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3 items from 2005

Patti LaBelle Reveals Cancer Scare

17 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Soul veteran Patti LaBelle is celebrating after a biopsy revealed she isn't suffering from breast cancer. The 61-year-old singer was terrified she would be diagnosed with the disease, after a routine mammogram raised fears of possible tumors in her left breast. LaBelle revealed her ordeal during Denise Rich's Angel Ball cancer benefit on Monday evening. She told the star-studded event, "I haven't told anyone about this. I haven't even told my son, Zuri. He's probably going to have a stroke. I went in for a mammogram, and they found some white spots in my left breast. My doctor said the spots looked suspicious. I have really big boobs, so they had to do it, like, 16 times under the lights. Thank Jesus! I'm cancer-free!" »

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LaBelle, Flack and Pendergrass Pay Respects to Vandross

8 July 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Music stars Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack and Teddy Pendergrass have paid their respects to late soul singer Luther Vandross in a New York City funeral home. Grammy-winning singer Vandross died last Friday after failing to fully recover from a stroke in 2003. Soul star LaBelle, 61, sat in the front row of the parlor in Manhattan's Frank E Campbell Funeral Home Wednesday, consoling the hundreds of fans who arrived to say goodbye to their idol. When one fan began sobbing loudly, LaBelle told her, "Let it out, lady. Let it out." Flack and Pendergrass joined the line of people waiting to see Vandross in his white coffin, reports the New York Daily News. Vandross' back-up singer Kevin Owens laments, "He cared so much about the public, about what they would see and hear." A memorial service for the hitmaker will be held at nearby Riverside Church tomorrow. »

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LaBelle-Kitt pic the 'One' for Pan African fest

22 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On the One, starring Patti LaBelle and Eartha Kitt, will close the 13th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival, and Constellation, directed by Jordan Walker-Pearlman and starring Billy Dee Williams, Gabrielle Union and Hill Harper, will have its world premiere as the festival's centerpiece. Lackawanna Blues will open the fest, to be held Feb. 10-21. Other highlights include a special screening of MGM's Beauty Shop, starring Queen Latifah; Wolfe Video's Brother to Brother; and Lions Gate's Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The 12-day event, which will screen 150 films, will be at the Magic Johnson Theatres, 4020 Marlton Ave., Los Angeles; and the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. »

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