With The MED Foundation Gala as the setting and The Peabody Hotel serving as the venue, an estimated 800 people were treated to a glamorous evening (March 23) accented by three legendary R&B groups – the Spinners, Ohio Players and the Commodores.
A few hours before their performances, I seized the opportunity to talk with members of each group.
Here is some of what I heard and learned:
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has gone by many names, but for now we can call him hip-hop's biggest moneymaker.
Forbes magazine has released its list of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists of 2013, and Combs is No. 1. Forbes estimates that he has a net worth of $580 million.
The industry mogul is lining his pockets mainly with deals outside of music, particularly his work with Ciroc vodka.
It took a minute to grow on me, but Fantasia's new song "Lose to Win" is actually one of my favorite songs out right now. As always with every great song, you can almost look behind the music and find a portal into the singer's heart and soul.
Now with Fantasia, you don't have to look very far. She proudly puts that portal on display for the entire world to see. Since winning "American Idol" back in 2004, we have watched her evolve into a Grammy-winning performer, but not without her share of "self-inflicted" troubles. Most of those troubles related to her boyfriend, Antwan Cook.
LOS ANGELES – Dionne Warwick, one of the most recognizable pop voices of the 1960s, filed for bankruptcy last week, citing more than $10 million in tax debt dating back to 1991.
"Due to several consecutive years (the late '80s through the mid-'90s) of negligent and gross financial mismanagement, Dionne Warwick has realized the current necessity to file personal bankruptcy," Warwick publicist Kevin Sasaki said in a statement to CNN Tuesday.
Warwick, 72, made hits out of many Burt Bacharach and Hal David songs, and won five Grammys in a 50-year career. The singer is down to her last $1,000 in cash and only owns furniture and clothing worth $1,500, according to the Chapter 7 filing in New Jersey.
For movies opening March 29, 2013
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (PG-13 for profanity, brief sensuality and pervasive violence) Revenge-themed sequel finds the intrepid, special force Army unit on a mission to save the world while clearing its name after being framed by a traitor (Arnold Vosloo) posing as U.S. President (Jonathan Pryce). Starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and RZA the rapper.
Born in New York City on October 1, 1986, Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an award-winning actress and activist. She recently starred in the Emmy Award-winning series "Friday Night Lights" and also has been seen on "The Defenders."
Jurnee starred in "The Great Debaters." She received rave reviews and won the NAACP's Best Lead Actress Image Award for her performance.
The versatile thespian landed her breakthrough role at the age of 11, when she starred in "Eve's Bayou" opposite Samuel L. Jackson. She began her television acting career at the age of 4 with a recurring role on "Full House," later reviving the character for a season of "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper." She followed that by starring on the ABC comedy "On Our Own" alongside her real life sister, Jazz, and her brothers, Jojo, Jussie, Jake and Jocqui.