Alex Haley's Queen courtesy Warner Home Video
In honor of the upcoming Black History Month, Alex Haley's 1993 conclusion to the epic Roots saga makes its way to DVD. A labor of love, Queen was based on the life story of Alex Haley's paternal grandmother and was the project he was working on at the time of his death. Queen, the daughter of a plantation owner and a slave woman, learns to make her way through an America torn apart by the Civil War and Reconstruction and their aftermath. Starring a young Halle Berry as Queen, along with an impressive cast including Danny Glover, Ann-Margaret, Martin Sheen, Jasmine Guy and Tim Daly, the miniseries appears on two discs.Two other TV-movies being released just in time for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, both based on true stories: Murder in Mississippi, which recounts the last days of three civil rights workers killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964, and The Marva Collins Story, starring Cicely Tyson as a dedicated teacher trying to give her inner-city students the best opportuni...
Bucky Covington, American Idol
Despite some rockin' country (or is it countrified rock?) performances, North Carolinian Bucky Covington bottomed out last week on Fox's American Idol (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET) despite serving up a solid spin on Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls." "I'd rather leave on a high note than a low note," Bucky shared the day after his swan song. "If I'm not going to win it, eighth is just as good as fourth to me, do you know what I mean?"
One of the many ladies surely sad to see Bucky say goodbye is none other than Paula Abdul, who was often spied boogying and b