Category Archives: Soul

Media Questions Of The Week

What did Patti LaBelle mean by calling Ariana Grande a “white black girl?”

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 13: Kevin Hart attends the WSJ Tech D.Live at Montage Laguna Beach on November 13, 2018 in Laguna Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Wall Street Journal and WSJ. Magazine)

Would it have been better for Kevin Hart to host The Oscars after the controversy over his past homophobic Tweets to use the opportunity in the words of GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis as a “teachable moment?” 




Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Documentary To Debut At 2018 DOC NYC

Aretha Franklin’s long-awaited Amazing Grace documentary will debut at the 2018 DOC NYC on Monday, November 12th at the SVA Theatre in New York City. The film captured Franklin’s acclaimed performances at New Temple Missionary Church in Los Angeles that took place on January 13th and 14th 1972. Warner Brothers Pictures filmed the footage as a companion to her Amazing Grace album which is the best-selling gospel album of all time. The concert has never been seen by those who didn’t attend before now and producer Joe Elliott acquired the film rights in 2007. Franklin’s niece Sabrina Owens, who is a personal representative of the Aretha Franklin estate made a statement about the significance of the documentary,

“Amazing Grace is the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin. This film is authentic and is my aunt at her core. She was a daughter of the church, she loved gospel music, and she always incorporated some form of sacred music in her concerts.”

Fans have waited for decades to see the performances that had Franklin’s father C.L. Franklin, Mick Jagger, Clara Ward, Mother Ward, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts in the audience. 

Tickets for the world premiere of Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace documentary can be purchased at the SVA Theatre on 333 West 23rd St, NY, NY and


Amazing Grace Trailer 072718 from alan elliott on Vimeo.


Anthony Hamilton Encourages Healing In Love Conquers All Video

Anthony Hamilton releases a video for “Love Conquers All” and offers his perspective on America’s problem with gun violence. Trigger-happy cops and people’s inability to feel safe at school or church are shown in the clip. Hamilton’s message is that everyone needs love and love can be the only true healer of gun violence. 


R.I.P. Melvin Wah Wah Watson Ragin

Melvin “Wah Wah Watson” Ragin who was a member of Motown’s Funk Brothers passed Wednesday (Oct. 24th) in Santa Monica, California at the age of 67. Ragin’s professional name came from his famous ability with the wah-wah pedal on his guitar in songs like The Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” Ragin recorded with the biggest artists of the past 50 years as a Funk Brother and solo player. The Jackson 5, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson and The Beach Boys were among the artists who utilized his sound. In the ’90s  and 2000s he can be heard on Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, albums from Meshell Ndegeocello, Janet Jackson and most recently Tyrese. In 1994, he appeared on the Stolen Moments: Red, Hot & Cool album with Lester Bowie and Digable Planets as part of an effort to raise awareness about A.I.D.S. in the Black community. Watson released one solo album in 1976. 


Chaka Khan Is The 2019 Tournament Of Roses Grand Marshall

Chaka Khan has been named the Grand Marshall for the 2019 Tournament Of Roses. Khan received the honor on the Tournament House lawn in Pasadena, California Wednesday morning. It is Khan’s first time taking on the duty and she expressed her gratitude and fear entering into something new. The icon will appear in the Rose Parade and the pre-game activities on January 1st. 

The Rose Parade, which started in 1890, is a New Year’s Day tradition meant to salute the blooming of roses in Sacramento at a time when other parts of the country are buried in snow. The flowers are assembled on floats for the parade and the best ones win trophies. The Rose Bowl football game, the coronation of the Rose Bowl Queen and the Equestfest are among the activities taking place.  The parade’s theme this year is The Melody Of Life to acknowledge the importance of music and Chaka Khan said she is already nervous about what to perform that day. For more information about Chaka Kahn at the Rose Parade check out their site