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Kem Talks His Christmas Album And Tour, Overcoming Past Addictions, And Being Single And Ready To Mingle
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!
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.
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?
Celebrity marriages are notorious for having a short shelf life. Although it looked like they would defy the odds and remain married until death split them up, these celebrity couples decided to call it quits after 20-plus years together.
Bruce and Kris Jenner
She may be one of Hollywood’s most powerful momagers and is used to having her family dominate headlines, but earlier this week, Kris Jenner became a hot topic herself when she and her husband Bruce announced their split. Although they have been living under separate roofs for some time, the couple had vehemently denied there was trouble in paradise. Married in 1991, Kris and Bruce have two children together and an estimated $125 million in net worth, which could cause a problem in divorce court without a pre-nuptial agreement.
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The debate over whether or not Walmart adequately pays its employees still lingers, but get this—Walmart doesn’t even pay its celebrity entertainers to perform for their annual shareholder meeting which has thousands of cheering employees and board members in attendance, reports TheGrio.
Singing legends such as Smokey Robinson, Patti Labelle, Lionel Ritchie and the “Grown Woman” herself, Beyonce Knowles, have all performed for Walmart—for free. “We do not pay performance fees for celebrity guests,” Diana Gee, a Walmart spokeswoman told MSNBC. However, the company does offer coverage for hotel and travel expenses.
Walmart is the biggest retailer in the world with associates from China, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Japan, India, Africa, and Canada. It’s a symbol of where everybody in America shops, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, professor at Duke University, told TheGrio. Just performing for such an influential and powerful retailer, TheGrio suggests, is adequate payment for these top-notch celebrities because of its exposure.
“When you consider yourself a brand, it is a smart partnership for you to align yourself with one of the biggest consumer retailers in the world,” said Marvet Britto, CEO of The Britto Agency.
“Every entertainer that is here has something to do with our business,” Gee continued. “There’s a connection from the business, whether it’s CDs, books, or t-shirts.” A symbiotic business relationship is formed — talents receive exposure for their latest projects and Walmart draws in publicity for its star-studded event where celebrities gushing about the retailer.
In the June 2013 meeting, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend stopped by to perform crowd-favorites while Tom Cruise delivered a speech about “how the company is using its size and scale to improve women’s lives around the world.” The host, Justin Timberlake, said, “Walmart’s awesome and everything actually does cost less!”
Wait a minute now, Justin. You haven’t worked a day in your life at Walmart. Are we just going to ignore the fact that Walmart workers have been protesting over poor working conditions and poverty-level wages? “[W]hat they said on stage didn’t really represent many of the workers, and it’s unfortunate that celebrity appearances can overshadow some of the very real issues that everyday people,” said Tsehai Almaz, a Walmart employee.
While employees complain that the celebrity performers are out of touch with the underlying issues plaguing Walmart, singers and entertainers are guaranteed a spot on Walmart’s shelves — retail space that symbolizes economic power — in exchange for a free appearance at their shareholder’s meeting. Not a bad exchange.
A successful marriage takes a lot of hard work, compassion and compromise. While it was virtually unheard of years ago, more and more couples are getting divorced late in life. Here are 15 couples that almost stood the test of time.
When Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman met, it was a match made in heaven. The two actors tied the knot in 1982 but after 30 years of wedded bliss, Devito and Perlman announced their split in October 2012. Word on the street was Devito’s roving eye was to blame. All may be forgiven though because the couple was recently spotted together after enjoying a Hawaiian vacation. The “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” star said in a recent interview he and Perlman were working on their marriage. “Rhea and I are really close. Actually still together, just separate, but together.” At 68 and 64 they ought to be.
Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.
Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90′s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.
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When the folks over at Soul Train first introduced their celebrity cruise people couldn’t wait to get. The first ever Soul Train Cruise sold out in just days. Now the second one has been announced for next year.
It will set sail October 5, 2013 from San Diego and rock it ol´school with Earth, Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne, The Whispers, Freddie Jackson, Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, Jennifer Holliday, Billy Paul, ConFunkShun, Jody Watley, Regina Belle, The Bar-Kays, The Dazz Band, The Mary Jane Girls, The Original Lakeside and A Taste of Honey featuring Janice Marie. Comedian Alonzo Bodden and DJ extraordinaire Biz Markie are also confirmed.
