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Saturday, August 01, 2009

BBC iPlayer - BBC Proms: 2009: Prom 22 - MGM Musicals

BBC iPlayer - BBC Proms: 2009: Prom 22 - MGM Musicals Seth MacFarlane is a singer in this particularly wonderful string of show tunes. I almost hate to say "show tunes" it's too abbreviated for music that brings back childhood memories of days spent in front of the tele dancing and singing along with the actors--and of course a couple days thereafter. (Over The Rainbow elicited tears.)
The whole series is comprised of indoor and outdoor concerts in England.
Every voice was melodic and captured the idea of each film. As a child, I rarely knew the titles of each film, i like musicals.
I'm listening to it now and it sounds gorgeous! Seth is singing songs from "High Society". Goodness that man's voice is fabulous and rich and expansive. It even fluttered and soared. It takes up the whole theater. Jeez he's talented. Shaboopie!
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ (arr. Conrad Salinger & Nelson Riddle)
Kim Criswell, Seth MacFarlane vocalists
‘You’re Sensational’ (arr. Nelson Riddle)
Seth MacFarlane vocalist
‘Well, Did You Evah?’ (arr. Conrad Salinger & Nelson Riddle)
Seth MacFarlane, Curtis Stigers vocalists

And who hasn't sang "Singing In the Rain" and performed a quick soft shoe? Okay just me. What a perfect song for Seth to sing.
Nacio Herb Brown (music)/Arthur Freed (lyrics)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (arr. Conrad Salinger)
Seth MacFarlane vocalist

I'll be happy when he cuts a CD.

Well, the rest of the back story is here: What's On: Prom 22 2009

E! News Now _ Michael Jackson's Long-Lost Son


Sunday, July 19, 2009

This is why athletes should never marry - FOX Sports on MSN

This is why athletes should never marry - FOX Sports on MSN
I understand that this article is an oversiplification of the facts but parts of it ring true. Just hire someone to cook meals and take care of you and date whomever you like until you find that right Mrs. Ballplayer. Getting love right the first time takes time and thought outside of heart pounding love and out-of-sight sex.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Michael Jackson had something for everyone--no need to blame Jamie

Well, I went to the Jamie Foxx web site and there is a virtual race war-of-words going on there. Some are accusing Mr. Foxx of being a racist after viewing the Black Entertainment Television Awards Show last week.
If any of you watched Michael Jackson’s memorial on Monday and heard Al Sharpton entire speech, then maybe you will get the hint that Mr. Jackson was indeed a black man. Don’t blame Jamie Foxx for that, for he too is a black man. There are some things relatable across the races and some things relatable to the races. Mike’s last CD was a testament to the love he felt for his community. His entire music catalog is a testament to how he loved music and his fans.
Invincible was played at every stepper’s set for years and still got some play before he died just because it was gooooood! We like and appreciate that Mike, so thanks. We liked all of his songs but some of those syncopated beats scream foot work and some scream other dance moves--stuff I‘m too old to do. We all like some things more than others. That is just the way people are made up. No one calls Foxx a racist when he is hosting the Country Music Awards. He is just as funny and shocking as ever. So I think the rub in all of this is that Foxx reminded folk that Michael Jackson was a black man.
Some of his fans do not want to take this fact into consideration. He was everything but to them. The truth is that he was a little black boy from Gary, Indiana--which is 85 percent African American--who grew up in Los Angles using his talent to his advantage. Was he more than just a black man? Yes, just as all black men are more than just a black man and just like all white men are more than just white men,
et cetera. We are all more than just our race. However, it seems being black sticks under the craw of many. I don’t know why but it just seems to make a difference. As assimilated as we are, it should not be but it is and it takes a great effort on a black person’s part to downplay anything that gets in the way of acceptance. Mike proved that. As blacks we are still making and counting firsts. Mike proved that too.
Let us not find a blame in all of this surrounding MJ’s death but take entertainment at face value and not make it a political action committee. If you want to fight for rights or anything else good that helps the human race, President Obama has several very fine outfits people can join.

P.S. Ladies no one will care if you work, are on government assistance, have had children out-of-wedlock or whatever. Those things are your personal choices and do not give nor take away your right to speak out. So please stop prefacing comments with ”I am a single mother…” No one cares and we are not giving out awards for choosing to birth and/or raise children. We used to but not anymore because everybody’s doing it.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Invisible Man's Band - All Night Thing 1979 DISCO

According to a discography on You Tube, "Curtis Mayfield, The Invisible Man's Band consisted of:

Clarence Burke Jnr. b. 1951, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (lead and acoustic guitar)

James Burke b. 1952, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (vibes)

Kenneth (Keni) Burke b. 28th September 1953, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (bass guitar)

Dennis Burke b. 1953, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. (rhythm guitar)..."
Keni Burke wrote my fav steppin' song, "Indigenous Love"

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Seth MacFarlane on Bill Maher--May 8 2009

Bill signed up to be a talking cow on Family Guy.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Leslie Jones McCloud's Gas Station Divas Confront!

Characters from my new in-progress book, "Gas Station Divas" confront each other during a scene at Chi-Chi's place of work--a gas station convienence store named Red, White and Blue Country.
Marion, whose only fault was choosing that particular gas station, decided to get down with it and ditch her uppity ways.
Who will get the man?

Monday, April 20, 2009


Academy Award Nominee Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) Also Guest-Voices

International hip-hop superstar and 12-time Grammy Award winner Kanye West and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson get animated when they lend their voices to THE CLEVELAND SHOW, the highly anticipated FAMILY GUY spin-off set to debut this fall on FOX. West will appear as KENNY WEST, an all-around cool kid and the archenemy of CLEVELAND JR. (Kevin Michael Richardson), and the two will engage in a “rap battle” for the affection of high school hottie CHANEL (Henson).

THE CLEVELAND SHOW is a new animated series that follows everyone’s favorite soft-spoken neighbor CLEVELAND BROWN (Mike Henry) to his hometown in Virginia, as he settles down with his high school sweetheart, DONNA (Sanaa Lathan); her unruly kids; and his own 14-year-old son, Cleveland Jr. (Richardson). Once in Virginia, Cleveland has a few surprises in store for him, including ROBERTA (Reagan Gomez-Preston), a rebellious new stepdaughter; RALLO (Henry), a 5-year-old stepson who loves the ladies; and a collection of neighbors that includes a loudmouth redneck, LESTER (Richardson); a hipster wanna-be, HOLT (guest voice Jason Sudeikis); and a pious pair of talking bears, TIM (Seth MacFarlane) and his wife ARIANNA (guest voice Arianna Huffington).

Kanye West’s fourth consecutive chart-topping album, “808s & Heartbreak,” was released in November 2008 and has sold over 1.5 million copies to date. He has received numerous accolades for his latest album, and his hit single “Heartless” has been at the top of the charts for 16 weeks and counting.

Taraji P. Henson earned an Academy Award nomination in 2009 for her supporting role opposite Brad Pitt in the critically acclaimed film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Henson has appeared in “Hustle & Flow” with Terrence Howard and “Talk to Me” opposite Don Cheadle. Her upcoming films include “Hurricane Season” opposite Forest Whitaker, “Once Fallen” with Ed Harris and Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” Her television credits include “Boston Legal” and “Eli Stone.”

THE CLEVELAND SHOW is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane, Rich Appel and Mike Henry are executive producers and co-creators of the series.

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