Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Reigning Ross


Supreme Radiating - Legend-Trailblazer-Icon Mother-Producer-Singer-Actress-Divine-Class Royalty all things that easily define the dynamic  Diana Ross.  Currently on tour and Headlining this years Essence Festival in New Orleans.  The mother of five with a Net worth of over 300 million dollars.  This class act, shows NO signs of slowing down.  Paving the way for girl groups like The Emotions, En Vogue, Destiny's Child, SWV, Xscape, The Jones Girls, Three Degrees, Wild Orchid. and female singers like Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu and countless others.  



Diane Ernestine Earle Ross was born March 26, 1944.  Ross was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown's most successful act, and is to this day the United States' most successful vocal group, as well as one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Ross' success as lead singer of The Supremes made it possible for future African-American R&B and soul acts to find mainstream success.  The group released a record-setting twelve number-one hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, including "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love", "You Can't Hurry Love", "You Keep Me Hangin' On", "Love Child", and "Someday We'll Be Together".



After going solo in 1970, Ross went on to solo success and film acclaim starring in the Billie Holiday story 'Lady Sings The Blues' which earned her an academy award nomination for Best Actress

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Untimely ...


Untimely - Within a blinking of an eye, the life of Selena, Aaliyah and Lisa 'Left-Eye' Lopes.   The untimely tragic passing of these three young ladies, whose star was on the rise.  So much promise, so much hard work and dedication.  Their smiles, beauty, laughter, brought us all to tears when the news hit of their tragic ending, a young life interrupted.

I often wonder if they were still here ... if Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce Knowles and Nicki Minaj would be the mega stars that they are today.  Clearly that absence open doors.  Talk about Super Nova's lights that shine so brightly, the wattage, bound to fizzle out.  The grace that they left us with, continues to live on, in our hearts ,minds, and memories.




Sunday, June 11, 2017

Vamos ...


10 - French Open King Rafa Nadal wins his 10 French Open Championship in three sets 626361 against Stan Wawrinka. VAMOS!!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Missing You


Happy (59) Birthday Prince ...

Country Pop


Classy, Hot or Tainted - American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and Miranda Lambert, which one do you find to be either.  Underwood has beauty and powerful vocals. Taylor Swift is a singing songwriter dynamo and Miranda Lambert is Country America's sweetheart, especially with The world witnessing her heartbreak and divorce from Blake Shelton.  All three ladies have found their niche and are competing in the same market places. All are competing to be the 'it' factor country/pop singer. Their audiences are loyal, radio seems to adore all three.  Seemingly are are media darlings, some loving the attention more than others, when it's all said and done who is the Classy one, The Hot one and the Tainted one??? 




Monday, June 5, 2017

Neo Soul

Neo Soul Kings - The counter parts to Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India Arie, Zhane' of the Neo Soul movement ... Heavily based in soul music, neo soul is distinguished by a less conventional sound than its contemporary R&B counterpart, with incorporated elements ranging from jazz, funk, and hip hop to pop, fusion, and African music. It has been noted by music writers for its traditional R&B influences, conscious-driven lyrics, and strong female presence.


The Neo Soul Movement was developed during the 1980s and early 1990s, in the United States and United Kingdom, as a soul revival movement. It earned mainstream success during the 1990s, with the commercial and critical breakthroughs of several artists, including D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, India Arie, Rahsaan Patterson, Bilal and Donnie their music was marketed as an alternative to the producer-driven, digitally approached R&B of the time.


Since its initial mainstream popularity and impact on the sound of contemporary R&B, neo soul has been expanded and diversified musically through the works of both African-American and international artists. Its mainstream presence declined during the 2000s, although newer artists emerged through more independent means of marketing their music.  The various incarnations of Neo Soul artist has helped to redefine the boundaries and contours of black pop.  Some say that soul music is a dying breed, but I tend to differ.


Praying ...


Friday, June 2, 2017

Cray Cray



TGIF


Make peace with the past, it's the only way to achieve growth and healing for the Future. #TGIF

Beyond The Stars ...


