Daily Archives: January 27, 2018

Aretha Franklin Picks Jennifer Hudson To Play Her In Biopic

Clive Davis’ famous pre-Grammy party took place tonight and he announced to the crowd after Jennifer Hudson performed a couple of songs that she will play Aretha Franklin in an MGM biopic. According to Deadline.com, Hudson performed Franklin’s “Think” and “Respect” as an introduction to the announcement. The Queen Of Soul is said to have personally picked Hudson to portray her onscreen. It is a surprise because seven years ago it was rumored that Franklin wanted Halle Berry for the job but Berry used her lack of singing ability to deflect the role. Hudson singing undoubtedly had a huge influence on Franklin’s current choice.

Harvey Mason Jr. will produce the music for the film and Scott Bernstein who was the producer for Straight Outta Compton is on board for Franklin’s film in the same capacity.

Aretha Franklin’s six-decade career as the Queen Of Soul will be an interesting life to see. Her position as an icon of music, civil rights, and women’s equality has made her much more than just another great singer. Hudson, who has been busy as a host on The Voice’s UK chapter, has her biggest acting and singing job with a role that will never be closely watched and never forgotten.

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Black Thought Is Making A Solo EP With 9th Wonder

Friday night Black Thought hosted a screening of Spike Lee’s School Daze as part of his Black Thought Cinema Presents event at the Gramercy Theater in New York. There was a panel after the screening that included Jean Grae, 9th Wonder, Felonious Munk and more. It was at this time that Black Thought announced a collaboration with 9th Wonder that will be the first release in series titled Streets Of Thought. Nodfactor.com captured 9th Wonder saying “Surprise!” into the camera.

 

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Toyota Puts Emerging And Award-Winning Artists Victory Boyd & Ledisi Center Stage For A Night In Harlem Hosted By Bevy Smith

 

Victory Boyd Titus Burgess Ledisi

 

Toyota put the spotlight on emerging soul/folk artist Victory Boyd and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Ledisi with a night of acoustic performances. Students from the Harlem School Of The Arts opened the night playing a set of contemporary hip-hop and R&B songs.

Victory Boyd

Boyd is a Michigan native who signed to Roc Nation after being discovered in Central Park. She spoke on the importance of the event,

“It’s so important for an artist like myself to be exposed to influencers and industry peers,” says Boyd. “It’s great that Toyota sees the significance of putting a spotlight on emerging artists by giving us a platform to share our music.”

Ledisi

Ledisi performed from her catalog including “All The Way” which is nominated for a Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy.

Chef Danielle Saunders the “hip-hop chef” set the table and visual artist Max Sansing made a Toyota-inspired piece that has a behind the scenes video on the carmaker’s Facebook page.

Victory Boyd Angela Rye Toyota Mia Phillips Ledisi #MeToo Tarana Burke Bevy Smith

Bevy Smith was the host and CNN political commentator Angela Rye, #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke and singer and actor Titus Burgess were in the audience.

Toyota representative Mia Phillips expressed the company’s commitment to supporting new talent and the brand also made a $10,000 donation to the Harlem School Of The Arts.

 

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Media Questions Of The Week

Is Black Hollywood failing to reach out to Black media?

How did Vanity Fair miss Oprah’s three- hand Photoshop mishap before publishing?

Were Erykah Badu’s comments about “Seeing the good in Hitler” “Bill Cosby having a mental illnesss” and “Supporting Louis Farrakhan” in her interview with Vulture misunderstood?

 

 

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