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Late last week, my cousin tagged me and the rest of my cousins in a poster. It was Love Jones, the musical.
Yes, this classic romance is heading to the stage.
Larenz Tate and Nia Long won’t be reprising their original roles as Darius and Nina. But Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michelle, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Hollister and Raheem DeVaughn are set to star in this production.
Theodore Witcher, the writer and director of the original Love Jones is also responsible for this adaptation.
MC Lyte, who is also involved in the production, made the announcement on her Instagram page a few days ago.
While the rest of my cousins have commented on the link my cousin shared, I have not. Mostly because I don’t know how I feel about Love Jones as a musical. And I don’t want to rain on their parade; because while they’re excited about it, I’m skeptical as hell. Not because these vocalists aren’t incredible. But mostly because I don’t know if the story, one we all know and love so well, lends itself to this type of storytelling.
But if the writer and director believes in it, it could very likely be great.
The stage adaptation is supposed to hit the stage this Fall. The reviews might change my mind.
What do you think, are you here for Love Jones the musical?
“I Was Supposed To Be Dead:” Dave Hollister Talks Tragic Accident And Losing Himself In The Industry
Whenever you say Dave Hollister’s name, you’re sure to hear someone yell back in response, “I love him!” Dave was the man back in the 90s as one fourth of Blackstreet and when he went on to pursue a solo career, his success only escalated. Since his 2008 album “Witness Protection,” though, the man who now calls himself “the ghetto pastor” has been largely underground. Luckily for fans, he’s back with a new album set to drop September 30 called “Spend the Night.”
When Dave came by the office to talk about his new project, he also revealed how he was dangerously close to losing himself in the R&B industry and how he almost literally lost his life in a terrible car crash in 2004. Dave also talked about refusing to define himself as a secular or gospel artist and words of wisdom he gained from Mase. Check out all that and more in the video above.
Fred Hammond has been one of the most innovative figures in Gospel for the past two decades. True to form, he continues to push the envelope by reaching across the musical divide and bridging the gap with his new group, United Tenors featuring R&B singers Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson, and gospel singer Brian Courtney Wilson. All accomplished in their own right, the four singers have united to re-imbue the male ensemble sound and inspire men to worship God, says Hammond. We caught up with the Grammy winner to talk about forming United Tenors, blending R&B with Gospel and what listeners should expect to hear on United Tenors’ new album.
How United Tenors Came Together
“I felt like it was time to bring the sound of men worshipping back to the forefront in the music world. Groups like The Winans and Commissioned are absent from today’s pool of Gospel music artists. We all felt that this was a great time for us to come together and offer that missing link. We sing inspirational songs, songs of praise and worship, and about how good and how big God is. We are magnifying the Lord.”
On the message in the music:
“Our goal is to get men together to sings songs of worship. There’s a beautiful signature female sound that resounds in Gospel music, but I believe that it’s time for men to step up and have more of a presence. Women have carried the Gospel sound for many years and we want to support them and present a strong collective of male voices. Women are a key part of the sound of the groups that accompany male singers like Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, and myself. We want to offer a sound that will compliment this standard.”
Check out the rest of Fred Hammond’s interview over on Essence. This should actually be a good project; you don’t have to be a religious person or even a Gospel music fan to appreciate good singing and music!
After years of being confused about it, I’ve found that clearly, not everyone is supposed to be or going to be as big as an Usher, a Beyoncé, and most probably won’t get anywhere near MJ status on a global scale. But when highly talented individuals, especially good looking male singers with great pipes, don’t get or don’t get to sustain the popularity they once had, I always wonder why. Such is the case with the following 10 fellas, who throughout my pre-teens and adulthood, I’ve been a fan of. So what are they doing now and what went wrong on the road to stardom? Shall we find out?
And be ready to click (you’ve been warned, so save the complaints).
“And don’t you forget iiiiiit!” That was my jam! For those who don’t remember Glenn Lewis, the neo-soul singer with his funky curls and smooth voice garnered many a female fan after dropping songs like “Don’t You Forget It” off of his debut disk, World Outside My Window in 2002. The Canadian crooner was doing fairly well sales wise as his debut album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, but as he prepared to release his second album with the single, “Back For More,” his release date got pushed back, and his album just wound up being shelved. Things haven’t been the same since…
After leaving and joining different labels, you’ll be happy to know that Lewis signed with EMI Music in 2011 and is said to be working on a new project. However, we’ll believe it when we see it. He still looks good though!