Aretha Franklin performed at Radio City Hall on Friday. She may have shed a few pounds but her voice is just as powerful
and melismatic as ever, and that distinctive blues quaver was in great
effect on all of her numbers, especially on “Day Dreaming” and “Natural
Nothing can be more exciting for theater-goers than a play that dares to
tackle a subject rarely dealt with on stage, especially on a Broadway
stage, and which does so with unpredictable twists and turns. One such
subject is the relationship between a Black man and his sons, currently
explored in the play Stick Fly at the Cort Theatre in New York City.
In the 80’s, the Black alternative-rock band Fishbone hit the L.A. punk scene with a genre bending form of music that was anything but, mainstream. Here, bassist Norwood Fisher and I talk about the band, their new documentary, and the complexities of the music industry.
In 1997, Cuba Gooding, Jr. won an Academy Award for his memorable outing as Rod “Show
me the money!” Tidwell in Jerry Maguire. He
has also earned two NAACP Image Awards, a
Screen Actors Guild Award, and he even has his own
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here, he talks about his latest outing as Major Emanuelle Stance in Red
Tails, a World War II epoch about the legendary Tuskegee Airmen.
Brenda Dixon Gottschild's new book, Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Bio-history of American Performance, is a timely testament to a legendary role model who inspired
generations of little Black girls to reach for the stars in the face of a
racist society that would just as soon crush their prima ballerina