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Who Knew She Could Do That? Ashanti Covers Chaka Khan’s “Sweet Thing”

March 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When we think about Ashanti, powerhouse vocalist is not one of the first descriptors that comes to mind. Sure, she had hits from back in the day but her voice has always been kind of light.

But in a recent performance for Boombox’s “Off The Record” series, we see a different side of Ashanti. She took a risk and decided to cover Chaka Khan’s legendary “Sweet Thing.” When Ashanti explained why she was singing this song she said it was because people, even people as close to her, like her hairdresser, didn’t know she had this potential.

She ain’t never lied.

When I saw that she was covering the song, I had my doubts but before I even clicked on the video, I saw that Chaka Khan, herself, thanked her for the tribute.

 

Chaka tweeted: “I am so BLESSED 2 have your beautiful talent paying a tribute 2 me! What a great birthday gift! Much love!!”  (Chaka turns 61 later this month.)

So it must be something ,right? Correct.

I was shocked and pleasantly surprised.

Take a listen to this song and let us know what you think? Did Ashanti kill it or what?

 

Chaka Khan Denies Calling Beyoncé A B***h: ‘Sorry You Had To Be The Target Of A Slow News Day’

March 3rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Divas are known for throwing shade. Just a few months ago Patti Labelle was ragging on female R&b singers of today for giving divas a negative connotation.

“All these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas,” Patti exclaimed. “It doesn’t mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick. You know, I’m speaking for me – I don’t know if they like to be called divas – but I know I wouldn’t call them divas, because it’s not in good company.”

On the red carpet of the Essence’s 7th Annual Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, Chaka Khan also appeared to be throwing a little shade of her own. While chatting with Hollywood Today, Chaka was told that she looks beautiful and “flawless” like the song off of Beyoncé’s song and her reaction was a little difficult to read. After receiving the compliment, Chaka can be seen giving her interviewer a once-over before offering a neck roll and mumbling something under her breath. Some believe that she mumbled the word “b***h,” but it’s really hard to tell. Honestly, her reaction could have simply been a bashful response to the correspondent’s hail of compliments, but of course, folks ran with it and insisted that she was throwing shade at Beyoncé and calling her a b***h. Chaka, however, insists that this simply isn’t true. She even tweeted Bey, apologizing for the drama.

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“@Beyonce Sorry you had to be the target of a slow news day. You know I have nothing but LOVE for you! Keep handling your business!!”

Witness the alleged shade below. Thoughts?

Madame Noire’s (Safe For Work) Valentine’s Day Playlist

February 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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To start of your Valentine’s Day weekend, we decided to create a playlist that’s perfect to get you in the mood of love. Whether you’re enjoying a crush or progressing in your relationship, there’s a song to match your situation — and you don’t have to be ashamed to let your coworkers hear it through your headphones at work. Don’t worry, we’ll drop the raunchy, meeting in my bedroom type of list later on today, but for now here’s our Safe for Work Valentine’s Day playlist.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So Into You –Tamia

For that moment you realize you have found a keeper and you cannot get enough of him.

Chaka Khan Opens Up About Her Recent Rehab Stint, And Has Change Of Heart About Lindsay Lohan

August 8th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We told you yesterday about a Radar Online report where a former patient from Cliffside Malibu Rehabilitation Center spoke on Lindsay Lohan and Chaka Khan clashing at the time they both were receiving treatment at the center earlier this year. According to the source, Lohan initially wasn’t taking the program serious, and because of that, Khan and Lohan couldn’t get along well and the singer eventually left treatment a week early to be rid of the drama:

“Chaka was really cool about everything at Cliffside, but Lindsay just pushed all of her buttons to the point where she was aggravated and tired of Lindsay’s s**t.

Lindsay was just doing stupid stuff for attention, so Chaka told her she was childish and told her to grow up. She never lost it, but started yelling at Lindsay. Told her to knock it off, asking her if she came to rehab to get well, or just to piss around.”

