The New Karate Kid

A few years ago, I found out that a new Karate Kid was in the works.  Like any die hard fan of the original films starring Ralph Macchio, I was not happy about this until I saw a glimpse of hope in the trailer.  The film looks stylish and ready to please the people that were in high school when the original hit theaters in 1984.  Now, The Karate Kid is coming to theaters for a new generation and with some serious star power including Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, Jackie Chan and  the new Karate Kid is Jaden Smith (Son of Wil and Jada Pinkett Smith).  The story takes place in China.  The trailer shows some innovations to classic scenes from the series of  The Karate Kid including the famous chopsticks scene.  Visit  for the history of the chopsticks. – Crystal Johnson MCCN Editor & Film Critic

Kwanzaa: Remembering Who Paved the Way

Kwanzaa is celebrated among many African Americans.  Please check our Food history section at to learn more about the celebration.  The video from the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Event covered by is an excellent piece featuring numerous celebs recognizing the achievements of Diane Carroll, Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson.  Others speak to the issue of accepting the responsibility of being a role model.  Look To The Stars talks to Tatyana Ali, Bill Duke, Tyrese Gibson, Tichina Arnold, Laila Ali, Taraji P. Henson, Audra McDonald and Quincy Jones about inspirational black women in Hollywood.  Enjoy this video which celebrates African American culture and achievement.

The event was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  See the delicious foods which the Beverly Hills has to offer(YWCA Ball):

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