Thursday, July 31, 2014

Missing YOU

American born actress Tyra Ferrell, first appeared in Jungle Fever (1991), which starred Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra. She also had roles in films such as Boyz n the Hood (1991),White Men Can't Jump (1992) (which again starred Snipes), and Poetic Justice (1993). On television, Ferrell was featured in the Quantum Leap second season episode "So Help Me God," and at one time Ferrell maintained a recurring role on ER.  She is also credited for her role in the 2000 HBO miniseries The Corner as Ms. Ella.  

In 1991, Ferrell was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World.  In 2005 was nominated for an image award as an outstanding actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 (2004)(TV).    Ferrell retired from acting in 2004, and now resides in Florida,with her husband of twenty plus years.  Hopefully the right role will bring this lovely actress out retirement. She is truly missed on screen.

Flashback Who's That ...

Flashback Who's That Thursday : Floetry

'You give me Butterflies' ... that Michael Jackson wonderment was written by Floetry who was an English R&B duo comprising Marsha Ambrosius ("the Songstress") and Natalie Stewart ("the Floacist"). The group recorded two studio albums, one live album, and sold over 1,500,000 records worldwide. Formed in 1997, Floetry started on the performance poetry stage.

In 2002, the duo released their first album entitled, Floetic. The album sold over 864,000 copies in the United States.   The album spawned the singles "Floetic", the top ten song "Say Yes", and my personal favorite "Getting Late". Following their success, Floetry released their live album Floacism, featuring the single Wanna B Where U R (Thisizzaluvsong).

In 2005, Floetry released their second album Flo'Ology. Two singles were released from this album, "SupaStar" and "Lay Down". Ambrosius left the group in 2007 and has released two critically successful solo projects.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Underrated

Moses Gunn American born actor grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.   He graduated from Tennessee State University after a stint in the army, then went to graduate school at Kansas University, gaining a masters degree. He taught briefly at Grambling College before attempting an acting career in NYC. He married Gwendolyn Mumma Landes in 1966, becoming stepfather to her daughter Kirsten Sarah Landes. They had a son, Justin Moses, in 1970 who became a musician and composer in the Copenhagen-based band,  From Broadway ( The Poison Tree and playing Orthello) to Television and Film screen. Gunn was a very successful character actor with notable roles in Ragtime, which earned him an NAACP award, Roots, The Women of Brewster Place, Hawk,Cooley High, Kung Fu, Good Times, Tales of The Crypt, Bates MotelHomicide just to mention a few over his 25 year acting career.  Gunn passed away in 1993 at the tender of 64 from complications of asthma in GuilfordConnecticut on December 16, 1993.

Moses Gunn


My CHOICE 2016

CHOICE - Hillary Clinton 2016 and A damn good book. Besides every strong man is a strong woman. 

Hillary R. Clinton

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Affirmation

Happy SUNDAY everyone ...
Let's give GOD the Glory, for this is the day, that The Lord hath made. GOD is good all the time. I haven't seen a rainbow in quite some time, I woke up this morning, a gift, in my right mind, a blessing and looked out my window , and saw a piece of Heaven! Get yours everybody. Have a BLESSED day!
#Faith #Sunday #Gratitude

Heavenly Graces of God

Friday, July 25, 2014

Path/TGIF

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

Open your heart and free the blockage, that prevents you from forgiveness.  Stop blocking your blessings, your Path has goals, accomplishments and moments of surrender.  The three F's in my daily prayers are for my Family, Friends and Foes,  Ironically at some point those in your life, could be all three.  Praying for others is when alchemy occurs.  Holding on to blame and anger, takes far more work than if you allow the Universe to do its job.  Understand this, standing up for yourself, knowing that your road might be one of isolation and solitude.  It can be a lonely road, but its the 'only' road.  Some will label you as 'difficult' or 'different'.  Fear can creep in, when your unsure, its imperative that we think for ourselves, no matter how its received.  

Do not deflect your blessings, you must address what hinders your Path.  Miracles are natural expressions of love, you must be open to receive it.  What are you not giving?   Take an active role in ownership.  I can not say this enough, we as people, must learn to get out of our own way.  Character is illustrated in how you treat those who can do nothing for you.  Grace is your only Path.

What Are You Doing With Your Life?


Best'


Kevin Knighton

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Best Man IIIQuel

Sequels - Universal has set a day for the release of the threequel of The Best Man. Titled The Best Man Wedding, the film will premiere April 15, 2015. Wirter/Director Malcolm D. Lee had always wanted the film to be a trilogy. The group has grown from the original The Best Man back in 1999, to 2013's The Best Man Holiday and now he'll get the chance to bring everyone back to "celebrate the group's most unexpected wedding to date."

