Monthly Archives: April 2009
Pictured from left to right: Mattin Sed, President of Special Products, LaRoda Group Inc.; William McDowell, VP of Shakeji, Inc.; Gary Rose, CEO Robert Rose Jewelry; Gladys Knight; Barrett LaRoda, CEO LaRoda Group Inc., and Steve “Biscuit” Walker, VP of FreestyleMac, LLC
Photo Credit: Marty Frierson
Los Angeles, CA – R&B icon Gladys Knight has always personified the essence of style, grace and soul. An award winning singer and songwriter and an accomplished businesswoman, actress, author and humanitarian, Knight was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for her chart topping recordings as a member of the world renowned singing group, “Gladys Knight and the Pips.” She has mesmerized audiences for decades with such hits as, “Neither One of Us,” “You’re the Best Thing,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Heard it through the Grapevine,” and “Love Overboard.” Like a precious stone with sparkling facets, Knight’s captivating eloquence and enduring persona has captivated audiences for decades.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 2009) – Lisa Leslie has always been known for her feminine side and her basketball abilities. In a sport that is important to be aggressive and tough, she has still been able to be a successful fashion model and author (Don’t Let The Lipstick Fool You: The Making of a Champion). This summer Leslie will be able to show her fans how to balance beauty and her ability to be a competitor, when she tapes in the Bahamas April 18th -May 4th, ABC’s upcoming show “Superstars.”
Brenda Holloway is one of the lesser known Motown alumni who many critics felt was too soulful for the label’s pop-chart aims. She was Motown’s first act from California when she was signed with them at eighteen years old. Holloway was was one of a few women at Motown who wrote songs although her biggest hit “Every Little Bit Hurts” was written by Ed Cobb. ” Her biggest success as a songwriter came from “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” co-written with her sister Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson and Berry Gordy. There is her version of the song that came out in 1967 but the jazz rock group Blood, Sweat & Tears made the song popular in the mainstream. Holloway also has the distinction of being one of three female acts to open for the Beatles as she did for the first now legendary rock concert in 1965 at Shea Stadium in Queens, NY. The singer-songwriter retired from the music business in 1970 and returned in the ’80s with a gospel album and by the end of the decade she starting performing secular music again. Several people have covered “Every Little Bit Hurts” including George Clinton, Teena Marie, Alicia Keys, The Clash and The Spencer Davis Group. Holloway released her last album My Love Is Your Love in 2005.
Los Angeles, CA – Industry veteran and ultimate trendsetter Kevin Rouse, CEO of Personal Touch Entertainment, in association with Angeltown Productions and Jazzmyne Public Relations is visioning the last stop in nightlife as he launches “Live on Wilshire” at Opus every Wednesday evening, beginning May 6, 2009. “Live on Wilshire” will capture the rhythm and the blues, the syncopated beat of all that jazz and the heat of Hollywood when celebrities, musicians, poets, comedians, industry tastemakers and partygoers converge for a night of fine dining, networking and entertainment on Wilshire Boulevard at the corner of Western Avenue.
1. Why is there another unauthorized biography about Diana Ross on the way?
2. Did Terrence Howard put himself into a similar predicament as Isaiah Washington for complaining about a lost role in Iron Man 2?
3. How well will the new Edris Elba Beyonce film “Obsessed” do at the box office?
4. Will Lauryn Hill return to form at the Stockholm Montreux Jazz Fests?