Monday, March 31, 2014

American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland is bringing diversity to The American Ballet Theater organization.  Copeland 31 is the first black Ballerina in over two decades. 

Misty Copeland doing IT!!!

Fresh off the presses ...

Pharrell is in, as the new judge for Season 7 of The Voice and Ceelo is out.  NBC made the announcement today and the Grammy winner tweeted his elation  stating 'this is going to be fun'.


EPIC/SONY records are schedule to release a new 8 song CD from Michael Jackson, the King of Pop entitled 'Xscape' on May 13, with production credits by Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins.  

Remembering Naomi Sims

One of the first to ever do it Naomi rocks

Kevin Knighton 360

http://youtu.be/EaxR7asTHYs

Whitney Houston's murder.  The key players.  Daughter soon to expose her ratchet family.  Is Kanye West wedding being  catered by Burger King? Zac Efron was looking for a Sushi restaurant after hours in downtown LA called 'Heroin'.

Only ONE ... Whitney Houston 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Affirmation

The gift of life, is something that should not be taken for granted. Lord God Im humbly give myself to you, to do your will. For all the blessings and lessons in my life, I do give thanks. 

Heavenly .....

Saturday, March 29, 2014

In Remembrance of ...


Singer, Actress and United Ambassador Pearl Bailey would be 96 today.  She made her Broadway debut in 1946 in a play called 'St. Louis Woman'.  
 She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968. In 1986, she won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as a fairy godmother in the ABC Afterschool SpecialCindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale.   Queen Latifah would be a 'natural' fit to star in a Biopic on the life of Bailey, their resemblance is startling.

She received a formal training in music. She always-told audiences that she credit her love of music to growing up in a “Holy Roller” evangelical church. Pearl’s father was the minister. She had a throaty voice and ad libed frequently during her performances. She had her own show on ABC in 1970. The show lasted until 1971.

She decided to obtain a college degree and graduated from Georgetown University with a theology degree at the age of 67.  In 1975, Pearl served her country as a special ambassador to the United Nations. In 1988, Pearl received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

She and husband jazz drummer Louie Bellson were married over 40 years until her passing in 1990.   In the mid 50's the couple adopted two children a son name Tony Bellson who passed away in 2004 and a daughter name Dee Dee Bellson born in 1960, she passed away July 4, 2009.

Pearl Bailey was very respected in the entertainment industry, not only for her comedic prowess, but for being a very intelligent individual, though most of her roles, would make you think differently.  That was just a part of her mystique and brilliance.   Bailey, a Republican, was appointed by President Richard Nixon as America's "Ambassador of Love" in 1970.  She attended several meetings of the United Nations and later appeared in a campaign ad for President Gerald Ford in the 1976 election.

Friday, March 28, 2014

I Remember ..

Happy 'Easy Breezy' Friday ... Its Happy Hour 'somewhere'!!! Enjoy this stroll down memory, this will be a introduction, for some and incredible memories for others!!! Let's Go!!

http://youtu.be/lKsMpyjJMyk

Timeless!!!!

Fury/TGIF

Happy Friday everyone, ... Let's Talk about It!!

By nature we're governed to give, the benefit of the doubt.  We look for strength to provide comfort and safety.   Respect is generally given freely, when perhaps its rightful adage should be earned.  No matter how forthcoming you may be, it doesnt atomically result, in the tiding to be reciprocal.   A protective shield and armor should be worn at all times.  Deceit wears a sincere game face, with the best disguises, because the art of a con artist, is a fine tuned formula.   Recognize what you deserve; and set your boundaries.  By nature we tend to be forgiving souls, which is not always the best remedy.  Without a guideline you become reactionary, giving your power away to individuals who constantly reveal, a desire to exit your life.  

