Apparently, EURweb senior editor DeBorah B. Pryor has been steppin’ out on us. As it turns out, she and ‘Michael and Me’ author, Shana Mangatal, have been hosting Facebook Live videos, and from the number of views and active participation, MJ fans have been overjoyed at the teaming — with some even saying they should get a talk show!
In this, the 2nd of their FB Live videos, Shana reveals exclusive never-before-released naughty lyrics dictated to her by Michael Jackson over the phone, when she was a receptionist at the office of his management team, Sandy Gallin and Associates. Continue reading →
*One of the hallmarks of Oleta Adams’ 45 year career has been the authenticity she brings to any and every lyric. Whether it’s the yearning behind her 1990 breakout hit “Get Here,” her incendiary cover of Billy Joel’s “New York State Of Mind”, or the joy that runs through her 2006 holiday collection Christmas Time With Oleta, Adams’ listeners never have had to wonder whether the artist is feeling what she’s singing.
Fans may be surprised to hear that there was a time when Adams felt pressured to sing what her audience wanted to hear, rather than what was in her heart.
“Mostly I did hotel gigs,” Adams remembers of the days before she became a household name. “They were usually big hotels that had conventions coming in — funeral directors, insurance people, medical people, professional athletes, all sorts of people.”
“How do you keep an audience that doesn’t know what you do? You have to perform the songs they’re familiar with, and that’s the top of the charts on the radio — whether you’re feeling those songs or not.”
Adams, 63 recalls that early stage in her career when she dedicated her performances’ third set to songs that she wanted to do, with less pressure on what was expected of her. That same freedom — to sing the songs she wants to sing — is behind her phenomenal new album, aptly entitled Third Set. Continue reading →
*I’ve never quite understood why the legendary Kenny G didn’t get more props.
I’ve been a fan of his since 1986, after a single listen to “Don’t Make Me Wait For Love” from his breakthrough Duotones album. That collection also included “Songbird” which established him — with his sublime saxophone — as a force to be reckoned with on R & B, pop, and Adult Contemporary radio.
The artist formerly known as Kenneth Gorelick went on to release hit after hit and several multiplatinum albums, eventually becoming the world’s best selling instrumentalist. A couple of his projects broke records that remain unchallenged: his 1992 Breathless set still stands as the best selling instrumental album of all time, having sold over 12 million copies. That album’s follow-up, 1994’s Miracles, has sold an unprecedented eight million copies to-date, dwarfing the sales of all other Christmas albums. The artist regularly collaborated with artists like Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, Toni Braxton, and Babyface. Continue reading →
(LOS ANGELES, CA) The 10th Annual Toast to Urban Entertainment Executives Honoring Women returns with a new round of incredible women making strides in the urban entertainment and media industries. This event acknowledges the contributions made to Urban Entertainment by outstanding female industry executives in television, film, news, multimedia, music, and more in honor of Women’s History Month.
Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates, partnered with sponsors REVOLT TV, Rolling Out Moreno BHLV, Luster Products, MIQ, Urban Network Digital, Warner Bros. Records and SESAC will honor four women on March 22, 2016 at the Cinematic Pictures Group. Continue reading →
*Back in the old days, you had to wait for summer for a cinematic summer blockbuster. Sounds reasonable, right? Well, thanks to Kong: Skull Island, summer has arrived — at the movies, at least — a few months early.
It only took 84 years for Hollywood to make a worthy successor to the original King Kong. which terrified audiences when it debuted in 1933 as one of Tinsel Town’s first “talkies.” No, I was NOT there…but I’m told theaters had to hire medical professionals to be on hand during screenings, as audiences members routinely fainted when Kong showed up on screen.
*The Los Angeles Women’sTheatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 24 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.
The longest-running annual solo festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will take place March 23-26, 2017 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood and at the Electric Lodge in Venice.
The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony on March 23, 2017 will be held in honor of exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theatre. This will be held at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027. There is free parking onsite. Following the reception at 7:00 p.m., the festivities continue at 8:00 p.m. with the presentation of the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow, Maverick and Infinity Awards to distinguished women. (Integrity Awardee- Megan Cavallari; Eternity Awardee- Barbara Morrison; Rainbow Awardee- Estelle Campbell; Rainbow Awardee- Leslie K. Johnson; Maverick Awardee- Paulina Sahagun; and posthumously, Infinity Awardee- Doris Roberts.
The theme of the Opening Night Program on March 23 is STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF…. The evening will be directed by Adleane Hunter andhosted by Hattie Winston (Becker) and Ted Lange (The Love Boat). Back by popular demand will be award-winning vocalist Eloise Laws. There will also be a performance by emerging vocalist Payton Aurora Jones.Continue reading →
The record for the most people knitting simultaneously happened in September 2012 in Royal Albert Hall, London, when 3,083 people knitted together for 15 minutes. However, that record may soon be beat by the Rose City Yarn Crawl knitters, who congregate in the greater Portland area every year to celebrate the four-day knitting extravaganza.
The Rose City Yarn Crawl involves thousands upon thousands of knitters, crocheters, and spinners getting their ‘passports’ stamped as they try to visit every one of the 13 participating fabric and knitting shops. If they manage to hit every one, they’ll be entered to win a grand prize. Each store involved has sales and incentives for buyers to attend, purchase some materials, and get their passports stamped.
The tradition was born in 2009 and has developed into a citywide celebration. The last event, which ran from March 2 to March 5, was expected to be the biggest one yet. Last year’s Rose City Yarn Crawl had 4,500 attendees, and over the four days, participating stores documented more than 17,100 customers. Continue reading →
*Now it can be told! Two days after the last Presidential election, President Barack Obama welcomed President-Elect Donald Trump for a 90-minute meeting at the White House, to initiate the peaceful transition of power. The future of Western Civilization depended upon the propitious conclusion of this meeting.
So… What the hell exactly happened on Thursday, November 10, 2016?
You won’t learn it from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC World News, or The Wall Street Journal. You’ll have to see the new play Transition to learn the truth.Continue reading →