Category: Entertainment - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Soul singer, Elijah Connor has delivered the season’s most exquisite gift with the release of “This Christmas” - his soulful rendition of timeless holiday classics. The gifted Detroit native has a familiar romanticism in his voice that makes you want to fall in love with the holidays. Mark your calendars and put this timeless masterpiece on your wish list November 12.
A compilation of songs including bonus tracks are on the holiday collection. The EP leads with Noel and Silent Night. Both renditions hold true to standard yet, Connor’s vocal presence lends contemporary appeal - introducing the classics to a completely new audience. Joy To The World, This Christmas, and Sorry are soused with Connor’s raspy yet sultry voice –they’re cozy like warmed brandy during the holidays. It’s easy to see that a lot of care went into the making of this EP.
There’s hardly a wasted moment to be found on this soul stirring Collection. Connor has a way of capturing the essence of the holidays and the peace that this season brings while shaking off all pretenses. The instrumentation of strings, percussion, and of course, piano, works throughout the record as a great complement to Connor’s sui generis vocals.
Tracks Don’t You and I Will are sneak peeks into his forthcoming full length debut expected early 2014 on Mo Serious Records. Connor won Music Choice’s New Male Urban Artist of the Year in 2011 and has written for Grammy nominated R&B artist/producer, Mario Winans.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:13
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by by Roz Edward
Black filmmakers are experiencing remarkable success on the big screen this year. Films like The Butler, Twelve Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station and About Last Night, were embraced by audiences
Joining the unprecedented year of black film favorites, the 2013 box-office hit The Best Man Holiday which opened on Friday, Nov. 16, earned an estimated $30.6 million over opening weekend. The film came in just behind Thor: The Dark World — which pulled in $38.5 million in its second weekend. The Best Man Holiday reunites a formidable class of A-List black actors, including Terrance Howard, Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut and Harold Perrineau with four top-notch leading ladies
On Friday, The Best Man Holiday grossed roughly $200,000 more than Thor: The Dark World, indicating it was a genuine “must see” for its core audience.
Every demographic, meanwhile, out-and-out loved the film: The film earned an equally rare A+ from the audience polling firm CinemaScore — and that’s from men and women, both over and under 25 years old.
• Over the full weekend, The Best Man Holiday had the best per theater average among all wide releases, with $15,100 per location.
So, in essence, audiences will pay to see really good movies with black casts that aren’t directed by Tyler Perry.Here are the estimated top 10 box office figures for Friday to Sunday, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
1. Thor: The Dark World — $38.5 million
2. The Best Man Holiday* — $30.6 million
3. Last Vegas — $8.9 million
4. Free Birds — $8.3 million
5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa — $7.7 million
6. Gravity — $6.3 million
7. Ender’s Game — $6.2 million
8. 12 Years a Slave — $4.7 million
9. Captain Phillips — $4.5 million
10. About Time — $3.5 million
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:12
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Steve Holsey
Before I get on my semi-soapbox, let it be said once again that there is a connection between politics and the entertainment business.
Think about it — the crowds, the cheering, the picture taking, the signing of autographs, the planning of events, etc.
I am glad that Mike Duggan is Detroit’s mayor-elect. I knew he would be. (My “gut feelings” are never wrong). Not that I had any issues with Benny Napoleon, and I know they both care about Detroit.
But the city is moving into a different place and time, and becoming more cosmopolitan in the process. Duggan is the right man at the right time.
Sure, there are Black people who want Michael Duggan to fail, just as there are White people who wanted — and still want — President Barack Obama to fail. But people of goodwill, whether Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, straight, gay or anything else, will prevail.
And we all have a choice — roll with the times or get rolled over by the times.
The only thing I can say negative about the election is that I wanted Adam Hollier to win a City Council seat. However, he was competing against someone with name recognition that goes back decades. But Hollier will re-emerge. He, too, represents hope for Detroit.
JAY-Z (Shawn Corey Carter) always seems to have some new entrepreneurial venture going on. The latest is a male fragrance he reportedly had a hand in developing called “Gold Jay-Z.”
It’s no wonder he ranks No. 2 on Forbes magazine’s list of the richest people in hip-hop, with a net worth of $475 million.