Its time to stop agonizing over things that are out of your control.  Whatever is meant to be will, and what is not, is irrelevant.  Pray for direction, pray for truth, its imperative to find at least one person, who you can surrender to, its a way to free yourself, also its very empowering.   The world is comprised of more followers than leaders, because its easier, less static and is a form of complacency.   The work comes when you throw selfishness out the window, as a leader, your blood, sweat and tears mostly rewards the follower, who benefits from your efforts, its at that precise moment you realize, your deeds are of God, standing for others, who were afraid to let their voice be heard.

What Are You Doing With Your Life?


Best'

Easy Breezy Love !!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hollywood Royalty

Hollywood Royalty: Vivian Vance

Everybody needs one, a 'bestfriend' and 'Ethel' was that to 'Lucy'.  Vivian Vance was in a number of shows on Broadway, usually as a member of the chorus. Eventually she graduated to supporting parts after she replaced Kay Thompson in the musical Hooray for What! (1937). Her most successful stage role was that of Nancy Collister in the Cole Porter musical Let's Face It! (1941), in which she starred alongside Danny Kaye and Eve Arden for over 500 performances. 


The love of acting keeps artist plugging away, for the 'love' of their craft, and sometimes luck is in the stars, which is just what happened when Vivian Vance met a red head named Lucille Ball, who along with hubby Desi Arnaz was casting their new television show called 'I  Love Lucy' in 1951, director Marc Daniels, who had previously worked with Vance in a theater production, suggested her for the role of landlady Ethel Mertz.  Lucille Ball had wanted either Bea Benaderet or Barbara Pepper, both close friends, to play the role.   Fortunately for Vance CBS refused Pepper on the grounds that she had a drinking problem, and Benaderet was already playing Blanche Morton on the Burns and Allen television series.  Arnaz then began searching for another actress and Daniels took him and producer Jess Oppenheimer to the La Jolla Playhouse to see Vance in the John Van Druten play The Voice of the Turtle


Watching her perform, Arnaz was convinced he had found the right actress to play Ethel Mertz.   Ball was less sure. She felt the Ethel character should be much older and less attractive; Vance was closer to Ball's age and attractive.  Ultimately Vance who was 42 at the time, the show made its debut October 15, 1951 on CBS.   At first Ball had a lukewarm reception to Vance, which eventually grew into respect as a friend and actress that grew into a close friendship.  
Everyone needs a best friend, thankfully for Lucy and Ethel they set the bar.

Flashback Who's That

Flashback Who's That Thursday: Tamia

Singer, songwriter Tamia has one of the greatest voices in the music industry.  That fact alone tends to boggle the mind of 'why' is she one of the industry best kept secrets.  With five albuns under her belt, she continues to go unsung and under the radar. 


She came onto the music scene signed to Producer Quincy Jones 'Qwest' record label.  Tamia, is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose music spans several genres: R&B, neo soul, hip hop soul, pop,gospel, jazz, and soft rock. She is best known for her first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts "You Put A Move On My Heart", her 2001 hit "Stranger in My House", a duet with rapper Fabolous' their 2003 hit "Into You" (which samples her 1998 song "So into You"), her 2006 hit "Me" and her 2012 hit "Beautiful Surprise". Tamia is married to retired NBA player Grant Hill. The couple have two daughters; Myla Grace and Lael Rose.  In a industry where gimmicks is highly praised, Tamia light continues to shine brightly in truth, as her vocal are pitch perfect, her looks are a marketing departments dream. 


Gorgeous and Lovely Tamia ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Naomi Campbell speaks ...

Click the link for her response to Kanye West & his 'tart' on their VOGUE cover.


Super Model AND WORKING Model

Happy Birthday Diana Ross

Happy Birthday (70) to Icon, Legend, Singer, Actress, Fashion Designer and Producer Diana Ross. From lead singer of one of the biggest girl groups (The Supremes) to one of the most successful solo careers in the modern era. Ross has paved the way for Madonna, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Donna Summers, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Fergie, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Rihanna, Beyonce and countless others. Its hard to believe that she has NEVER won a grammy, excluding the Lifetime achievement award in 2011, yet someone like Beyonce Carter has 17. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Diana Ross LIVE, I encourage you to catch on her on her world tour this year, she's always worth the ticket price. 
The one and only .....