April 15 - 2015 ...get ready!!

New Music ...

Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda' drops July 28.


Nicki Minaj

Flashback Who's That ...

Flashback Who's That Thursday:


Groove Theory is an American R&B duo, with former member, singer-songwriter Amel Larrieux and songwriter/producer/actorBryce Wilson. The group is best known for their 1995 gold-single selling pop/R&B hit, "Tell Me", which reached the top five of Billboard 's Hot 100 and the US Billboard R&B chart.


Two other singles included "Baby Luv" and my personal fave "Keep Trying", which reached numbers 18 and 36.  Their album was certified gold.  The duo were in demand touring and guesting on various projects as well as Larrieux guesting on a project called 'Sweetback' which used Sade band members who  released a CD featuring the single 'You Will Rise'.
Groove Theory parted ways in 1999, Wilson recorded with another singer named Makeda Davis and signed with Columbia   in 2000 and begun working on a followup to their debut album entitled 'The Answer' which was never released


Wilson wasn't happy with the shift over at Columbia and asked to be released from his contract.  Fast forward to 2010 Wilson and Larrieux reunited for spot tour dates as Groove Theory and went back into the studio to record.  In the meantime Amel Larrieux continues to release solo projects, and has a cult following, while Bryce Wilson started his own label, and continues to be a sought out Producer and Actor(Beauty Shop,Trois,Hairshow).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hollywood Elite ...

Dean Martin, Diahann Carroll and Frank Sinatra during their Rat Pack era.

Dean, Diahann and Frank ...


Remembering ...

Today marks three years since the death of singer, songwriter and producer Amy Winehouse. Such a haunting talented lady.  Hopefully she has found the Peace that she so righteously deserved! Rest In Peace Amy, we will always remember you!!

Amy Winehouse

Collaborations ...

The Cotton Club is a 1984 crime-drama, centered on a Harlem jazz club of the 1930s, the Cotton Club.  The movie cast Richard Gere, Lonette McKee, Gregory Hines and Diane Lane.  Francis Ford Coppola directed it.  

A musician named Dixie Dwyer begins working with mobsters to advance his career but falls in love with the girlfriend of gangland kingpin Dutch Schultz.

A dancer from Dixie's neighborhood, Sandman Williams, is hired with his brother by the Cotton Club, a jazz club where most of the performers are black and the customers white. Owney Madden, a mobster, owns the club and runs it with his right-hand man, Frenchy.

The Cotton Club was privately financed, paid for almost entirely by brothers Fred and Ed Doumani of Las Vegas. The movie was not successful, making only $25,928,721 on a budget of over $50 million.  

Gregory Hines and Lonette McKee

Kevin Knighton's 360


Kevin Knighton 360

http://youtu.be/JW0K8v7UhT8

(Zac Efron, Ray J, Bill Clinton's 'energizer' Drake's sex produces 'Powder', Poor Beyonce', Trey Songz, Robin Thicke, Mariah and J.Lo ALL tank on the charts, Natalie Cole trash talks Patti LaBelle)
#ZacEfron #RayJ #Drake #JillScott #JLo#MariahCarey #StuartScott #PopCulture#TaylorLautner #TreySongz

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Breed ..

Beautiful Jhene Aiko is a new up and coming singers, reminds you of Amerie.  She's a mixture of sex kitten meets Sade.
As Jhene's fans anticipate the release of her new album, featuring the new single "The Pressure.” On the smooth track, the 26-year-old sings about the pressure of keeping her man happy, while making moves in her music career. Clink on the link below.



Monday, July 21, 2014

Courage and Conviction

Courage and Conviction - Stuart Scott's moving speech last week at the ESPY's was a real tear jerker, and spoke deeply to perseverance and strength. We as humans, must deal with the hands that we are dealt, how we treat others through the adversities and struggle, is where character is built. Public figures like it or not become role models, some win at it, while others may fall short. Stuart Scott is WINNING!! His speech at the ESPY's showed the fighter, the strength and the gratitude. Well done my friend. We can all 'pause' and give thanks for our life, no matter what we may go through, a deeper struggle is out there. Click the link below to view Stuart's acceptance speech.
(http://youtu.be/K9cSX5XPY70)
Stuart Scott is WINNING!!

Covers

The Mad scientist Kanye West graces the cover of the August Edition of GQ.  Say what you like, but you can deny his talent and Intrigue.  Though he doesn't always make greatest choices, hence illustrated by who he chose to marry.  He always makes a statement.  KK

Kanye

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rest In Peace

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86.


He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner's identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.


