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.”
First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, with singers, from second from left, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monáe, and Patti LaBelle, during a workshop for students as part of the “In Performance at the White House” series
*Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monae and Melissa Etheridge gave the White House a little taste of what’s to come at Thursday night’s “women of soul” concert showcasing musical legends and up-and-coming female artists.
At a morning workshop for high school and college students, first lady Michelle Obama called soul “the kind of music that makes you move, no matter who you are or where you come from.”
“Sometimes it makes your hips move,” she said. “Sometimes it makes you rock your head. Sometimes it helps you just kick back and relax and soak it in. But no matter what form it comes in, you know this music always comes straight from the heart.”
Aretha Franklin performs during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.
*On Thursday (March 6) President and Mrs. Obama will host “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” featuring Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin and Melissa Etheridge with Greg Phillinganes as music director.
The concert aims to celebrate the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. It’ll take place in the East Room of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and premiere Monday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide. (Check local listings.)
On the morning of the concert taping, the White House will host “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” an educational workshop for 124 middle school, high school and college-level students from across the country, held in the State Dining Room.
Patti LaBelle was honored at Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Vision Gala – Scroll down for more photos.
*New York, NY – Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) held its 2014 Vision 2014Gala on February 25th at Cipriani 42 in New York City.
As Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates its 45th Anniversary, this year’s gala was themed “Live the Moment” and raised $700,000, $75,000 of which resulted from the entertaining live auction conducted by Audrey Smaltz,with the proceeds benefitting the DTH School’s Next Generation and Community Engagement Funds.
*Patti LaBelle’s status as a true diva was and is never in question.
But times have changed and the music legend is ready to give up her title.
According to Patti, the word “diva” has lost its edge. To hear her tell it, a diva is a label given to whoever wants it, whether they have the talent to back it up or not.
*Poor Amber Riley. Her hard work on “Dancing With the Stars” might be in jeopardy for reasons far beyond her control.
Though Amber’s knee issue has been mentioned on-air during the DWTS broadcast, last week the “Glee” star’s challenges were exacerbated and she couldn’t even accompany dance partner Derek Hough to the post-show press line.
“This week was really tough,” the four-time mirror ball champion told TODAY. “She literally couldn’t walk. It was pretty bad.”
Hough worries that his partner may not be able to continue, and now they must have a serious convo around the possibility.
“We had some talks about things (on Sunday),” he said. “Now, we’re going to get the MRIs and the injections — all the tricks. We’re going to see what’s going on and assess the situation.”
*Patti LaBelle‘s bodyguard has been acquitted of the misdemeanor assault in a confrontation with a drunken West Point cadet at a Houston airport terminal.
A verdict was returned on Monday by the Harris County jury that has cleared Efrem Holmes in the 2011 confrontation with Richard King at a Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal.
According to trial evidence, King had a blood-alcohol level almost 3½ times above the Texas legal threshold for intoxication and claims he doesn’t remember a thing about what happened on the day of the incident. Testimony and surveillance video reveals King approached a limousine containing LaBelle and verbally abused the performer when her son tried to block his way. King punched him, and the bodyguard punched King several times.
King filed a lawsuit against the singer and Holmes, to which LaBelle filed a counter suit.
Nobody plays with patticakes.