                  
   Sharon Fox is the author of COMFORT FOOD FOR THE MIND, BODY, AND SOUL and she has a series of eBooks for Kindle. She's also Food Editor for several online magazines and host of a new TV show based in Atlanta, GA "The Healthy Living Show". Please log on to www.tncp.net or www.elementsofanewday.com for more recipes.
Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
Dance Troupe Continues the Legacy

 Heather Taylor has led her dance group through spirit, movement and peace for many years.  They have touched many hearts and minds on a global level.

 
From bottom left to right:
 
Taliah Taylor
Tiffany Taylor
Megan Peterson
Heather Taylor
Malinda Milton
Kenya Milton
Martha Rogers-Milton
 
In the middle:
Christina Weiss and 
Anastasia Thomas-Cruze
 
Courtesy photo
Read More Thursday, February 27, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: GRILLED JERK CHICKEN WITH MANGO SALSA

Sharon Fox is the author of COMFORT FOOD FOR THE MIND, BODY, AND SOUL and she has a series of eBooks for Kindle. Try one of her delicious recipes!

Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Enjoy 'The LEGO Movie' outside of the theatre

 By John Gaudiosi

GamerHub.tv
 
Warner Bros. has a bonafide blockbuster with "The LEGO Movie," which has dominated the box office since opening Feb. 7. The movie has already made over $143 million in the U.S. to date and is on its way to surpassing $200 million domestically. The LEGO Movie broke records over President's Day Weekend earning $63.5 million 
Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Movie Review: “Labor Day”

 

Studio:  Paramount (1 hr. 51 min.)
Plot:  A depressed single mother and her son offer a wounded fearsome man a ride that changes their lives.
Cast:  Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet, Gattlin Griffith, Toby Maguire, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe
Rating:    PG-13
Bottom Line:    ***1/2
 
Read More Monday, February 24, 2014
News Spotlight: THE 18TH ANNUAL AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL (ABFF) SEEKS COMEDIC TALENT FOR 2ND ANNUAL COMEDY WINGS COMPETITION SPONSORED BY HBO

  


New York, NY (BlackNews.com) -- Today, Film Life, Inc. announced the launch of the second annual Comedy Wings Competition, a national search to identify the next outstanding comedian. Submissions are now open, with full details atwww.abff.com. The pool of entries will be narrowed down to up ten semi-finalists, from which four finalists will be selected to receive a trip to 2014 ABFF, in NYC, June 19-22, where they will perform live before the festival audience, for the chance to win an audition with HBO.


Read More Monday, February 24, 2014
Globetrotters Score Smiles at the Breslin

 Globetrotter’s “Flight Time” gets a confetti splash from team captain Special K Daley at the Breslin Center during their show. 

 
Photo by Rick Garcia
Read More Sunday, February 9, 2014
Michigan Travel: Ziibiwing Center Preserves Tribal Heritage

 

Top  Photo:Every culture seeks to tell their story.  The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe's story is told at the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways. 
Courtesy photo
 
Bottom Photo:  Through the presentation of  selected cultural textiles,  the cultural center teaches about the vibrant lifestyle.
Courtesy photo
 
 
 

 

Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Movie Review: “The Hobbit: The Desolution of Smaug”

  Studio:  Warner Bros. (2 hr. 41 min.)   

Plot:    The continuing adventure of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.  
Cast:   Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly
Rating: PG-13    
Bottom Line:  ***1/2  
 
By Laurence Washington
 
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: FRIED RICE and BAKED SWEET N SOUR CHICKEN

 

Two recipes in one column....  
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
Michigan Artist Named "Male Vocalist of The Year" at 2013 Tejano Music Awards
Ricky Valenz from Lansing, Michigan is 
making waves in the Tejano music industry.
 
Courtesy photo
 
SAN ANTONIO, TX--  The 33rd Annual Tejano Music Awards held at the Lila Cockrell Theater on October 19th, proved to be a big night for Tejano newcomer Ricky Valenz. Valenz, who won last year's "Best New Artist Male-2012" walked away with two awards, including "Male Vocalist of the Year", making Valenz the first male artist to win "Best New Artist Male" and "Male Vocalist" back to back.
 
 
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Movie Review: Baggage Claim
Studio:     Fox Searchlight (96 minutes)
Plot:     A single flight attendant embarks on a thirty-thousand-mile expedition mission to find a potential suitor.
Cast:     Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Adam Brody, Trey Songz
Rating:     PG 13
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
My Michigan: Local Screen Writer Returns Home to Promote Debut Film
Left:  Jazmen Darnell Brown is a screenwriter born and raised in Lansing, MI with his mother, Dawn Brown at the screening of his feature film, “The Citizen”.    Courtesy photos
 
By Deborah M. Walker
 
LANSING, MI -- For the past five years, Jazmen Darnell Brown a 2003 J.W. Sexton High School graduate had been waiting anxiously for what would be his inauguration into the world of feature film writing. Since 2008, Brown had been working on his project trying perilously to explain his cinema venture to friends and family who were perplexed as to the extent of his work. Brown tried countless times to clarify and the grand scale of his work and now he can finally reveal the result of his endeavor. 
Read More Sunday, October 20, 2013
Movie Review: Things Never Said
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
Studio: Raising Kane Films (112 minutes)
Plot:   An aspiring poet in a troubled marriage starts a new relationship with a new man who helps her find her artistic voice.
Cast:  Shanola Hampton, Elimu Nelson, Omari Hardwick, Tamala Jones, Dorian Missick, Michael Beach
Rating:   R
Bottom Line:     ****
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
Movie Marks 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

 

Carib Press --  Starring Anika Noni Rose, Wood Harris and David Alan Grier, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” is the tale of a summer journey that leaves a family – and a nation – forever transformed.
 
Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
Movie Review: 2 Guns
Studio: Universal Pictures (1 hr. 49 min)
Plot: Two crooked undercover officers unknowingly lead investigations on each other.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paul Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **1/2
Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
Movie Review: World War Z
Studio: Paramount (1 hr. 55 min.)
Plot:     A United Nations employee tries to stop a pandemic that is threatening to decimate humanity.
Cast:     Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, Fana Mokena, Abigail Hargrove, Sterling Jerins, David Morse.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6
Studio:     Universal (2 hrs. 10 mins.)
Plot:     Agent Luke Hobbs enlists Dominic Toretto and his team to bring down former Special Ops soldier Owen Shaw, leader of a unit specializing in vehicular warfare.
Cast:     Vin Diesel, Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Luke Evens, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and a Souped-up 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Saturday, July 13, 2013
Movie Review: Iron Man 3
Studio:     (2 hrs. 10 min.)
Plot:     When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
Cast:     Robert Downey Jr. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **1/2
Read More Saturday, June 1, 2013
Movie Review: Inspiring Drama Brings History to Life
Director Brian Helgeland had to prove that he had what it took to make a great movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson.  
 
