Daily Archives: January 21, 2017

Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys & Maxwell At The Women’s March On Washington

 

 

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Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys and Maxwell were a few of the artists who took the stage at the Women’s March On Washington in D.C. today. Monae shared her views about women and equality and performed “Hell You Talmbout” with Jidenna, St. Beauty and the mothers of Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mohamed Bah and Dontre Hamilton.

Alicia Keys recited Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” before going into a passionate performance of “Girl On Fire.” Keys spoke about inclusion and not allowing women’s bodies to be controlled by the government. Maxwell showed support for the march with a well-received rendition of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.”

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Lionel Richie Is Producing A Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

Lionel Richie is co-producing a biopic about the late Sammy Davis Jr. with Mike Menchel and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The movie is based on the 1965 memoir, Yes I Can: The Story Of Sammy Davis Jr., written by Davis, Burt Boyar and his wife Jane. Davis grew up in the world of entertainment because both of his parents were vaudeville performers. At age 7 he co-starred in the 1933 21-minute film Rufus Jones For President with Ethel Waters.

By the ’50’s Davis was starring on Broadway in Mr. Wonderful and in the ’60’ s he had his own TV show and became a member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack of famous actors. He made several movies during the ’60’s including the original Ocean’s 11 and became a headlining act in Vegas at the Frontier Casino. Davis was not immune to the segregation at the time even though he was a top act and he was forbidden to stay at the casino or have a dressing room. Later in his career, he refused to work at segregated venues. Davis was a supporter of civil rights and participated in the March On Washington and was a supporter of Jesse Jackson’s PUSH organization. Davis and his wife Altovise were the first African-Americans invited to spend the night at the White House courtesy of then-president Richard Nixon.

Davis died in 1990 after a 6-month battle with throat cancer but his legacy is all over pop culture. Eddie Murphy and Tommy Davidson are just two of the comedians to impersonate him and he has been mentioned numerous movies and TV shows. Don Cheadle portrayed him in The Rat Pack and Amy Winehouse sang about him in her song “Me and Mr. Jones.”

The upcoming unnamed film has the support of Davis’ heirs and Richie added, “It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friends to the screen. I’m so grateful to be working closely with the Davis family on this and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this passion project.”

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Media Questions Of The Week

Will Chrisette Michele’s decision to sing at Donald Trump’s Inaugural Ball cause serious hurt to her career because of the backlash?

 

Now that Syd and Matt Martians are on the verge of releasing their albums, is The Internet going to be 2017’s Wu-Tang Clan?

What did Trump’s spokesperson mean when they said that Kanye West was not invited to the inauguration because it was going to be “traditionally American?”

Did Nelly or Drake come out as the most successful rapper in this week’s Twitter debate ?

 

 

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