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Naturi Naughton As Patti LaBelle…Can You See It?

April 23rd, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Naturi Naughton As Patti LaBelle.

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There’s likely no shortage of stars who would love the chance to fill the shoes of soul singing diva Patti LaBelle, be it on stage or at least playing the part in a biopic, but a surprising actress has thrown her name into the ring in case any opportunity should arise.

Shadow and Act recently chatted with Naturi Naughton, who’s set to star in the upcoming Starz series “Power” alongside Omari Hardwick, and when they asked her what role she’d like to portray that she hasn’t had a chance yet she said this:

“I would love to play Patti LaBelle. Her voice, her journey, her longevity in the business – I really love her and I think she’s such an amazing force of nature. A lot of people don’t talk about her journey. And then I was obsessed with things like Roots as a little girl, and I know they’re redoing that. I was obsessed with Love Jones growing up, so if they ever do anything like it again. I always wanted to [star in] a really poetic love affair. That’s a fantasy of mine. I really was inspired by that movie and it changed me as a woman, not just as an actress.”

Hmmm Naturi Naughton as Patti LaBelle? On stage, Fantasia has already started mimicking everybody’s favorite auntie, kicking off her shoes within the first few minutes of her performances and belting out high-pitched melodic notes, and call me crazy but for some reason Tichina Arnold’s impression of Patti way back in the day on Martin makes me think if a biopic ever came up she should at least be one of the top five actresses to audition.

Knowing Miss Patti, if a project such as this ever did arise she’d likely be the one to have the final say, so we’ll just sit back and wait for her to respond — hopefully without any shade.

Could you see Naturi Naughton as Patti LaBelle on screen?

‘The Stories Were Not Presented As Satire Or Humor:’ Aretha Franklin To Reportedly Sue For $10 Million Over Fake Assault Story

April 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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For weeks, rumors that place Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin at the center of some sort of ridiculous beef have been circulating around the Internet. According to the rumors, the ladies encountered one another at a concert in Atlanta and tried to resolve issues surrounding the way Aretha allegedly shaded Patti at the White House Women of Soul Concert and things didn’t go so well. This supposedly led to a blowout fight that ended with Aretha being arrested

Unsurprisingly, the world quickly learned that the rumors were false and Aretha put an end to speculation about there being any kind of beef between herself and Patti.

“I’ve never heard anything crazier—regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta. On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error). I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time. Patti and I are cool and we always have been. I enjoyed her at the White House. Classic Patti.”

While she may not be beefing with Patti, Aretha appears to be ready to go to war with NewsNerd, the satirical website credited with starting the wild rumors. According to Detroit News, she’s has plans to sue to the site for $10 million.

“The stories were not presented as satire or humor,” Franklin said through her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. “It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way — defamation of character.”

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

“Patti And I Are Cool And We Always Have Been:” Aretha Franklin Responds To Patti Labelle Fight Rumors

April 15th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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You may have seen a fishy headline yesterday that claimed Patti LaBelle had been arrested for putting her paws on Aretha Franklin. As the sensational story on newsnerd told it, Patti and Aretha ran into each other at a concert in Atlanta and attempted to resolve some lingering issues stemming from the way Aretha allegedly shaded Miss Patti at the White House Women of Soul Concert. Rumor had it that Aretha turned up her nose at Patti, who “quickly removed her wig and earrings as she approached Franklin. Aretha, knowing that the removal of earrings is a tell-tale sign that a fight is about to ensue, attempted to prepare herself for the confrontation. Franklin was quickly struck with a Mayweather style right and left and stumbled backwards, landing awkwardly. Bystanders subdued Labelle and escorted her outside of the venue. Franklin suffered only minor injuries.”

Sounds laughable right? That’s because it is! Despite alleging that Patti was “quickly apprehended by the Atlanta Police Department and charged with assault and battery,” Aretha says she has no time for this nonsense rumor. Releasing a statement through her publicist, she said:

“I’ve never heard anything crazier—regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta.  On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error).  I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time.  Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti.”

Thanks Auntie Re Re, though I think we all knew there was no way Patti was throwing “Mayweather style” right and left hooks out in these streets. Sigh. Did you give a second thought to this story of Patti and Aretha fighting when you first heard it?

Shade Or Nah? Aretha Franklin Ignores Patti Labelle At White House Women Of Soul Concert

March 12th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Whew Chile! Some of us have thrown some serious shade in our lifetimes, but Aretha Franklin just took the trophy home from all of us.

