For Tamela Mann and her legion of Christian-market fans, a truly historic weekend kicks off with a live performance at the University of Memphis' Rose Theatre on Friday evening.
A gospel-industry showstopper for two-plus decades, Mann will be bringing new fire for her repertoire. The fuel is the news that she's been nominated for her first Grammy Award for the No. 1 gospel single "Take Me To The King" from her aptly titled 2012 CD, "Best Day."
Sounding wonderfully enthusiastic and down to earth, Mann shared the Grammy news and more with The New Tri-State Defender during a telephone interview from her home in Dallas on Wednesday.
The "Sacred Side of Soulsville" – performed at the Cannon Center Tuesday evening (Feb. 5) – brought the word pastiche to mind. Pronounced "pas-tēsh," it paints a picture of "stylistic imitation."
With that backdrop, I can say definitively that the celebration of the Stax Museum's 10th anniversary hit a distinct high note with a play performance so apropo for African American History Month.
Combining a Broadway-style performance troupe from Soulsville Charter School and the Stax Music Academy as orchestra and stage troupe, the show's writer, Justin Merrick, began the stage story in Grandville, Miss., lighting up the stage with a pyrotechnic intro of an eloquent dance sequence depicting slavery.
Viola Davis – who has string of high-profile performances set for release – talks about her latest outing as Amma in the screen adaptation of the romantic fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures."
Kam Williams: Hi Viola, thanks for another opportunity to interview you.
Viola Davis: Absolutely!
KW: Congratulations on winning another NAACP Image Award. I loved your performance in "Won't Back Down."
By the time the clock ran out on Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, the singer had put to rest doubts that she would give it her all.
The 31-year-old had been at the center of controversy leading up to her anticipated game day show thanks to her decision to use a recorded track when she performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January.
That left some questioning whether she'd do the same in New Orleans on Sunday, but Beyoncé clarified that she would "absolutely" sing live during the game, something that seemed evident as she soared through a decade-plus of hits.
Frank Ocean says he'll "choose sanity" and let his fight with Chris Brown go.
"No criminal charges. No civil lawsuit," Ocean said on his Tumblr page Saturday night.
"As a child, i thought if someone jumped me it would result in me murdering or mutilating a man," the post said.
"But as a man I am not a killer. I'm an artist and a modern person. I'll choose sanity."
Yes, Beyoncé can sing – all by herself, thank you very much.
That much she showed Thursday, when she opened her appearance before reporters in New Orleans – where she's set to headline the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance Sunday – with a stirring, a cappella rendition of the national anthem.
It was the same tune she sang just over a week ago at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
But on that momentous occasion, Beyoncé admitted on Thursday, she had some help.