Beyond ...


The ...


Stars ...

CAPTIVATED - The Rise, The Fall, The Men, The Business, The Demons, The Demise.  All of these highly successful females are from various decades, but their stories are very similar.  What glitters isn't always gold.  The entertainment Industry is a tough place to survive, ESPECIALLY if you don't know who you are, or your worth.  The support group around you, can't be opportunistic hanger on types, the foundation has to be firm, genuine, sincere, honest and strong.   These wonderfully talented beautiful ladies, are no longer with us, but undoubtedly left their mark, and will forever be remembered.    
ALL Gone Too Soon!!!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wake Up


LOST - Hang in there Tiger Woods, you're not the first to have a DUI.  Unfortunately the world and culture that you love to involve yourself in, has completely turned their back on you.  They are LOVING this day.  Hopefully you can find yourself and your way back.




Dapper Does It


Dapper ...


Does ...


It!!!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rocks Sweet Soul Brother ... Lenny


Kravitz Rock On ...


Stay Woke


Street renamed in Browder's honor on what would've been his 24th birthday

Kalief Browder, a Bronx, New York, man who committed suicide after spending years in solitary confinement at just 16, will have a street named in his honor.
According to a press release, Council Member Ritchie Torres unveiled the new street sign on what would’ve been Browder’s 24th birthday.
“Renaming a street that will bear his name is not merely an honor for him. It will stand as a moral inspiration to the rest of us,” Torres said Thursday. “The virtue of one’s life is measured by the impact that one has on others. Those of you who knew Kalief are better people for having known him. And those of us who knew of Kalief are better for having been awakened and inspired by his struggle for justice.”

Torres was joined by Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of Browder’s family.
“This is our family’s second year, since Kaliefs untimely death [and] dealing with the loss that not only affects us but everyone who took heart to his story,” Browder’s older brother, Akeem Browder said. “And all that will gather for this street re-naming we can all look up and see ‘Kalief Browder Way’ and think of the legacy he left for us to continue.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

TGIF


Inspiration is the drive that ignites the spark, in your soul, breaking free. #TGIF

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Affirmation

Happy Sunday ...
Remembering GOD's Love
Understanding your worth ...
May GOD Bless us All ...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thieves ...


THIEVES in the TEMPLE.  She never knew law like this before.  The Grammy winning R&B star Stephanie Mills has ended her working relationship with music mogul Hiram Hicks, citing financial discrepancies as the reason.


The 60-year-old vocalist, who headlined a sold-out Mother’s Day concert at the Tropicana Showroom in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday, tells us Hicks was fired the following day.


“Often times when this happens to an artist, they're embarrassed and don't want anyone to know,” Mills told Confidential. But according to Mills, as a single mother raising a special needs son, she feels a need to show strength where she feels that she's been wronged. She says she's disappointed because she'd "trusted" Hicks. 


Hicks, the former president of Island Black Music, had been managing the singer for 3 1/2 years.  Mills says Universal Attractions will oversee all of her performance dates and concert bookings for the time being. The Brooklyn native tells us she’s weighing her legal options against Hicks and plans to use this opportunity to teach younger artists about the industry.  “I decided to come forward to share this because I want to empower other artists to pay attention to their business affairs,” she said. She says she's grateful that her own business acumen led her to suspect that there were problems in her dealings with Hicks, which led to the severance. 



Mills became a household name over 40 years ago, originating the role of Dorothy in the original Broadway production of “The Wiz,” in which she sang the show’s anthem, “Home.” Her yellow-brick road came full circle in 2015 when she was cast as Aunt Em, opposite Shanice Williams' Dorothy in NBC's live version of “The Wiz.”Hicks denies the story."Your information is incorrect," he wrote in an email. "Ms. Mills and I have an ongoing working relationship".  GUESS the old Goat didn't get the MEMO ... Hicks YOU'RE FIRED!!!  Mills doesn't play when it comes to her coins.