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
For director Brian Helgeland, taking on the task of writing and directing a movie about baseball hero Jackie Robinson was no easy chore.
Read More Saturday, May 4, 2013
Movie Review: Olympus Has Fallen
Studio:     FilmDistrict
 
Plot:  A former Presidential guard is trapped inside the White after a terrorist attack and works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
 
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Rick Yune, Ashley Judd
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Sunday, April 7, 2013
Movie Review: “Better Mus' Come”

Studio:      African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (1 hr. 44 min.)
Plot:     Two main political parties enlist the support of gangs to advance their political agenda in 1970s Jamaica.
Cast:     Sheldon Shepherd, Nicole Sky Grey, Roger Guenveur Smith, Ricardo Orgill, Everaldo Creary
Rating:     Not Rated
Bottom Line:     ****
 
Read More Sunday, March 24, 2013
Movie Review: “Snitch”
Studio:     Summit Entertainment  (1hr. 52 min.)
Plot:     A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.
Cast:     Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Michael K. Williams, Benjamin Bratt, Rafi Gavron, Harold Perrineau
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Saturday, March 9, 2013
Jackson Five: The Completed Animated Series

Jackson Five: The Completed Animated Series
DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
2 Disc. 8 hr. 43 min. Rated NR $22.99 
Grade: B
Read More Saturday, February 9, 2013
Movie Review: Skyfall
Studio:     Columbia (2 hrs. 23 min.)
Plot:     Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.
Cast:      Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Judi Dench
Rating:     PG 13
Bottom Line:     **1/2
 
Read More Sunday, December 2, 2012
Indian American Talent Flourishes on Fall TV
 Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer who plays Kelly Kapoor on the NBC sitcom The Office, as well as developing and starring in The Mindy Project. Kaling is also a co-executive producer and writer of several of the show's episodes. FOX's "The Mindy Project," airing Tuesdays at 9:30. 

Photo by Autumn De Wilde/FOX

 

Read More Monday, November 19, 2012
Movie Review: Flight
Denzel Washington is a pilot in the movie “Flight”.  It is now playing  at NCG - Eastwood Cinemas at 2500 Showtime Drive in Lansing, MI -10:30 am,12:15,1:30, 3:15, 4:35, 6:15, 7:35, 9:15 pm.  Check your local movie theater for times in your area.
 
Read More Monday, November 19, 2012
BluesFest Weekend Set
Twyla Birdsong is a hometown favorite.  She is shown above during a recent performance.  She will be on hand  along with Mike Eyia  to jumpstart the weekend festivities.
 
On her reverbnation site, Twyla states, “I enjoy performing because it brings me joy and I want people to feel and share in that. I want to uplift their spirits to help them make it to their next stage in the game.”
 
Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, September 9, 2012
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: FAT FREE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE FROZEN YOGURT

Strawberries will soon be out of season and this tasty treat does a body good!

Read More Sunday, September 9, 2012
Movie Review: “Somebody’s Child”

Mikhail Avraham, Lynn Whitfield and Michael Jai White star in "Somebody's Child." GMC

 

Studio:     SwirlFilms

Plot:     A divine twist of fate causes Constance Rivers and her son Douglas to open their hearts to ex-convict, Benjamin Sparks. While on the brink of losing her battle with kidney failure, Constance’s near death confession instantly collides her past with her present.

Cast:     Michael Jai White, Lynn Whitfield, Nadine Ellis, Byron Minns, Clifton Powell

Rating:     N/A
Bottom Line:     ***

 

Read More Sunday, September 9, 2012
Best street food cities

 

474 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore.
Photo courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

 

 

www.VirtualTourist.com

When asked what your favorite street food, is your first thought of crepes or pretzels? No! Any world traveler worth half their passport stamps can tell you that street food is not just a bland, simplified, and overpriced snack -- in many countries, it is a storied tradition and a celebration of a collective national heritage

Read More Sunday, September 9, 2012
Lansing’s Ricky Valenz Wins Tejano Music Award for “Best New Male Artist” of the Year

Basking in the Limelight:  Ricky Valenz followed his dream to become a Tejano star and he is well on his way.  Here he is accepting his award at the 32nd Annual Tejano Music Awards. 

 

 

Read More Monday, August 27, 2012
Movie Review: “Sparkle”
“Sparkle” may not be getting great reviews but it is Whitney Houston’s last movie role.
 
Studio: TriStar Pictures (1 hr. 51 min)
Plot: A musical prodigy struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.
Cast:     Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Omari Hardwick, CeeLo Green
Rating:     PG 13
Bottom Line:     *1/2
Read More Monday, August 27, 2012
ALL ABOUT: Texas Talent Musicians Association, Producers of the annual Tejano Music Awards

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) is a non-profit state chartered organization whose purpose is to promote excellence in the Tejano Music Industry. The Organization produces the annual Tejano Music Awards and other related events. 

Read More Sunday, August 26, 2012
Movie Review: “Total Recall”
Studio:      Sony (1 hr. 58 min)
Plot:     A factory worker suspects that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories.
Cast:     Colin Ferrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Beil, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, John Cho, Bill Nighy
Rating:     PG 13
Bottom Line:     *
 
Read More Sunday, August 12, 2012
Movie Review: “The Dark Knight Rises”
Studio: Warner Bros. (2 hrs. 44 mins.)
Plot:   Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
Cast:   Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line: ***
 
Read More Sunday, July 29, 2012
When Rap Lyrics Stand Trial
By Erik Nielson
The Root
 
Torrence Hatch, the Baton Rouge, La., rapper better known to fans as Lil Boosie, faced the trial of his life in May. Charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Terry Boyd, Boosie stood accused of paying his friend Mike "Marlo Mike" Loudon $2,800 to carry out the hit. A conviction would have put him behind bars for good.
Read More Thursday, July 19, 2012
Movie Review: “The Amazing Spider-Man”
Studio:    Columbia Pictures (2 hrs 16 min)
Plot:     While attending a tour at Oscorp laboratories, high school student Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. He soon gained the spider’s powers and became a human spider – a Spider-Man.
Cast:     Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
Read More Thursday, July 19, 2012
Movie Review: “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

This funny movie will keep both adults and children laughing.  Courtesy photo

 

Studio:     Dreamworks (85 mins)

Plot:     Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to New York and join a traveling circus takes which them through Europe.

Cast:     Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Frances McDormand, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, Martin

Rating:     PG

 

Read More Sunday, July 15, 2012
Movie Review: “Men In Black 3”

The alien fighting duo is back. “Men in Black 3” topped “The Avengers” at the box office at the end of May.  Courtesy photo

 

Read More Sunday, June 17, 2012
Inside The Mind of a Sportsaholic - Think Like A Sports Fan

 By Jimmy Wilson, Jr.

 
After seeing the movie "Think Like A Man", I figured I would dispense some relationship tips myself. Fellas, don't be alarmed, these tips won't be exposing any secrets, or throwing men under the bus. These tips are for women who are dealing with men who are into sports, but the women may not really be into them also. These tips are to help you ladies know what to listen for, and how to deal with men who love sports. 
Read More Friday, June 1, 2012
Movie Review: “The Avengers”
Samuel L. Jackson in “The Avengers”. The movie is bringing great action to movie screens around the country.  Courtesy photo
 
Studio:  Marvel Studios/Paramount  (142 minutes)
Plot: Iron Man, Captain America and Thor are recruited by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. to help save the world from annihilation.
Cast:    Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johnansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson
Rating:     PG 13
Bottom Line:     ****
 
By Jonathan McMillan
 
As a long time Marvel comic book devotee who knows each characters back story and the lore and mythos of the "Worlds Mightiest Heroes," I'm one of the ones who has been chomping at the bit since “The Avengers” film was first announced way back when.
 
