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Blue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveBlue-Eyed Soul Singers We LoveMusic is the universal language of love, this we know, and artists like Teena Marie remind us that music has no color. In honor of the legendary "Ivory Queen of Soul's" passing we take a look at other White singers who have moved us over the years. From Justin Timberlake to Robin Thicke and Joss Stone, here are the blue-eyed soul singers we love.Robin ThickeWe call Robin Thicke our honorary brother because we can't help but want to claim that smooth, sweet vibrato for ourselves. Plus the "Lost Without You" and "Sex Therapy" singer appreciates appreciates our curves and we can get down with that.Justin TimberlakeRaised in the Baptist church in Tennessee, Jt is a certified soul man whose music has earned him tremendous love in the Black community (except that Janet Jackson incident, but we'll leave that alone). At the end of the day, »
Recovering at home from her recent surgery, Aretha Franklin says she's up and about - and feeling better, too. "I feel great," she tells Jet in a new interview, adding that doctors want her to recuperate for eight weeks. "The doctors say I can do whatever I feel like I am up to do. Of course, that doesn't mean any concerts or anything like that. But I can do things around the house, and today I am just piddling around the house." The singer, 68, still has not revealed the nature of her ailment, though she's been reported to have pancreatic cancer. »
- Rennie Dyball
In 2008, when it was announced that Family Guy character Cleveland Brown was getting his own show, much of the media coverage concentrated on the fact that one of TV’s rare black sitcom lead roles was going to be voiced by a white man, Mike Henry. More than two years on, the conversation about The Cleveland Show seems to have moved on from the color of Henry’s skin to the quality of the guest stars he has convinced to visit with his Stoolbend-dwelling animated character. That list of notables includes Kanye West, LeBron James, Justin Timberlake, Hall & Oates, Arianna Huffington, »
- Clark Collis
So much to be thankful for this week! I'll try to keep it as Bravo-related as possible, which shouldn't be too hard. But I would like to mention that Robyn's "Body Talk, Pt. 3" Ep came out on the 22nd, and the first two season of Damages are on Instant and I'm officially, completely, Ali-Larter-versus-Beyonce Obsessed. But here are the things on Bravo this week that I can't get over.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseulos on Watch What Happens Live
I swear Andy Cohen has magical powers. He is capable of making me like almost everyone he has on his show (exceptions: the Salahis and Patti Labelle who was just nuts. Also I like Kim Zolciak better on Rhoa, but we'll get to that). I never thought much of/about Kelly and Mark before but now I like them! And look at what Kelly's wearing! Love it!
Sorry, a bit last minute. Had meant to post this some time last week, but got wrapped up in the anticipation of that 31 minute music video.
Not to particular if other big names that are behind the play will show as they are working on many other projects and seem to help push the play in the form of monetary needs only.
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If each "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member had their own theme song, we bet Sheree Whitfield's would be Patti Labelle's "New Attitude." Fresh off a long and nasty divorce from former NFL player Bob Whitfield, Sheree is loving her new-found freedom on season three. She's also pursuing her new passion for her acting career and dating. Whitfield spoke to Essence.com about her date with the infamous (some say fraudulent) Dr. Tiy-e Muhammad and how she really feels about cast mate Phaedra Parks' husband Apollo's having spent time behind bars »
In advance of the second season of Fantasia for Real (premiering Sunday, September 19 at 10/9c), we spoke to Fantasia Barrino about living her life as an open book both on and off VH1. Fantasia has told the story of her recent suicide attempt already and, as we revealed yesterday in our post about her run-in with TMZ, she’s not interested in talking about it anymore. But a single incident is not really what fascinates us about her, anyway. Rather, it is how she handled the situation — instead of running from controversy like so many other celebrities would via requests for privacy, she faced it head-on. That’s part of the bigger picture of Fantasia, the woman who lives life boldly through her music, her show and her interviews. As she tells us below, “The things that I go through come to make me strong, make me a better woman and they are my testimony. »
- Rich Juzwiak
American Idol has entered the MySpace era (aka 2006), and is tapping into the powerful musical legacies of Toni Basil, Billy Ray Cyrus, and the Crash Test Dummies. Nope, I’m not pulling your leg. For the first time in its ten-season history, Fox’s behemoth of a singing competition is giving contestants the chance to audition online at myspace.com/americanidol from now through Oct. 6. Hopefuls between the ages of 15 and 28 (as of July 15, 2010) can submit 40-second videos in which they belt out one of 90 pre-approved tracks (listed below). Idol producers will then invite a select number of online auditioners »
- Michael Slezak
Some Quickie Theater News… for those in NYC, or planning on being in NYC for any of these Broadway shows, all of which we’ve talked about on this blog.
- First, if you needed more of a reason to see Broadway’s hottest musical, here’s another one… Ms. Patti Labelle has joined the cast of the award-winning (won three 2010 Tony Awards) Fela! on Broadway.
Ms Patti, a legend herself, joins the cast as Kuti’s mother, Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti. She will begin performances tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14, and will continue through Saturday, July 2, 2011, which is when the show is scheduled to end its run.
For showtimes and tickets, visit www.felaonbroadway.com.