Since that original report came out, Chaka Khan has responded to it all by opening up on her website about her trip to rehab and why she needed it, as well as discussing drug addiction, and sharing her well-wishes for Lohan on her website:

“To choose to do what is necessary to better one’s self is commendable. I applaud Lindsay Lohan for doing the work. She is a lovely young lady and I pray for her well-being. The battle of addiction is a serious and long process, which is why I chose to address my use of prescription medications—which came about as a result of the knee surgery I had a few years ago. When and if necessary, I will seek alternative methods and traditional treatment to stay ahead of any potential problem.  So many are not here today, and have lost this battle with addiction. Because these medications are legal, their abuse is often unknown—until it’s too late. If not handled they are a silent killer.”
In response to all that, Lindsay Lohan actually sent some love to Khan via Twitter, and the singer responded:
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So all is copacetic. And kudos to Khan for opening up about a very real issue. We wish them both well in their recovery and that they’ll indeed “stay ahead of any potential problem.”

Chaka Khan Briefly Went To Same Rehab As Lindsay Lohan, But Left Early After Falling Out With Her

August 7th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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It’s a small world after all.

According to Radar Online, the queen that is Chaka Khan at one point earlier in the year decided to check herself into rehab. Khan has been open about the fact that she struggled with drug abuse and alcoholism in the past, and according to reports, in an effort to keep herself in check, she checked in to the Cliffside Malibu rehabilitation center in California. Of course, we know that after being moved from the Betty Ford Center, actress Lindsay Lohan, 27, was moved to the same facility to finish up her 90-day court-ordered rehabilitation, coming in soon after Khan. According to a source who spoke to Radar, and attended the same facility, Lohan was a pain in Khan’s behind very quickly, as she was for many of those in the program. Lohan was allegedly disruptive, doing things for attention, and at some point, the two women bumped heads (not literally thank God). Here’s what the source says happened:

“Chaka was really cool about everything at Cliffside, but Lindsay just pushed all of her buttons to the point where she was aggravated and tired of Lindsay’s s**t.

Lindsay was just doing stupid stuff for attention, so Chaka told her she was childish and told her to grow up. She never lost it, but started yelling at Lindsay. Told her to knock it off, asking her if she came to rehab to get well, or just to piss around.

Chaka was so annoyed with Lindsay. It got so bad that she refused to get in the same car with her or go to the same meetings with Lindsay…Cliffside had to change everything up schedule wise so the two were never together.”

According to this same source, Khan decided to leave rehab a weak early than she planned because she tired of the troubled actress and her antics. But the source claims Khan received what she was looking for from the program so that she could maintain her strength and stay on the straight and narrow:

“Chaka’s a strong woman and her time at Cliffside did help her get a lot better. She’s a positive lady and quite interesting, in a good way. She just needed the strength and at the end of the day she got what she was looking for.”

Khan, nor her people, have commented on the reports as of yet, but with Lohan’s past, I can believe she turned that place inside out before finally settling down and getting the treatment she needed. What do you think?

Chaka Khan Joins Growing List Of Celebs Boycotting Florida

July 30th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Since the announcement of the George Zimmerman acquittal, celebs have been reacting to the widely perceived injustice in various ways. While celebs like Solange, Jay-Z and Beyoncé participated in protests and rallies, others such as Stevie Wonder and Mary Mary, have vowed to boycott the state of Florida until “Stand Your Ground” laws are dismantled. The legendary Chaka Khan has also recently announced that she would be boycotting the state.

“Well the [Trayvon Martin] trial, number one was a travesty. Racism is still very much alive and well in this country. It has gone to more of a cerebral state. But it’s alive and well. The new slavery is keeping black men in jail,” the Queen of Funk-Soul told the Huffington Post.

The 60-year-old beauty went on to say that she would be boycotting the state.

“Well I am boycotting Florida. I had a booking there last week and I cancelled it. But if any tribute comes up I’ll do it. Absolutely.”

She also touched on the gun violence plaguing her hometown of Chicago.

“It’s insane. These kids are using gangs as a rite of passage. If we were still living in villages it would be very different. But it’s like a pseudo rite of passage, which is very sad. As a matter of fact I’m going to be over at Jesse Jackson’s place on Saturday morning. We’re having a rally addressing the violence in Chicago.”

“These kids have nothing else to do. I remember growing up there when we had after school community centers. I think that would be a big help. The sad thing is that this is America. In all of America these kids have nothing to do after school, if they go to school. And if they don’t, I can’t really blame them. The school system sucks. So there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. And I plan on being hands on with it,” she continued.

