Actress Tasha Smith is 43 today
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” – Thurgood Marshall, first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court
Feb. 28: Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 53. Actress Tasha Smith (“For Better or Worse,” ”Boston Common,” ”Jumping the Broom,” ”Couples Retreat”) is 43. Actor Bobb’e J. Thompson (“The Tracy Morgan Show”) is 18.
Feb. 28, 1984: Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, “Thriller,” broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the
top-grossing albums of all time.
Pharrell Williams attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA
*Pharrell Williams’ hat is currently sitting on the auction block.
That huge Vivienne Westwood-designed chapeau – which has its own Twitter page – hit eBay at 8 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 20) to benefit the producer’s educational non-profit organization, From One Hand to Another.”
“I’m giving up the Buffalo Hat I wore to the Grammy’s to help underserved kids get the educational tools they need,” Pharrell said in a statement. “Our organization, From One Hand to Another, is committed to bringing kids experiences that ignite their passions, challenge their minds and prepare them for success.”
Pharrell, Daft Punk & Nile Rodgers
*(Via LA Times) – French electronic duo Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” was named album of the year on Sunday to cap the 56th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy voters singling out the dance-minded collection over nominated albums by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, rapper Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and pop-country queen Taylor Swift.
The group also collected record of the year honors for “Get Lucky,” its romantically frisky collaboration with R&B producers-performers Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
Macklemore & Lewis, who delivered a breakthrough hit album, “The Heist,” fueled by hit singles “Thrift Shop” and a gay-rights anthem, “Same Love,” took four awards, including new artist and three rap category awards. “Same Love” played out in a performance by Macklemore and guest vocalists Madonna and Mary Lambert while singer-actress Queen Latifah presided over the nuptials.
“First and foremost, I want to thank our fans, the people that got on us on this stage,” rapper Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, said in accepting with producer Lewis. “Before there was any media, before there was any buzz … it spread organically through them, and without them, there would be no us.”
Lorde collected song of the year honors for “Royals,” a pointed study in class consciousness she and songwriting partner Joel Little wrote just to see if they could attract anyone’s attention.
The opening performance by Beyonce of her “Drunk In Love,” with hubby Jay Z providing the midsong rap, was bleeped three times by network censors for expletives in the lyrics of her ode to steamy married sex. Lamar’s number with Imagine Dragons also was bleeped several times for language during their pyrotechnic-filled collaboration.