*Electricity powers not only business growth but also lights the minds of young people –helping them to learn when theyplug intheir computers and other essential technologicaltools.
R&B star Akon recognizes that in many parts of Africa business expansionis not possible and children’s education stifled because there is no ability to getelectricity.
“They’re using kerosene and candles after dark,” he said when talking about his effort to drastically change their plight.
The five-time Grammy nominated artist has launched “Akon Lighting Africa,”a partnership to bring electricity to one million households in Africa by the end of 2014.
Story by Larry Buford
Ray Parker Jr.
*We’ve been hearing a lot from the man who made “Who you gonna call?” a global catch phrase. On March 6th, musician Ray (“Ghostbusters”) Parker Jr. received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Attended by the who’s who in the music and film industries, speakers at the ceremony included Bill Withers and Brian Holland (of Holland/Dozier/Holland fame).
Parker is the 2518th recipient of the Hollywood star in the Category of Recording. In addition to his blockbuster “Ghostbusters” – which along with other versions of the song sold over 35 million units – Parker and his band Raydio are also known for such hits as “Jack And Jill,” “You Can’t Change That,” “A woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do),” and “The Other Woman.” Parker’s star is located at 7065 Hollywood Blvd. next to fellow music giants Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and The Funk Brothers. When his star was unveiled Parker exclaimed “Unreal!”
Omar Epps reunites Jacob, a young boy presumed long dead, with his family on the series premiere of ABC’s Resurrection. Credit: ABC/Bob Mahoney
*In an in-depth and fun interview, EURweb publisher Lee Bailey spoke with Jason Mott, the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Returned.”
The novel, published by Harlequin Mira last August, has already been adapted for television by ABC Studios, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Brillstein Entertainment Partners for the ABC drama series, “Resurrection,” which debuts March 9 on ABC.
At 35 years old, Mott is justifiably on cloud 9 with this latest accomplishment and tells LB that he has been trying to get published for years. 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.”
Corey Clark, former American Idol contender- Star &B star in the making
*Corey Clark is best known for being one of the standout finalists on the second season of the mega-hit Fox reality TV series “American Idol.”
A weekly showstopper, he was rewarded with a rare standing ovation from the regular judges, while the guest judges unanimously praised his singing.
Legendary Motown producer Lamont Dozier called him “a new and rising Smokey Robinson,” and Gladys Knight described his voice as “absolutely wonderful.” Not to mention, the CD “American Idol 2,” featuring Corey, has been certified RIAA Gold. Continue reading