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Donna Summer was a true quintessential powerhouse and beauty–pushing the envelope with every record. She was known for hits that include “Bad Girls” “Love to Love You Baby” “Last Dance” and “Hot Stuff” to name a few. The award winning Disco queen is remembered for many things, her legendary voice and unforgettable style included. That classic style was a mélange of groovy outfits, ravishing wigs and timeless accessories (her sunglasses and head-pieces were to die for, each time.)
Summer passed away in 2012 from cancer. Her legacy will forever be revered and remembered by all of us. Plus we will always be inspired by her effortless style. Click continue to check it out!
Vintage Sunday: The Classic Style of Donna Summer
When your faith becomes stronger, it’s amazing the effect it can have on your way of looking at and doing things in life. From watching what you say and the image you put out there of yourself, once you’re born-again, (for many people) you are a new person. These famous folks changed their lives, changed their music, and in many cases, stepped away from the entertainment industry altogether to focus on getting closer to God.
While Chris Tucker never officially disappeared, he decided to start working every once in blue moon despite being on a hot streak in the mid-to late ’90s. The only work he would do for a good decade was the Rush Hour franchise, though he did take a role in the Academy Award-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. Despite being the most-loved sidekick to Ice Cube’s Craig in the Friday franchise, Tucker wouldn’t sign on for the sequels to play Smokey because he had become a born-again Christian after doing the film Money Talks and no longer approved of the character.
Today, we have Beyoncé and Idris, but before they were heating up Google images, there was Eartha Kitt and Billy Dee Williams. With movie star good looks and the magic to make grown men and women cry, these 15 stars gave us nothing but sex appeal and our parents and grandparents loved it! Here are some of the best black sex symbols of yesteryear!
Billy Dee Williams
“Oh Billy Dee” is what all of our grandmothers said whenever the mere shadow of this actor came on a screen. Billy Dee was so hot that Diana Ross couldn’t stop acting with him, appearing with him in Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany. Billy even made the hood-classic drink Colt 45 hot. Who else can do that?
Ciara Does “Billie Jean,” Kelly Rowland & Co. Pay Tribute To Donna Summer, And Folks Do Their Best Whitney For “VH1 Divas”
Did you check out Vh1 Divas last night? If you didn’t, that’s okay, because we know the lineup of performers weren’t all that exciting at first glance, but there were definitely some interesting and mad entertaining performances! No worries, we’ve got the clips here for you if you’re wondering how everybody did.
Out of all the people who put on a show on the main stage, the most interesting performances, in my opinion, came from Ciara, Kelly Rowland/Keri Hilson/Adam Lambert, and Jordin Sparks/Melanie Fiona/Ledisi. For some reason, the show about divas took the time out to show some love to Michael Jackson, and to do so, they asked Ciara to put on her best moves to imitate MJ’s classic “Billie Jean” performance from the “Motown 25” special from 1983. Definitely some HUGE shoes to fill, but I can’t hate, Ciara actually did the damn “thang.”
She opened up with the moon walk and reinterpreted some of Michael’s classic moves in a feminine way, but she knew JUST the right moment to quit, as she broke out into a performance of her single, “Got Me Good” soon after. Loved it! Plus, as usual, her body was looking especially fit, which I know was inspiring some ladies watching last night. And on a positive note, she finally left the “matrix” move of yesteryear at home. Say what you want about the girl, but with her long limbs and especially great dance moves, she can definitely put on a show.
If that wasn’t enough for you, there was also a performance done as a tribute to the late, great Donna Summer. With Kelly Rowland singing “Bad Girls,” Keri Hilson doing “She Works Hard For The Money,” Adam Lambert (yes, the host of the night and former “American Idol” star performed multiple times actually) doing “Hot Stuff,” and the trio doing “Last Dance,” it was a VERY interesting performance to say the least. From Keri’s voice sounding like she was whining, to Kelly squealing and making some random noises and Adam almost falling down when his part began, it was all a bit all over the place. However, they pulled it all back together for “Last Dance,” where they were all hitting some good high notes and stopped being so cheesy. But the first few minutes? Yeah, probably could have gone without it…*Kanye shrug*
Last but not least of course, Jordin Sparks, Melanie Fiona and Ledisi paid tribute to Whitney Houston with performances of “I’m Every Woman” by Sparks, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” done by Fiona, and Ledisi doing “How Will I Know.” Out of the three, I was actually pleasantly surprised that I was grooving the most to Ledisi, as she proved once again that homegirl can SANG! Plus, her dance moves weren’t too bad either. Sparks wasn’t bad of course (and she looked fab), and though she was moving around a bit too much instead of really singing, I was digging Fiona’s performance of “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay,” probably because it’s one of my most favorite songs ever. Kudos to the ladies for trying some very difficult jams, but delivering. And shout out to Brandy for introducing them and looking gorgeous!
