Patti LaBelle (C) performs ‘Over the Rainbow’ during the event, ‘In Performance at the White House – Women of Soul’, on March 6, 2014 in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC.
*It wasn’t as horrific as John Travolta’s “Adele Nazeem” moment, but President Obama fumbled the spelling of Aretha Franklin’s signature song while saluting the Queen of Soul and other musical legends during a White House concert Thursday night.
“What a lineup!” Obama said to open the “Women of Soul” affair that included a generations-spanning array of soul singers that stretched from musical legends Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to Jill Scott and Janelle Monae, to 20-year-old Ariana Grande.
Obama paid tribute to Franklin for turning her signature song “Respect” into “a rallying cry for African-Americans, women and then everyone who felt marginalized.”
According to the AP, the enthusiastic crowd fell out laughing, but was more than willing to forgive the president for spelling it “R-S-P-E-C-T.”
Bob Sumner, ‘Def Comedy Jam’ co-creator launches ‘LAFF MOBB’s We Got Next’ on ASPIRE, airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST
Bob Sumner co-creator of HBO’s ‘Def Comedy Jam’ launches new comedy show on ASPIRE, ‘LAFF MOBB’s We Got Next.’
*“It was time to rearrange the furniture, go back to old conventional style comedy,” said Bob Sumner co-creator of the highly successful HBO “Def Comedy Jam,” which helped to launch the careers of such comedians as Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence and Joe Torry). “I was instrumental in the success of HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam.” We received a lot of criticism for the language. Comedy is not about four letter words it’s a point of view.” Continue reading
Janet Friesen, director Morgan Neville, producer Caitrin Rogers, and singer Darlene Love accept the Best Documentary, Feature award for ’20 Feet from Stardom’ onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood
*Moments after their Oscar win, the filmmakers behind the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” were asked if they knew Darlene Love was going to break out in song during their acceptance speech.
“I had a hunch,” admitted Morgan Neville, who directed the film spotlighting noteworthy background singers, including Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Tata Vega and Lisa Fischer. “They sing all the time. It’s what they do. The question was, was the orchestra going to drown her out, and would she start singing lyrics over the orchestra. She could do that, too. She could do anything.”
As previously reported, Love accompanied Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers onstage to accept the Oscar for Best Documentary, Feature. When it was Love’s turn to speak, she said a few words before busting out with “His Eye is On the Sparrow.”
*NASHVILLE, TN – Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune has created another inspired album of fresh music and stirring ministry, as the latest release from James Fortune & FIYA, Live Through It (FIYA World Music/Entertainment One Music), soars with a #1 debut on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, and enters at #13 in top albums on the Billboard 200 chart, also marking a career-high for Fortune with his highest first week of sales in his career thus far. Continue reading
An African American Feature Film Giving Insight into Spirituality and Culture
*Director/Producer Roy Belfrey is currently in post production on a new feature film, “Matthew 18.”
The upcoming film release is both thought provoking and engaging in its story line as its theme centers around the subject of African American culture, what goes on in the grassroots of the church community and even within the households and fabric of the culture.
Matthew 18, the film, explores the spiritual world as it impacts the natural world in the format of a dramatic thriller. Continue reading
*Starring in a reality show may result in instant fame, but, as Mary Mary noted Monday night on “The Arsenio Hall” show, the platform provides a way to air out personal issues.
For Tina Campbell, the “Mary Mary” show on WEtv provided the perfect chance for her to speak on why she opted to display her marital problems on the small screen.
“Last year, I became aware that there was infidelity in my marriage and at the last second I decided I’m not gonna be hostage to this because if I am it’s gonna make me miserable, and I made the decision that I’m gonna try to forgive and maybe if someone watches me or hears about me going though it maybe they might make the same decision maybe I might heal,” she said. Continue reading