March 07, 2013

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper

 

Motown’s Temptations family has suffered two losses in less than 10 days.

While Baltimore was mourning the Feb. 18 passing of Otis “Damon” Harris at 62 from prostate cancer, Richard Street, another member of the iconic singing group, died in Las Vegas of a pulmonary embolism. He was 70.

“He was really fighting for his life,” Street’s current wife, Cindy, told the drop.fm, an entertainment web site. “He’s a fighter. They’re dancing up there in heaven, him and Damon. I’m in disbelief right now.”

Chuck Woodson, a cousin serving as family spokesman, confirmed that Harris died at a Baltimore hospice last week.

Harris and Street were part of a Grammy-winning lineup in the 40 year-old group that scored big on the pop charts with hits such as Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone (1972) and Master­piece (1973).

Harris performed with the celebrated Motown act from 1971 to 1975. Woodson says joining The Temptations was “the realization of a dream” for Harris. Harris formed a new group after leaving The Temptations and later released solo recordings.

Woodson says that in his final years, Harris established a cancer foundation that was still in its early stages when he became ill. Harris also became a strong advocate for prostate cancer screening.

 

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March 07, 2013

 

ARIES

Partnerships continue to be featured this week. This week is especially favorable for a fresh start or a new beginning for you in love. Avoid distractions at work this week and you’ll get much accomplished. Soul Affirmation: There is a funny side to everything I see.

TAURUS

Friendship remains highlighted; you may be attending a social event with good friends, or may be planning one. Whichever, it will be a very happy occasion. Be happy! You’ve got many loving friends. Soul Affirmation: Hope is a beautify jewel. I enjoy owning it.

GEMINI

You may find out this week that the project you didn’t really want to work on has been scrapped. That leaves you plenty of time to finish up the stuff you want to work on! Money concerns ease up. This week a romantic get-together will remind you of what bliss really is! Soul Affirmation: He who asks might seem foolish for a while.

CANCER

Keep an eye on your budget this week, but also indulge your creative senses with the visual and the tactile. You might find yourself wanting to “feel” something new in your hands. Just the feeling may be enough; you don’t necessarily have to spend money to satisfy your artistic urge this week. Soul Affirmation: Happiness is my only goal this week.

LEO

Call early in the week and make a date so you can catch the person that you want to spend time with this week. An old love may turn up in your romantic mix, and romance will be very sweet if you rise above the temptation to remember why you split in the first place! Soul Affirmation: What I need to be is fully present inside of me.

VIRGO

This is a good week for exercising that clever mind of yours.  Luck will be with you in all endeavors you start. Luck is with you always because positive outlook attracts positive vibrations. Soul Affirmation: I appear to others what I know myself to be.

LIBRA

Exercise will work off some of your excess energy this week. Take a walk and remember that your world is made up of many beautiful parts. The part you are focusing on so intently this week is not your entire world. Proceed accordingly! Soul Affirmation: All things work together for good

SCORPIO

Everything seems to be moving along in a very pleasant way this week. Friends are helpful, family is supportive, even the sun seems to be shining just for you! Enjoy this harmony and count your blessings. Finish a task at work. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit take control.

SAGITTARIUS

You have very creative mental energy this week! You’ll probably be wanting to talk or write or read about health or career matters. Your ability to absorb information is remarkable. Make phone calls for work early in the week, then phone calls for play in the afternoon! Soul Affirmation: I give my mind a big rest again this week

CAPRICORN

Remember that exercise is a wonderful tension-reliever if things get too intense this week. A walk over your lunch hour could make all the difference in how you feel this afternoon. Love yourself and reward yourself with perfect health and happiness. Soul Affirmation: The essence of life is in each grain of sand.

AQUARIUS

Take a week off from sparkling at work and spend some time thinking about what is most important to you. The solution comes while you are thinking about love. Healthy habits are easy to keep. Soul Affirmation: I can see clearly now the rain is gone. There are no obstacles in my way.

PISCES

If you want to keep your positive outlook intact, avoid gossip and those who might want to just cry the blues for no good reason. You’ll be happiest this week if you keep busy and keep your opinions to yourself. However, good advice is available from an older female relative. Soul Affirmation: I turn all of my emotions toward the home front.

