The decision was made to start this week’s column off differently, with pictures from recent Detroit concerts.
All of the original members of the Time reunited for a well-attended show at the Fox Theatre. The passing years have not diminished the group’s enthusiasm or their fans’ interest.
M.C. Hammer provided entertainment during Detroit River Days on the city’s popular riverfront. At age 48, the rapper-dancer-minister is still going strong. (Can’t touch that!)
Teena Marie, seen here performing at the Fox Theatre, has been embraced by the Black community more solidly than any White artist we can think of. Her loyal Black fans love her, in part because they know that her affinity for R&B is authentic.
DRAKE, the red hot rapper/actor, has reason to smile. His second album, “Thank Me Later,” debuted at No. 1 on the national charts, selling an amazing 447,000 copies in one week. Drake (full name: Aubrey Drake Graham) is from Toronto and was a regular on the teen-focused TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”
Jill Scott recently said that the neighborhoods in her hometown, Philadelphia, are very divided ethnically — Italians live here, African-Americans live there, Hispanics live elsewhere, etc. However, in the spirit of Philly being “the city of brotherly love,” according to Scott, “everybody is welcome in everybody’s neighborhood.”
Well, granted, I have never been to Philadelphia but, knowing how people are when it comes to race, I doubt that the city is as idyllic or idealistic as Scott suggests.
Those Old Spice commercials have sure paid off for former NFL player-turned-actor Isaiah Mustafa. NBC has signed him and various possible projects are now being discussed.
IT IS AMAZING how much money megastars continue to make when they are no longer here physically. Michael Jackson has generated over a billion dollars in revenue since his passing a year ago.
The money has come from various sources, but mostly from the sale and airplay of his music combined with the profits from “This Is It” which is the most successful concert film of all time.
Jackson’s ongoing money-making power is impressive, but so much of that money goes to companies, corporations, etc., that are, in essence, exploiting him.
By the time you read this, the fourth album by Detroit’s own Dwele should be available. The title is certainly unusual: “W.ants, W.orld, W.omen.” It doesn’t mean he is seeking “world women.” He is talking about three different things. (Hey, you’ll have to ask him to explain it to you!)
Fantasia has decided to move the release date of her “Back to Me” album from July 27 to Aug. 10.
Sorry to hear about the passing of Garry Shider, longtime guitarist with Parliament-Funkadelic. He played on more P-Funk records than we have room to print here, including the classic “One Nation Under a Groove.”
The very talented Shider was famous for wearing a diaper on stage. Unfortunately, he continued to do that when he was in advanced middle age and overweight. But in the context of the big picture, it’s the music that counts.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that Patti Austin is the goddaughter of Quincy Jones and was also the goddaughter of the legendary Dinah Washington.
MEMORIES: “I Don’t Know If It’s Right” (Evelyn “Champagne” King), “Mama Used to Say” (Junior), “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)?” (Jr. Walker & the All Stars), “Fool For You” (the Impressions), “I Want Her” (Keith Sweat), “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (Frankie Valli), “It’s Like That” (Run-D.M.C.), “Piano in the Dark” (Brenda Russell), “Sun Goddess” (Ramsey Lewis with Earth, Wind & Fire), “Going in Circles” (the Friends of Distinction), “Sweet Baby” (Stanley Clarke and George Duke).
BLESSINGS to LaWanda Gray, Jay Butler, Michael Jemison, Melody Moore, Byron Mimms, Adrian Stevenson, Marion Logan, Genevieve Johnson, Lynda Lawrence, Brenda Perryman, Robert Brown and Jay Berry.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Alan Cohen: “People who respect quality find each other.”
Let the music play!
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