Read More Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ask Tamara: My Kids Are at Each Other’s Throats!
Dear Tamara:
 
I have two children (ages 9 and 11) and they fuss and fight over everything. It is driving me crazy! I am tired of having to referee and tired of trying to get to the bottom of who’s right and who’s wrong. What can I do to stop my kids from fighting?
 
Referee
Read More Sunday, May 20, 2012
News Spotlight: Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam rolls into East Lansing early with festive bus tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public invited to visit the tour bus at several locations May 17 - 22

 
Quidam performances May 23 -27 at the Breslin Student Events Center
 
East Lansing, – In anticipation of the upcoming performances of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam, a one-of-kind tour bus will visit East Lansing from May 17 – 22. Quidam will perform from May 23 - 27 at the Breslin Student Events Center. Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or 1-800-968-2737.

 

Read More Thursday, May 17, 2012
Movie Review: “Think Like A Man”

Studio:  Screen Gems (120 min)
Plot:    Four interconnected and diverse men have their love lives shaken up after the ladies they are pursuing buy Steve Harvey's book and start taking his advice to heart.
Cast:    Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson
Rating:     PG 13
Bottom Line:     ***

Read More Sunday, May 6, 2012
Liz Smith: Jessica Pare's big 'Mad Men' hit - on vinyl!
 Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks, from left), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Lane Pryce (Jared Harris), Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) are cast members of AMC's "Mad Men." 
Photo by Frank Ockenfels/Courtesy AMC/MCT. 
 
By Liz Smith
Tribune Media Services
 
 I WROTE recently about the return of AMC's great series, "Mad Men" - how the show was morphing to incorporate the impending swinging '60s.
Read More Sunday, April 22, 2012
April is Poetry Month: Advice from a Dead Man Walking
HBO Def Poet, Amir Sulaiman, pays a visit to the Islamic Center of Greater Lansing for a 
free performance.    Courtesy photo
 
By Dua S. Aldasouqi
 
E. LANSING, MI -- Renowned poet and activist, Amir Sulaiman, flew into Michigan from California on April 13 to perform at the Islamic Center of Greater Lansing. He was there to give a short free show. The Center gym was packed with over 150 members of the Center and local Greater Lansing Area residents. Amir Sulaiman is also an accomplished writer, educator, and recording artist. He is a two time HBO Def Poet (an HBO television show, a play off of "Def Comedy Jam" with poets).
Read More Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ask Tamara: Can Men and Women Be Just Friends?
Dear Tamara:
 
My husband has a close relationship with a female friend whom he communicates with often. They talk on the phone, text each other and communicate quite a bit on Facebook. I am growing more and more uncomfortable with their close friendship. My husband has assured me that they are just friends and that I don’t have anything to worry about. I have tried to be open minded about their relationship, but it really bothers me. I do not understand why they have to communicate so much. Should I insist that he cut off this friendship?
 
His No.1 Friend
Read More Sunday, April 22, 2012
Videoview

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in "THE IRON LADY"

 

By Jay Bobbin
Tribune Media Services

"THE IRON LADY": All you had to do was hear the phrase "Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher" to know the performance would be Oscar-worthy, and indeed, it ended up earning the actress her third Academy Award. In reteaming with "Mamma Mia!" director Phyllida Lloyd, the actress plays the only female prime minister England has had to date ... a situation that posed multitudes of challenges in dealing with those who were used to British rule as it had long existed.

 

Read More Sunday, April 8, 2012
Movie Review: 21 Jump Street
Studio:  Columbia Pictures (109 min)
Plot:  A pair of underachieving cops go undercover to a local high school to bring down a synthetic drug ring.
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, DeRay Davis, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle
Rating:  R
Bottom Line:  **1/2
 
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
Whenever movies start out with sexual innuendos for humor gags, things usually don’t get much better. Within the first five minutes of this action-comedy, a guy is arrested and humped on, and it’s that moment that tells you exactly where you’ll be during the movie’s next hundred-plus minutes: toddling back and forth between crude and crass humor with numerous references to the male body parts.
Read More Sunday, March 25, 2012
Ask Tamara: Should I Lie for My Boss?
Dear Tamara:
 
My boss constantly asks me to cover for him in the office. If someone calls (including his wife or the CEO of the company) that he does not want to talk to, he tells me make us and excuse or tell them that he is not in. He also asks me to make up reasons why he is often late to meetings or cannot attend events. 
 
Read More Sunday, March 25, 2012
Movie Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds
Studio:     Lionsgate (111 min)
Plot:     A wealthy businessman is forced to re-examine his life, when he meets a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.
Cast:     Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Phylicia Rashad, Beverly Johnson
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     **
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
Tyler Perry wants audiences to know that he’s tackling a new genre in his latest offering “Good Deeds.”
 
Perry, who has made twelve inspirational themed flicks in eight years, returns as actor, writer, director and producer in what he coins a “romantic movie.”
Read More Sunday, March 11, 2012
Ask Tamara:Facebook Breakup
Dear Tamara:
 
My boyfriend and I recently had a heated argument. I was sure that after a few days things would cool off and we would go back to normal, like we always do. That was until a mutual friend told me that my boyfriend had changed his relationship status on Facebook. When I went to check, I found that he had “unfriended” me and completely blocked me from his page! Not only was I furious, I was embarrassed. 
 
We have a ton of mutual friends and he is friends with several members of my family. Needless to say, I have been getting a ton of phone calls and text messages from people wanting to know what’s going on and if I’m okay. I am not sure what to tell people; especially since I didn’t know that we had broken up. I hate that he put our business on blast. How should I respond to this? Should I change my relationship status as well?
 
Unfriended
Read More Sunday, March 11, 2012
The Psychological War on Hip Hop?
Professor Griff wrote The “Psychological Covert War on Hip Hop” and the brainwashing of a culture. 
Courtesy photo
 
By Nick Edmonds
 
Everyone who knows Public Enemy, knows what they they stand for. Their music was conscience and delivered a strong message that is still relevant in today’s society. Public Enemy delivered a positive and empowering message, opposite of what you would hear from the average rapper today who would tell you to make as much money as you can and then spend it all on cars, clothes, jewelry and women. Public Enemy’s  music was a lesson that needs to be taught over and over again.
Read More Sunday, February 26, 2012
Movie Review: Safe House
Studio: Universal Pictures (115 min)
Plot: A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with the fugitive.
Cast:     Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***1/2
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
A thriller with grit and intrigue, Denzel Washington plays the CIA’s most dangerous traitor, Tobin Frost, who stuns the intelligence community when he surfaces in South Africa.
 
When the safe house to which he’s remanded is attacked by brutal mercenaries, a rookie (Ryan Reynolds) is forced to help him escape. It’s kill or be killed, so joining forces, the duo are forced to track down the mercenaries who want them dead.
 
Read More Sunday, February 26, 2012
Celebrity Interviews: A Physically Exhausting Performance, David Oyelowo on “Red Tails”
David Oyelowo
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
Audiences grooved to his energetic portrayal of blues man Muddy Waters in “Who Do You Love,” sympathized with his dilemma as Joseph Asagai in the television drama “A Raisin in the Sun” and applauded his character’s demise in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
Read More Monday, February 13, 2012
Best Flicks of 2011
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
From fascinating franchises to thrilling new installments, film critic Samantha Ofole-Prince reviews the best 11 movies of 2011.
 