All in all, the show was all right. There were times when it seemed they just called anybody to come and get on stage. They’d shout a name and you would think, “Who!?” Plus, some of the twists they put on classic songs like “Bad Girls” wasn’t really my cup of tea (let’s keep it simple next time). Definitely wasn’t like the Divas programs that folks like Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston used to kill, but it was fun enough. What did you think of the show though? If you haven’t seen the whole thing, check out these clips and let us know what you thought way down below!
After Years Of Being Passed Up, Donna Summer To Finally Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame–Posthumously
I guess, as the saying goes, better late than never. *Kanye shrug*
The late singer and disco queen, Donna Summer, will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013. After years of being nominated and then passed over for the Hall of Fame, which, according to The Boston Herald, already has folks like Madonna in that mug, the institution will finally induct her. In a piece called “Donna Summer’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Came Too Late” by Sarah Rodman over at Boston.com, she said that she asked Summer a year ago if after always being a bridesmaid and never a bride (aka, getting nominated to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but never being inducted), if just being nominated was an honor to her. To that she replied,
“No, it’s an honor to win,” she said with a laugh. “That’s a bunch of baloney. I don’t care about the honor of being nominated, honor me and let me win! After about the third time, stop nominating me, I’m starting to feel like a loser.” Summer, a Boston native, continued to laugh a robust laugh and added “I’m just kidding. It is an honor to be nominated, seriously.”
Mhmmm…she was serious ya’ll (kidding!). Summer, of course, passed away earlier this year after having complications related to lung cancer NOT associated with smoking. So it’s interesting to see that after three nominations before the fact, folks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally caved in when it was too late for her to celebrate and gave her the award. Maybe they were turned off in the past at the fact that her music was cold-blooded disco, R&B, gospel and more (you know some people who loooove rock had no respect for disco in the ’70s), but as was pointed out by the Boston Herald, Summer had more success than many of the rock stars already in the Hall of Fame, as she was raking in fans with classics like, “Last Dance,” “Bad Girls,” “Love To Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff” and more.
Summer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with a group that includes everyone from Public Enemy and Quincy Jones to Randy Newman, who makes some of the best songs ever for kids movies, including the Toy Story franchise. Coincidentally, after learning of his nomination, Newman joked with Billboard about thinking he would have to die first to get inducted. But as for Summer, though we wish she could have been around to take advantage of such an honor, it’s an honor nonetheless.
It’s “VH1 Divas” time again and this year the network is switching up their usual soulful M.O. In the past, strong singers like Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Hudson graced the stage for the annual event, but this time around VH1 is going the pop route.
According to a press release from VH1:
This year’s show will celebrate the dance-inducing music that is the vibrant soundtrack to every major blowout bash, unforgettable party and night out on the town. VH1 is bringing together Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks to pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music with performances featuring current and classic dance hits.
“This is going to be one hell of a party! We are extremely thrilled to have the extraordinarily talented Adam Lambert as our 2012 VH1 Divas host,” says Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic. “The world has truly been inspired by dance music and what better way for VH1 to pay tribute than by honoring legends Whitney Houston and Donna Summer through song and dance.”
That’s an interesting mix of ladies to pull off a tribute to two musical powerhouses like Whitney and Donna, but I guess VH1 just wanted to mix it up this time around. Hope it works.
“VH1 Divas” airs Sunday, December 16 at 9pm. Will you tune in?
From The Grio
Actress Tasha Smith currently stars in Tyler Perry’s hit TBS sitcom For Better or Worse. On the show she plays Angela Williams, a character made popular in Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? film and its sequel.