Last week at the White House’s Women Of Soul concert, Aretha Franklin made a grand entrance down an aisle as she proceeded to the stage. During her arrival, she greeted fans, politicians and celebrities alike except for one person — Miss Patti Labelle.

Word on the street is Franklin doesn’t particularly care for Labelle but no one knows why. As Pattti Labelle reached out to greet Aretha, the Queen of Soul swiftly snatched her hand back to avoid Labelle’s touch. Unfazed, While Aretha shut down the concert with an amazing performance, Patti sang along to Franklin’s song “I Never Loved A Man” and afterward Aretha greeted Patti with a big hug (perhaps the Lord spoke to her while she sang). With tension in the air, their interaction was quite confusing, to be honest. Let’s hope these two Divas can move past their differences — if they really have them — at their age.

Check out the video clip of the interaction below. Do you see the eclipse shade or nah?

Beyoncé, Gaga, Nicki, Miley: Patti LaBelle Finally Identifies Which “Divas” Actually Deserve The Title

February 26th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Diva is NOT the female version of a hustler anymore, guys. According to Patti LaBelle, a diva is either someone with at least 25 to 30 years in the game or a woman with real, undeniable talent.

Of course, Patti has made her distress clear in the last month or so over female performers being called “divas” so soon, and when so many can barely hold a note. And I can somewhat agree with her grievances, especially since every lineup for the VH1 Divas show since the golden days of Mary J Blige and Whitney, Aretha and Tina Turner, have been divas-in-training like Demi Lovato, Keri Hilson and Jordin Sparks.

On Watch What Happens Live, LaBelle was given a cow bell to ring when the image of a performer from today flashed on the screen and she didn’t agree that they were the divas people had pegged them as. I guess this was done to finally put some names and faces to who the modern-day divas are and who has falsely been labeled as one.

Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift were featured, but I’ll let you check out the video to see who she said was diva-worthy and who wasn’t. But LaBelle did reiterate her initial complaints when defining what a “diva” is:

“These heifers have to get on stage and show that they can perform. Not with 20 people up there with them. No.”

So what do you think of the women LaBelle believed were true divas? There are some surprises, right? Talk about it below.

Patti Labelle On Which Singers Inspire Her: “Not Many”

February 13th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last month we told you about how Patti Labelle came for “all the little heifers” out here referring to themselves as divas.  When in reality, they can’t sing all that well. Yikes. She didn’t name names though, so were left guessing about who she was referencing.

But today, on “The Queen Latifah” show she spoke about the singers she actually admires today. See who she named and who she called a mini version of herself.

Queen Latifah: What performers inspire you today?

Patti: “Who’s awesome? I think Fantasia is awesome. She’s a mini me. You know, she kicks her shoes off before she starts the show.  I said ‘Baby girl, wait until at least the seventh song.’ She says, ‘Mama, I like to kick em off when I get out there like you do.’ She is one of the people that you should watch. Of course, Christina Aguilera. Of course…umm not many. There are a lot of people that call themselves whatever. But we know best. You know, Dana.”

The shade.

And then she went back to Fantasia again:

“I love Fantasia. Fantasia is a baby Patti LaBelle. When I see her, I see me when I was younger. But even though I’m not as young as she is, we can still stand strong together. She’s phenomenal. She does what she does. She takes her shoes off. She doesn’t think about what she’s doing on stage, and that’s what I love about her. When I’m on stage I never think about anything. I just sing.”

Mama Patti does not mince words. Not at all. So I guess we can assume she doesn’t really ride for all the people she didn’t mention. And that’s alright. She’s certainly entitled because at the end of the day, Miss Patti has the talent to make her opinions weighty.

She performed “If Only You Knew” later on in the show and did her thang like only she can.

Also, Queen Latifah recalled how Patti Labelle was there for she and her family when she lost her brother.

“You know in 1992, I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident. And I was very, very disillusioned about the music business. I felt like fans didn’t really care. Nobody really cared. People would say, ‘Sorry, about your brother…can I get your autograph?” in the same sentence. And I felt like y’all have no idea how ripped apart I am. But you reached out to me. You reached out to my family and my mom. And you wrapped your arms around us and you told me you understood and you had been through things and you shared just time and spoke to us and showed me that love. And it let me know that people do care, they do care and I need to keep doing what I’m doing.”

