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Breaking News: Controversial Oscar Winner Charlton Heston Passes

By Monica Peters Medina

Charlton Heston passed away Saturday night in his Beverly Hills home with his wife of 64 years Lydia at his side. Heston was 84 years-old. The actor announced in 2002 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s. He won an Oscar for his leading role in “Ben Hur” in 1959.

Heston was also a controversial figure as the President of the National Rifle Association from 1998-2003. Although Heston marched with Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement, he was perceived by many as a racist due to his controversial comments in Michael Moore’s documentary “Bowling for Columbine”, where he attributed America’s murder rate to “mixed ethnicities” in America.

Photo credit: Reuters

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April 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Trekky” Tyler Perry can’t talk about it!

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Tyler Perry will be starring in the new Star Trek movie hitting theaters spring of 2009. Rumor has it he has to stay tight lipped about the film. It will be the first film that Tyler will star in that he has not directed or written.

Right now Tyler is directing and filming his new movie “The Family That Preys” starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Cover”-The Must See Film of The Year: Trailer & Film Review Below

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“COVER”

“One of the best and powerful films I’ve seen in the past two years..Right up there with The Great Debaters”..Monica Medina

Hey everyone,

“Cover” the murder mystery thriller directed by legend, icon and actor Bill Duke is nothing short of phenomenal. The film starring Aunjanue Ellis, Raz Adoti, Leon, Louis Gossett Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Roger Guenevere Smith and Paula Jai Parker leaves audiences in shock-literally. Director Bill Duke’s gift for story telling truly speaks to why he is one of the greatest legends, icons and directors of our generation. “Cover” takes many twists and turns that keeps movie goers engaged. The story line touches deeply on the AIDS and downlow epidemics in the African-American community. The shining gem of this film is that the storyline is in no way shape or form predictable. Everytime you think you know what’s going to happen next, you really don’t. The events are realistic, believable and gives the movie goer deep insight into a secretive world and culture. Although “Cover” is a murder mystery thriller with a serious message, it also has it’s fair share of humor and extreme characters to lighten up the mood.

This film is a must see but it is truly an excellent movie on all levels from the storyline to the fine cast of actors. This is one of the best films I’ve seen in the past two years.

If you are still not convinced why you should see Bill Duke’s murder mystery thriller “Cover”: AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN CONSIST OF 73% OF ALL THE AIDS CASES IN THE US. IN WASHINGTON DC ALONE, ONE IN EVERY SEVEN AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES ARE INFECTED WITH THE HIV VIRUS. *Interview with Bill Duke and actor Raz Adoti on GritsnCheese.com now.

March 7, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film, GritsnCheese, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rapper Juvenile’s Daughter and Family Murdered

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Rapper Juvenile’s 4-year-old daughter Jelani, her 11-year-old sister, Micaih and his daughter’s mother were killed in a tragic triple murder in their Lawrenceville, GA home on Thursday evening.

The daughter’s mother Joy Deleston, who was also the Sheriff’s Deputy for Gwinnett County, 17-year-old son Anthony Tyrone Terrell was charged with the murders.

Our prayers go out to Juvenile at this difficult time.

Post your condolences to Juvenile here.

Photo credit: Atlanta Constitution Journal and Celine Bufkin/ACJ

March 1, 2008 Posted by | GritsnCheese, music, Uncategorized | , , | 15 Comments

PRESS RELEASE, GritsnCheese.com: Filmmaker Marco Williams, Virginia Deberry & Donna Grant, Willie Brown

GritsnCheese.com, host Monica Peters (aka Monica Medina), brings exclusive interviews for the month of February talking with filmmaker Marco Williams, authors Donna Grant and Virginia Deberry, and the controversial former mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown.

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Banished by MarcoWilliams: This month, Monica talks with filmmaker Marco Williams. Marco discusses his groundbreaking film “Banished” airing nationwide on PBS Independent Lens Series. “Banished” tells the story of American ethnic cleansings of African American communities in the United States. Many of these communities are still Caucasian to this day. Banished goes back to visit the White communities where Blacks were forced out. With land and livelihood stolen, how are these communities dealing with their violent racial past? Do they feel responsible for future generations of Blacks who were plunged into poverty? Listen here.

Girlfriends are forever: Monica talks with authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant about their new book “Gotta Keep on Tryin” the highly anticipated sequel to their novel “Tryin to Sleep in the Bed You Made.” In real life, Virginia and Donna have a unique friendship and bond that Peters dubs as the “Oprah and Gayle” of the literary world. Listen here.

Slick Willie: Former San Francisco mayor, Willie “Da Mayor” Brown talks with Monica about his legacy of being one of the most controversial but most respected politicians of our time . Not a man to mince his words, he also gives fashion advice to Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. Although his term as the mayor of San Francisco is behind him, he is still highly sought after for political advice from many leaders including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Brown talks with Monica Peters about his life and his new book “Basic Brown. My Life and Our Times.” Listen here.

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February 19, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film, books, GritsnCheese, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Virginia Deberry & Donna Grant Hitting GritsnCheese.com and New York!

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Exclusive interview with authors Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant

Check out Virginia and Donna on tour:

Saturday 2/23/08, 3PM,
Central Queens Public Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, Queens, NY 11432
Tel: 718.990.0700

Monday 3/3/08, 7PM
Joseph-Beth Booksellers Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Road,Lyndhurst, OH 44124, Tel: 216-912-1985

http://www.deberryandgrant.com/

February 12, 2008 Posted by | books | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lil Lil’ Kim Gets “Cut”. How Do You Feel About Her New Look?

Lil Kim has gotten more plastic surgery and has a new look. What do you think?

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Photo credit: Hard to tell original celebrity website source of this photo. They are all over the internet.

***ATTN GNC READERS:  We have a new blog home now. Come on over and visit. www.thegritsncheesedish.blogspot.com. Tell a friend!  Thank you for your support*

Monica Peters Medina

February 4, 2008 Posted by | music | , , , | 3 Comments

Michelle Obama is Phenomenal: See Clip

A little inspiration for the day. Michelle Obama is AWESOME!!!

February 4, 2008 Posted by | politics | , , | Leave a comment

The Great Debaters Still Holding On… Monica’s Special Message to A New York Newspaper

peters-pic.jpgIn case you all were wondering, to date as of January 31, 2008, The Great Debaters has grossed 29, 279,308 at the box office.

**Big up to the film critic from the major NYC “arts” newspaper who “borrowed” my angle for my First Sunday film review for your website. Next time I will post my original post and post your “borrowed” version to show the world that you are not that original. Shame on you. You are supposed to be writing for one of the best publications in the world.

Have a great day!

January 31, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Kennedy’s and Babies Back Barack!

 

“I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.”….Caroline Kennedy speaking on her support for Barack Obama.

The influential and powerful Kennedy dynasty supports Barack Obama for President. For those of you who don’t know that is MAJOR. This is definitely a major blow to the Clinton campaign. Apparently the Kennedy’s are fed up with the Clinton’s injecting race into the campaign. Ted Kennedy is also upset about Bill and Hilary’s remarks about Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy. I’m just fed up with Bill and Hilary’s arrogant attitude like they are entitled to the Black vote. Quite frustrating.

Love this photo. Even babies are for Obama!

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January 29, 2008 Posted by | politics, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment