There are many special moments in America’s civil rights movement that are periodically celebrated including Jackie Robinson breaking the color line in professional baseball, Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the historic March on Washington.
Vybz Kartel, a popular dancehall artist in Jamaica, has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted for the murder of an associate, according to reports by the BBC. Palmer and three other men were sentenced after being convicted of the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams in a dispute over missing firearms.
Carrying on the musical tradition of jazz Mustafa on Sax proudly carries torch lit by his father, Melton Mustafa, Sr. By D. Kevin McNeir A superb improvisational duet recently occurred on a South Florida stage between two gifted musicians – one on the saxophone – the other on trumpet that confirmed why jazz is still […]
The reports about the sudden death of the legendary dance-music DJ Frankie Warren Knuckles, Jr., have been confirmed. More commonly referred to as the Godfather of House Music, Knuckles, 59, died last Monday afternoon at his home. His longtime business partner and good friend, Frederick Dunston, was unavailable for comment but released a statement saying that more details would be released soon. Dunston did not confirm nor deny rumors that Knuckles had succumbed to complications from Type 2 diabetes.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a media watchdog organization dedicated to the positive depiction of the LGBT community in contemporary American media, has joined a fundraising campaign to bring gifted, accomplished vocalist and violinist Tona Brown to Carnegie Hall in New York City, for an historic concert performance this summer.
Frankie Beverly and Maze: Old school soul personified Legendary vocalist still performing to sold out audiences from Minneapolis to Miami By D. Kevin McNeir There are some entertainers whose singular name is enough to make their legion of fans stand up and shout with gleeful anticipation – professionals like Pink, Prince, Madonna or Cher are […]
Sheryl Lee Ralph: Redefining “diva” to empower other women Original DREAMGIRL continues to give back to community in more ways than one By D. Kevin McNeir Standing before a packed audience anxious to hear about the significant role that women have played in America’s history, Sheryl Lee Ralph, the consummate show business professional, most notably […]
If you gauge vocal artistry solely on which singers you routinely hear on today’s popular radio stations, you’re doing yourself a real disservice, especially if channel surfing in your city hasn’t exposed you to the dynamic talent and six-octave range of vocalist and musician Rachelle Farrell.
Donning a debonair, off-white, two-piece seersucker and holding a Cuban cigar, comedian, actor and political commentator D.L. Hughley looked like a Miami native as he took to the stage recently to host what is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s most popular concerts – Jazz in the Gardens. Now in its ninth year, the two-day musical extravaganza takes place in the City of Miami Gardens in sunny South Florida and brings together some of the most-respected entertainers in the business along with food, fashion and Miami flair.
For some reaching the 50-year milestone means putting the agenda on cruise control, resting on one’s laurels and preparing for entrance into the fall and winter seasons of life. But for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, under the leadership of third-year Artistic Director Robert Battle, five-plus decades of dance means pushing the button and expanding a highly-celebrated repertoire.