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Category: Arts & Culture

March 07, 2013

By Alexis Taylor

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper

 

Suggesting that he has what it takes to hold his own outside of the comedy film and stand-up arena, comedian D.L. Hughley officially joined the cast for season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS).

News of this year’s line-up came on Feb.26 as cast members made the announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with DWTS hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet.

The comedian follows in the footsteps of NFL star Emmitt Smith, the season three winner, and war hero J.R. Martinez, winner of season 13, who have both taken their twists and turns on the professional ballroom dance floor and closed out competitions with the Mirror Ball Trophy.

“I guess I’ll see if I can learn to dance with my foot in my mouth,” said the 49- year-old Hughley at the ABC cast reveal. “I’m excited.”

“I never knew my hips were supposed to move like that.”

In the coming weeks, Hughley will attempt to dazzle audience members with renditions of dances such as the mambo, tango, samba, and rumba.

Each star is partnered with a professional dancer who will work with the celebrities to bring their ballroom skills up to par.

Hughley is partnered with professional dancer Cheryl Burke, who has won two seasons of DWTS.

Other stars included in this season’s cast include Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champ Jacoby Jones, 28, and former welterweight champ Victor Ortiz.

The competition will kick-off on Mar. 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC and everyday citizens aren’t the only ones looking forward to watching the competition unfold.

“I’ve never seen you dance!” said fellow comedian Cedric the Entertainer via his Twitter account on D.L Hughley’s page. “No ‘C’ walk’n LOL. Go gett’um Bruh. Tag me in if you need me!”

This season fans will have four different options when it comes to voting, which include calling-in, visiting the show page online at ABC.com, or via Facebook atfacebook.com/dancingwiththestars.

AT&T customers can also text in their votes, which are added in with scores from three judges.

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March 07, 2013

LAWT News Service

 

Friends, peers, colleagues and more will celebrate the life of Mr. Lou Myers on March 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, CA at the Stinking Rose (Five Star) Restaurant, 55 N La Cienega Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90211 from 2pm to 4pm. Ms. Dawn Lewis (Jaleesa from A Different World) will be Mistress of Ceremonies. The Giving Back Corporation founder Ken Sagoes and Marvin Winans, Jr  (directed and produced “Dreams” the last movie Lou appeared in) will co-Host this Tribute Celebration, with Our Commitment.Org as its sponsor... A corresponding memorial will take place in New York City at the world famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East Third Street (bet B & C Avenues) hosted by Rome Neal (Artistic Theatre Director) from 4pm to 6pm.   And, an intimate memorial for Lou is taking place in Atlanta, GA on March 8 in the new Black Hollywood, also sponsored by Our Commitment.Org

Global Business Incubation (GBI) Lou’s non-profit is hosting/coordinating Lou’s bi-coastal Tribute memorial celebrations to keep his vision alive. Please join us in furthering his mission with your, time, talent and/or resources in continuing his work and legacy… www.loumyers.com  

The following are TV Broadcast Tributes to LOU MYERS in New York:

March 8, 2013 Friday, 10:30pm to eastern - FASHION MUSEUM TV Theatre Friday's channel 56 Time Warner Manhattan Neighborhood Network. On the internet: Tribute to 'LOU' MNN.ORG channel 56  

March 11, 2013, Monday, 8am eastern -  "Growing With Grace: African American's on the move"… channel 57 - MNN Time Warner

March 5th and 12th 2013, Tuesday, 11am eastern -Rome Neal's Banana Puddin' Jazz on BCAT TV http://bricartsmedia.org/community-media/bcat-tv-network Channel 

Lou passed on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division in Charleston WV. Lou became ill with pneumonia and after battling for two months, succumbed.