“Everyone should be of service in some way. There’s a reason for being here. We’re here fundamentally on this planet right now to be of assistance to one another. And it doesn’t matter whether you help a lot of people or one person. I’m lucky that I can affect many people at one time as opposed to someone who works in the bank.”

What do you think of Chaka’s decision to boycott Florida?

Chi-town, Stand Up! Chaka Khan To Be Honored With Her Own Day And Street!

June 22nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Listen, 2013 has been the year of Chaka Khan and she isn’t slowing down yet!

The current Ebony magazine cover girl (along with Jurnee Smollett-Bell and LisaRaye) will be celebrated this July in her hometown of Chicago with quite a few big events., according to EURweb.

First, she will be honored on July 27th with the unveiling of “Chaka Khan Way,” which will be located on S. Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets. While this isn’t the block Chaka grew up on, it is very close to her old high school.  Artworks Chicago president Carl McKenzie, who was responsible for leading the charge about having a street renamed after Chaka, hopes it will light a fire into the current students:

“Chaka is an international music icon who has influenced generations of artists, as well as a philanthropist who has worked tirelessly on behalf of women and at-risk children.  I hope that students will walk by that sign and want to learn more about the person behind that name.”

On July 28th, the celebrations continue as she be honored by the city as they proclaim it “Chaka Khan Day.”  After the show, Chaka will be treating all the lucky attendees to a free concert at Millennium Park where the ceremony will be held.

Chaka is very humbled by the honors:

“Chicago is where it all began for me. Even before Rufus, I sang with local groups such as The Babysitters, Lock and Chain and Lyfe. As a young girl, growing up on Carpenter Street, my parents introduced me to a very rich musical foundation—starting with jazz and opera. I owe this city so much, and I’m deeply honored by this tribute. Chicago will always be a part of me, and with this street naming, I now will always be a part of it. It’s a blessing to me and my family.  We are profoundly grateful to all the people of Chicago.”

Congrats to Chaka as the accolades continue to roll in!

Sweet Thing: Chaka Khan To Be Honored By The Apollo Theater For 40 Years Of Entertainment!

May 25th, 2013 - By MN Editor
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From Essence

Queen of Funk Chaka Khan is set to be honored at The Apollo Theater’s upcoming 8th Annual Spring Gala Concert.

In celebration of her 40 years as a music icon, the singer will be inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame and will receive a plaque on the Apollo Walk of Fame.

On June 10, Erykah Badu will present Khan with her award at the Gala, which will also honor the music mogul with special performances from Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Holliday and Alexandra Burke.

“I am honored that the Apollo is inducting me into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame,” says Khan. “The Apollo Theater is an American institution and is world-renowned for developing, nurturing, and creating talent for decades…”

Go Chaka! You can read the rest of the story on Chaka’s big honor over on Essence.com.

So tell us: what is your favorite Chaka Khan song?

You Really Tried It, Huh? 10 Artists Who Tried To Cover Michael Jackson (Some Killed It, Some, Not So Much…)

April 29th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Just last week we showed you a few of the singers who thought they had what it took to try and cover Prince. This week, we’ve got a few big names who thought they could take on the King of Pop. While not every rendition/cover of his classics from throughout his career were well-done, they were all a lot different than the original songs, which is step one to trying to produce a worthy cover: Do your own thing, but have respect for the originator. Check out covers by everyone from Chaka Khan to Celine Dion, Al B Sure! and even Miles Davis, and let us know which ones you think were good, and not so good after all.

And of course, the links to the actual MJ songs are included in each description!

The Beautiful Ones…And The Hot Messes: The Best And Worst Covers Of Prince Songs Over The Years

April 25th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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There’s not too many people in music who can put out the caliber of music Prince has since he debuted in the late ’70s. And maybe it’s for that reason so many artists, young and old, new and veterans, have tried to cover his joints and make them their own. Even Janelle Monáe and Tina Turner have done his work live and in concert. But it’s hard to outdo or really “cover” the Purple One.  However, these people gave it a try and released their attempts as singles. Some to great success, others to some “what-the-hot-hell??” results. But hey, it never hurts to try, right? Check out these cover attempts and let us know which ones were good, and which one’s you thought missed the mark.

*The original Prince tracks (which were hard to find) have been hyperlinked in the descriptions if you’d like to take a walk down memory lane…

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