Radar 8/9: The Pop Culture PeriscopeRadar 8/9: The Pop Culture PeriscopeDo you have a case of the Mondays? Need a quick pick-me-up? Well, there's no better way to perk up than to see what your favorite stars have planned for their week. But first, this past week was crazy with Kanye West and Rihanna (along with Eminem) releasing new videos setting YouTube on fire, Ciara and Usher doing charity work, President Obama celebrating his birthday with pals Oprah and Gayle, and we can't forget all the Whoopi drama from "The View." Girl, there was so much to talk about! Let's see if we can top it with covering miles and miles of red carpet, celebrating Whitney and Halle's birthdays, watching a little late night TV and more. So here's to a great workweek and an even better weekend ahead.Monday, August 9Birthday: Whitney Houston celebrates her 47th Birthday today.Tuesday, August 10DVD: "Death at a Funeral" is released on DVD, go snag your copy!Wednesday, August 11TV: Bill Bellamy stops by Lopez Tonight airing on TBS at 11pm. Jay-Z also stops by The Late Show with David Letterman as a guest and performer. Catch it at 11:35 PM on CBS. Malik Yoba also makes an appearance on the Wendy Williams Show. "How you doing?" Concert: Doug E. Fresh and DJ Dee Wiz are holding a free concert at Jackie Robinson Park at 7pm.Thursday, August 12Movie: Tonight is the glamorous Hollywood premiere of "Lottery Ticket" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.Friday, August 13TV: Gabourey Sidibe is the first guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon airing at 12:35am on NBC.Saturday, August 14Birthday: Halle Berry celebrates her 44th Birthday.Sunday, August 15Movie: Sundays are always great days to grab lunch and a movie. In case you didn't catch the opening on Friday, go see Viola Davis along side Julia Roberts in "Eat, Pray, Love."
Nothing complements the relaxing days of summer like a great book to entertain, educate and inspire. In honor of the 40th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine we've come up with 40 books that have captured and shaped the experiences of African-Americans. We look to selections that have helped guide us in examining the past and prepared us for the future.