•, By Editor at Global Grind, Posted October 27th 2023 Eddie Murphy stars in his first ever holiday film with Prime Video’s Candy Cane Lane. The upcoming film debuts worldwide this winter. Prime Video announced its upcoming holiday film, Candy Cane Lane, starring Eddie Murphy. The film comes from a screenplay written by Kelly Younger, inspired by his own childhood holiday experiences on Candy Cane Lane in El Segundo, California. Candy Cane Lane is an upcoming Christmas comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin and written by Younger. The holiday comedy adventure follows a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. After Chris (Murphy) inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf named Pepper (Jillian Bell) to better his chances of winning, she casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life, and wreaks havoc on the whole town. At the risk of ruining the holidays for his family, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross), and their three children must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell, battle deviously magical characters, and save Christmas for everyone. EDDIE MURPHY AND TRACI ELLIS ROSS IN CANDY CANE LANE STREAMING ON AMAZON PRIM NOVEMBER 1ST 2023 The film reunites director Hudlin, Murphy, and producer Brian Grazer for the first time since their 1992 hit, Boomerang. The all-star ensemble cast includes Ross, Bell, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Robin Thede, Chris Redd, D.C. Young Fly, and Anjelah Johnson-Reyes. “I can’t wait for the world to see Candy Cane Lane,” Diretor Hudlin shared in a statement. “I’ve wanted to make a Christmas movie my whole life, but I wanted to do something fresh and surprising. Eddie Murphy and this hilarious cast really bring the funny, it’s super Christmas-y, and it will hit you right in the feels.” Audiences will experience the holiday magic come to life, with the help of some magical characters and unexpected mayhem. Candy Cane Lane will debut on Prime Video November7.

Movie Weekly Countdown

  • Posted November 27TH 2023 ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ has the #1 spot on lock grossing $98 million this weekend!  Action adventure biographical ‘Napoleon’ lands in the #2 position with $33 million while ‘Wish’ premiers in the #3 spot with $32 million at the box office this past weekend! THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES NAPOLEON WISH TROLLS BAND TOGETHER THANKSGIVING VIDEOS ON DEMAND MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: DEAD RECKONING PART I PAW PATROL:  THE MIGHTY MOVIE RETRIBUTION BLUE BEETLE GRAN TOURISMO: BASED ON A TRUE STORY DR SEUSS HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS BUTCHER’S CROSSING ELF THE RETIREMENT PLAN EXPEND4BLES

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  • TARGET CORPORATION BRIAN C. CORNELL CHAIRMAN/CEO, By Brooke DiPalma-Senior Reporter-YAHOO FINANCE, Posted November 27th 2023 Retail theft is now a $112 billion problem, a National Retail Federation report found. Target (TGT) is taking action in response to retail theft. On Tuesday the big box retailer announced plans to close nine stores, effective Oct. 21. “We cannot continue operating these stores because theft and organized retail crime are threatening the safety of our team and guests, and contributing to unsustainable business performance,” the company said in a statement. The stores set to close include one in Harlem, N.Y; two in Seattle, Wash.; three near San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.; and three in Portland, Ore. All “eligible” employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to other Target locations, the company said. The decision to close stores came after the company reported that inventory shrinkage — mostly the theft of merchandise — would cut profits by $500 million this year. In 2022, profits took a $700 million hit from inventory shrinkage. “Shrink in the second quarter remained consistent with our expectations but well above the sustainable level where we expect to operate over time,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in the company’s second quarter earnings call. Target added it “invested heavily in strategies to prevent and stop theft and organized retail crime in our stores” prior to closing stores, including by adding more security to stores, using third-party security guard services, and implementing “theft-deterrent” tools across the business. Ultimately though, the only decision left was to close certain stores. “Despite our efforts, unfortunately, we continue to face fundamental challenges to operating these stores safely and successfully,” the statement said. More security, locking cases, cyber defense technology According to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) National Retail Security Survey, retail shrink — the loss of items to retail theft, organized crime, damage, vendor fraud, and other factors — was a $112 billion problem for the industry in 2022. That cost was up nearly 20% from 2021 when retail shrink accounted for $93.9 billion in losses. At some hard-hit stores, Target is finding ways to stem the losses, such as locking cases for merchandise categories that are “prone to theft,” as pictured below. Shoppers have to ask for assistance from employees to open the cases. At this particular location in New Jersey, sections that were locked up included toiletries and higher-priced detergents. David Johnston, NRF’s vice president of asset protection and retail operations, said while this changes consumers’ shopping experience, it’s better long term. For certain items such as over-the-counter medicines and baby formula, “it is more important to have the product there … [than to] to risk it all being stolen and not available for the consumer,” Johnston told Yahoo Finance. “So retailers understand the impact.” “Anything that has a high resale value or a quick resale opportunity is targeted,” Johnston added. Often these stolen goods are then resold locally at bodegas or even resale markets, he said. Target is making other efforts as well to deter theft, including payroll investments for additional security members, third-party guard services, and training store leaders and employees “so they can protect themselves and de-escalate potential safety issues associated with organized retail crime incidents,” the release said. The company is also investing in cyber defense technology. It’s partnering with the investigations division of the US Department of Homeland Security to develop custom tools that detect and prevent criminal activity as well as to expand the scope of data alerts and analysis to “better capture” fraud. When it comes to organized retail crime, Johnston said retailers and law enforcement are just “starting to see the true extent of how organized these groups are.” He explained that these groups’ reach can extend to “multiple states, if not the country,” with some groups traveling from the West Coast to the East Coast for “specific merchandise.” Target is one of many retailers addressing the issue of retail theft. Nordstrom CEO Erik Nordstrom told Wall Street on a recent earnings call that “losses from theft are at historical highs, … and I’d say we find it unacceptable and needs to be addressed.” Walmart (WMT) US CEO John Furner also weighed in on the issue, saying, “Shrink has increased a bit this year. It increased last year. It’s uneven across the country.” — Brooke DiPalma is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter at @BrookeDiPalma or email her at [email protected].

