*TV One’s “Unsung” series will receive a bit of help from an acting veteran when it expands for the premiere of “Unsung Hollywood” on Wednesday, February 26 at 10pm Eastern.
Blaxploitation film queen Pam Grier will be the first entertainer profiled for the series, which profiles “black artists, entertainers and programming,” according to the network’s programming and production SVP, D’Angela Proctor.
*Three of the most legendary singers of Motown era R&B are coming together to knock music fans’ socks off.
Glenn Leonard, former lead tenor, “The Temptations,” Joe Coleman, former lead singer, “The Platters,” and Joe Blunt, former lead singer, “The Drifters,” are taking it back to the old school with a modern twist.
The guys aren’t just reciting the songs of old, they’re producing new music.
LCB, as they’re called, was recently summoned to record the classic “Stand Up for D.C.” for D.C.’s Statehood drive. Ayanna Gregory, Dick Gregory’s daughter, was in on the production as well.
The group is wasting no time, and plan to release a Christmas recording.
Coleman is confident fans are going to get more great music just like back in the day.
“When we hit the stage, we want to take you back to a time when love was young and you could understand all the words to the songs. The Platters changed the game…The Drifters continued the legacy of producing great songs… and The Temptations brought it on home!”
*The man, Dick Gregory went in on Spike Lee, criticizing him for his statements against “Django Unchained.”
In an interview posted on YouTube, the activist and comedian professed that the movie was liberating and that if anyone has made films that have disrespected African ancestors, it’s gotta be him.
“I’ve seen ‘Django Unchained’ 12 times. Never in the history of Hollywood, have they ever made anything that freed the inside of me. The inside of me,” he declared. “I’m 80 years old, I saw cowboy movies, wasn’t no black folks in cowboy movies. I’m looking at a western, plus a love story. To those of you all that see it, you’ll never see a love story about a black man and a black woman where it wasn’t some foul sex and foul language, huh. And Spike Lee can’t appreciate that. The little thug ain’t even seen the movie; he’s acting like he white.”
He concluded that Spike’s spite for the film he claims he’ll never see, is something personal. And then he got really real.
“And all them black entertainers that know Spike Lee, how you gone attack this man and don’t be attacking them … and then say everyone’s a fool but me. [Talking about] ‘it offended my ancestors,’ but when you did ‘She’s Got To Have It’ and some of those other thug movies you did … you took Malcolm X and put a Zoot suit on him … did that offend your ancestors, punk?”
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
“You can fall, but you can rise also.” – Angelique Kidjo
Oct. 12: Comedian-activist Dick Gregory is 80. Singer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave is 77. Singer Claude McKnight of Take 6 is 50. Singer Garfield Bright of Shai is 43.
Oct. 12, 1999: Basketball legend, Wilt Chamberlain, dies at age 63. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
Comedian and Social Activist Dick Gregory speaks onstage at the Independent Lens ‘Soul Food Junkies’ panel during day 1 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California
*Dick Gregory opened up the 2012 Summer TCA Press Tour in Beverly Hills Saturday morning with comments about how soul food is killing us.
“Until we learn about the human body…we go to Harvard, Yale, Howard to learn how to make a living. But the universal God force that created us don’t give a damn about you learning how to make a living,” said the 79-year-old comedian and activist, who tells his personal journey toward healthier food in the upcoming PBS Independent Lens film “Soul Food Junkies.”
(L-R) Comedian and Social Activist Dick Gregory, host Mary-Louise Parker and filmmaker Byron Hurt speak onstage at the Independent Lens ‘Soul Food Junkies’ panel during day 1 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California
From producer/director Byron Hurt (“Beyond Beats and Rhymes”), the documentary uses history and humor to examine this bittersweet culinary tradition, its roots in slavery, the scarcity of healthy food in America’s inner cities and much more.
“If we don’t learn how to live, you can have 12 doctorate degrees and be dead at 35,” said Gregory.
He continues below, and explains why his food journey has him “really angry at white folks.”
“Soul Food Junkies” will premiere on PBS in January. Watch the trailer below.