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There has always been a connection between gospel and secular music and some of the most popular artists have gotten their start singing in the church choir before making a name for themselves in mainstream music. For more on the black church, check out the new Moguldom Studios documentary “Black Church Inc.” available on iTunes and Google Play now.
Dubbed “The Voice,” Whitney Houston’s powerful pipes helped her become one of the best-selling singers of all time. But before she conquered the world of R&B and crossed over to become an international pop icon, the “I Will Always Love You” singer honed her natural talents at the church. She first stood in the spotlight singing in the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey where her mother was the choir director. After suddenly passing away in 2012, Houston returned to her childhood church for her homegoing service.
June is Black Music Month and to pay homage to the melodic contributions of some of our favorite artists we’re taking a look at a few of our favorite celebrity singers turned actors who make it tough to decide which role we like them in best. For more on the artists here, head over to XFINITY CelebrateBlackTV.com. From The Wiz to Dreamgirls, check out great films with even better soundtracks, plus interviews, music videos and more all month long.
When he put on a dress, blonde wig, fishnet stockings and pursed up his lips as In Living Color’s ugly Wanda, he stole the show. The character helped launchJamie Foxx’s career in Hollywood and he became so popular, he earned a show of his own. But before he became a household name as a bona fide actor, Foxx’s first love was singing. He began playing the piano at five years old and after he graduated from high school, the Texas native went to college on a scholarship to study classical music and composition. Foxx brought home an Oscar for his role playing legendary singer Ray Charles in the film Ray and he’s also released four albums dating all the way back to 1994.
Teachers have one of the hardest jobs out there. We should always honor educators who chose to shape the minds of our youth but on this Teacher’s Appreciation Day, we take a look at some celebs who were teachers before they became stars.
He has starred in some of the funniest comedies released in the last several years. Craig Robinson cut his teeth as a stand-up comedian and took classes in acting and improv but before he went out west to Hollywood, the Chicago native was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School. Robinson’s second career took off after he became a regular on “The Office” as Darryl Philbin. Robinson is currently reprising his role as Nick for the follow up to 2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine.
The Back Story w/ Jay Weston
Lady Sings the Blues is one of the most critically acclaimed black films and biopics of all time — with five Academy-Award nominations. But have you ever wondered the back story of the successful film about Billie Holiday’s life and career? We got you!
Jay Weston is the man who started it all. Intrigued by Holiday’s life and telling her story, he, at the time in 1959, was an aspiring movie producer and told Holiday’s agent, Joe Glaser, he wanted to make a film about her life after reading her autobiography. He payed her agent $5,000 a year to the have the option to make the film until 12 years later when the movie was finally made.
Below is a photo from Weston’s Huffington Post back story about the film. But in each slide we break down the story behind the scenes and what it took to make this musical biopic.
Legendary musical diva Diana Ross turns 70 years young today! Known for her head-turning beauty just as much as her beautiful voice, we’ve decided to pay homage to the talented and gorgeous Ms. Ross by recapping 15 of her hottest hair styles over the years. Whether the famous star has the help of waist length extensions, wigs, or a pretty floral accent, she manages to make each look her own.
Click through to view images that prove why Ms. Ross is indeed The Boss.
Over the years Hollywood has paid homage to some of the most influential, and sometimes controversial, women of our time and in honor of Women’s History month, we take a look at some of the best movies about these important figures.
The Josephine Baker Story
Dancer/singer Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture film and become a world famous entertainer. Known for performing the banana dance, Baker would wear the fruit covering her bottom while remaining topless. She was also known for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement. Actress Lynn Whitfield stepped into the shoes of Baker for the 1991 HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story. Unlike most biographical films, this one dug as deep into Baker’s personal life as her public one. Whitfield took home an Emmy and an NAACP award for her role in the film.
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Not every woman is interested in dropping her last name after marriage or even taking their husband’s name at all and quite a few leading ladies had no problem keeping their maiden name entirely. There was no hyphenation or dropping of anything, because the name they were born with was perfectly fine. Unlike these women who kept their husband’s last name after divorce, these women didn’t bother making the change to begin with.
The diva of all divas, Diana Ross, has been married twice and kept her last name during both marriages. She married music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, which led to divorce in 1977. She remarried billionaire shipping magnate Arne Naess, Jr. in 1986 and divorced in 2000. The last name Ross rings bells across the world so it makes perfect sense that she hasn’t changed it.
I have to first say that Ms. Patti LaBelle is the embodiment of all things talent, fabulous and diva wrapped into one body. People often compare her to the mainstream equivalent of a consummate performer and artist…someone like a Madonna. And that’s true, to an extent. With eccentric hairstyles and innovative costumes, she was like a pre-Madonna. But, and I mean this with absolutely no shade intended, Madonna, and really no one since, has a voice like Patti’s. No.One.
So, considering that me (and my mama) are borderline Patti stans, I was geeked to learn that Patti LaBelle’s Next Chapter interview will appear on OWN this Sunday.
The two legends sat down at the Apollo Theater to discuss a career that’s spanned over five decades. She also spoke more personally about her battle with Type 2 diabetes, working with her son as her manager, the feud between she and Diana Ross and the hardest life lesson she’s had to learn.
Check out a clip from the upcoming episode below.
Will you watch?
Patti’s Next Chapter interview with Oprah will air this Sunday, November 3 at 9pm on OWN.
Kanye always said “And when you get on he leave your A$$ for a white girl” in regards to black men, but he never mentioned black women.There are quite a few black women that have gained great success through music, acting and sports, but aren’t seen with black men romantically. Check out 15 women that love to date white men exclusively, or so it seems.
After Berry Gordy, Diana Ross hasn’t seemed to find another black man to date or marry. She married Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, the same year her oldest daughter was born. Although her real father was Berry Gordy, Diana failed to reveal that information until years later. She then divorced Silberstein in 1977 and married billionaire Arne Naess, Jr.
Although they may have started out as a cohesive group, fame, fortune and/or conflict drove a wedge within these musical acts and they were forced to carry on the torch after losing a member.
Boys II Men
Four young men in matching sweater vests and striped ties from the city of brotherly love emerged on the music scene bringing back that old Motown sound of acapella harmonies and emotional ballads in the ’90s. Co-signed by New Edition’s Michael Bivins, Boyz II Men dominated the R&B airwaves with their hits “I’ll make Love To You,” “Water Runs Dry” and “End of The Road,” which stayed at the number one spot on the Billboard charts for 13 straight weeks, breaking the record previously held by Elvis Presley. Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockton, Wanya Morris and Michael McCary would record six albums together until McCary left the group in 2003 due to his battle with scoliosis. After a brief hiatus, the three remaining members re-emerged on an independent label and continued to release more music but never reached their previous height of success. McCary tried to rejoin the group in 2011 for their 20th anniversary but negotiations broke down. Boyz II Men went on the road with boy bands New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees as part of The Package Tour in 2013.