Patti has spoken several times about losing her youngest sister Jackie Padget, so it’s beautiful that she was able to come alongside Queen Latifah and her family during their time of grief and inspire her to keep pushing.

You can check out a clip of the interview below and Patti’s performance of “If Only You Knew” on the next page.

Queen Of Shade: Patti Labelle Comes For “All The Little Heifers Who Can’t Sing…”

January 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Aretha is the Queen of Soul and Gladys is the Empress. Patti’s sound has been so hard to categorize over the years and her vocals so otherworldly that it’s not to easy to put her in a box. But today I have an appropriate title for the musical legend. We’ve always known that Patti has a little spice to her. She’s never one to shy away from speaking her mind. And she proved that in a recent interview with PrideSource.com, an LGBTQ site. After speaking about her love of gays, she addressed the term “diva” and how it’s gotten watered down by mediocre talent over the years. She didn’t name names because that would be too messy. But check the quotes from the interview and see if you can guess the artists she’s referring to.

On her love of the gays

I’ve been in this business for maybe 51 years, and so I think 50 years ago. (Laughs) The first year I wasn’t sure, but the second year of performing I got this love – I mean, great love – from my gay fans. I always questioned, “Why do they love me? Why do they really, really give a damn about Patti LaBelle?” And I think it’s because I’m such a free spirit and such a drag queen, really, myself. The original drag queen.

What’s your relationship with them been like over the years? Has that bond gotten stronger?

It’s much stronger. I think if I ran for president of the gay community, they might elect me. And I would handle it so well. It would just be one of those things I was born to do. So I think every year it grows and grows and grows. A lot of gay fans who come to see me, I think they’re afraid to be out until I say something and let everyone know it’s fine to just be yourself.

If you were president, what would be the first thing you might do for the gay community?

I would let everyone gay who wants to get married – no matter what city, what country, what state – say “I do.” That would be my first order. Everybody say “yes” to gay marriages.

What does it mean to be a diva?

That word is used so loosely that I don’t even consider myself a diva. I always considered myself a woman who sings her heart out and who gives 120 percent. “Diva” is a word that I wouldn’t wanna call myself because it’s so loosely used. It’s not cute anymore.

Is there a negative connotation to it now?

Yeah, because all these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas! 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.

But it used to be a respectable term at some point.

Well, for opera singers, and for ladies who earned it, but that was way, way back when. Now you can look up to them, but you might not see what you wanna see. A hot mess! People who are doing it and doing it with about 40 people on stage with them to hide their pitifulness – that’s not a word, but you know what I mean.

Patti is a trip boi! While she’s an auntie in my head, I don’t know if I’d want to meet her when either one of us are having a bad day. Patti seems like she’s not one to bite her tongue. And if I wasn’t on point, I’m sure she would tell me. And while she admittedly keeps it real, she didn’t identify any of the little heifers. Sigh. Now, we’re left trying to guess who she was talking about. Do you have any idea of who she’s mentioning? I don’t necessarily know about any of them having 40 people on stage with them, but the only divas I can think of are on TVOne. Do you have a guess? Let us know who you think she was mentioning in the comments’ section.

On the next page, find out which songs she has to perform before she leaves the stage, singers being intimidated by her voice and what’s been the biggest life lesson she’s learned.

Kem Talks His Christmas Album And Tour, Overcoming Past Addictions, And Being Single And Ready To Mingle

December 3rd, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Who else is a huge Kem fan?

I have a feeling most of our readers are. When we post his songs to our social media, they get some of the most likes and responses from you all. Knowing all that, I’m sure you’re as excited as we are to know that we had the chance to chat with the handsome Detroit-bred singer, now 44, as he promoted the deluxe edition of his Christmas album, What Christmas Means. In stores now! The new edition features, well, features from legends like Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley and if you haven’t heard it as of yet, know that it will soon be one of your favorites meshed in your collection next to the Jackson 5 Christmas album and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas. We caught up with Kem and talked his favorite Christmas songs and albums, what it’s like working with Ronald Isley and Patti LaBelle (who he’s doing a Christmas tour with starting December 14), how his faith helped him deal with his past addictions, and being single as a dollar bill.

His Favorite Classic Christmas Records:

“I like Ledisi’s Christmas record. That’s definitely an album, a contemporary album that’s at the top of my list. Nat King Cole for sure, that was a staple in our house during the Christmas holiday. Johnny Mathis was a staple. Ray Charles has a good Christmas record as well. There are a lot of albums to pick from.”