Like any other year, 2011 has had its fair share of turds and treats.
 
This was a year in which sequels had a huge presence on the big screen with two of the biggest successes at the movie box office being the final installment of the “Harry Potter” franchise and the “Twilight” sequel.
 
There were also unnecessary sequels to “Mission Impossible,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,”  “Sherlock Holmes,” numerous book adaptations, and a grand total of 40 3-D flicks released.
Read More Monday, January 16, 2012
Dying to Live a Lie: How Symbol Replaced Substance in the Black Community

By Charles Jones
New America Media

Back when I was growing up, Michael Jordan’s shoes were extremely popular. Since their first release in 1989, the shoe series has only grown in notoriety, especially amongst young people. Unfortunately, so has the violence that haunts these shoes.

Read More Saturday, January 14, 2012
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
Studio: Paramount Pictures (133 mins) 
Plot:    The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.
Cast:   Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***
 
By Jonathan  McMillan
 
In recent years the James Bond franchise was rebooted, making it more contemporary. And for the better part of the last decade, Jason Bourne has pretty much dominated the spy movie genre with Hollywood’s rendition of The Bourne Trilogy.
“Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” the fourth installment in the Mission Impossible saga, was rumored to be a reboot due to the feeling from critics that the “franchise is played out and its star over-exposed” after “Mission Impossible III” was released.
 
Read More Sunday, January 1, 2012
Mother Flippin’: One Funny Mother - The New Year is pounding on the front door.
By Tashmica Torok
 
Many of us hear the knocking and we dive for under the couch.  I fling the door wide and leave it open.  I love new opportunities.  I love new fresh breath.  I want it to swirl up inside my home and blow the unwanted out through the back door.
 
We all have some leftover unwanted from this year.  
 
It is a time for reflection.  It is.  Some may scoff and say, it's just another day.  Or the pessimist might say resolutions fail.  I say, ideas do die without action.  The order of the day is lists checked twice.  Santa had a fail proof plan.
Read More Sunday, January 1, 2012
Ask Tamara: Should I Ask For a Raise?
Dear Tamara:
 
I have not received a raise or cost of living increase in three years. This year we were told that because of the economy annual increases are again, “not in the budget.” 
 
During this time the cost of living has greatly increased. My rent has gone up and my son’s daycare went from $150 to $180 a week. I really need a raise or some type of increase to continue to make ends meet. How should I approach my supervisor about getting a raise?
 
More Than a Dollar Short
Read More Sunday, January 1, 2012
Traveling Exhibit Highlights Black History

Left: 
Shabazz Academy African Dance troupe 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Left: Khalid el-Hakim, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s founder 
Courtesy photos
 
CADL Celebrates Black History
 
Downtown Lansing 
401 South Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933 
January 13 and January 14
 for these special events:
 
Black History 101 Mobile Museum:
 NECESSARY! exhibit
Presenter, Khalid el-Hakim
Friday, January 13, 
10 am-5 pm
Saturday, January 14, 
9 am-4 pm
 
Malcolm X & Hip Hop
Professor Griff of Public Enemy 
Saturday, January 14 • 11 am
 
Shabazz Academy African Dancers & Drum Group
Enjoy a student performance that blends traditional West and East African dance and 
drumming traditions.
Saturday, January 14 • 1:30 pm
 
Black History Storytime
Children of all ages and their families are invited to listen to stories and make a craft 
to take home.
Saturday, January 14 • 2 pm
 
Read More Sunday, December 18, 2011
Celebrity Interviews: Chris “Ludacris” Bridges Rounds Off A Star-studded Cast In “New Year’s Eve"
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
He’s sold more than 12 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of singles “Stand Up,” and “Money Maker,” and has made a seamless transition from music to movies with features such as “Fast Five” and “Hustle & Flow.”
Read More Sunday, December 18, 2011
Ask Tamara: Best Friend Disapproves of My New Relationship!
Dear Tamara:
 
Shortly after my divorce I began dating a man of another race. When I told my best friend about the relationship, she freaked out and didn’t hold back her disapproval about man that I was seeing and the fact that he is white. Since then our friendship has changed. We have been best friends for over 20 years and often talked on the phone two to three times a day. Since I told her about my new relationship, we barely talk once a week. And when we do, I am usually the one to call and our conversation has been strained. I don’t want to lose my best friend, and cannot imagine my life without her. I can’t believe she is acting like this. I want to save the friendship, but at the same time, I do not want to end my new relationship. Things are getting pretty serious and I want to see where things go. What should I do?
 
Friends Til the End
Read More Sunday, December 18, 2011
 Movie Reviews: J. Edgar 10-23

Studio:     Warner Bros. (2hrs:17mins)
Plot:     “J. Edgar” explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.
Cast:     Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Read More Sunday, December 4, 2011
Ask Tamara: Boyfriend Spends Too Much Time With Son!

 

 
Dear Tamara:
 
My boyfriend has a toddler son who lives an hour away. Every time the child becomes ill, he runs out of town to be with him. 
 
Even if the child has a simple fever or cold, my boyfriend will run to see about him, and even take time off work.

 

Read More Saturday, December 3, 2011
Fundraiser Set to Erect Sculpture in Honor of Robert P. Busby: Rising Saxophonist Steven Fulger Set to Perform

Photographer Richard Galosy, Robert P. Busby and  artist Honora Bird in an undated photo. TNCP photo

LANSING, MI -- Rising star Steve Fulger is playing at the Robert P. Busby Memorial Reception in honor of Old Town great the late Robert P. Busby on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Creole Gallery located at 1218 Turner St. It will be an evening of the many things Robert Busby loved: music, art, family and friends.

Read More Sunday, November 20, 2011
Blackflix Movie Reviews: Tower Heist

 

 

 

Studio:     Universal Pictures (104 min)
Plot:     An action-comedy about a staff of blue-collar workers who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler that stiffed them.
Cast:     Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Gabourey Sidibe, Alan Alda, Casey Affleck, Michael Pena, Matthew Broderick
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Read More Sunday, November 20, 2011
Movie Reviews: The Thing
Studio:     Universal (1 hr. 42 min.)
Plot:     At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.
Cast:     Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Eric Christen Olsen
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **
 
By Mike Pearson
 
The thing about “The Thing” is that the world really didn't need another remake of John W. Campbell's 1938 short story “Who Goes There,” which finds an Arctic research station infiltrated by a relentless creature from space. And by infiltrated, I mean the creature becomes the predator and the scientists the prey.
 
Read More Sunday, November 6, 2011
Movie Review: “The Ides of March”

Studio: Columbia (1 hr. 42 min.)
Plot:    An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
Cast:     Ryan Gossling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffery Wright
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***

By  Jonathan McMillan

“The Ides of March” is a political drama starring Ryan Gossling (Fracture) as Stephen Myers, an ambitious but idealistic assistant campaign manager and how the politics of campaigning transforms his character.

Read More Sunday, October 23, 2011
Syndicated Host Releases New DVD

Multi-media personality Michael Baisden will release Do Women Know What They Want, a new and provocative relationship film, to all retail outlets this October 25th on Time Life.  The wildly popular syndicated radio personality / TV talk show host / New York Times best-selling author and highly influential African-American leader tackles the vastly different and often confusing takes on what a relationship means to men and women, uncovering the female perspective with humor, grace and a very real desire to figure it all out.

