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  • Steven Ivory: What TV’s ‘Empire’ Doesn’t Have

    Mar 11, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *I didn’t want to watch “Empire,” Fox TV’s hot musical drama about the fictional Empire Entertainment company and the family that runs it. Not because I’d heard anything bad about it. I hadn’t watched because I didn’t care to witness yet another TV show get the music business thing all wrong. Most TV dramas—movies, too—usually […]

  • Steven Ivory: Ga Ga for Gaga

    Feb 25, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *After Lady Gaga let go of the last note from her “Sound of Music” performance, you could almost hear the collective dropping of jaws from coast to coast and around the world. Gaga  left the audience at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre stunned. Julie Andrews couldn’t conceal her awe. This wasn’t a flavor of the moment sticking […]

  • Steven Ivory: The Edge of (Suge) Knight

    Feb 3, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    * “Is he strapped?,” asked music executive Kedar Massenburg, looking across the lobby of the New York Ctiy offices of Universal Records at the formidable black man in a dark suit. Massenburg, who had leveraged success as manager of so-called  neo soul stars  D’Angelo and Erykah Badu into his own Universal-distributed label, matter-of-factly inquired whether […]

  • Steven Ivory: Raheem’s Theory

    Nov 18, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *He pulled the big, maroon Buick duce and a quarter into the shopping area parking lot, found a space close to the sidewalk and intersection and slid out from behind the wheel. Already giggling at the mere thought of what was going on here,  I stayed behind in the passenger seat, wondering just when he […]

  • Steven Ivory: A Different Face at the Table

    Nov 11, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *Early  Thanksgiving  morning, Jennifer  phoned her mom and asked how everything was going. Is there anything she can do?   Did Aunt  Freddie and them get in? Did she want her to make the cranberry sauce and bring it? Then Jennifer took a deep breath and asked  what she really wanted to know:  How’s Dad? He […]

  • Steven Ivory: Fallin’ for Fall

    Sep 23, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *Well, it’s here. “It” rolled in  blurry-eyed and calm, sexy and sensible all at once, a little after seven PM here on the west coast and just after 10 in the east. I was surprised that the last gasp of an often rebellious and ornery summer 2014 was actually courteous enough to stick around and assist […]