*As a roving writer, I’ve found myself in many intriguing spaces and places, from the east to the west coast and various international destinations to boot. And as par for the course during my travels, given my hard-to-pin-down accent and sensibilities, I’m usually asked the question, “where are you from?”
I used to hesitate a touch before answering because in my mind I had previously never felt like I exactly hailed from the pride of our great country … Louisville, Kentucky. It was no New York, LA or Miami, etc. So, once I would manage to get it out, without fail, I’d receive the polite yet sympathetic, “oh … OK…” Continue reading
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
*Joy Reid debuted her new 2 p.m. MSNBC show “The Reid Report” on Monday, with former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Motown legend Smokey Robinson as her first guests.
Reid began with domestic politics and the annual National Governors Association conference in D.C., with Crist, a Democrat and Hutchinson, a Republican, on to discuss President Obama and Vice President Biden’s remarks at the conference and the reaction from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Robinson visited the show to promote Monday’s broadcast of BET Honors.
Singer Smokey Robinson is 74
*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE.
EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. – Audre Lorde
Feb. 19: Singer Smokey Robinson is 74. Singer Seal is 51.
Feb. 19, 1942: The Army Air Corps’ all African American 100th Pursuit Squadron, later designated a fighter squadron, was activated at Tuskegee Institute. The squadron served honorably in England and in other regions of the European continent during World War II.
Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin (Photo credit: Gwendolyn Quinn Public Relations)
*It looks like Detroit came out an took over BET’s chief honcho, Debra Lee‘s annual BET Honors Dinner and Gala at the National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington, DC.
Pictured above are this year’s BET Honors recipients Aretha Franklin and Berry Gordy, along with guest Smokey Robinson.
So why is Smokey in the middle instead of Aretha?
In any event, the BET Honors will premiere on February 24, 2014 on BET.