Read More Sunday, October 23, 2011
Ask Tamara: My Boss Wants to be My Facebook Friend!

 Dear Tamara:

 
My boss sent me a friend request on Facebook and I am really not sure if I should accept it or not. On one hand my boss is really cool. She is down to earth and really tries to get to know everyone on the staff. I think we have a good working relationship. On the other, I don’t know that I want my boss to have access to my private life. Not that I do anything wrong on Facebook, but I don’t want to open that door where something can be confused or misinterpreted. At the same time, I don’t want to offend her by not accepting her request.
Read More Saturday, October 8, 2011
BONUS FALL RECIPE: SWEET POTATO BREAD WITH PRALINE SAUCE

 Home cooking for a new generation. Easy and elegant recipes from the heart and soul created for today's family.

Read More Thursday, September 29, 2011
News Spotlight: Lansing Area Artists will Paint for a Great Cause! “Art Nights at Hotwater Works”!

 October 13th and 20th, 5 – 8pm, two prominent Lansing Artists will break out their paints to create spontaneous art pieces which will be auctioned off to benefit The Mid-Michigan Food Bank.   ART NIGHTS AT HOTWATER WORKS will be two fun filled evenings, with refreshments, fun, hot tubs and live art…all for a good cause!

Read More Thursday, September 29, 2011
News Spotlight: Free Day at Potter Park Zoo for Ingham County Residents
Potter Park Zoo will hold its annual county free day this Saturday, October 1. Parking and admission into the zoo will be free for Ingham County and City of Lansing residents. General admission rates apply for non-Ingham County residents. 
 
Read More Wednesday, September 28, 2011
NEW MSU MUSEUM EXHIBIT ASKS: WHO ARE YOU BEHIND THE MASK?

 

E. LANSING, MI -- The Michigan State University Museum presents a special exhibition, "MASK: Secrets and Revelations" that puts many of its global collections on public display for the first time.
 
Photo: Painted mask from India
Read More Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ask Tamara: My Family Is Still Friends With My Ex!
Dear Tamara:
 
My boyfriend and I broke up six months ago after dating for seven years and he just won’t stop coming around. He pops up at family functions and constantly stops by my mother’s house. The other day I went over there and he was helping my mother paint the living room!
Read More Saturday, September 24, 2011
R&B Star Musiq Soulchild New Ambassador for Susan G. Komen

New Music Video Features Breast Cancer Survivors

BPRW- - Atlantic Records Recording Artist Musiq Soulchild announced his new role as ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Circle of Promise, a movement designed to further engage black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer. As an ambassador for the movement, Musiq will raise awareness about breast cancer so that younger women know the importance of early detection and why it’s important to pay attention to their bodies.

 

Read More Saturday, September 24, 2011
Ask Tamara: My Husband Disciplines Like a Drill Sergeant
Dear Tamara:
 
My husband and I have two different parenting styles. He is from a military family and grew up getting spankings, or as he often calls it “whoopins” I did not grow up getting spanked and think it is unnecessary to hit a child to get them to obey. 
Read More Saturday, September 10, 2011
Movie Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Studio: 20th Century Fox (1hr. 50 minutes)
Plot:   A genetic experiment results in the development of intelligence apes who declare war on the human race.
Cast:  James Franco, David Oyelowo, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox, John Lithgow 
Rating: PG-13
Bottom Line:  ****
 
By Samantha Ofole-Prince
 
He’s a chimpanzee called Caesar that inherited a deeper intellect from his mother ‘Bright Eyes,’ who was used as a test subject for a drug intended to cure Alzheimer’s.
Read More Saturday, August 27, 2011
Ask Tamara: Am I Showing Favoritism Between My Children?
Dear Tamara:
 
My husband has accused me of showing favoritism between our children because I spend a lot of time traveling with our daughter and preparing her for her pageants. I know the pageants are time consuming, but I really don’t think that is true at all. I love all three of my children the same and I treat them all the same. It really hurts my feelings when my husband says this and I don’t want my children growing up thinking that I show any differences between them or that I love my daughter more. What can I do to show them that I don’t play the favorites game?
- A.C.
 
Read More Saturday, August 27, 2011
Ask Tamara: College is Stressing Me Out
Dear Tamara:
 
I am a sophomore in college and I am really beginning to get stressed out! And I don't have anyone to talk to about it. I can't talk to my parents, all they care about are my grades and making sure I am not wasting their money. The last thing I need is for them checking up on me every five minutes.
Stressed
Read More Saturday, August 13, 2011
Movie Review: Captain America

Studio: Paramount Pictures (125 min)
Plot:  A man rejected for military service volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into a superhero.
Cast: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Derek Luke.
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line: ****

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

“Captain America: The First Avenger” is unlike most modern-day movies with comic-book origins.

Director/executive producer Joe Johnston has managed to bring to the big screen, a delightful adaption of an unlikely hero and does a great job of balancing the brutal action with dark humor, while still providing enough defining character moments.

Read More Saturday, July 30, 2011
The Lorenzo Mills Show: Conservative Men’s Fashion Remix

By Lorenzo Mills

Men’s fashion can be much more complex than people may think. Instead of being closed minded on sticking to your traditional penny loafers, formal dressed suspenders and button trousers, open your eyes to a new genre of menswear.  

Read More Saturday, July 30, 2011
Trav Talks About Common Ground and His Life as a Young Rapper

By Delisa Fountain

An electrifying new voice and star on the rise, Trav, will release his newest single on SRR /B Sharp early this summer.  Featuring guest vocals by longtime friend and collaborator Sean Kingston, “Up and Down” is a wildly infectious R&B flavored track that is already creating a buzz at rhythmic radio stations throughout the country.  The charismatic young artist talks about the track in a video interview, which includes exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, on his mentor 50 Cent’s website, www.ThisIs50.com, which can also be viewed at www.saguaroroadrhythm.com/trav

Read More Saturday, July 30, 2011
Que’n With Kids Saturday, August 20, 2011

Penny at Que’n 2010. TNCP photo

Face Painting, Music, Entertainment, Food and more!
 For residents and those with an interest
in the Walnut Neighborhood! FREE!

Read More Saturday, July 30, 2011
Mighty Medicine has CD Release Party at the Creole Gallery!

Mighty Medicine is having their CD Release Show Saturday, from 8pm-11pm July 23rd at The Creole Gallery (1218 Turner Street, Old Town Lansing). Mighty Medicine has been a power soul, rock, reggae, jazz, blues duo for two years, performing over 400 venues since June of 2009. Members DeShaun Sparkle Snead (vocals and percussion) and Larry Neuhardt (guitar) are excited about the release of their second album.

Read More Saturday, July 16, 2011
Movie Review: Horrible Bosses

Studio:  Warner Bros. (100 min.)
Plot:     Three miserable men take it upon themselves to get back at their evil bosses.
Cast:    Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     ***

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Anyone who has ever worked in an office will certainly be able to identify with the insane antics of beleaguered workers Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeiki), who are completely miserable in their jobs.

