*Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams is joining the latest national tour of the musical “Fela!”
Producers said Thursday the singer, who starred on the UPN sitcom “Half & Half,” will be onstage when the tour opens at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29.
Fela!” – a biography of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti – will then play 16 cities, including Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Nashville, Tenn. Williams will
play Fela’s African-American lover, Sandra Isadore.
Williams, part of Destiny’s Child along with Kelly Rowland and Beyonce, is now a solo artist who has released the dance album “Unexpected” and the recent singles “On The Run” and “”Waiting On You.” Jay-Z, Beyonce’s husband, is one of the producers of “Fela!” which won three Tony Awards in 2010.
*Fantasia has been through a lot in the past few years and her walls finally came tumbling down when she reminisced about Whitney Houston.
The singer broke down on stage during a show in Trinidad on her birthday when reflecting on the late great diva and possibly looking at her own life.
“This year, we lost Whitney Houston … They just wouldn’t leave her alone. They did not understand that she was only human. We lose family, friends, all for the love of money. The only person who will never leave you is Jesus.”
*The most profound idea we’ve heard in a long time is incorporating what the homeless know about a city and creating a job for their skill … in tourism.
Can you imagine getting a tour of a city from a homeless person? Exactly! They will show you everything and then some. You could’ve lived in the city your whole life and never see the things a homeless person will show you.
In London, they are taking the job seriously. A volunteer organization called The Sock Mob, distribute socks to the homeless and (more…)
*OK, now it’s really getting very interesting and juicy at the same time in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson case. TMZ is reporting that the doctor’s defense will focus on Jackson’s previous tours.
The strategy is show a pattern of being in a weakened state for all of his tours as well as when he was preparing for the London “This Is It” concerts that, of course, never happened.
Sources connected with the criminal case tell TMZ … there’s “compelling evidence” that MJ was in weakened health whenever he went on tour. Specifically, people who went on various tours — including the “Bad” and “Dangerous” concerts — say Jackson was frequently “dehydrated, medicated, and sleep-deprived.”
Just like with Dr. Murray, Jackson had a doctor who accompanied him during rehearsals and tours, attending to his needs.
The point … the grueling concert schedules reduced MJ to a physical mess, prone to relying on and demanding drugs to sleep.
The “This Is It” London tour was especially grueling, because AEG added dozens of concert dates for Michael, who was already in an extremely weakened state and terrified he would fail.
All of this dovetails into a defense theory … that Jackson felt enormous pressure to rehearse for the “This Is It” tour, and when he couldn’t sleep he relied on Propofol to do the trick. The defense believes when Murray walked out of the room and Jackson woke up, he accidentally infused himself with a fatal dose of the drug out of frustration and fear.
A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled to begin on Jan. 4. At that time, Judge Michael Pastor will decide if there is enough evidence to support the involuntary manslaughter charge. As many as 30 witnesses are expected to be called to testify in the two-week hearing. Dr Murray, 52, faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted.
Like we said, it’s getting very interesting and juicy at the same time.