No one can always speak with accuracy on what is in someone else’s heart and, of course, the ultimate judgment seat is occupied by God (in whatever way you perceive and feel the deity).
But we all have our opinions, and when people are in the public eye, they are going to be the object of those opinions. It is what it is.
I always find myself questioning the total sincerity of Jermaine Jackson with regard to his late brother, Michael. I always get the feeling that some, perhaps much, of what he does in the way of honoring Michael is self-serving in one way or another, especially monetarily.
The latest example is his book, “You Are Not Alone, Michael: Through A Brother’s Eyes.”
Why did he have to use the title of one of Michael Jackson’s biggest hits? No doubt to sell more books and make more money.
And I can’t forget the lyrics to a song Jermaine wrote and recorded in 1991 titled “Word to the Badd!” In it, among other things, he said Michael was a “reconstructed,” lonely superstar who didn’t know who he was and had forgotten where he came from. That’s in addition to him accusing Michael of “playing him off” whenever he tried to help.
Jermaine bluntly sang, “You only think about what you want, don’t care about how it’s done.”
Perhaps he was acting impulsively, letting off steam and didn’t mean everything he said.
Or maybe he did.
THERE HAD been talk for a fairly long time about a remake of the 1976 film “Sparkle,” but apparently it is going to actually happen.
The remake will star season six “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks in a lead role originally played by Detroit’s own Lonette McKee. Mike Epps has also signed on, and there is a possibility of Whitney Houston being added to the cast (if she can resolve her personal issues).
The orginal “Sparkle,” about a late 1960s female vocal group, also featured Irene Cara, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice, Philip Michael Thomas and Tony King. Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced the songs, including “Giving Him Something He Can Feel.”
TYLER PERRY is, according to Forbes magazine, the experts on such matters, the highest earning man in show business today, based on figures from May 2010 to May 2011. The maverick filmmaker and TV producer, who goes straight for a particular audience, keeps generating millions upon millions of dollars.
Next month Kanye West will introduce his own line of women’s clothing. Let’s hope that wearing the clothes will not encourage women to behave as foolishly as West so often does.
“Men In Black 3” is scheduled to be released in May 2012. Returning to their starring roles are Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. The first “Men In Black” took in $589,390,539 at the box office worldwide and the sequel $441,818,803. (Maybe they should rename it “Men In Green.”)
Smith’s Top 10 most successful movies (in order) are “Independence Day,” “Hancock,” “Men In Black,” “I Am Legend,” “Men In Black II,” “Hitch,” “I, Robot,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Bad Boys II” and “Enemy of the State.”
THE OTHER day I saw a picture of the Clark Sisters and an amusing encounter crossed my mind.
A number of years ago I was in the waiting room at a car dealership and seated across from me was Elbernita (“Twinkie”) Clark. I recognized her but she didn’t recognize me. Our cars were being serviced.
I engaged in conversation with her about the Clark Sisters, prompting her to say in a friendly and bemused way, You sure know a lot about the Clark Sisters and you’re asking a lot of questions. Are you a reporter?”
I didn’t if I was or was not, just continued talking. A few minutes later, still puzzled, she smiled and said, “I’m telling you a lot, but you ain’t givin’ up nothin’!”
That was fun — and she never did find out who that knowledgeable, inquisitive guy was.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that before he was discovered by Quincy Jones and became a recording star, Tevin Campbell won a role in a TV special titled “Wally & the Valentines.” Recently he had a key role in the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray” and is currently reprising that role in Australia.
MEMORIES: “Get It Together” (the Jackson 5), “Sugar Walls” (Sheena Easton), “Silhouettes” (the Rays), “Turn the Beat Around” (Vickie Sue Robinson), “Think (About It)” (Lyn Collins), “United Together” (Aretha Franklin), “If Only For One Night” (Luther Vandross), “If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody” (James Ray), “Save the Best For Last” (Vanessa Williams), “Meeting in the Ladies Room” (Klymaxx).
BLESSINGS to Sylvia Quarles, Eddie Robinson, Frankie Darcell, Galen Pauling, Yukia Winston, Alexis Williams, Terry Cabell, Shirleen Fort, David Humphries and Emanuel Stewart.
Let the music play!
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