Read More Saturday, July 16, 2011
How do I wear that trend-art deco jewelry

This  art deco ring is a great way to slowly move into this trend. Rings are easy to wear and no matter how big, they aren’t very overwhelming

These art deco necklaces  are a great accessory to introduce to your wardrobe. Necklaces may be a bit more involved than you're ready to try if you're new to the art deco trend, but if you have on a basic outfit, a great necklace can really make it pop.

By Aisha Sims



This trend is kind of a subcategory to the statement jewelry trend, however, it’ s a good one to highlight because art deco jewelry is very pretty and unique looking. Plus it could help some of you move into statement pieces when you have something more specific to look for since  statement jewelry  can be a bit vague at times.

Read More Saturday, July 16, 2011
Ask Tamara: My Father’s New Girlfriend Could Be His Daughter!

Dear Tamara:

My parents were married for 32 years. My mother was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and died four months after her diagnosis. My mother was our rock, and really kept the entire family together. It has only been a little over a year since my mother passed away and I recently found out that my dad is seeing someone new. To make matters worse, the woman he is seeing is only two years older than I am. While my brothers have no issues with the situation, I think it is too soon for my dad to jump into another relationship and I really think he has no business seeing someone young enough to be his daughter. How do I talk to him about this without starting a family feud?
Concerned Daddy’s Girl

Read More Saturday, July 16, 2011
Movie Review: Green Lantern
Studio: Warner Bros. (105 min.)
Plot:  A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard, Blake Lively, Mark Strong
Rating:  PG-13
Bottom Line:  **1/2
 
By Mike Pearson
 
It's not easy being green, especially when expectations are that you will become the tent pole for the latest super hero movie franchise from Warner Bros.
 
So it is with Green Lantern, the much ballyhooed introduction of the DC Comics character who receives a powerful ring from an alien and is charged with becoming a defender of the galaxy.
Read More Saturday, July 2, 2011
How do I wear that trend…big, bright floral prints
By Aisha Sims
 
There’s nothing more sunny than a pretty, summer dress. Whenever I wear one, I immediately feel more girly. One of this season’s trends are big, bright floral prints. One great way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe is with a pretty dress with big, bright floral prints.
Read More Saturday, July 2, 2011
2011 Poetry in the City Thursday, July 21, 2011
Lansing will pulsate with the rhythmic beat of spoken word as the Poetry in the City kicks off. Poetry in the City is an annual event that showcases a number of locally and nationally recognized poets. A NuPoet Collective and The New Citizens Press' brainchild, the series is being organized in conjunction with the Lansing Jaycees.
 
Read More Saturday, July 2, 2011
Movie Review: X-Men First Class

Studio:     20th Century Fox
Plot:     A prequel to the previous X-Men movies, "First Class" promises to resolve mysteries about the origins of Professor X and his team of mutants.
Cast:    Michael Fassbender, Bill Milner, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Beth Goddard, Zoe Kravitz
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***

By Laurence Washington

I’m going to have to recheck my history books concerning the Cuban Missile Crisis. According to history books, John F. Kennedy stopped the Russians from installing nuclear missiles in Cuba by ordering the Navy to blockade the island from Russian ships delivering parts and equipment to complete missiles installation.

Read More Sunday, June 19, 2011
Ask Tamara: From Size 6 to Size 16

Dear Tamara:

My husband and I have been married for four years. In those four years I have had two children and have gained quite a bit of weight. On our wedding day I was about a size 6 and now I am closer to a size 16. At first my husband didn’t complain about my weight gain, but lately he is starting to be more verbal about his disapproval.

Read More Sunday, June 19, 2011
2011 Poetry in the City Thursday, July 21, 2011

Photo by Kristi Taylor

Lansing will pulsate with the rhythmic beat of spoken word as the Poetry in the City kicks off. Poetry in the City is an annual event that showcases a number of locally and nationally recognized poets. A NuPoet Collective and The New Citizens Press' brainchild, the series is being organized in conjunction with the Lansing Jaycees.

Read More Sunday, June 19, 2011
2011 Poetry in the City Thursday, July 21, 2011

Photo by Kristi Taylor

Lansing will pulsate with the rhythmic beat of spoken word as the Poetry in the City kicks off. Poetry in the City is an annual event that showcases a number of locally and nationally recognized poets. A NuPoet Collective and The New Citizens Press' brainchild, the series is being organized in conjunction with the Lansing Jaycees.

Read More Saturday, June 4, 2011
Blackflix.com Movie Reviews: Thor

Studio:   Paramount (113 minutes)
Plot:   The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ***

By Mike Pearson

The 2011 summer movie season officially got underway May 6 with the release of Thor, a big-budget spectacle that heralds three months of populist entertainment.

Read More Sunday, May 22, 2011
Movie Review: Memphis

By Delisa Fountain
TNCP Writer
 
LANSING, MI -- Memphis is a Tony award winning musical set in the 1950's. The Wharton Center held a special viewing of the musical on the big screen at the Lansing Mall West Theatre. The musical itself will be at the Wharton Center in East Lansing next year from March 21- April 1, 2012.
 
 

Read More Sunday, May 22, 2011
Ask Tamara: Too Sexy for the Workplace!

Dear Tamara:

My boss dresses way too sexy for work. Even our male coworkers think her dress is excessive. On any given day she shows up to work with her cleavage hanging out, wearing short skirts and even tighter dresses that leave nothing to the imagination. Even her shoes are inappropriate for work.

Read More Sunday, May 22, 2011
Blackflix.com “Jumping the Broom”

Studio:  TriStar Pictures
Plot:    Two very different families converge on Martha's Vineyard for a wedding.
Cast:    Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good,  Romeo Miller, DeRay Davis, Valarie Pettiford, Mike Epps
Rating:     PG-13
Bottom Line:     ****

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

In “Jumping the Broom,” which is directed by Salim Akil (“The Game”), Paula Patton plays Sabrina Watson, a corporate lawyer who gets hitched to a Wall Street broker, Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso), after dating for six-months.

Read More Sunday, May 8, 2011
Mother Flippin’: One Funny Mother - Bells on the Ground

By Tashmica Torok

It's like a clenching of your jaw in the cold.  The inspection of wounds long ago wrapped in gauze and covered with duct tape to stop the bleeding is cause to apply new pressure. 

Read More Sunday, May 8, 2011
Ask Tamara: I Heard it Through the Grapevine!

Dear Tamara:

How do you confront a spouse about a rumor you heard about them?

Suspicious

Dear Suspicious:

First of all, a rumor is just that, a RUMOR. A speculation, accusation, or something that has NOT YET been proven. And in many cases, a rumor can be a flat out lie. I would be careful when confronting anyone with a rumor, especially someone I love, care about, and have made a commitment to spend the rest of my life with.

Read More Sunday, May 8, 2011
Ask Tamara: Cyberbulling!!

 

Dear Tamara:
 
I think my teenage son may be the victim of cyberbullying. While cleaning up his room I noticed his Facebook page was still up on his computer monitor and decided to take a look. I saw several threatening messages on his page. 
 