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy '72' Queen of Soul

Happy Birthday Ms. Aretha Franklin.  You've been a part of my family's history for over 50 years.  I feel like you are a family member.   


As the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin will go down in the History books as being a 'National' treasure.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hollywood 'cool' ...

Hollywood 'cool' actor, director, producer Paul Newman. He left his Legend in Hollywood.
Cool Hand Luke ...

Kevin Knighton 360

http://youtu.be/OpnQe-exj9s

(Bobbi Kristina plans on exposing Whitney Houston's family members about the death of her mother, VOGUE Sarah Michelle Gellar cancels her subscription) #WhitneyHouston
Say What Now ... Diva Whitney Houston

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Affirmation

Dear Heavenly Father,
I give you thanks for another day.  Whatever is your will is for my life, let it be done.  I'm merely a vessel tospread the   word about your goodness and mercy.  I walk through the valley, because I know you are with me.  You comfort me in ways, that I've never ever known.  Thank you for loving me, more than I love myself.  Please guide, direct and protect me, from hurt, harm, fear and danger.  As I lift my hands, I give you ALL the glory. For the many blessings in my life.  Humbly I do give thanks.  Amen~
Simplistic pleasures ...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Is It Safe To Say ......

 ...... Welcome To Spring!!! Its been a brutal Winter.

Happy Days are here again ....

Friday, March 21, 2014

Only In AMERICA!!!

VOGUE you are 'really' changing ....

Mission/TGIF

Happy Friday everyone, ... Let's Talk 
about It!!!

We're in the world to be a proactive participant, Its not something to take lightly, legacy and impact, should be the things left behind, long after we have transitioned.  Ever notice how many are quick to give their advice and opinions on the choices that you make, but are very silent in stating the direction of their quest, simply because they end up on hypocritical lane, with similar neighbors.  We must walk in absolute, and in that walk, it was never meant to be a bed of roses, thorns are meaningful too.  Don't believe me; keep living.   Whatever your secrets are, if you share them, no matter how good or bad, the foe has nowhere to go, quickly they dissipate.   Judgement comes from GOD, so whatever shames you, he already knows your complete story for beginning to end.

We all know people who love to hear the sound of their own voice and are their biggest cheerleaders, but lack discernment and the ability to be quiet and listen.  Most of those type of people, are often afraid of their own company.  Silence is a very revealing key, to what we can witness and is illustrated.  So many questions and no easy answers.  Its all a part of of defining your reasons to be, to exist, to participate.  Its a gallant walk, you must play it big, and enjoy every moment that's allowed of existence.  Many of us are guilty, of expectation, and assumption, how pompous of we humans.  Gratitude can be a very sexy attribute to possess.  

What Are You Doing With Your Life?


Best'


All things are possible ...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flashback Who's That ...

Flashback Who's That Thurdsay:

N'Dea Davenport is an American born singer, songwriter, and producer, best known for her work as a vocalist in the UK funk band, The Brand New Heavies

Davenport got her start when she connected with Fab Five Freddy, who recommended her to a DJ friend at new upstart label Delicious Vinyl. Eurythmics member/ producer Dave Stewart, offered Davenport a recording contract a year prior when introduced through a collaboration with Bootsy Collins and Malcolm McLaren, where she was featured on McLaren's Waltz Darling LP. She declined Stewart’s offer at the time due to his requirement for her to relocate to London, England, only to later ink a solo development deal with Delicious Vinyl, who made introductions to her future bandmates, The Brand New Heavies where she ironically relocated to London, England. 