What To Expect From His New Album: 

“Some of the people that I’ve talked to, I said I had a Christmas record out and they kind of gave me that look like, ‘Oh everybody has a Christmas record out now, they all sound cheesy!’ If you haven’t heard it, if you take the word Christmas and all the holiday references out of the album, it’s a Kem record. It’s sensual, it’s s*xy, and those songs are crafted with great care.

They can look forward to hearing some great classic, soulful Christmas music. I know that Patti and Ron are both excited to all come together for this. They are both featured on a song, on the deluxe version of my album called “Jesus.” As you know, they’re both incredible artists in their own right and to have them both come together on this particular record is a beautiful thing.”

And What To Look Forward To From The Christmas Tour With Patti LaBelle and Ronald Isley:

“I think that in our culture, I don’t remember having Christmas tours like that when I was growing up. The Kenny Rogers of the world and the country artists and the pop artists have been able to do that for a long time. I’m not mad at that. I’ve been to Kenny Rogers’ Christmas thing coming through Detroit every year and I love it. I think that we should be able to enter into that arena as well.”

What It’s Like Working With Patti And Ronald:

“I have a great respect and admiration for them both. Ronald Isley has been my unofficial balladeer mentor all of my life so to have him in the studio singing my songs, words don’t even begin to encompass what that means to me. Ron is really cool, he’s always well dressed [laughs]. Ron is so sharp I don’t even know how he leaves the house he’s so sharp. When you hear his voice, it immediately takes you to that place. It takes you to your favorite Isley Brother’s song.

Patti, we recorded with her in Philadelphia, she came to the studio and she was fly! She had on an orange cape [laughs]. She had on some bad a** shoes, brought potato salad, and she treated me good.”

His Faith And How It Helped Him Overcome Past Addictions And Help Others:

“My faith is my foundation. Without that, at the end of the day that’s really all I have. There are places in our lives where our intellect, our talents, our family, our friends, our loved ones, they can be instrumental and have been instrumental in holding us up. Then there are other times in our life where nothing, nothing but the love of God is going to pull you through. I know that I’m not the only person who shares that sentiment. It’s not something I just talk about, but because of my past, it’s something I’m kind of forced to live. It saved my life. I make it a part of my mission to carry that message and to hopefully inspire and encourage others throughout the entire year and not just the holidays.”

Is He Single?

“I am single, yes I am.”

How Can A Gal Get Close To Kem? 

“Music by Kem.com [laughs]. That’s the Twitter and Facebook too, hit me up, hit me up! Let’s talk about it…Do not hesitate to tweet or hit me on Facebook. I’m active in that arena so your posts and all of your sharing doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Love him! Be sure to check out the deluxe edition of What Christmas Means, out now, and check out his Christmas tour, starting December 14. Check out his site for tour dates and more info and follow him on Twitter at @MusicByKEM!

Say Her Name: Patti LaBelle Talks Life Lessons & Diana Ross Feud On Next Chapter

October 29th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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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. 

Queen Latifah, Patti Labelle, Venus Williams, And More To Be Honored At Black Girls Rock! 2013

October 16th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Our favorite award show is coming up next weekend and with the women slated to be honored at Black Girls Rock! 2013 we can tell there are some great things in store for this year’s ceremony.

The two-hour show will once again be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King and will tape on Saturday, October 26 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center before making its network TV premiere on BET on Sunday, November 3 at 7pm EST. BET, in partnership with Beverly Bond, the creator of Black Girls Rock! announced that the following phenomenal women will be recognized this year for, well, rocking:

Patti Labelle: Living Legend Award

 Queen Latifah: Rock Star Award

Mara Brock Akil: Shot Caller Award

Venus Williams: Star Power Award

Community organizer Ameena Matthews: Community Activist Award

Misty Copeland: Young, Gifted & Black Award

Children’s civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman: Social Humanitarian Award

In a news release, Beverly Bond said of this year’s honorees:

“Each of the women, whom we are celebrating this year, epitomize the champion’s spirit as applicable to their respective fields. They are anchored by a fierce commitment to their craft or cause; they have shown the ability to navigate multiple sectors and industries successfully; and they are conscious about the role they play in enriching our society and culture. They absolutely Rock!”

We definitely agree.  Will you be watching Black Girls Rock! 2013?

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