In Theaters Today… the Hunger Games!

By Melvin Browne

Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who is selected to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses. In the future, North America is no more. In its place has risen Panem, a divided nation split into 12 districts. Every year, each district selects a teen of each gender (called “Tributes”) to test their worth in a competition known as the Hunger Games, which are broadcast across the nation as entertainment, and to reinforce the government’s total power. When her younger sister is selected as District 12’s latest “Tribute,” Katniss volunteers to take her place, and trains under hard-drinking former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) to sharpen her killer instincts. Now in order to survive the game and emerge the victor, this young combatant must put all of her skills to the ultimate test

Hunger Games and Hashtag Wars!

By Stephfon Guidry

Everybody’s talking about Lil Kim and the Hunger Games. So are you #TeamLilKim (Aka Queen B) or #TeamMinaj. Lil Kim vintage hip hop artist is back and releasing hot new singles like “If You Love Me” and stirring up more than enough press with her fans. She recently graced the set of BravoTV’s Watch What Happens Live and gave more than an ear full of her thoughts on “over rated artists” and “stupid hoes”— “The SHAAADE of it ALL”. While her haters comment more on her multiple surgeries rather than her music Lil Kim seemed very focused on keeping it semi-cute on the show. Lil Kim’s most infamous response to Andy Cohen, “If you have to make a song called Stupid Hoe you must be the stupid hoe.”  Instead of fighting flies, platinum selling recording artist Nicki Minaj, stayed focused after her performance at the 54th Grammys and recently hosted the Viva la Glam MAC event alongside Ricky Martin. No need to throwback remarks Minaj, gave back and spoke on her Viva Glam AIDS campaign, “They’re in need of food, they’re in need of shelter, they’re in need of medicine. MAC and this lipstick make it possible.” (WWD.com)

From chick fights and charity events to Books becoming Blockbuster hits, the Hunger Games is a film that is set to open up as much drama as Twilight. The film opens up March 23 and the trailers have kept audiences salivating at a new book craze and craving of an action-packed teenage thriller. In Rolling Stone, American Rock Legend Lenny Kravitz (Precious) commented on acting, “I was an actor when I was a kid. When I realized music was my thing, I just gave it up. I put blinders on, just focused on music. It’s come back now and I really am enjoying it.” Kravitz spoke of his role in the film, Cinna, “He knows what he’s doing. He’s confident. He’s got a big heart. I just liked the way he moved — very smooth.” Jennifer Lawrence (Rogue of X-Men: First Class) went from avid reader of the Hunger Games to starring as Katniss herself. Lawrence spoke highly of her character and the direction, “Katniss is an incredible character: she’s a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who’s being forced into the arena. The kids are killing one another only because if they don’t, they’ll die.”  Kravitz summed his character up with style and Lawrence wrapped her role with bravery, the Hunger Games is sure to snag more than enough at the box office to tango with Twilight!