- Second, tickets are now on sale for the upcoming production of A Free Man of Color, »
The last time Patti Labelle performed on the Broadway was 28 years ago in a revival of "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" with Al Green. Since then, Patti's career has soared to new heights, winning countless awards, including two Grammys, and releasing chart-topping hits like "New Attitude," "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who it is)" and "On My Own," her number-one pop and R&B duet with Michael McDonald. On September 14, Patti will add to her legacy when she returns to the Broadway stage in "Fela!," the Tony-nominated musical based on the life of Nigerian composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. She'll tackle the role of Fela's mother, Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, who died from injuries she suffered after a thousand Nigerian soldiers stormed her son's compound and threw her out the window. When Essence.com caught up with Miss Patti she couldn't have been happier. She was anxiously »
Few people can call the musical genius that is Prince a friend, but Esperanza Spalding is one of the lucky ones. His purpleness invited the 25-year-old to perform during his Bet tribute alongside Patti Labelle, Janelle Monae and Alicia Keys, introducing Spalding to an entirely new audience. Esperanza, whose name means "hope" in Spanish, released her self-titled debut album in 2008, which rose to the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and remained there for over one year. Today, the stand-up bass player and composer is releasing her sophomore album "Chamber Music Society." Essence.com spoke with Spalding, who's currently in Finland on tour, about meeting Prince, writing songs about escorts and the meaning of "Chamber Music Society." »
R&B legend Patti Labelle is joining the cast of the hit Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! She takes over the role of Fela’s mother (Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti) on Tuesday, Sept. 14, through the show’s final performance Jan. 2. “I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the cast of Fela! on Broadway,” Labelle said in a statement. After seeing the show, I was struck by the choreography and work of Bill T. Jones, and the passion and joy that overflows from the stage. »
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There's just something about those red bottoms that has us hooked -- we all gasped when Patti Labelle tossed hers into the audience at the 2010 Bet Awards. Maybe it's that these shoes offer the look of luxury without a completely outrageous price tag, or that Louboutins are a clear celeb favorite. The sexy shoes can instantly give us sex appeal. Louboutins are our modern-day Cinderella glass slipper; slide one on and you'll feel like it was custom made for your foot. Forget diamonds, Christian Louboutins are a girl's new best friend...Here's what you had to say: Tomeka commented via Facebook: "I I drool, then I die." Liz wrote via Facebook: "Those are my dream shoes." »
Some white people “claim ‘blackness,’” and a few actually do make the cut. The Root offers a list of the 33 “blackest white folks we know”: Christina Aguilera : Unlike fellow pop starlets Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson, Aguilera actually has soul. She even “channeled Patti Labelle in the remake of ‘Lady Marmalade.’” Glenn Beck : Perhaps he’s the person you’d least expect to see on this list, but he did give a black history lesson on his show. Eminem : “He's from Detroit. He raps about the hard-knock life. And he rolls with Dr. Dre. Case closed.” Joe Biden : The »
Calling all couture cops—it's You Write 'Em Up time! The Perp: Legendary chanteuse Patti Labelle, at the 2010 Life Ball in Vienna, Austria Her draped white dress was busy enough, but then Miss Labelle had to add all kinds of wrong to her outfit, like an oriental fan and a flower perched on her head. Tell us what you think of the diva's wacky outfit. Write your most clever caption below and we'll post our fave here and on our Facebook page. Get our Twitter updates @e_FashionPolice! ________ Sound off on more star style in the Fashion Police gallery! »
Wyclef Jean's sister Melky Jean, a proud Gemini, recently celebrated her birthday with a star-studded party and fundraiser in New York City. Her 3rd annual Gemini's Give Back, Carma Foundation fundraiser helped raise funds for women and orphaned children in her native Haiti. Joining Melky on stage and on the dance floor were the evening's host, Vivica A. Fox, Melky's older brother Wyclef and legendary singer Patti Labelle. Check out what Melky and her diva set wore for the festivities. »
Figure out when and what to watch tonight as we tell you all the presenters, performers, and surprises of the night!
Get ready for tonight’s Bet Awards, hosted by Queen Latifah, with a look at the performances you can expect to see, the surprise appearances, and who will be there to hand out the awards! As for Bieber Nation, the young Canadian pop phenom and nominee will not be in attendance tonight, but here’s who you can expect!
The show will open with Kanye West performing “Power,” followed by Latifah’s introduction and then Jada Pinkett Smith presenting R & B Artist. Next up is Usher doing “There Goes My Baby,” Taraji P. Henson and Mike Epps presenting Female Hip Hop Artist, and then T.I. with special guest Travis Barker doing “Yeah Ya Know.”
Nia Long and Lorenz Tate will present Male Hip Hop Artists before »
Put on your boogie shoes and get your funk on at Frida’s this Friday night for Fishbone’s first live appearance in Wichita, with the Key Elements and Rudy Love Jr & The Getdown!
Tickets are on sale now. ($15 in advance, $20 at the door) and there’ll be some exciting announcements about the 2010 Tallgrass Film Festival.
Fishbone is an American band that plays a fusion of ska, punk rock, funk metal and more. The band was formed in 1979 in Los Angeles by John Norwood Fisher (bass, vocals) at 2010 Chariton where he and Phillip “Fish” Fisher (drums) his brother lived; also, Angelo Moore, who sometimes uses the stage name “Dr. Madd Vibe” (vocals, saxophones ranging from sopranino to bass, and theremin), Kendall Jones (guitar), “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby III (vocals, trumpet) and Christopher Dowd (keyboards, trombone, vocals). The group came from the same Los Angeles scene that spawned Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. »
- Eric M. Armstrong
Music industry's finest were in attendance for the Elle Women in Music event held in New York City -- and "Extra" was there for all the action! Patti Labelle, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan, plus many more, all took part in the celebration.
Check out all the raw video!
Alexis Jordan attending Elle Magazine's July 2010 "Women In Music" sssue celebration in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Cassie attending Elle Magazine's July 2010 "Women In Music" sssue celebration in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Roberta Myers attending Elle Magazine's July 2010 "Women In Music" sssue celebration in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Jordana Spiro attending Elle Magazine's July 2010 "Women In Music" sssue celebration in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. Patti Labelle attending Elle Magazine's July 2010 "Women In Music" sssue celebration in New York City.Photo copyright by Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos. 06/09/2010 »
- James Wray
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