Posted by admin | Posted in Afro-American Music | Posted on 28-07-2010
Legendary Jazz singer Al Jarreau is currently undergoing various tests at a cardiac center in Marseille, France after suffering breathing problems and becoming “weak from the altitude” while in the French Alps last week.
According to his publicist, the 70-year-old Grammy Award-winner became ill July 22 in the southern French Alps which forced the singer to cancel a string of shows in Germany, Azerbaijan and France.
“Mr. Jarreau hopes to resume his tour at the end of the coming week,” according to a statement posted on his website. “Meanwhile, he has been quietly serenading the hospital staff to stay on point.”
Jarreau’s cardiologist, Dr. Jean-Louis Bonnet stated today that the singer could possibly be discharged this weekend before continuing his scheduled European concert tour.
The doctor added that “everything’s going well” and that Jarreau’s “state of health is coming
Posted by admin | Posted in Black Entertainment | Posted on 21-07-2010
Vanessa Bell Calloway is back on TV and giving Jada Pinkett Smith’s character, on the TNT drama series ‘HawthoRNe,’ a run for her money.
While she’s done numerous film and TV roles, many fans will remember the Cleveland native from her roles in films such as ‘Coming to America’ as Eddie Murphy’s bride-to-be, ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’ with Angela Bassett, and ‘Biker Boyz’ with Laurence Fishburne.
Daytime soap fans also recall Calloway as Yvonne Caldwell when she was on ‘All My Children’ opposite iconic character Jesse and Angie Hubbard.
Black Voices caught up to the much-missed actress (who popped up on episodes of BET’s reality show ‘Baldwin Hills’ a few years ago).
The platinum-selling music superstar is lending her name and using her influence for something other than promoting a product. The ‘Pon De Replay’ singer is urging her fans to help save the life of Shannon Tavarez, an 11-year-old star of Broadway’s hit musical ‘The Lion King’ who was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia.
“Being a performer myself I know what it’s like to be given the opportunity of a lifetime at a young age, and I would have been destroyed if that was taken away from me,” the Def Jam Records chart topper and CoverGirl spokeswoman said. “Shannon deserves to live and share her beautiful voice with the world.”
Rihanna, who Tavarez considers her idol, got wind of her plight and felt she had to do something to help – urging her fans to register with DKMS atWWW.GETSWABBED.ORG to save Shannon’s life and the lives of other leukemia patient’s life.
Tavarez, who performed four shows a week as young Nala in ‘Lion King,’ needs a bone marrow transplant. Her mother is African American, and her father is Dominican. According to a spokesperson, only 8 percent of the 7 million registered donors are African American, which means that only 17 percent of African Americans in need of a transplant will receive one.
“When I found out, it hit me really hard, like someone was throwing a ball at me,” said the talented tween, who currently lives at Schneider Children’s Hospital in Long Island, where she receives daily chemotherapy treatments. “It was shocking and I thought, why me?”
Fonzworth Bentley had no shame putting a ring on it.
The MTV ‘From G’s to Gents’ reality star quietly got engaged to actress Faune Chambers at the top of the year and is finally sharing the good news with the world.
“I tricked her! She thought it would happen on Christmas, but I did it right before New Year’s,” Bentley, 36, told Us Magazine.
“She said yes, and I was so excited.”
The ‘Advance Your Swagger’ author, who is best known for being Diddy’s assistant and umbrella holder, proposed with a 3-carat asscher-cut diamond. Waiting to meet the newly engaged couple were their parents.
Bentley, whose real name is Derrick Watkins, proposed to his fiancé near their hometown of Atlanta.
Chambers, who co-starred in the Oscar-nominated film ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ has also made appearances on ‘The Game’ and ‘All of Us.’