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Tragically, Brooklyn-born producer and recording artist Kashif Saleem was found dead in his Los Angles home on Sunday. Updated reports state that he was actually 59, not 56, at the time of his death.
Kashif was an artist, producer and composer who played multiple instruments. At 15, he toured internationally as a member of B.T. Express, whose hits include the funky “Do It.” In 1996, he added author to his list of accomplishments with the best-selling book Everything You Better Know About the Record Industry.
As an artist, Kashif had 17 Top 10 hits. As a producer/songwriter, he sold over 70 million records worldwide, earning him six Grammy nominations in multiple categories. Saxophonist Kenny G credits the multifaceted Kashif for launching his career.
A product of eight foster homes, his later years were spent developing educational music programs for children and aspiring artists. He also taught at UCLA.
Although the height of his solo career came during the ’80s, his musical influence and legacy remained relevant decades later. The artist’s music was sampled by artists of all genres. Here are just 11 tracks you probably didn’t know Kashif was responsible for:
“You Give Good Love”
Originally, “You Give Good Love” was written with the incomparable Roberta Flack in mind. But as the producer of the song, Kashif eventually thought it was better suited for Whitney Houston. He convinced Arista Records to let her have it and the song became her third single from her self-titled debut. It also went on to be a pop crossover hit on the Billboard 100.
We love Whitney Houston (R.I.P.) and there’s no denying the hair icon that she was, which is why the late singer’s wig choices over the years are so ripe for commentary. And not just the “Yaassss!” “Werk!” “You did that!” kind.
Nice lil lunchbasket aka @BasicBitching just came up with the best explanations for every wig Whitney ever wore and, honestly, she’s had us hollering all morning calling Whitney’s styles everything from the Suzy Orman VIP wig to the Sister Shirleen. Check out this list of wig personas Whitney donned over the years. You can’t tell us this isn’t on point.
The auntie who is keeping tabs on how much Mac n cheese you’ve had because everyone ain’t ate yet wig. pic.twitter.com/P0E85Eb1Cx
— nice lil lunchbasket (@BasicBitching) August 9, 2016
Bobby Brown took to Instagram yesterday to reveal that he and wife Alicia Etheredge have welcomed another child into the world. A baby girl.
“Just had a baby girl 10 pounds” the singer shared on the social media site as the caption to an image of him with a broad smile:
This is the couple’s third child together and Brown’s seventh. The pair just welcomed another little girl named Bodhi Jameson Rein Brown around this time last July. They also have 7-year-old son Cassius.
Brown’s other children include Landon, 27, La’Princia, 26, Bobby Jr., and the late Bobbi Kristina, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 22.
Etheredge is Brown’s manager, and has had a major role in helping him get himself back on track. They actually go way back, meeting when Brown was 18. They became friends, and after his marriage to Whitney Houston ended, he told Access Hollywood that “I saw her again and sparks flew.”
Ever since then, she’s been his rock. As she stated in a 20/20 interview, “When you’re living with somebody who has fought so many addictions and has come so far, and then you see there’s still something holding them back and there’s still something weighing them down … you just want to help them and support them. I’m learning, obviously with this process, how to be supportive.”
And as the couple grows together, so has their family. Congratulations to the pair on the newest addition — no pun intended. (Get it? New Edition? Never mind…)
It’s never easy to accept when an iconic musician passes away. Fans not only mourn the loss of the person but the realization that the artist will never again make music for his or her followers to enjoy. That pain is especially deep when a musical icon leaves us at a young age. To honor those amazing singers and musicians, MadameNoire, along with XFINITY remembers the breathtakingly talented female stars who left us far too soon. With XFINITY X1, you can experience Black music and entertainment like never before with a collection of movies, videos and more, now with the Black Film & TV collection on XFINITY On Demand. X1 will change the way you experience TV.
One of the most accomplished vocalists of all time, Whitney Houston’s passing in February 2012 broke hearts across the world. Having blessed the music industry with a career that spanned nearly 30 years, Houston was a beloved musical icon that blazed a trail for many female vocalists after her. And while her later years saw more of a troubled existence, nothing could fully detract the singer from her talent or the heartbreak fans felt after her tragic death.
Last night, Twitter put me on to some new information…or some old information that was new to me. This account, Throwback hits/facts (@goldenerahits) informed me that Bobby Brown and Janet Jackson were an item in the mid eighties.