Don’t invite Paula Abdul and Miley Cyrus to the same party. As we all know, Cyrus created a sensation — and caused a mountain of controversy — when she “twerked” Robin Thicke at the VMA Awards.
For those who don’t know what “twerking” is, it is a female grinding her behind into the crotch of a man, usually on a dance floor. Pretty crude, right? But not that much more so than “the dog” that was popular among some people in the early 1960s.
Abdul said, “I think when girls dance, they should be girls. I don’t find it the most attractive kind of dance. My Chihuahua can twerk and stick her tongue out at the same time too.”
IT IS interesting how artists can be hot, sometimes for several years, then essentially disappear from public view.
I was thinking about Aaron Hall. From 1988 to 1991 he was high on the charts with the trio Guy, then had several Top 10 hits as a solo artist.
But Hall hasn’t made a record since 2005, and its title may offer an explanation: “Adults Only: The Final Album.” Just as Destiny’s Child released “Destiny Fulfilled” in late 2004, then disbanded.
Corbin Bleu (his last is Reivers), the actor, singer, dancer currently on “Dancing With The Stars,” says he would like to open “an Italian-Jamaican fusion restaurant.” (That would be strange but interesting.) His mother is Italian and his father is Jamaican.
DAVID LETTERMAN has long had a strange feature on his iconic late-night TV show called “Stupid Pet Tricks.” Well, perhaps there should be something called “Stupid Kanye Tricks.”
Seems every time you turn around, West is saying or doing something stupid, often at the same time, the latest of which is wearing a confederate flag on the sleeve of a jacket.
He said people can “rant all they want” because he doesn’t care.
This is the same Kanye West who proclaimed himself a genius; snatched the mike from a singer who was making a speech at an awards ceremony; was labeled a “jackass” by the ordinarily even-tempered President Obama; stormed out of the room when he didn’t win an American Music Award; and let’s not forget the time he said, “George Bush doesn’t like Black people.”
At the age of 36, one would expect West to be more mature — and shame on the media for giving him the publicity he craves.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” has been a hit on four separate occasions — in 1967 by Gladys Knight & the Pips, in 1968 by Marvin Gaye, in 1976 by Creedence Clearwater Revival and in 1981 by Roger. However, it was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1966 but not released as a single.
MEMORIES: “Oh Girl” (the Chi-Lites), “Living in America” (James Brown), “When She Was My Girl” (the Four Tops), “Get a Job” (the Silhouettes), “Oh No Not My Baby” (Maxine Brown), “Piano in the Dark” (Brenda Russell), “Underlove” (Melba Moore), “Low Rider” (War), “Being With You” (Smokey Robinson), “Cutie Pie” (One Way).
BLESSINGS to Michael Henderson, Dennis Archer, Carolyn Crawford, Trina Naylor, Chuck Bennett, Queen Reese, JoAnn Franklin, Ernest Knight, Chuck Stokes and Andrew Humphrey.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from an anonymous source: “The best way to do anything is the way that works best for you.”
Let the music play!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:04
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by by Christa Jackson
VH1 continues their reality television reign with a lineup of shows that have returned to give us a candid look into the lives of their reality stars. Christine “Chrissy” Lampkin and her beau rapper/entrepreneur Jim Jones are starring in their second season of Chrissy & Mr. Jones and they are showing us more of their family life, their love, and Mama Jones’ crazy antics even Jim’s son Pudie joins the cast. Though Jim and Chrissy are engaged they still have not tied the knot or set a wedding date but the two seem very happy with the progress and growth of their relationship. Now that Jim’s 10- year-old son Pudie (from a previous relationship) has come to live with them for the summer they have taken on the responsibility of being fulltime parents for the first time. Pudie is actually a very cute, intelligent, and thoughtful child who seems to be a little sharper than his famous father. Watching Jim and his son interact on the show gives us a softer side of Jim Jones that I’m sure fans are not used to seeing. Fatherhood looks good on Jimmy. Mama Jones is still being Mama Jones with her deep raspy voice being entrepreneurs and getting money is definitely a family affair as she continues with all of her business endeavors. Now that she and Chrissy have a good relationship Mama actually asks her soon-to-be-daughter-in-law to style her for a cover photo shoot for her book cover. Yes, Jomo’s mom wrote a book on love & relationships. From being a rapper herself to creating a perfume called Pumkash, a clothing line, condom line, and a book to boot the ideas just keep coming. This energetic firecracker even has her grandson, Pudie with her when she goes to a business meeting to see the first copies of her book. While they wait for the meeting she schools her baby