The Arts Unplugged

  •, Posted November 24th 2023 Karamu House, the centerpiece of Cleveland’s historic Fairfax neighborhood and the oldest Black theatre in the country, presents the soul-stirring, gospel celebration, Black Nativity . Ease on down to Playhouse Square’s Allen Theatre for the dynamic and electrifying Black Nativity. Written by Langston Hughes, especially for Karamu House, the heartwarming story has been reimagined with new sets, costumes and choreography. If you’ve seen it before, you’ve never seen it like this!ASL-Interpreted Performance: Friday, December 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pmUse promo code: ASL to ensure your seats are in view of the interpreters. English Open Captioning Performance: Sunday, December 10, 2023 @ 3:00 pmUse promo code: OCENG to ensure your seats are in view of the captioning device. Transportation Services: Offered December 1 – 16, 2023 CPH is partnering with Foundation Transportation to provide a classy ride to attend a Black Nativity performance.  Use promo code(s) XPRESSA (adult tickets, $60/pp) and XPRESSC (child tickets, $20/pp) to place your reservation. The price includes the cost of the ride and the performance for one person. Offer expires Thursday, November 30, 2023. TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION

  •, GLOBAL GRIND, Posted November 17th 2023 The GRAMMY Museum® celebrates the 50th anniversary of hip hop with its Hip-Hop America: The Mixtape Exhibit. Learn more about the exhibit inside. The new exhibit celebrate hip hop’s half a century anniversary through an expansive and interactive exploration of the global impact of the genre and culture. The 5,000-square foot exhibit delves deep into the multifaceted world of hip-hop through expansive exhibits on hip-hop music, dance, graffiti, fashion, business, activism, and history, providing visitors with an immersive experience that explores the profound impact and influence of hip-hop culture. Museum goers will experience an array of artifacts, including the Notorious B.I.G.’s iconic red leather pea jacket, LL Cool J’s red Kangol bucket hat, and more. The exhibit also features a one-of-a-kind Sonic Playground, featuring five interactive stations that invite visitors of all ages to unleash their creativity through DJing, rapping and sampling. The GRAMMY Museum’s Hip-Hop America: The Mixtape Exhibit was curated by a team of four co-curators who bring a deep knowledge of hip-hop, academic rigor and creativity to the project: Felicia Angeja Viator, associate professor of history, San Francisco State University, author of To Live And Defy In LA: How Gangsta Rap Changed America, and one of the first women DJs in the Bay Area hip-hop scene; Adam Bradley, professor of English and founding director of the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture (the RAP Lab) at UCLA, and co-editor of The Anthology of Rap; Jason King, dean, USC Thornton School of Music and former chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU; and Dan Charnas, associate arts professor, NYU Clive Davis Institute of Music, and author of Dilla Time: The Life And Afterlife Of The Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm. The co-curators worked in conjunction with GRAMMY Museum Chief Curator and VP of Curatorial Affairs Jasen Emmons as well as a 20-member Advisory Board. There will be additional virtual and in-person education and community engagement programs announced at a later date. The exhibit launches on Sat, Oct. 7 and will run through Sept. 4, 2024. HIP HOP AMERICA is on exhibit now through September 24th 2024 For more information, visit their website here.