It all happened with Bobby declaring his love…or infatuation for Janet on BET’s “Video Soul.”
When host Donnie Simpspon asked Bobby about his love life, he said, “I’m in love with Janet Jackson.”
And shortly after, he got a call. From there, their relationship took off.
“I really fell for Ms. Jackson. I never usually fall for women that fast, but she was an exception. Maybe it had something to do with my childhood crush; or maybe it was because she was one of the finest and most sought after women in the world at the time. I don’t know what it was, but she had me ‘open!'”
But it didn’t last too long. He told her that he loved her and wanted her to leave the man she was with but according to Bobby, she broke up with him because her parents didn’t want her with a Black man.
My first reaction was to chuckle. That’s pretty ridiculous, considering Janet and her family members are Black.
But considering the Jackson family and their dating history, I really shouldn’t be surprised.
Anyway, aside from the fact that they dated, which is interesting in and of itself, Bobby’s reaction to the whole thing is quite revealing as well.
In his 2008 biography, Bobby Brown: The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But, Derrick Handspike, the author, writes about Bobby’s drug use over the years.
“Bobby has sold drugs before, so he always knew the effect they could have on you. Looking back, there were always certain incidents in his life that propelled his drug use. He reflects, ‘Watching my sister’s fiancé get killed definitely caused my drug use to escalate. I can recall that I started drinking heavily when Janet Jackson and I broke up. Before I met Janet, I would never drink hard liquor, I only drank beer. But after our break up, I started drinking hard liquor excessively. I took the way our relationship ended very hard. Not to say we were head-over-heels in love, but she was someone I had a lot of feelings for.”
He also talked about never using cocaine until he met Whitney.
All of Bobby’s reference points for escalating drug use are tied to women in his life. He might have been close to his sister’s fiancé but I’m sure it was seeing her deal with that loss and empathizing with her pain that drove him to substances. Janet broke his heart and crushed his ego so he started drinking. And Whitney, with all of her beauty, talent, influence and popularity at the time convinced him to start using cocaine.
I’m not going to deny the ability to recognize and identify triggers. It’s important. But I’m willing to bet that there’s another, deeper level to Bobby’s propensity toward addictive behaviors and addiction itself. And it likely goes deeper than the women he dated/married.
If it weren’t so, he would have managed to kick the drinking and drug use habits when the relationships ended. I don’t know much about Bobby’s cocaine use but the heavy drinking certainly didn’t stop.
Still, I get it. Bobby is used to being the blame guy. The one who catches all the hell when things go left with America’s starlets. So I understand his desire to clear his name and paint a different, more realistic picture. And that’s cool too. There’s nothing wrong with the truth. I haven’t read the whole book but I would hope that the truth about the real origins of his addictions are addressed in there too.
This week the Forest Whitaker directed film Waiting To Exhale celebrated its twentieth anniversary. Although it debuted in 1995, the film is still, undisputedly, the greatest movie to portray how the friendships between Black women provide strength and accountability during life’s turmoil.
As most stans of the movie remember, the plot was centered on four women (Bernadine, Savannah, Robin and Gloria) who were either dealing with infidelity, waiting for their boyfriends to leave their wives or wondering if they were good enough to even be in a relationship. Despite the cast of Waiting To Exhale being all Black, the movie transcended racial and cultural backgrounds.
Angela Bassett who played the character of Bernadine told The L.A. Times, the film, “showed women that in spite of fractured relationships, joy, peace, love and kinship are always a possibility. It broke perception, preconception and history.”
Besides the movie breaking barriers, its soundtrack was nothing short of amazing and it collectively along with its singles won over twenty awards.
If you’re tired of Christmas carols, get into the groove of Waiting To Exhale and don’t forget to “Shoop, Shoop.”
Since the tragic death of Bobbi Kristina, Bobby Brown has only talked about his daughter in-depth once. Last month, Brown and his wife visited the daytime talk show The Real, where offered heartfelt words about Kristina and the guilt he felt about not being able to come to her rescue in time.
Now, it has been recently reported and confirmed by Dey Street Books that Brown is penning a memoir, reasonably titled My Prerogative, as reported by US Weekly. Slated as a tell-all of his controversial life – including details of Kristina’s death, “the book, out June 2016, promises to “tell the full story of his life and set the record straight, particularly about his relationship with Whitney Houston,” a release from the publishing house explains.