Read More Thursday, April 21, 2011
“Color Purple” Reviews

 

By TNCP Staff

 
At “The New Citizens Press”, we love theatre and the arts.  This is the year for those who have not experienced being creative to do so.  All of the “creatives” in Michigan, I advise you to do something different.  Go to a play or an outdoor event.  Do something that you have not done before.  As our motto states “ changing the mindset in the 'nu' millennium”.  
Read More Thursday, April 21, 2011
News Spotlight: Producer will give free lecture for Lansing youth Peter Sklar comes to scout talent and give show business advice to aspiring artists

Peter Sklar, Broadway producer and Hollywood talent scout, will come to Spartan Dance Center in East Lansing on Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 p.m. to give local youth a free lecture on beginning a career in performing arts in his series titled, “Earning a Living in the Arts.”

Read More Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Mother Flippin’: One Funny Mother - Killing Cacti

 

 

By Tashmica Torok
 
I will be the first to admit that when it comes to the fine art of house wivery, I kind of suck.
 
Yes, I am aware that my vocabulary should provide me another way to describe that but this word choice is pretty accurate.
Read More Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Blackflix.com: Hop

Studio:   Universal
Plot:     An out-of-work slacker accidentally injures the Easter Bunny and must take responsibility for him as he recovers.
Cast:     Russell Brand, James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Hugh Laurie
Rating:     G
Bottom Line:     ***

By  Laurence Washington

I suppose in a perfect world, the Easter Bunny pooping watermelon-flavored jellybeans that taste good would be great. Although, I wouldn’t want to be that brave soul to test that theory.

Read More Friday, April 8, 2011
Ask Tamara: My Cousin the Moocher!

Dear Tamara:

I let my cousin move in with me about six months ago. She was only supposed to stay with me for a couple of weeks until she got her apartment situation straight. She is driving me crazy! She doesn’t cook or clean up after herself.

Read More Friday, April 8, 2011
Don’t do that- discount weave extensions

By Aisha Sims

Hola!  I’ve recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  I’m rested, tan and suffering from a head cold.  However, I have been noticing a trend that has been bothering me for quite some time.  I feel like it needs to be addressed and since it is a fashion-related trend, I wanted to address it here.

Read More Friday, April 8, 2011
Ask Tamara: Baby Mama Drama!
Dear Tamara:
 
My new boyfriend is perfect. We have been dating for about four months now and we get along great. The only problem is his son’s mother. I hate to put it this way, but she is ghetto! She is constantly interfering in our relationship. She calls him all hours of the night just to get under my skin and try to cause trouble between us. Should I get out of the relationship now before it gets to deep and allow her to win, or should I hang in there and straighten her out?
 
 
Read More Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Videoview
By Jay Bobbin
Tribune Media Services
 
"THE TOURIST": The star power and the scenery are the main attractions of this romantic adventure with definite echoes of "North by Northwest." Johnny Depp plays a bookish American who's visiting Europe when his path crosses that of an attractive mystery woman (Angelina Jolie). She quickly draws him into a dangerous case of mistaken identity that plays out in such cities as Paris and Venice. The supporting cast includes Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton and Rufus Sewell. DVD extras: two "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck; outtakes; alternate title sequences. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray) 
 
 
Read More Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul: GETTING READY FOR EASTER DINNER
 
 
Easter is on its way! These lamb chops are sure to be a hit. ENJOY!!
 
 
Read More Wednesday, March 30, 2011
April is National Poetry Month

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April has been National Poetry Month since 1996. The Academy of American Poets began this recognition to "highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets." Academy members hope that Poetry Month will introduce more people to the pleasures of reading and writing poetry.
Read More Thursday, March 24, 2011
Blackflix.com: Celebrity Interviews: Comedian JB Smoove delivers the humor in Hall Pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

JB Smoove is a living, breathing example of comedy.
 
The actor, writer and stand-up comedian best known for his hilarious role as Leon on “Curb Your Enthusiasm" has had recurring roles on the TV show "Everybody Hates Chris." 
Read More Saturday, March 19, 2011
Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul: Lemon Shrimp

 Home cooking for a new generation. Easy and elegant recipes from the heart and soul created for today's family.  This tasty lemon shrimp dish is sure to please!

Read More Friday, March 18, 2011
Mother Flippin’:One Funny Mother - R.I.P. iPhone

By Tashmica Torok

 
It finally happened.  My iPhone has died.  There is much sorrow and gnashing of teeth.  Tweets have been missed.  Texts have not been sent.
Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
Fast Facts: March is Women's History Month

 

 

 

By Anne R., Reference Librarian

It's hard to believe, but Women's History Month is only 24 years old. It wasn't until 1987 that Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. This act was the culmination of efforts by many to gain official recognition for the contributions of women to United States history.

Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
Ask Tamara: To Shack or Not to Shack

Dear Tamara:

My fiancé has asked me to move in with him. We have been together for three years and engaged for almost a year now. We have not yet set a wedding date because we each have another year of school left and we both want to wait until we graduate college before getting married. In a way it makes perfect sense that we move in together.

Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
Travel Troubleshooter: Hotels Are Charging Even More for What Should Be Free

 What could be more absurd than paying a surcharge for a wireless Internet connection at your hotel?

 
Paying even more for a wireless Internet connection at your hotel.
Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
Videoview

  "THE FIGHTER": Mark Wahlberg shepherded this superb drama through the production process for years, but ironically, he was the only major cast principal not to score an Oscar nomination for the true story of Boston boxer-against-the-odds Micky Ward. Those up for the honors included Christian Bale as Ward's fighter-turned-trainer half brother, Melissa Leo as their mother and Amy Adams as Ward's tough-in-her-own-right girlfriend. Director David O. Russell not only draws superb performances from all of them, he also generates an indelible sense of the tale's setting. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by Russell. **** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
Videoview

  "THE FIGHTER": Mark Wahlberg shepherded this superb drama through the production process for years, but ironically, he was the only major cast principal not to score an Oscar nomination for the true story of Boston boxer-against-the-odds Micky Ward. Those up for the honors included Christian Bale as Ward's fighter-turned-trainer half brother, Melissa Leo as their mother and Amy Adams as Ward's tough-in-her-own-right girlfriend. Director David O. Russell not only draws superb performances from all of them, he also generates an indelible sense of the tale's setting. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by Russell. **** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)

Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
Mother Flippin’:One Funny Mother - Permissible Stilettos

  By Tashmica Torok

 
A few months ago I signed up for a service called Shoe Dazzle.  It's Kim Kardashian's company that works kind of like a shoe-of-the-month club.  After taking a short fashion quiz, a virtual showroom is created for you that include both shoes and accessories.  The first week of every month new selections are placed in your showroom and you can decide whether or not to purchase anything or to abstain.  So far, I have yet to abstain.
 
Read More Thursday, March 3, 2011
Mother Flippin’:One Funny Mother - Permissible Stilettos

 By Tashmica Torok

 
A few months ago I signed up for a service called Shoe Dazzle.  It's Kim Kardashian's company that works kind of like a shoe-of-the-month club.  After taking a short fashion quiz, a virtual showroom is created for you that include both shoes and accessories
Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul: CLASSIC POT ROAST

  This beef dinner is sure to warm the heart and fill hungry bellies.

Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Videoview

 By Jay Bobbin

Tribune Media Services
 
STARTING THIS WEEK: "MEGAMIND": What happens after a villain succeeds in eliminating the hero who's long been pursuing him? That's the question faced by the title bad guy (voice of Will Ferrell) in this sly animated fantasy, which was presented in 3-D in theaters. After getting rid of his pursuer (voice of Brad Pitt), Megamind needs a new purpose and has to chart a different course for himself; Tina Fey, Ben Stiller, David Cross and Jonah Hill also are in the vocal cast. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by cast and crew; deleted scene; animated short subject "Megamind: The Button of Doom." *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)
Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
News Spotlight: Fenner Nature Center Celebrates the Arrival of SPRING, With the 2011 Maple Syrup Festival!

