Category: Entertainment Written by Michigan Chronicle
ERYKAH BADU, Abi Wright, Masonic Temple, Feb. 16. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
BOBBY BROWN, Sound Board at Motor City Casino, Jan. 31. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and MotorCityCasino.com.
“CLUCKED UP Saturday Night Access Grant’d,” City Theatre, Saturday, Jan. 5. Tickets available at Ticketmaster locations.
RACHELLE FERRELL, Sound Board at Motor City Casino, April 4. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and MotorCityCasino.com.
EDDIE GRIFFIN, Sound Board at Motor City Casino, Jan. 24. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and MotorCityCasino.com.
BUDDY GUY, Jonny Long, Fox Theatre, Feb. 14. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and the Fox Theatre box office. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
“HAIR,” Fox Theatre, March 2. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and the Fox Theatre box office. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
DIANA KRALL, the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, March 2. For ticket information, visit www.caesarswindsor.com or call 800.991.8888.
RIHANNA, Joe Louis Arena, March 21. Tickets sold via Ticketmaster locations and the Joe Louis box office. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
ROYAL COMEDY, featuring Mark Curry, Gary Owen, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Masonic Temple, March 9. Tickets sold via Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
MIKE TYSON, “Undisputed Truth,” Fox Theatre, April 6. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and the Fox Theatre box office. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.
URBAN WHEEL Awards, Sound Board at Motor City Casino, Jan. 13. For more information, visit UrbanWheelAwards.com. For tickets, visit SoundBoardDetroit.com.
WHISPERS, Sound Board at Motor City Casino, Feb. 14. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and MotorCityCasino.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 09:38
Category: Entertainment Written by Steve Holsey, michiganchronicle
Back in 1972, when “Soul Train” was gaining mass popularity, gas was 55 cents per gallon, the biggest R&B record of the year was Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and Richard Nixon was president, Atlantic Records released a highly anticipated two-disc gospel album by Aretha Franklin titled “Amazing Grace.”
Interestingly, it is the best selling gospel album of all time as well as Franklin’s most successful album. It also won her a Grammy Award in the Best Soul Gospel Performance category.
Recorded live in a church with studio enhancements added, “Amazing Grace” had a lot of powerful songs on it, including “God Will Take Care of You,” “Precious Memories” (a duet with James Cleveland), “Mary Don’t You Weep” and the rollicking “Old Landmark.”
Many viewed this as Franklin’s “return” to the church, but as her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, put it, “If you want to know the truth, Aretha has never left the church.”
KUDOS TO Barbados-born Rihanna for donating $1.75 million to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Brigetown, Barbabos. She commented, “This was done in an effort to save lives or at least extend them.”
Alicia Keys, whose recently released album, “Girl on Fire,” is doing exceptionally well, appeared on the David Letterman show and made a major impression on the witty but sometimes acerbic host with her blue and yellow dress.
“This is what everybody should be wearing,” quipped Letterman, adding seriously, “Look at how great that is.”
One party record that never loses its potency is “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye. This song just has to get you revved up, and the heavy, relentless beat is irresistible.
SPEAKING of things people never tire of, another one is the “Cosby Show” episode when the Huxtables lip-synced Ray Charles’ classic raw soul hit “(Night Time Is) The Right Time.” It is charming, funny and more.
The performance was so well received by the public that the song became popular again and was reissued by Atlantic Records.
Ne-Yo has a promise for his fans and the general public: “The music is who I am, and I am never going to give anything to you that is crap. I am always going to give you quality.”
An actor most of us have seen either in a movie or on television, and should be a bigger star, is Mel Jackson. The talented Chicago-born actor has appeared in such movies as “Soul Food” and “Deliver Us From Eva,” and on the TV miniseries “The Temptations” (as producer/writer Norman Whitfield) as well as the final seasons of “Living Single” and “The Parkers.”
For an interesting treat, go to YouTube.com and enter “Muhammad Ali and Sam Cooke.” They actually do a vocal duet on “The Gang’s All Here.”
Some Black actors and actresses are opposed to accepting certain kinds of roles (maids, butlers, etc.), believing them to be degrading. Super actress Kerry Washington disagrees.
“If I were to say it’s okay to play a lawyer, but not a maid, or it’s okay to play a professor, but not a slave, that would be sort of stepping on the legacy of my grandmother who was a maid or my ancestors in South Carolina who came from slavery,” Washington told Uptown magazine.
“What’s interesting about story-selling is we get to step into someone else’s experience, and in the process of living through that journey we learn about ourselves.”
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW...that Deniece Williams’ 1982 No. 1 hit “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle” was originally recorded by the Royalettes in 1965.