The cruise, which is on Holland America’s m/s Westerdam, will take place over seven days and travels to Cabo San Lucas, with two days in Puerto Vallarta and a scenic cruising of Baja Magdalena. And the stop in Puerto Vallarta will include a golf tournament, so pack those clubs. In addition to the back-to-back on-board concerts, they’ve also planned beach parties, a themed ball (with the iconic Soul Train Line led by Original Soul Train Dancers), onboard games and other activities.
The Inaugural Soul Train Cruise featuring Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays and Jeffrey Osborne, is February 17 through 24.
Cabin rates for the 2013 cruise start at $1,900 per person and include all meals, concerts, entertainment and onboard activities. Tickets went on sale yesterday.
The Soul Train Cruise isn’t the only celebrity-themed cruise at sea. Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage has also announced its 2013 offering. The party with a purpose (some of the proceeds go to the foundation’s work) will sail from Miami April 7, 2013 and return April 14, 2013. It’s visiting San Juan and a private island in Nassau, Bahamas and will include major beach concerts.
This party at sea is more of an “old school meets new school” affair. Celebrity events include Snoop Dogg’s (Snoop Lion’s?) Pool Deck Concert with Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band; Tyler Perry’s Beach Party With Earth Wind & Fire; and Jamie Foxx performs at the Fantastic Voyage White Party on the Beach. Ludacris will also be on deck. A number of tickets have already sold out, but prices start just over $2,000 and go up to more than $5,000.
My mother has been a super fan of Patti LaBelle for years. Before there were “stans,” there was my mom. If you just happen to be listening to music on your computer, she’ll ask you to pull up and play “On My Own.” Try and do a tribute to the singer (a la BET), and my mom turns up her face at all the singers trying to “do” Patti: “Nobody can sing a song like Patti!”
This type of love and following has made LaBelle pretty huge over her long career, and of course, somewhat of a diva. But there’s nothing wrong with a little diva-tude, right?
Allegedly, it was that diva-sized attitude that caused the singer to snap off on New Yorker, Roseanna Monk, and her then 18-month-old daughter, Genevieve, at the Trump Place in Manhattan in 2010. After little Genevieve was spotted by the singer “innocently” running around the lobby, according to reports, LaBelle wasn’t having it. She cursed out Monk, and her rant was enough to freak out both mother and child (and the water LaBelle threw on Monk didn’t help either). Allegedly, the child went from crying hysterically to vomiting, possibly out of fear. After the incident happened, the little girl supposedly had a change in her behavior for a few months.
I heard about this story, and the lawsuit that came as a result of LaBelle’s behavior. But this morning, while moving around and cleaning up, I saw Roseanna Monk, her husband, and her daughter Genevieve on “Inside Edition,” talking about everything that had transpired. According to Monk, she had no clue who was yelling at her and her daughter, but her husband found out and told her that it was LaBelle. The family was surprised that it was the famous singer, and decided that taking legal action would be the next best step (aka, they said “CHA CHING!”). In the end, though LaBelle initially denied that she verbally attacked Monk and her daughter, instead of going to court, the singer recently decided to settle on the whole thing for a reported $100,000. The family says they plan on giving the money to charity.
Watching the Monks on TV, and thinking about the diva-esque antics that many celebrities get accused of, I felt kind of bad. If what LaBelle was accused of was true, she was definitely way out of line and out of order for her behavior. It’s one thing to say something to someone about their children, but it’s another to curse them out until the cows come home (and throw water at that). But after taking everything in, I couldn’t help but think of the many times I’ve watched parents let their children run around and not pay attention to what they’re doing. What would be the end result? Making complete strangers responsible for keeping these kids from falling, breaking something, or hurting someone else. As horrid as LaBelle’s alleged behavior might have been, the struggle to remain calm, cool and collected when parents let their kids go Tazmanian devil wild in public is real.
