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Aretha Franklin: The Queen Rules L.A. – Review by Miki Turner

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Aretha Franklin performs in concert at Microsoft Theater on Aug 2, 2015 in Los Angeles

*It was 1968, the year of our discontent. Martin Luther King Jr. was about six weeks away from losing his life, courtesy of an assassin’s bullets. Democrats were gearing up for what would be a historic convention. My brother was a junior in college and I was an obsessed fourth-grader who begged my mother to take me to see Aretha Franklin at the Cincinnati Gardens.

She did.

And as mesmerizing as she was to a 10-year-old nearly 50 years ago, she was equally so last night at L.A.’s Microsoft Theatre.

A packed house that included celebrities such as Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Freda Payne, Loretta Devine, Tika Sumpter, Alan Bergman, Ray Parker Jr., Shonda Rhimes and Berry Gordy Jr., couldn’t get enough of The Queen. Even her opening act, comedian Jonathan Slocumb; and gospel singer Carlton Pearson, elevated the overall experience with their collective brilliance.

Franklin, who changed gowns three times, sang a healthy mixture of her mega-hits and then added a few new ones before closing out the night with Respect. Some of the highlights included: Freeway of Love, Think, Chain of Fools, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Ain’t No Way, Giving Him Something He Can Feel and Precious Memories, an inspiring duet she did with gospel singer Melvin Williams. Franklin, who had some serious health issues about three years ago, also talked about that experience while sharing the stage with Williams.

Additionally, she belted out Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive and Bergman’s How Do I Keep the Music Playing. Would I have preferred to hear Angel and Amazing Grace? Yes, but the reality is Franklin could sing Happy Birthday all night and no one would likely complain.

She’s that good live.

Throughout the night Franklin’s vocals were pitch perfect. She was engaging and still moves pretty well for a 73-year-old diva celebrating her 50th year in the business.

She was, just as I remembered, divinely royal.

Franklin’s next stop is The Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. on 8/6; Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. on 8/10 and Ceasar’s Place, Las Vegas on 8/14

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Miki Turner is a fulltime lecturer at USC who is currently preparing for a photo exhibition at the Florence Biennale.

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THE (08-03-15) EURweb Free-4-All Page/Board

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Michael Ealy is 42

*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. —Les Brown

EUR BIRTHDAYS

Aug. 3: Singer Beverly Lee of The Shirelles is 74. Actor Isaiah Washington is 52. Musician Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa is 44. Actor Michael Ealy is 42.

BLACK HISTORY

Aug. 3, 1928: Founded on this day by William A. Scott, III, the Atlanta Daily World was the first black daily newspaper in modern times.

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Lauryn Hill Performs Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ on ‘Fallon’ (Watch)

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*Lauryn Hill appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday to sing her cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” that appears on the tribute album for the new documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?.

She gets her scat on in the middle, her voice cracks at points and she sheds a few tears at the end of her rendition – and it’s all good.

Watch below:

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Teyonah Parris’ Hair Becomes Storyline for ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Season 2

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Actress Teyonah Parris speaks onstage during the ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ panel discussion at the STARZ portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California

*“Survivor’s Remorse” star Teyonah Parris will see her character Missy undergo a huge transition in Season 2.

She’s letting go of the perm.

“We had talked about it for the first season, but the first season happened so quickly that it was just go, go, go,” Parris told EURweb Friday at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills.

(L-R) Executive producers Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, Mike O'Malley, actors RonReaco Lee, Jessie T. Usher, Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris, Erica Ash and Mike Epps speak onstage during the 'Survivor's Remorse' panel discussion at the STARZ portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California

(L-R) Executive producers Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, Mike O’Malley, actors RonReaco Lee, Jessie T. Usher, Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris, Erica Ash and Mike Epps speak onstage during the ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ panel discussion at the STARZ portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California

The actress, who previously played Dawn Chambers on AMC’s “Mad Men,” approached “Survivor’s Remorse” showrunner Mike O’Malley about her character ditching the relaxer for Season 2.

“I was like, that would actually be a great story point because no one’s ever shown what it’s like as a woman of color to go through that journey,” she said. “I had gone through it.”

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Below, Parris takes a moment to explain to the room (roughly 97 percent non-black) what happens after one decides to “go natural,” She also previews how Missy and the other characters deal with the transition:

Season 2 of “Survivor’s Remorse” premieres Aug. 22 on Starz.

Watch the latest trailer below:

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Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sued for Wooing, Then, Deserting Boxer

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*A Bronx-based boxing promoter is suing Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports for trying to lure a world champion middleweight away from his contract, only to cancel a $750,000 bout and not sign the fighter, reports the New York Post.

Star Boxing’s $10 million suit in Manhattan Supreme Court claims Roc Nation was in talks to sign Demetrius Andrade as its first fighter last September. Roc Nation promised to pay Star $2 million to buy out Andrade’s exclusive contract, and also pledged to pay the former Olympian $550,000 to cancel a fight against Jermell Charlo in December 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, court papers say.

The fight would have aired on Showtime. Andrade Instagrammed his excitement:

Roc Nation told Andrade he could make more than the $550,000 he had been offered by Star Boxing with another fight they had set up for HBO, the suit says.

Andrade and his family were even invited to the company’s Manhattan headquarters on Nov. 18, 2014, when he met Jay Z and other execs, the suit says.
But Roc abruptly decided not to pursue Andrade, 27, and refused to pay him for canceling the Showtime bout, the suit says.

Star Boxing says it has ruined their relationship with Showtime, and Andrade is now damaged goods.

The suit also seeks unspecified damages to punish Roc for acting “willfully, maliciously, recklessly, wantonly and with intent to injure Star Boxing.”

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Nick Gordon Begs Permission to Attend Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral

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*Nick Gordon is reportedly pleading with the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown for admission to attend her funeral, according to RadarOnline.

Gordon told Bobby Brown in an email, according to online reports, “I loved Krissi with all my heart and I am destroyed that she is gone and I need to say goodbye.”

He also begged the organizer of the event, Pat Houston, for her to allow him to attend Saturday’s service.

“I’m begging you both to please put your differences aside and allow me this chance,” he wrote. “Krissi loved me very much and she would want me there.”