Category: Entertainment - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
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Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 10:22
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 July 2013 19:18
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins, Entertainment Editor
Master P and his children, Romeo and Cymphonique Miller hosted the Family Empowerment Experience at the Essence Festival, sponsored by Coca Cola, McDonald's and Verizon. The event took place at the New Orleans Convention Center where thousands gathered being empowered and entertained by the Miller family.
The audience members were blown away by the powerful and amazing vocal performance of teen R&B superstar Cymphonique. The music mogul and his family's message of faith, education and family values were well received.
"Some people may think of Hip Hop as being ignorant, lacking education, but we're changing that," says Percy Miller, he continues, "We're breaking that negative cycle by instilling the importance of education and going to college to the next generation. My son and my daughter, they're going to college. We're preparing them for careers and to help them take their lives to the next level by having faith, setting goals and working hard to follow your dreams."
Romeo, a student of the University of Southern California, commented on his educational experience while growing up, saying: "People may not have ever known, but I always went to regular school. I had to get A's and B's while I was making music, movies and going on tour. My dad always told me that in order to break the poverty cycle in our family and build generational wealth, it starts with education."
Cymphonique also talked about her family telling the Essence Festival audience, "Our family's top values are God, family and education. I'm so thankful to have my family and to be able to work in the music business with them. A lot of entertainers, especially young people get taken advantage of in this business. Since my dad has helped me to understand the necessity of attaining a higher education, my goal is not only to be successful but to make a real difference by making positive choices and helping other people with my God-given talents and abilities."
The Millers hosted a memorable and historical event on July 4th 2013, The Essence Empowerment Experience, accompanied by special guests, policy makers, civic leaders and entertainers whose collective goal was to give our culture the tools and the knowledge to take the initiative individually and as a family to better our world.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 11:53
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Steve Holsey
Beyoncé Knowles is a megastar and an icon. Her popularity is into the stratosphere. Kelly Rowland has made a name for herself and is on a steady rise as a solo act. But the third member of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams, is also a lady of great achievement.
Williams met Kelly and Beyoncé in an Atlanta hotel lobby. When there was a vacancy in Destiny's Child not long after, Beyoncé and Michelle went on a hunt for a replacement singer — two actually because original members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson had both been relieved of their duties, so to speak.
Truth is, the remaining two Destiny's Child members needed someone fast, because there were concerts to do and music to record.
Michelle Williams was hired, as was Farrah Franklin, who didn't last long.
Williams joined just in time for "Survivor," the album that elevated Destiny's Child to supergoup status.
As much as she loved R&B, Michelle longed to make contemporary gospel records as well. Her first gospel album, "Heart to Yours," was a major success and was, in fact, the biggest selling gospel album of 2002. She was the first Destiny's Child member to do a solo project.
What no one knew at the time was that Michelle Williams also possessed strong acting skills. She proved that in a four-part, intense role on the TV series "Half & Half" and, even more significantly, on the stage.
Williams won raves for her work in the stage productions "The Color Purple," "Aida," "Chicago" and "Fela!"
In 2008, Williams surprised everyone by releasing a dance/party album with an appropriate title, "Unexpected." Sales were respectable. This was her third solo album, the second had been a follow-up contemporary gospel album, "Do You Know?"
Destiny's Child had disbanded in 2006, but fans had been hoping for a reunion, even a brief one.
That happened in February of 2013 when Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyoncé on stage during her dazzling Super Bowl haftime show. They performed two Destiny's Child songs, "Independent Women" and "Bootylicious," and accompanied Beyoncé on her hit, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 12:06
Category: Entertainment - Original Written by Steve Holsey
People in show business are not generally known for the profoundness of the things they say. However, sometimes they say things that are insightful and thought-provoking.
Janet Jackson: "As you get older you eventually get to the point — or at least I did — where you say to yourself, 'You know what? I don't care what people say or think.' And that's a good thing because that's you taking care of you."
Melinda Doolittle (season 6 "American Idol" finalist): "Figure out the best thing about a situation and run with it."
Ricky Minor (bandleader): "How do you get to the point of fearlessness? There is no perfect life. It's about getting the most out of each day. When you have that attitude, you can leave the fear behind. You're able to appreciate each breath and each heartbeat. In that state of mind, you can better give and receive the love that surrounds you."
Mo'Nique: "You're appreciative and you keep it movin'."
Patti LaBelle: "Life doesn't come with a rewind button. If you want to live genuinely, you have to free yourself from the opinions, beliefs, attitudes and judgments of others."
Gabrielle Union: "Things run beautifully when you are prepared."
Will Smith: "Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you badly. Let God deal with that because hate will consume you."
Wynton Marsalis: "You can be number one yourself or number two somebody else."
Alicia Keys: "There's no need to fight what's not true."
Monica: "I've learned through experience that the best thing to be is yourself and not look at the things around you. I always offer what is coming directly from my heart."
Natalie Cole: "There comes a point at which you just close your eyes and go for it."
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 11:49
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