on ways to make money and tells him to soak it all in. After meeting with Deb Antney, (Waka Flocka Flame’s momager) Chrissy decides that she need to take the bull by the horn and stop living in Jimmy’s shadow and be responsible for something of her own. After thinking and speaking with her friend, Emily she decides to ask Jim for control of his Lady Vamp line the women’s line to his Vampire Life clothing line. After speaking with her fiancée and his business partner Damon Dash they decide to give Chrissy the shot she’s been looking for to run and have creative control of Lady Vamp. Teaching Pudie about business and money making opportunities is also a part of the family hustle. This young man is actually driven too, he took some of his father’s shoes and tried to sell them but instead Jim gives him an opportunity to make money being a water boy for a basketball game. Daddy Jim takes his son out for pizza and before he pays him the $59 he was going to make Jimmy gives Pudie the option of investing the money in a kid’s line for Vampire Life. Pudie being the smart kid that he is takes the deal to make more than just $59 and Jim makes Vampire Life a complete family affair. I know we can wait to see how our favorite couple and their family deal with the ups and downs of business and pleasure this season.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 20:25
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by by Christa Jackson
The Real Housewives franchise brings back the Georgia peaches for a sixth season minus Kim Zolciak – Biermann who has moved on from the series with a new husband, more children and a spin-off. Don’t worry there’s still going to be enough drama to go around with Nene Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Stewart and former Miss USA Kenya Moore creating mayhem in Hotlanta.
This season the ladies of the hit Bravo series, are sure to keep us guessing and riveted to watching all of the shenanigans and drama in their lives. The only original cast member and HBIC Mrs. Nene Leakes is starting her life as a newly married woman for a second time to her former/current husband Gregg Leakes. Even though her tv sitcom, The New Normal got canceled, the blonde bombshell seems to be quite giddy as she basks is the bliss matrimony and opening her expensive gifts given to her by friends such as her frenemy Kim Zolciak Bierman who gave her a vase from Tiffany along with an Hermes china piece from Teresa and Joe Guidice of the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey.’
However, husband Gregg does have to remind Nene she is no longer a “me” and is again a “we”. Cynthia Bailey is proving to be the serious entrepreneur with the success of her company, The Bailey Agency. So much so that she has outgrown her current space and is moving into her husband Peter’s latest business venture called, Industry. Of course with the move comes a party to celebrate the opening at the new space and the gorgeous model gets a serious surprise when Kenya Moore shows up out of the blue stirring up the ish as usual.
Our favorite attorney/funeral director, Phaedra Parks is starting this season busy as ever with her newborn, Dylan whom she has dubbed Mr. President. She and husband Apollo are also busy renovating their new Buckhead home. Industry insiders specualted at one point that Nene wanted to get rid of a housewife at the end of the season that person was Porsha Stewart. Unfortunately for Porsha, the shock of learning she was being served with divorce papers via Twitter was more reason to keep her on as a housewife for a second season.
We watch with baited breath as Porsha goes to her attorney and tries to save her marriage, and when she goes to her family for support once she realizes at the deposition that getting back together is not going to happen. There is even an insinuation of her estranged husband being a down low gay man. Kandi Burruss is engaged to Todd Tucker, keeping all of her business ventures running and trying to find a balance between love, life, family and planning a wedding. As the season unfolds it seems that Mama Joyce takes issue with Kandi’s fiance’ and his true intentions for her daughter. Finally, the former Miss USA and “Gone with the Wind Fabulous” Kenya Moore has spun back into the ATL more to reap more havoc and drama.
Still upset with everyone about her former “boyfriend” Walter being invited to all their events, this time she goes after Nene for inviting him to her nuptials. But the feisty Nene makes sure Kenya knows that no ‘B’ determines who she invites to any event she is having. In an attempt to take the high road, Mrs. Leakes walks away from crazy Kenya, but of course she follows and continues to keep the foolishness going. This is just a teaser of the drama that is sure to come this season with impending divorces, weddings, newlyweds starting anew and friendships that are being tested. Stay tuned for a crazy ride and watch the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” every Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:55
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