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v8_whitney_houstonWorld Mourns Angelic Singer

It was the unthinkable. On the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, a six-time Grammy Award winner and one of the most celebrated artists in music history is found dead.

Within hours, plans for an event that would mainly have celebrated Adele, the 23-year-old British singer who won all six categories for which she was nominated, were overshadowed by sad tributes to the majestic Whitney Houston, dead at the age of 48. The Los Angeles coroner had still not released the cause of her death this week.

From The AP:

"I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing," music producer Quincy Jones said in a written statement. "I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."

At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.


Need some nice mellow jazz to listen to while you work?  Check out cocktailradio.com.  I am been a frequent listener and this is one of the best kept music secrets on the Internet.  Now you know!

v7_people-don-cornelius_mervcDon Cornelius, who with the creation of “Soul Train” helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died at 75.

Aretha Franklin, an early “Soul Train” performer, called the producer “an American treasure. God bless him for the solid good and wholesome foundation he provided for young adults worldwide,” she said Wednesday, “and the unity and brotherhood he singlehandedly brought about with his most memorable creation of Soul Train.”

v6_housewives_of_atlantaOh Lord... help us (and I'm not even what you'd call religious; but I'm willing to become a "believer" if somehow these "Wives" reality TV shows are miraculously wiped off the face of the earth!)

The production company behind The Real Housewives of Atlanta is pairing up with TLC for a new reality TV series titled Preacher Wives.

Need  say more...?

The series will be based in Atlanta, and will follow the wives of some of that city's prominent preachers, giving the viewer a glimpse into their public and private lives.

We are excited to work with TLC to profile the lives of these strong-willed women... With most praise in religious communities directed towards male preachers, we are thrilled to give these remarkable ladies the spotlight they crave and deserve,” True Entertainment president Steven Weinstock said.

No ETA on when the series will debut, but I bet it'll be a hit; at least that's what TLC expects I'm sure (this is their first Wives entry, likely inspired by Bravo TV's half billion dollar Real Housewives franchise; yes, a $500 million franchise!! Obviously somebody's watching, even though most folks I ask say they aren't). 

v2_the_game_brandyThe reality TV star and singer is ready to play on the top-rated sitcom’s Season 5.

When The Game returns to the airwaves next week, our favorite sexy five — Melanie, Derwin, Malik, Tasha and Jason — will be joined by a brand new character that will be portrayed by Grammy award-winning songstress Brandy.
v2_don_cheatleBig buzz and Don Cheadle make for perfect bedfellows this week. For starters, the popular star of Hotel Rwanda and the Iron Man films, among others, took to the long-form Twitter service, TwitLonger -- yes, it exists -- to defend the use of the word "gangster," which he used to describe the way he wanted President Obama to conduct himself in office.

"Coming out of eight years of a president who I believe in many ways took us as dangerously close to the brink of destruction as any before him, I was hoping for a seismic shift in the other direction," Cheadle noted. "I don't think we've had that."


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