Davenport gave new life to the Brand New Heavies on stellar cuts like 'Never Stop' , 'Stay This Way', 'Dream Come True', 'Dream on Dreamer' and 'Brother Sister'.  Her destinctive vocals are so recognizable, it was only a matter of time,  that the itch to go solo was scratched.  Having had success with the Heavies, in 1998 her solo debut CD on V2 records was greeted with great enthusiasm and anticipation.  The CD featured singles 'Bullshittin' and 'Whatever You Want' it was a lopsided endeavor, that covered many genre's, which resulted in lackluster sales and void of radio airplay.  Producers like Dallas August and Guru contributed effiorts, but failed to strike a cord with old and new fans.

Today Davenport still records and tours extensively throughout the states and abroad.  Eventhough she and The Heavies parted ways citing irreconcilable differences, from time to time, they reunite to tour when the elements are right.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Brittany Daniel's SCARE

Actress Brittany Daniel secretly battled cancer in 2011 after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The blonde beauty, who starred opposite her twin sister Cynthia in 1994 teen drama series Sweet Valley High, had been suffering severe back pain, night sweats and flu-like symptoms in the summer of 2011 when she learned she had stage four cancer.

She tells People magazine, "I was in unbearable pain, and I knew something wasn't right. But I don't think any of us were expecting what we heard."

Daniel underwent six months of chemotherapy and spent the following 18 months in recovery, turning to natural treatments like acupuncture, as she bounced back from her health crisis.

She says, "I lost all my hair. It stripped me of everything. My exterior was taken away so I could see who I really was on the inside... It's the hardest thing I've gone through, but it showed me who I am."

Daniel, who turned 38 on Monday (17Mar14), has since been declared cancer-free and she is only now opening up about her battle with the disease in a bid to help others going through similar health struggles.

The Game star explains, "I just needed time to emotionally recover (from her cancer battle). But I want people going through cancer to know they're not alone. The odds were stacked against me but I'm a warrior. Now I'm just enjoying every day."

OWN network scores ..

Oprah's 'Have and Have Not's' season finale pulled in 3.6 million viewers. Guess some people are watching the OWN network after all. Congratulations Momma 'O' and Tyler Perry!
#HaveandHaveNots



Celebration of Gospel

'Celebration of Gospel' Hosted by Taraji P. Henson and the upcoming 'Empire' series on FOX!!
Airing on BET in April ...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hollywood Royalty ...

Diahann Carroll was Julia, Claudine, Sister, Domingue, Marian, Nora Desmond and countless others in her illustrious career!! 

It gets NO better than Diahann Carroll 

Family Betrayal II

Anyone remember Jermaine Jackson's 'diss' record 'Word To The Badd' about his brother Michael Jackson? Supposedly he wrote it because Michael wouldn't return his phone calls; who does that? He chose to stay at Motown, when the Jacksons left, and clearly Michael's star could NOT be denied. Take a listen to Jermaine's sour grapes below, and share your thoughts.

http://youtu.be/88d67-ypsXM

Loser Mr. Claymation 

Family Betrayal ....

Cecelia M. Bartie Elderly Abuser, Alcoholic, Scheming Con Artist
Anthony Bartie Money, Forgery, Scheming, Womanizer, Emblezzler, Con Artist

Family Inheritance: Judge order DENIED!! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kevin Knighton 360

Linday Lohan's BROTHEL is between her legs.  Momma 'O's fully competing, her OWN network scored 3.6 million viewers for the season finale of  'The Have and Have Not's' serial. Chris Brown's 'sexual escapades's gets him tossed out of Rehab and into the slammer.


Selling it !!!!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Missing You!!

Left-Eye ..... Ms. Lisa Lopes I MISS U!!

A Super Nova whos bright light ... Fizzled

Friday, March 14, 2014

Can I Count it off ...

Up and coming actor Chadwick Boseman stars as the Godfather of Soul, in Universal's Get On Up the long awaited James Brown biopic, which finds 42 star Chadwick Boseman getting on the good foot as the lead funketeer.