During a recent interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Smith talked about how she is a multi-talented entrepreneur with numerous business ventures in the works, including a fragrance, acting workshop, wig line and speaker’s bureau. She revealed that a lot of her inspiration comes from Perry.
“I learn a lot from him and he is so inspirational and has been such a support system with me. He always encourages me to go and do what God called me to do, and to have faith,” Smith said.
The Jumping the Broom star also revealed that her dream role is to play Donna Summer is a movie biopic.
Read more at The Grio
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When people with money die it usually doesn’t take long for tears over their passing to turn into fights over their money. That is reportedly the case with disco diva Donna Summer’s family. Drawing on news from the National Enquirer, according to Eurweb, two of the ’70s singer’s three daughters, Mimi, 39, and Brooklyn, 31, are battling it out to see who will get most of their deceased mother’s $75 million fortune.
According to the site, the fact that the sisters have different fathers is likely the source of contention.Donna and her husband Bruce Sudano, who the money has supposedly been left to, are the parents of Brooklyn and Amanda, 28, while German actor Helmut Sommer, Donna’s ex-husband, is the father of Mimi.
A source told the Enquirer:
“Donna was barely gone before Mimi and Brooklyn began battling over how much money they should get. Mimi thinks she should get the most because she is first born, but Brooklyn made it clear that she and her sister Amanda should get more.
“Poor Bruce is still very upset over Donna’s passing, and the last thing he needs to deal with is the daughters fighting over the money – especially since Donna left it all to him, and he is being generous by agreeing to share it. Amanda is sweet and is sympathetic to Bruce. She keeps telling her sisters to stop being so greedy and give him space to grieve before making him go through all the finances.”
The source added that people close to Bruce say he should keep the money for himself, and it is interesting that Donna didn’t make any provisions for her daughters. It would seem splitting the fortune equally four ways would make the most sense or three ways even, with Bruce getting the larger sum, but considering the singer just passed away May 17, it would be nice if the girls could put aside their fighting and allow everyone to grieve first without the money bickering.
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Last night, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was lit with stars as celebrities stepped out for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. The annual show honors some of the best and biggest in the business and for us watching at home, that meant the highly anticipated tribute to Whitney Houston.
BMA did Ms. Houston right by having John Legend sing “The Greatest Love of All” followed by Jordin Sparks who impressed most listeners by taking on Whitney’s most popular—and difficult—song, “I Will Always Love You.” After the tribute, Bobbi Kristina came on stage with Pat Houston to accept Whitney’s Millennium Award from Billboard execs and she told the audience:
“I just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all, not just from when it was good, but when it was bad, to just everything. Thank you so much for showing that much love, because she deserved it. I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life. There will never be another one, ever.”
Natasha Bedingfield recalled disco legend Donna Summer’s influence over her own music in a much more subdued tribute to the 63-year-old who died from cancer last week. The British pop songstress launched into a 30-second rendition of the late singers ’70s anthem “Last Dance,” after telling the crowd:
“Donna Summer was a remarkable woman who brought so much light to so many. If we can remember her through her music, this can never really be the last dance.”
Billboard didn’t only reserve its flowers for the dead though. The award ceremony also recognized Motown legend Stevie Wonder with the Billboard Icon Award, presented by Alicia Keys. The two did a duet of “Higher Ground” and “Overjoyed” before Stevie saluted Alicia’s pipes and requested an on-the-spot solo of “Empire State of Mind” from A Keys as a belated birthday gift.
“This really belongs to you and most of all, it belongs to almighty god because all of it is possible for me because my prayers came true,” Stevie said as he accepted the award. “So I must also say to all of you, we are in a place in life where we have to commit ourselves to one thing, and that is to love. I truly believe that love always will rule over hate, and peace over war.
“I do believe that, and I feel that we are approximately 7 billion people in the world, and I’d like for all of us today – including you – to commit yourself today to using your heart and putting your best love forward. Not only that, committing yourself, coming together to change the world by being as one. Please!”
Check out video of Whitney Houston’s tribute and Stevie and Alicia below and tell us what you think. Did they do these singers justice?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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