Happy Sunday ...

To God Be The Glory .... I surrender All!!
The Gospel. Truth is the Only way!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Addicted ...

Addicted starring Boris Kudjoe, Sharon Leal and Tyson Beckford
Coming soooioooon!  Click the link for the trailer preview below!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Unfamiliar/TGIF

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

We're not meant to be perfect, we're meant to be whole.  We are not in control of our destiny, God is.  Needs versus Wants, is when the irrational part of you has to exercise a lesson in patience.  Time works in its own way, rushes at its own convenience and slows down at a moments notice.  What is truly meant, will be greeted with purpose.   To stay, to wait, to sit STILL and be at one with the Universe and GOD is the highest form is spirituality.  Let him use you, seek his temple, seek his wisdom and honor him in truth.  You must have many conversations and release your vulnerabilities in order to benefit a deeper understanding.   Without application the work means, nothing.  To get a different result, you have to prepare oneself to try something that is unfamiliar, to get something that you've never had, is to be willing to do something that you've never done.

On the mountain top, you can surrender all, you can look to the hills, you have the fortitude to understand the rest.   The why question brings wisdom, to the yearning, to seek answers  to your curiosities.   Going within, is having a certain solitude moment of enhancement, to listen absorb, observe, learn to listen to that inner voice, the one that you constantly second guess, but the one that will never leads you astray.  We must learn to trust the journey of the miracles and Blessings.

What Are You Doing With Your Life?

Best'



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy (79) Birthday


Happy Birthday to Iconic Legend the one and only Diahann Carroll.  A singer. Broadway stage, film, television actress, she has conquered them ALL.  I had the lovely pleasure of spending the evening with her a few years back, when she was on tour promoting her book 'The Legs Are The Last Thing To Go' it was one of the highlights of my life.  Diahann Carroll was born July 17, 1935.  She has had a long, successful career that has spanned nearly six decades. After appearing in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts such as Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959) and on Broadway in 1962 Tony Award for Best Actress – No Stringsshe starred in Julia (1968), one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role.  Next she tackled the role of 'Claudine' trying to stay one step ahead of Mr Welfare man with James Earl Jones, which garnered her an Academy Award nomination.  On to her next project was Sister, Sister with Irene Cara and the late actress Rosaland Cash.  Later she created the role of Dominique  Deveraux televisions first black b*tch on the  prime time soap operaDynasty.  Having to knock down doors became the way of life for Ms. Carroll, on Broadway she played the role of Agnes in 'Agnes of God' and Nora Desmond in Sunset Boulevard two roles that were typically cast for a Caucasian.  Those are just some of the highlights of her illustrious career. 



Today many up and coming African American actresses are able to get work in television/film because of Carroll's groundbreaking work.  She is the recipient of numerous stage and screen awards and nominations. Carroll has been married four times and became the mother of a daughter in 1960. She is a breast cancer survivor and activist.  Diahann Carroll was scheduled to return to the Broadway stage in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun as Mama, but withdrew prior to opening.  Ms. Carroll is true Hollywood Royalty!

The one and only Diahann Carroll


Flashback Who's That ...


Beauty and Brains. singer, actress, songwriter and producer 
Amerie Mi Marie Rogers known professionally as Ameriie (previously Amerie), is an American entertainer.   A Georgetown graduate with a BA degree in English and Fine Arts minor in design.  While studying at Georgetown, Amerie befriended a Washington, D.C. club promoter who eventually put her in touch with producer Rich Harrison.  After working on a demo she landed a record deal with Columbia records, making her debut in 2002 with the album All I Have, primarily co-written and produced by Rich Harrison, it was well received in the urban market. In 2005, Ameriie released her biggest hit to date, "1 Thing" (a sound that her label mate Beyonce' borrowed) the lead single from her second album, Touch, which garnered her crossover recognition and earned two Grammy Award nominations. Her third album, Because I Love It, achieved moderate international success in 2007, although it was not released in North America, and she subsequently left her label Columbia Records. Ameriie released her fourth studio album, In Love & War, in 2009, her first album under Island Def Jam.  Def Jam, in my opinion seemingly failed the 'Amerie' movement, it boogles the mind, how someone can be a marketing departments dream, but find resistance at radio and fail to make a dent with the consumer, tends to make you wonder, how a hit record is really achieved ...payola or lack thereof.  Ten years later '1 Thing' is still a banger.  So what happened to Amerie??

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Genius


From the Book of 
Genius - Stevie Wonder words have already been said, but when I think of his contributions to music and the world, Im know that Im witnessing GOD at his finest. You deal with the hand that you are dealt, facing them head on. Please click this link (http://youtu.be/gZyB8PPDDAA) to listen to one of my all time favorite moments of Stevie's greatness, and believe me, I have many, but this one always moves me to tears EVERY single time. Enjoy KK

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Open Forum ...