“Lou is best known as the irascible restaurant owner “Mr. Gaines”  on the Hit TV series “A Different World”.   His other Television credits include: My Parents, My Sister and Me, NYPD Blue, Lucky Louie (pilot), The Famous Jett Jackson, EVE, All About the Andersons,  E.R., Malcolm & Eddie, Jet Jackson, The Cosby Show, Touched By An Angel, Jag, The Sentinel, Bag Dad Café, The Sinbad Show, Living Single, Thea, The Jamie Fox Show, Mama Flores Family, Private Affair and Riot…

His movie credits include: Heirlooms, “Stains,” Life after incarceration, Dreams, A Funny Way of Looking At Things, The Fighting Temptations, Lakawanna Blues (HBO) Wedding Planner, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Bullworth, Friday After Next, Passions of Darkly Noon (Showtime), Cobb. Tin Cup, Volcano, Everything’s Jake, The Stand In, All About You, ...and Good bye Lover, ”Broadway shows include, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” African American Style, Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple, The Piano Lesson, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The First Breeze of Summer and Fences. Off Broadway shows include: King Hedley II, Do Lord Remember Me, Paducah , Fat Tuesday, ... Just a Little Bit of Somethin’, and Foot Steps From Before, both written by Mr. Myers.Lou received: NAACP “Best Actor” Award and Audelco “Best Actor” Award for role of Stool Pigeon in “King Hedley II. and the Audelco “Best Actor” Award for the tap dancing bodyguard in “Fat Tuesday.

Lou was fluent in, French, German, Spanish and some African Dialects... In 2012 Lou was honored by his Hollywood Peers for his acting and life accomplishments at the Giving Back Foundation’s 13th Annual Celebrity Spring Toast/Roast. In 2010, he was honored by the History Makers, whose goal is to showcase and archive those who have played a role in African American led movements and/or organizations. In 2007 he was awarded the coveted “Living Legend Award” from the National Black Theatre Festival. In 2005, the Appalachian Education Initiative listed Lou as one of fifty "Outstanding Creative Artists" from the State of West Virginia and featured him in their coffee table book Art & Soul. His Cabaret show has been acclaimed in Berlin, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, as well as Los Angeles at the Roosevelt Hotel. Lou was Chairman and Chief Enlightenment Officer for Global Business Incubation, a California non-profit and Chairman of the Lou Myers Scenario Motion Picture Institute/Theatre. Lou was a futurist, historian, mentor, lecturer, trainer and has toured Colleges, Universities, and many other venues performing, storytelling our ancestral history and speaking on panels with professors and business experts around the world about new trends in business and urban community economic development.

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Category: Arts & Culture

March 07, 2013

By Kathy Williamson

LAWT Contributing Writer

 

LOS ANGELES — Comedian George Lopez is taking over as master of ceremonies of the 35th annual Playboy Jazz Festival.

The announcement and the reveal of this year’s lineup was made Thursday at the iconic Playboy Mansion on the rear lawn near the pool and grotto.

“I’ve never been here before,” chuckled Lopez as he glanced around the grounds. “I was married for 17 years. I couldn’t even have a Playboy air freshener.”

Last year Bill Cosby stepped down as the host after serving since the inaugural festival in 1979 and introducing audiences to his “Cos of Good Music,” his handpicked band of jazz greats. Lopez said Cosby offered this advice, “Don’t let the musicians in your dressing room because they’ll eat all your food and drink all your drink.”

The two-day lineup will surely satisfy all jazz palates with performances by the Sheila E., India.Arie, Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Gregory Porter, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Glasper Experiment and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Music legend Quincy Jones will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday with the special performance by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra featuring Patti Austin and Hubert Laws.

This year’s show will offer some great collaborations featuring George Duke with Jeffrey Osborne; Naturally 7 with Herbie Hancock; Angelique Kidjo with Hugh Masekela; Ole Coltrane with Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, James Carter; Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band with Lee Ritenour; Grace Kelly Quintet with Phil Woods; Pedrito Martinez Group with Ariacne Trujillo; Bob James/David Sanborn, Steve Gadd, James Genus; Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Patti Austin, Hubert Laws; Taj Mahal and the Real Thing Tuba Band; and Elew and Jazzantiqua Dance Ensemble.

Student band performances include the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jason Goldman and The LAUSD Beyond the Bell Jazz Band under the direction of Tony White and J.B. Dyas.

Playboy Jazz will hold two free community concerts in Beverly Hills on Sunday, May 5 and at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on June 2.  The Playboy Jazz Festival is scheduled for June 15 and 16 at the Hollywood Bowl.

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