The sweetest time of year is coming, when the sap begins to flow, and Fenner offers it’s Maple Syrup Festival!   The celebration of spring and syrup takes place at Fenner Nature Center, March 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday, 11 – 4.  It a fun and educational family adventure!

Read More Monday, February 21, 2011
Ask Tamara: My 15-Year-Old is Sexting!


Dear Tamara:

 
I just found out a few days ago that my 15-year-old daughter has been “sexting” on her cell phone with a boy from her school. Up to this point I have never checked my daughter's phone or gone through her text messages. I just trusted her to be responsible and do the right thing? And although I disagree with her “sexting,” I feel bad that I invaded her privacy. I want to talk to my daughter about her actions, but I don't want to jeopardize my daughter's trust and even worse become one of those snooping parents that constantly checks up on her child and only causes her child to become even more secretive.
 
Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
VENUS PERSONAL IMAGE SALON TO OFFER FREE AND LOW-COST BEAUTY/MAKE-OVER SERVICES ON VALENTINE’S DAY, ALONG WITH APPEARANCE BY MICHIGAN ROMANCE NOVEL AUTHOR

 Venus Personal Image Salon owner, Jenny Pham, will offer hair and beauty services for men and women on Monday, February 14, 2011, on a donation only or ability to pay basis. 

Read More Wednesday, February 9, 2011
TNCP Welcomes New Advice Column - Ask Tamara: I Found My Soulmate and It's Not My Husband!

Dear Tamara:

"Do you believe in soulmates and that there is one person that perfectly matches you completely?” I have been married for a few years and I just met a man that I believe is my true soulmate. We have so much in common and I believe we are destined to be together. Though I love my husband, this new man makes me feel alive. And it has nothing to do with sex. We just connect on a different and much deeper level. I don’t know what I should do about this.
- Soulmate

Read More Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Clueless Fashionista: Shopping Tips: Don’t buy or wear items just because they fit

 

By  Ashia Sims
 
The other day I found a pair of pants that were from another time in my life.  It was a time when I was a few sizes smaller.  I was curious about them and how they managed to stay in my closet because I am very good at getting rid of clothes that don’t fit or compliment me.  Well I tried the pants on and they fit.  Surprise, Surprise.  Actually let me make a correction here.  The pants didn’t fit in the sense of how I like my clothes to fit but I was able to get them up and on me and even button them.
Read More Wednesday, February 2, 2011
On the Road with MoJo Table-for-Two Reviews : 11th Street Station Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

11th Street Station Restaurant

1050 East 11th Street, Suite 100
Austin, TX 
Price Range: From $7.99 - $18.99
Casual dining atmosphere with great customer service
Read More Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Videoview

 By Jay Bobbin

Tribune Media Services
 
STARTING THIS WEEK: "SECRETARIAT": The horse that galvanized the racing world in the early 1970s gets reverent Disney-studio treatment in this drama, well-directed by Randall Wallace, the screenwriter of "Braveheart." Diane Lane gives a fine performance as Penny Chenery, who became Secretariat's owner and defied doubts about her potential - and the animal's - to triumph. John Malkovich plays the trainer who does much to advance her quest. Scott Glenn, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker and James Cromwell also star. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; deleted scenes; music video. *** (PG: P) (Also on Blu-ray)
 
Read More Tuesday, February 1, 2011
News Spotlight: Lil`Kim Disses Nicki Minaj ... Again


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lil' Kim (right) and Niki Chin. Photo by Roland Hyde

 

By Roland Hyde

CaribWorldNews
 
NEW YORK, NY -- The Queen Bee is extremely upset and her venom is aimed at the new rap phenom known as Nicky Minaj. 
 
In one of her latest public appearances in New York City, the sassy veteran  rap diva, Lil`Kim, while hosting a joint birthday party for celebrity fashion designer and TV personality, Niki Chin, and music producer Sean Due, seized the opportunity to add fuel to the fire of hostility between herself and Nicki Minaj. 
Read More Tuesday, January 11, 2011
DARE TO ASK: EXCUSE ME, SIR, BUT DID YOU JUST SPIT?


QUESTIONS

Why do men need to spit so much in public? -- Anne, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
What is it with guys and spitting? -- Cheryl, New Haven, Conn.

Read More Tuesday, January 4, 2011
"Men Of A Certain Age" Returns For A Second Season

 

 

 

 

 

Andre Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula star in “Men of a Certain Age”.  The show explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men experiencing the changes and challenges of mid-life.

Read More Tuesday, January 4, 2011
LANSING NATIVE J.POWW SIGNS LICENSING DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL TO FEATURE TWO SONGS ON 2011 UK COMPILATION ALBUM

DETROIT, MI -- J.Poww and Street Sounds/Universal have reached an agreement on a licensing deal that will allow the record label to feature “Amazing (#1 Baby)” and “Dolla Bill$” on the R&B Street Anthems vol.1.
 

Read More Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Actor Sandra Bullock Tops Forbes List: Denzel Washington co-hosts Nobel Peace Prize Concert: R&B Superstar Trey Songz Lighting up the Charts


By Quassan Castro-Entertainment Editor
 

Toping Forbes list of highest paid Hollywood actresses are Kristen Stewart, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Aniston. Making the top of the list was Sandra Bullock, grossing 56 million from the success of Blind Side.
 

Read More Sunday, December 5, 2010
Special Travel Edition: Double Destination - St. Maarten/St. Martin

Above: In St. Maarten/St. Martin there are sweeping sea views almost everywhere you visit.  This island is a scenic respite from the rigors of life. There is plenty to do for the entire family.  Couples can also unwind on a romantic getaway. 

Read More Monday, November 29, 2010
Cat Show Pounces Into Lansing!

 Cat lovers unite for a unique show cat competition in the Capitol City. Courtesy photo

Read More Monday, November 22, 2010
East Lansing Boys Battle It Out

 Hondo Shen has only been dancing for two years, but he is moving fast towards being a nationally known B-boy.  Courtesy photo

Read More Monday, November 22, 2010
Entertainment News and Stuff: Mary and Latonya Blige Making Brilliant Moves: For Colored Girls Hits Theaters

  By Quassan Castro

Guest Entertainment Editor 
 
Crazy week ahead, as I clamor to prepare for the holiday season ahead. I know I should be anticipating more of the healthy dishes, but I'm looking forward to all of my mother’s soul food dishes on Turkey Day.  Where did all the time go?  
 
Luckily for the fashion world, Mary J. Blige recently introduced her new eyewear titled, “Melodies,” by MJB. 
 
In the photo Mary J. Blige
Read More Monday, November 22, 2010
Movie Review: “Jarhead" 4-21

  

Studio:     Universal Pictures
Plot: A Marine’s account of his experiences fighting in Kuwait
Cast:   Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper, Dennis Haysbert, Marty Papazian, Skyler Stone
Rating:     R
Bottom Line:     **1/2
 
Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
SPORTS TRIVIA 4-21

 Check your sports trivia!

Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005

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