Love is free, Hate is taught, The choice of who you fall in love with is out of your control. Blood flows through our veins, its virtually essential to our existence. Same sex marriage May or may not be for everyone. Most people fear things, that they don't understand. I say open your minds to conversations. You might be surprised at what you can learn. I dream of the day when racism and bigotry will end. Color is found in a box of crayons, we all have the same tools, our experiences culturally, may be different, but more similar than different. Let's be cognizant of what we're teaching our children and the examples that we are setting.#Love #Peace #Understanding #Hope#OpenMinds #Encouragement #Education #Media



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Game on !!!!

Legends AND Champions - Venus and Serena Williams came on the scene and gave the WTA a fit!!! How could these two black girls from the 'PRO jects' (lol) enter the Tennis arena rocking braids, beads and cornrows. The commentators talked crap, as they often do, the players were racist, as they often are. None of that stopped the Williams sister, they let their game do the talking, and it spoke VOLUMES! Undeniably two of the greatest players to ever play the game, and whether the tennis association or former has been tennis players and legends will ever care to admit to, these two ladies single handedly made Tennis popular with the public, like never before. So GAME on B*tches ... In the words of Nicki Minaj 'It Is What It Is'! Moral of the story, it doesn't matter where or how you start, its how you finish. #VenusWilliams #SerenaWilliams#Tennis #WTA

http://youtu.be/NtTR3ucbk4w


Friday, July 11, 2014

Complexity/TGIF

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

The answers may change until you get it right, true experience is the best teacher, and learning valuable lessons, may be the hardest shells to crack.  You owe it to yourself to fully press forth, its your right.  Being unapologetic is standing strong by your convictions, which is about strength in character, not everyone will understand, nor should they.  This walk was uniquely designed with purpose. specifically for you, and rightfully so.  Testimony comes from strain, thats how we breakthrough.

Individuality has its own uniqueness, and Is very liberating.  Understanding your option, of not just going along with the group, it shows you think for yourself, and aren't afraid of the consequences.   Complexity is just that, a difference, Ideas, Concepts and Principles, some view it as being difficult or strong willed.  As complexities go I can be difficult (we all can) I'm very grateful to those who love me in spite of myself, at times I can be a lot to put up with.   I say if you can prove a point or perhaps show me a different way that is plausible, Im in full support of being led, on the days that I may fall short.  In effect mode is constantly seeking ways to sharpen your skills.  The brain is God given and our finest tool, we must keep feeding the machine.

What Are You Doing With Your Life?

http://youtu.be/QRUba8smRj0

Best'



Kevin Knighton
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Covers - Lauryn Hill

Covers - Lauryn Hill is a part of Hip Hop royalty. Her 'Misseducation' spoke to a nation, and empowered women to champion their own, dreams, desires and gave them strength to demand what they wanted out of their relationships and set the guidelines to their boundaries. Hill's 'Misseducation' was an EPIC time in music and one of those rare moments where a female won the Grammy for 'Album Of The Year'. 

http://youtu.be/QRUba8smRj0

Flashback Who's That ...

Hard to believe that its been over fourteen years since Michael Eugene Archer better known by his stage name D'Angelo, got every female and 'some' males panties wet, with his 'How Does It Feel' Video.  D'Angelo is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwritermulti-instrumentalist and record producer.  He is known for his production and songwriting talents as much as for his vocal abilities, and often draws comparisons to his influences, Marvin Gaye, and Prince.  D'Angelo was one of the most influential artists during the rise of the neo soul movement.  His debut album 'Brown Sugar' was released in 1995 contained four singles, including the gold-selling Hot 100 hit "Lady" and R&B top-ten singles "Brown Sugar", "Cruisin'" and my personal favorite 'When We Got By'. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, selling over 1.5 million copies in the U.S.   Battling personal demons has kept D'Angelo in and out of the spotlight for several years at at time, he fathered a child with r&b singer Angie Stone, and several drug arrests.  Currently he's in the studio working on his long awaited followup to 'Voodoo'.  After several failed attempts his record label promises to have a new full length project in the marketplace by the end of this year, but in the meantime 'Brown Sugar' and 'Voodoo' are still 'timeless' pieces of art.  His covers of Eddie Kendricks 'Girl, You Need A Change Of Mind' and the Ohio Players 'Heaven Must Be Like This' are cult favorites. Whats undeniable is the fact that he's respected by his peers, and possesses a talent that can not be denied.