A cold winter night in January, check!
One mid-calf long, burgundy, vintage-leather trench coat, check!
Two VIP, TV One "Unsung" Isaac Hayes private screening passes, check!
Viewing the private screening Tuesday night at the Stax Museum where it all began, priceless!
The only thing missing was the red carpet and paparazzi following me.
"About 10 years ago, I was hanging out with some old high school classmates... drinking wine... and wondering what fresh hell lay ahead for us as we approached menopause and all the other absurdities that come along with aging... [Their] obsession with maintaining their youth made me sad.
Why couldn't they just accept themselves as the smart, wonderful and beautiful women that they are? A few wrinkles should not affect one's self-esteem. That conversation was the genesis for this book. I needed to know at what point did women fall in love with themselves."
WASHINGTON – Pop star Beyoncé opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the National Anthem during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told CNN Tuesday.
U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said early Tuesday that "we know why the decision was made," adding that the pop star "did not actually sing," but instead lip-synched her own voice.
Later in the day, however, the Marine Corps said in a statement that no one in their organization "is in a position to assess whether (Beyoncé's vocal performance) was live or pre-recorded."
Ever listened to the radio and heard a song for the first time – one that didn't really reach out and grab you. But then the radio station kept playing the song until it grew on you. Before you knew it, you were singing the words, humming the tune and had purchased it (hopefully) on Itunes, or at a record store if you could find one.
Such is the power of radio.
For true commercial success, radio is an almost "must have." For this week's On Our Way To Wealthy column, we sought out DJ 007 of K97 to get a handle on the importance of radio and of the club in introducing a song to the market.
The 2013 Annual Stellar Awards will be remembered as a zenith event in the growth of the gospel music industry. From inception to exit strategy, the show was terrifically executed in true glitterati style.
This year's 28th edition unfolded on Saturday (Jan. 19) and was broadcast live for the first time from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, a fitting choice. In the same way that the country music industry has become its own arena-filling powerhouse genre, gospel has grown into a commercial powerhouse, with marketing rivaling the best of the R&B and hip-hop markets – sans the vulgarity.
"Oh there's nothing to do in Memphis." I hear people say that far too often.
Or here's another one: "You have to go out of town to have a good time."
THAT'S NOT TRUE!
Actually, there's always something to do in Memphis. There are more events than we have days in the week. You don't even have to do a lot of due diligence. I've actually done that for you.
For movies opening Jan. 25, 2013
"Movie 43" (R for violence, drug use, pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, crude humor and coarse dialogue) A dozen directors collaborated on this raunchy series of short films chronicling three kids' internet search for the most banned movie in the world. A-list ensemble features Academy Award-winners Halle Berry and Kate Winslet, along with Oscar-nominees Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard.