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  • 0 Will Smith, Bo Diddley, and Hancock

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/03/2008

    Once again, the world will be hearing the lasting influence of Bo Diddley in Will Smith's new summer "super hero" send off, Hancock, hitting movie theaters just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend. Classic R&B, rock, soul, and pop music legend Bo Diddley recently passed away. His song, "Who Do You Love," is performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers for the Hancock soundtrack connection. Will Hancock be another silver screen smash hit for "Big Willy?" Maybe, however win or lose at the box office, Bo Diddley's music gets another high mileage vehicle in which to cruise. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 BET Awards Captured by Kanye & Keys

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/25/2008

    Here are some of the 2008 BET Award Winners: Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown Best Group: UGK Best Gospel: Marvin Sapp Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Missy Elliott Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kanye West Video of the year: UGK featuring Outkast - "International Player's Anthem" Best Video Director: Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto Best Actress: Halle Berry Best Actor: Denzel Washington Best Female Athlete: Candace Parker Best Male Athlete: Kobe Bryant Best New Artist: The Dream Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 BET Awards Hype Hughley as Host

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/24/2008

    Comedian D.L. Hughley will pilot the 2008 BET Awards scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th at 8:00 pm Eastern. BET loves to air this showcase several times, so look for it to be repeated often on your TV screen in the coming weeks. Quincy Jones, who has more trophies than he can count, will be honored with a humanitarian award. Al Green will receive a lifetime achievement award. Among the scheduled performers: Usher (shown here), Alicia Keys, Nelly, Kanye West, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, and Al Green. There are 16 categories in which various nominees will be honored. For the 2 R&B categories, we have... Best Female R&B Artist: Mary J. Blige Mariah Carey Keyshia Cole Alicia Keys Rihanna Best Male R&B Artist: Raheem DeVaughn J. Holiday Ne-Yo Trey Songz Chris Brown Interestingly, the nominated guys are mostly new school, whereas most of the ladies have been around for awhile with significant track records. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 New Edition Collects Cool Candy Award

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 06/04/2008

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor New Edition at their 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Celebrating their 25th anniversary as a group, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe and Johnny Gill helped create the popular new jack swing sound of the early 1980's. New Edition Albums: Candy Girl New Edition All For Love Christmas All Over the World Under the Blue Moon Heart Break Home Again One Love New Edition Hits: "Candy Girl" "Popcorn Love" "Cool It Now" "Mr. Telephone Man" "Count Me Out" "A Little Bit of Love (Is All It Takes)" "Earth Angel" "Can You Stand the Rain" "If It Isn't Love" "You're Not My Kind of Girl" "Hit Me Off" Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Motown's Funk Brothers Honored for Excellence

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/20/2008

    Congratulations to Motown's legendary Funk Brothers, who will be honored at the 19th Annual Heroes and Legends Awards and Scholarship gala in Beverly Hills, California on September 28th. Eddie Willis, Uriel Jones, and Bob Babbitt are the remaining active Funk Brothers. When you listen to the Motown hits, you are listening to the instrumental artistry of the Funk Brothers. The Heroes and Legends Scholarship Foundation was created by Motown songwriter Janie Bradford to aid "at risk" youth and to publicly recognize others who share her vision. HAL spotlights positive role models from many diverse backgrounds, including leaders in the fields of music, theater, motion pictures and business. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Tresvant, Burke, Green & Summer Heat Up Spring

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/16/2008

    Cuing up some new releases in the coming weeks are Donna Summer, Al Green, Solomon Burke, and Ralph Tresvant... Donna Summer, Crayons, Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Al Green, Lay It Down, Tuesday, May 27 Solomon Burke, Like A Fire, Tuesday, June 10 Ralph Tresvant, "It Must Be You," (single) from the former New Edition vocalist, Tuesday, July 1 Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Ross - LaBelle - Khan and Knight Reunited

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 05/06/2008

    Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan graced the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for 2 shows this past weekend for the benefit of the Masonic Medical Research Lab. There's an interesting take on the diva factor of these ladies from Jim Farber that appeared in the New York Daily News, Sunday, May 4, 2008. If you have the printed version of the actual newspaper, the chart that Farber created is very amusing. New Yorkers, look for it if you haven't read your Sunday paper yet. If you saw the show, let us know! Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Al Green Retouches Roots on New Blue Note Album

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/29/2008

    Al Green recruits John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae, and other contemporary friends for his first new album in 3 years, Lay It Down, due on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Work on the album began in 2005. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots is the producer in charge who will attempt to fuse Green's secular bluesy grit with today's neo-soul groove. Al Green will be on tour throughout 2008 to support Lay It Down, his 3rd album on the Blue Note label. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Donna Summer Lights New Fire with Hotter Stuff

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/15/2008

    After a 17 year absence, Donna Summer is back in the game with a new release due on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. Her studio album is called Crayons. Listen to (and rate) 30 seconds of "I'm A Fire," a track from the new collection (below). The full 7 minute album version of "I'm A Fire" contains world music elements. It's a danceable track with a shifting arrangement that keeps things interesting including a short Latin influenced segment sung in Spanish. Donna Summer joins Thelma Houston, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, and a few other "mature" classic soul divas to release new material within the past couple of years. Your browser does not support the audio element. For a snapshot of her great career, read my review of Donna Summer's autobiography, Ordinary Girl, written in June, 2004. What can we expect on the new album? Donna says the record will contain "a menagerie of colors and styles, with hints of different ethnic traditions and sounds." She continues, "My dream is that when people hear the music it will remind them of their youth, their childhood and the joy and wonderment they felt exploring their first pack of Crayons." Huh? OK. I haven't played with crayons in ages, but I get the metaphor. Donna Summer always carried the excess baggage of "The Queen of Disco" label, despite her versatility. Many missed the fact that she's a very talented singer. Just listen to the Quincy Jones' produced song "State of Independence" for an example of Donna's distinctive depth of style. She gets the last laugh as a survivor with the power of Sony BMG & Burgundy Records behind this new release. Here are my 5 Donna Summer Favorites. What are yours? "Bad Girls" "Love To Love You Baby" "No More Tears" (duet with Barbra Streisand) "Hot Stuff" "Could This Be Magic" Get reacquainted with an old friend. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 The Night James Brown Saved Boston

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 04/04/2008

    The Night James Brown Saved Boston, a new VH1 documentary, is an amazing story about how the Godfather of Soul saved an American city from disaster in the immediate aftermath of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rare concert footage from his performance at the Boston Garden, plus personal recollections from band members, highlight this VH1 television special, scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at 9 pm Eastern, with a replay on Monday, April 7, at 10 pm Eastern. Previous Post | Next Post

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