The picture recounts the "rags-to-riches" story of the hardest working man in show business, from his impoverished childhood, time in prison and ascendancy to superstardom. A sub-plot also involves Brown's mother, whom will be played by Viola Davis, who abandoned him at age 6, and his aunt (played by Octavia Spencer), who raised him in a brothel.  Brown was also a womanizer, so look for a bevy of women throughout.

Get On Up also stars Craig Robinson, Dan Aykroyd, Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott and Tika Sumpter,  will hit theaters on August 1, 2014. The soundtrack is guranteed to be a banger, with Brown's legendary catalog.

Fundamentals/TGIF

Happy Friday everyone, ... Let's Talk about It!!

Telling the truth and being honest, doesn't necessarily change the opinion of people, most choose to believe what they want to believe.  In an empty heart its easier to live it flawed, than healed.   Some matters take time and some things longer than others.  What is designed for you, has already been written, its just a matter of realization, of the tools that you're given.  Deception comes in all forms, evil can rise from your family, friends and foes, shielding yourself is the protective armor that is dutifully needed.  Masking is a professional art, hiding the pain and disappointment takes much work, far more energy than its worth.  Reward yourself in knowing who dwells in the most high.  

The triumphs come when you walk in tune with our Father's words and the mission that you're task to complete.   Its more than receiving, the notion is about what is deserved, and freely given.  Life is a Journey, not a destination, there are no mistakes, hiccups are tossed in, that challenge your faith.  Fundamentals are the key factor of travel and exploration, shapes and patterns are intricate details in getting to all that is Heavenly.   Prolonging the inevitable is more circumstantial than consequential, understanding the aftermath is the right passage, to your atonement.

What Are You Doing With Your life?

http://youtu.be/Vj6fcR4umYI

Best'
It 'aint' for everybody .... 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Flashback Who's That ...

Flashback Who's That Thursday:

'World Outside My Window' was released March March 19, 2002 by artist Glenn Lewis who is a Canadian R&B and neo soulsinger–songwriter, best known for his singles "Don't You Forget It" and "It's Not Fair".   Lewis has cited Stevie Wonder as his biggest inspiration, and Lewis has often been compared to him because of the similarities in their tones.  Lewis debut was well received and sold moderately, and wet his fans palate for a followup, which wasnt to be for a decade.  A few label changes and politics found Glenn Lewis faces the challenges that many artist encounter being in the Recording Industry.


On April 29, 2013 Lewis debuted his single "Can't Say Love" which was Number 2 most added at Urban AC Radio and hit Number 25 on BDS.  His long awaited followup album Moment of Truth was released October 15, 2013 and features production from Grammy Award winning duo Dre & Vidal, DJ Camper, Carvin Haggins & Ivan Barias, as well as a duet with Roc Nation vocalist Melanie Fiona, who also is also canadian.   'Moment' didn't contain the fire, nor  the attention of his debut.  Currently Lewis is touring throughout the country.

http://youtu.be/Tc4mRi7W2Ls

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

All that Glitters ...

Is Oscar Pistorius (the South African Blade-Runner) 'Innocent' or just a 'Guilty' murdering control freak? If found guilty, he faces up to 25 years in jail.  It just goes to prove that what glitters, isn't always a golden life. In my opinion, he's guilty. In South Africa, the Judge renders a decision NOT a jury.
Was living the charmed life ...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Motown's Brilliance ...


Remembering Tammi Terrell.  I betcha you didnt that Stevie Wonder wrote 'All I Do' in 1966 when he was sixteen years old.  At the time Terrell was a newly signed Motown artist who made Stevie's masterpiece, her very own.   The song never chartered.   She went on to greater heights as a duet partner with another Motown artist Marvin Gaye.   In October 1967, Terrell was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  She had eight unsuccessful operations before succumbing to the illness on March 16, 1970 at the age of 24.  