From personal experience, I’ve stood in lines and watched little kids stand up on the front basket of rolling carts in grocery stores, watched children run around and knock down clothes in stores, and seen children playing tag in a church while people were up front during service seeking prayer and comfort from a pastor. Wild, indeed. In the latter situation, it took the pastor to put attention on the fact that the children were acting a fool (“I need these children to play after service”), and when he did, it was a stranger, not their mother or guardian (he/she might have been up front with other members), who turned around, grabbed a child who didn’t hear the memo, and abruptly told her to “SIT DOWN!”
According to some, it’s not a stranger’s place to get someone in check about their children, or to check someone else’s child for that matter. But these days, it’s becoming necessary for the sake of the kid. When working in retail, I saw many children pump slippery sample lotion onto the floor (a danger to them and others), stand 0n open drawers and try and get atop fake dog decorations (thinking they were riding horses maybe?), all objects that weren’t stable in the least. I would wait for a second in the hopes that the mother busy looking for a deal would take her head out of the clearance rack from across the room, and come get her kids. When she wouldn’t, I would feel so inclined to say something, especially when I could smell a possible lawsuit looming in the horizons if I kept my mouth shut: “HEY! Uh uh. You need to get down off of that.” Only when others would look (some relieved that somebody got these children together) would a mother come, angry, tugging at her child’s arm for acting a fool and looking crazy at me for setting them straight. I would feel a little bad, but at the same time, in the back of my mind I would think of the possibility of a child getting hurt because their parent decided that keeping an eye on their child wasn’t 100 percent necessary during a big sale.
I don’t condone or make excuses for LaBelle’s alleged behavior in any way, but how many of us can knowingly say that we’ve been there? Maybe not in screeching, water-throwing form, but you get what I mean. You know the moment: ready to give someone a piece of your mind because they allow their child to think any and everywhere can be a playground. Luckily for us, we don’t have $100,000 to waste on strangers, so we take our two cents, in a more calm and sometimes even playful manner, to the child. As much as people don’t want others trying to tell them how to take care of their kids, there’s just too many people out here trying to push the cruise control button when it comes to getting children together, therefore, sometimes you have to step up and step in. As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but at some point, mommy and daddy have to get it together now don’t they?
If you don’t want crazy people like Patti LaBelle (no shade Patti, I’m just trying to drive my point home) getting at you about your unsupervised child, then it would be best if you kept an eye on them. That is, for the sake of their own safety, other people’s safety and everyone’s sanity.
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How much did Patti LaBelle’s display of diva-tude cost her? One hundred thousand dollars.
Two years ago, in the lobby of the Trump Place apartment she was renting for her three-month, $50,000-a-week appearance in the Broadway musical “Fela!”, the singer broke into a profane tirade against a pregnant mom and her little girl.
According to the New York Post:
The Grammy-winning singer allegedly shouted the F-word, called the mom Roseanna Monk a “c–t,” and drenched her with bottled water after complaining that Monk’s then-18-month-old daughter was playing near the lobby door of an Upper West Side apartment building where LaBelle was staying in 2010.
When Roseanna — by then cradling her tot, Genevieve, in her arms — accused the “Lady Marmalade” singer of making the girl hysterical, an enraged LaBelle then allegedly had to be held back by her entourage and hustled into a waiting car.
Court papers said the child, now 3 1/2, has suffered “personality changes, sleep disorder” and “increased fear of strangers.”
That seems like a wild claim considering the child is three, but Patti’s lawyers knew the jury would never side with the singer. So, they settled the case before it was deposed.
After the suit wound up in Manhattan federal court last year, LaBelle denied that she was “liable in any way for any alleged claims of injury” and said the Monks were “more than 50 percent at fault.”
The family is probably not hurting for money though considering they were staying in the same building as Patti LaBelle. Still, I assumed they’d put the money in a college fund for their daughter and use compound interest to send her to school in 15 years on the singer’s dime. It turns out they’re donating the money to the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund.
Ironically, Patti’s temper may help save another child’s life.
What do you think about this story? Does 100-thousand dollars seem like too much or too little?
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