MEMORIES: “Solid” (Ashford & Simpson), “The Glamorous Life” (Sheila E.), “Feel Like Makin’ Love” (Roberta Flack), “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” (Daryl Hall & John Oates), “She’s on the Left” (Jeffrey Osborne), “Make You Sweat” (Keith Sweat), “Wishing Well” (Terrence Trent D’Arby), “Turn Off the Lights” (Teddy Pendergrass), “Someday We’ll Be Together” (Diana Ross & the Supremes), “Nite and Day” (Al B. Sure!).
BLESSINGS to Robin Larkins, Milton Larkins, Gerald W. Smith, Cliff Russell, Leland Stein III, Gordon Camp, Brenda Perryman, Vickie Winans, Michael “Tiger” Price and Rosetta Hines.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Alan Cohen: “Give people the respect they deserve, but live the life you choose.”
Let the music play!
Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 09:23
Category: Entertainment Written by The Grio
Comic actor Brandon T. Jackson has won the coveted role of Aaron Foley (the son of Eddie Murphy’s iconic Axel Foley character) in a new CBS series based on Murphy’s popular Beverly Hills Cop films.
Jackson, who is best known to audiences from his supporting turns in Tropic Thunder and Big Momma’s House 3, may be a surprising choice for some fans who were excited by rumors that rising star Kevin Hart was interested in the part.
When reports surfaced that Murphy wanted Hart to take on the lead role, the Think Like a Man star posted a message on Facebook in reference to being involved in the project.
“Thanks to my fans I just found out Eddie Murphy said he wants me to play Axel Foley on his new TV show Beverly Hills Cop…I’m flattered and speechless right now…Thank y’all for passing the message to me,” Hart said.
Saturday Night Live performer Jay Pharoah was also considered a leading contender for the role. But among Grio readers, Hart was the most popular choice. When our readers were asked who was their ideal new Beverly Hills Cop, Hart won with 31 percent of the vote. Chris Tucker was a distant second with 13 percent.
Eddie Murphy will be a producer on the show and may make the occasional cameo, too.
“I’d do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts [for a third sequel] were right; it was trying to force this premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong,” the Murphy told Rolling Stone last year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:21
Category: Entertainment Written by TheGrio
Denzel Washington’s latest film Flight strengthened his place atop Hollywood’s list of dependable stars. It could also mean a fourth Oscar nomination for best actor — his first since 2001′s Training Day, for which he won.
Washington was featured on the Hollywood Reporter’s annual actor’s roundtable along with fellow actors Jamie Foxx, Matt Damon, Richard Gere, Alan Arkin and John Hawkes. In the wide-ranging interview, Washington discusses advice he gave his daughter Olivia:
“I tell my daughter — she’s at NYU — I say: ’You’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat.’ I said: ‘You gotta learn how to act. You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move onstage.’ That’s the only place, in my humble opinion, you really learn how to act. I said: ‘Look at Viola Davis.’ I said That’s who you want to be. Forget about them little pretty girls [...]‘”
Washington revealed in the interview that all of his children (he has four) are in the film ‘business,’ or at least will be. His oldest son, John David, who had a brief stint in the NFL as an un-drafted running back, co-produced 2010′s Book of Eli. Denzel’s other son, Malcolm, is a senior at the University of Penn with plans to enter USC’s film school upon graduation. His oldest daughter, Katia, 24, is involved in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming slavery-themed revenge western Django Unchained.
Denzel co-starred on Broadway with Viola Davis in 2010′s Fences. Both actors were honored with Tony Awards for their performances.
During the hour-long interview, Washington and his fellow actors were asked a number of different questions covering a variety of issues. Washington was asked if Nelson Mandela was the most interesting person he had ever met.
“He’s up there, for sure,” Washington said:
“He used to call me on [...] New Years Day. It’d be one of the first calls I got [...] [Denzel then imitates Mandela's voice during their conversation.] He actually came to America and came to my house. He wanted my wife to fry him some chicken. (Slight laughter.) It was like helicopters around (Laughter.) and it was…you know…it was Nelson Mandela…came to America. And he was sitting in the house.”
Washington then gives more details on how Mandela captivated everyone he had invited to his house for the occasion:
”We had about 50 people from [Sylvester] Stallone to Oprah to Quincy Jones [...] and I have a picture of everybody just… listening to [Mandela]. I said ‘Wow, look at all these super famous and powerful people…and they were just [hanging] on [Mandela's] every word.‘”
Washington’s Flight has grossed more than $47 million, according to Box Office Mojo. He’s set to star alongside Mark Wahlberg as a DEA agent in Universal Pictures’ 2 Guns in 2013.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:29
Category: Entertainment Written by Steve Holsey
It is a great thing that a movie is being made on the life of the legendary, unique and, yes, eccentric Nina Simone. I have loved her since the 1960s and I always will. The first album I bought of hers was “’Nuff Said.”