Wonder later recorded 'All I Do' in 1980.  Just goes to show you that a 'classic' lyric stands the test of time and reaffirms the Brilliance of Stevie Wonder and the Motown catalog.

http://youtu.be/JV2e0_SgXCc

Tami Roman joins EXTANT

Tami Roman star is on the rise. She joins Halle Berry and Sergio Harford on EXTANT, the new CBS series starring Berry, debuts July 2 - 2014. She plays 'Cass Hendy'. This is a nice come up for Roman, hopefully her WWE smack down days of reality television, are OVER!!

Tami Roman we got our eyes on you 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Kevin Knighton - 360

http://youtu.be/bC0N7536kus

Billie Jean NOR Miki Howard was Michael Jacksons Lover .... Tito bring me a tissue!!

Forever in our hearts ....MJ

Saturday, March 8, 2014

'EXTANT' debuts July 2

Meet Halle Berry's NEW man Sergio Harford who plays her love interest 'Marcus Dawkins' on CBS new series 'EXTANT' starring Berry, debuting July 2-2014. Will you tune in?
Sergio Harford is ready for his closeup ...

Friday, March 7, 2014

Intentional/TGIF

Happy Friday everyone, ... Let's Talk about It!!

Each new day is a gift, a Blessing and a honor.  Life will always have meaning and purpose, whether its hidden or transparent.  Roadmaps tells the testimony of the journey, ignore the roadblocks, those are temporary and are a non factor.  Your focus should remain acute.   Forward movement is to be the 'change' that you would like to see.  We must participate in life, than merely exist.  Truly maturing gives curve balls, and things at times are VERY complicated and convoluted, which all help to shape and mold us into beautiful masterpieces.

The structure in which you are to grow, is to assert change in your life for productivity.  The balancing act to living, is understanding the choices that we make, and the priorities that we focus on.   Anything worth achieving, the dedication will come from hard work and being intentional, in the strides that you take and the rapport that you initiate.  Lets lift the fallen flock, repair what needs to be restored and heal what is wounded.  The spirit of discernment is a blessing and a curse.  Thanks be to God for allowing (me/you) the fortitude to see right through people, and the patience and compassion, to love them anyway.

What Are You Doing With Your Life?

http://youtu.be/05RTob63OL8

Best'

This is the day that the Lord ....

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tito bring me a tissue ...

Okay so I think I saw the 'real' Billie Jean working at Pinks on Labrea@Melrose ... So maybe TMZ can ask her if the baby's father is Joe, Randy, Tito, Jermaine ... hell even Freddie Jackson, just NOT Michael Jackson's.  Miki Howard DID play Billie Holiday in a movie, she also recorded a tribute album to Billie Holiday, but thats where the comparisons begin AND end!! LoL #thatisall

http://youtu.be/DJL1-2SVpu4

'Classic Jackson 5'

Flashback Who's That ...

Flashback Who's That Thursday!
Most will instantly recognize singer Tanya Blount from the movie 'Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit where she sang  "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" with Lauryn Hill.  Blount appeared on the 'Big Break' television show (similar to Star Search) hosted by Natalie Cole from there she  secured a recording contract with Polydor Records at age 19.  At 20 saw the release of her first album, Natural Thing, was released in 1994 and peaked at number seven on the R&B chart.  The album's first single "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" peaked to #57 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart. Two singles followed, "Through the Rain" peaking at #27 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and "Hold On" at (#66)  by 1995 she received a nomination for Best New Artist at the Soul Train Awards.  Like so often in the music industry grear artisr fall through the cracks, Blount only recorded one project for Polydor, without a followup, chalk it up to politics.

Today her focus is on musical theatre in productions including What Every Woman Wants, Sneaky, Preacher's Kids,Born to Sing! and Christmas in Washington.  Her voice is one to be heard, and her talent cannot be denied.