Brown had already arranged and signed off on the book deal prior to his daughter’s hospitalization. “Right after I signed on to write my story, I went through one of the most agonizing traumas I had ever experienced with the death of my daughter [Bobbi Kristina Brown],” Brown, 46, writes in the release.
“But I was surprised by how therapeutic it was to work on this project, to look at the entire arc of my life and to realize that although there has been considerable pain, I have also been incredibly blessed.”
However, this memoir won’t be the first time Brown sought to pen a book about his life story. In 2012, he released his first memoir, The Truth, the Whole, and Nothing But, but it didn’t turn out like had hoped. Essence reported that “when controversial details were leaked about his former wife, he backed out of the book deal.” So with this memoir, he’s hoping to shed light on a lot of speculations and rumors.
“His music, both with New Edition and in his incredible solo career, defined an era, but his life — full of epic highs, wild romance, and crushing lows— has been the subject of endless speculation and debate,” said Senior Editor of Dey Street Books Denise Oswald, who promises audiences a glimpse into both Brown’s professional and personal life and where he is at in life today.
What are your thoughts on Brown’s forthcoming memoir? Is it too soon to take his personal business to print, again?
For decades, Whites actors and actresses have been cast to play people of color in Hollywood, making whitewashing a very nasty habit in Tinsel Town. But these Black actors managed to turned the table and were selected to star in traditionally White roles.
Michael B. Jordan
Comic book fans everywhere were in an uproar when Michael B. Jordan was selected to play Johnny Storm in the reboot of The Fantastic Four. But Chris Evans, who first played the role a decade earlier, gave Jordan his stamp of approval in hopes to appease loyal fans. The film tanked anyway at the box office and studio executives hope the sequel, which had already been announced, can salvage the franchise.
Just three years after Whitney Houston’s untimely death, fans will be able to relive the greatness of the late pop powerhouse in the form of virtual recreation a.k.a. a hologram.
Slated for a 2016 unveil, Hologram USA and Pat Houston, the Whitney’s sister and president of her estate, have teamed up to bring her digital likeliness to FilmOn.com via live stream. In addition, the content curated will be syndicated to digital, satellite and cable outlets.
“I was heartbroken when Whitney passed away in 2012,” Hologram USA and FilmOn CEO Alki David said in a statement. “The opportunity to share her spectacular gifts with the world again is exactly what I hoped for when I built the hologram business. I’m confident we’ll create the ultimate celebration of Whitney’s amazing artistry.”
Also, Houston’s hologram will embark on a world tour, with the opening night at a major U.S. venue.
“It’s a great opportunity for her fans to see a reinvention of one the most celebrated female artists in history and to continue a legacy of performances that will not be forgotten in years to come,” Houston’s sister Pat, who serves as president of Houston’s estate, added in a statement.
As far as what you expect from digitized show, it is reported that there will be interactive opportunities for viewers and special guest performances will accompany Houston’s hologram.
What do you think? Is this all too early after the deaths of both Whitney and Bobbi Kristina?
Shortly after Bobbi Kristina Brown was transferred to a hospice care facility last month, Fulton County prosecutors made clear that they were preparing for a possible murder investigation.
According to TMZ, an autopsy has been performed following the 22-year-old’s July 26th death, and according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, results show no obvious signs of foul play. In fact, the tests show “no obvious underlying cause of death,” period. The examiner adds that “no significant injuries were noted” and no previously unknown medical conditions that could have contributed to Brown’s death. were discovered during the autopsy.
The department intends to subpoena medical records, presumably from the hospitals where Brown was admitted before her transition, to examine drug testing results to determine whether or not they’re relevant to the investigation. As previously reported, Brown’s ex-boyfriend Nick Gordon, who has been named a person of interest in the case, claimed that they had been doing drugs prior to the accident. An exact cause of death will not be released by the examiner until those records are reviewed.
Gordon’s mother spoke out regarding Brown’s passing Tuesday, stating that their family is also mourning the young woman’s passing.
“The passing of Bobbi Kristina is devastating to Nick and our family,” Michele Gordon to The Los Angeles Times. “Nick loved and cared for Krissi deeply, and he has suffered greatly each and every day they’ve been apart. Nick and our family are in mourning, and we ask that you respect our privacy. Our thoughts and prayers are with both the Houstons and the Browns during this difficult time.”
We will continue to keep you posted as new details emerge.