It doesn’t seem to me that it was a good idea to cast Zoe Saldana, the actress best known for “Avatar,” in the lead role. Maybe I will be proven wrong. But this is going require quite a makeover!
I don’t know if India.Arie has any acting skills, but she, or maybe Erykah Badu, would make a more visually correct Nina Simone. But then again, Laurence Fishburne looked nothing like Ike Turner but was still great in the Tina Turner biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”
“Nina” is slated for 2013 release.
BRANDY’S FANS were obviously very eager for a new album after a long wait. The just-released “Two Eleven” debuted at No. 1 on the national R&B Albums chart and No. 3 on the Pop Albums chart.
That is impressive, even though it remains to be seen if the album will have longevity, as so many albums do not these days. This is the age of there being a large number of fickle music buyers preferring to download (buy) a single than purchase a whole album, and who lose interest fast.
I have always felt that Brandy was a so-so singer, but I wish her the best.
The outrageous Grace Jones is still going strong. She packed the prestigious Roseland Ballroom in New York recently with wildly enthusiastic fans. Jones startled, and pleased, the audience dressed as a scarecrow wearing an African mask! One reviewer wrote, “It’s simply amazing how much energy Jones still has at age 64, not to mention how well-toned her body is.”
Before there was Lady Gaga, there was Grace Jones.
A READER asked me an unusual question: “Has anyone ever responded to your column in an extremely negative way?” The answer is yes, several times, athough most people are courteous, even when they are in complete disagreement with me.
One tirade in particular stands out.
I wrote that Paul Williams, the original member of the Temptations who took his own life, should have held on because I believed that things would get better for him. An outraged lady wrote me a letter that said, “You had no right to say that! You don’t know what that man was going through! I wish you would commit suicide!”
Admittedly, I was shocked by that. It was so undeserved and over the top. But then I figured she must have had some sort of complicated emotional issue.
KERRY WASHINGTON has, for very good reasons, risen to the ranks of premier African American actresses, the ones whose talents are remarkable and consistent, such as Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodward and Queen Latifah.
Currently, of course, Washington is the star of the new hit dramatic series “Scandal” that airs on ABC. She portrays Olivia Pope, a former “crisis manager” for the president of the United States. Before that she appeared in a number of films, including “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “The Last King of Scotland,” as well as many television programs, such as her recurring role on “Boston Legal.”
I first really noticed her as the wife of Ray Charles, Della Bea Robinson, in the fantastic 2004 movie “Ray” which earned Jamie Foxx an Oscar as Best Actor. He was stunningly good and so was Washington. Same for Regina King as Margie Hendrix, “the other woman.”
TWO WEEKS ago I wrote about favorite songs of mine that are either unknown to most people or have been forgotten. The majority of the songs on my list were not big hits. Readers were invited to send in their own lists.
O. Nelson Rasmussen from Ann Arbor contributed, among others, “Destination Anywhere” (the Marvelettes), “So Nice” (the Mad Lads), “Am I Losing You?” (the Manhattans), “Mama Didn’t Lie” (Jan Bradley), “Oh, How It Hurts” (Barbara Mason) and “Mixed-Up, Shook-Up Girl” (Patty & the Emblems).
Trish Trotter’s list included “Paradise” (the Temptations), “Cry Baby” (Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters), “Castles in the Sand” (Little Stevie Wonder), “What’s Your Name?” (Don & Juan), “Sarah, Sarah” (Jonathan Butler) and “Look Over Your Shoulder” (the Escorts).
Ali Majid recalled “Competition Ain’t Nothin’” (Little Carl Carlton), “That’s How Heartaches Are Made” (Baby Washington), “Real Humdinger” (J.J. Barnes), “There’ll Come a Time” (Betty Everett), “To Share Your Love” (the Fantastic Four), “Jealous Kind of Fella” (Garland Green) and “Somewhere in My Lifetime” (Phyllis Hyman).
Ardena Patton could never stop loving “I Stand Accused” (Jerry Butler), “Pretty Little Baby” (Marvin Gaye), “Back Up Train” (Al Green), “I’ll Try Something New” (the Miracles), “More Than I Can Say” (Leo Sayer), “Need to Belong” (Jerry Butler), “Bye Bye Baby” (Mary Wells) and “Gypsy Woman” (the Impressions).
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW...that singer and radio personality Keith Sweat at one time worked as a commodities broker for Paine Webber.
BLESSINGS to Calvin Brooks, Montez Miller, Ken Coleman, Kim Trent Coleman, Jackson Coleman, Sherrie Farrell, Mildred Scott, Henry Tyler, Teresa Guess, Keena Green Clinkscales and Al Chism.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Beyoncé Knowles: “Diana Ross is a big inspiration. I grew up watching everything she did.”
Let the music play!
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 10:42
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