Lehman Center celebrates 40th season serving the Bronx, NY
Over the last decade, the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts has served the Latino population in the Bronx by hosting stars including José Feliciano, Gilberto Santa Rosa and La India, while attracting a wider audience with acts like Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson.
Behind the scenes of the online music battle series Verzuz
Last year, for the first time, they went head-to-head, comparing their greatest hits as part of an online music battle series called Verzuz. Verzuz was created by two pioneering hip hop producers, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. Hip hop producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, creators of Verzuz. CBS NewsThey started Verzuz on a whim, with Swizz Beatz vs. Timbaland. "And there's music and genres that we're gonna cover that's gonna be amazing."cbsnews.com
New this week: 'Coming 2 America,' Camilo and a dragon movie
(ABC/Paramount+/Amazon via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back in Queens as Prince Akeem and Semmi in “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the 1988 film, which is now coming straight to your living room Friday on Amazon Prime Video. Set to becoming the King of Zamunda, Murphy’s character returns to the U.S. to find a son he’s never met. Ad— A more family friendly streaming option this week is the Walt Disney Co.’s computer animated “Raya and the Last Dragon,” featuring the voices of “Star Wars’” Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as a dragon. The big-voiced Grammy-winning singer self-produced “Baby, I’m Hollywood!” – which is a mix of soul music, piano ballads and funk sounds.
Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year
(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES – Yes, 2020 may seem like a complete fail with all the constant bad news and tragic moments. It’s been filled with gloom and doom(scrolling), but some celebrities and those inspired by them have tried to brighten a bleak year. He reassigned his 10 seamstresses in New York to produce thousands daily for health care workers on the frontlines. The singer and husband Emilio Estefan's restaurant Estefan Kitchen served up homemade meals for health care workers in Miami. The challenge coordinated offers by celebrities and athletes to raise funds to feed those in need during the pandemic.
YouTube announces lineup for discussions on racial justice
LOS ANGELES – Mark Cuban, Anthony Anderson and Skylar Diggins-Smith will take part in a series of panel discussions on YouTube that are focused on racial justice. Common and Keke Palmer return as hosts of the forum, which will include sports figures, entertainers and activists. Diggins-Smith will appear on panel with reporter Jemele Hill and activist Harry Edwards about athletes’ impact on today’s political movement. “It is so important that we keep a dialogue about racial justice going beyond any particular moment,” Palmer said. “I want to encourage my peers to continue to have thoughtful and powerful conversations that will lead us to change.
Here’s why you are going to want to start watching ‘Verzuz’ on Instagram Live right now
What started as some entertainment during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into one of the must-see Instagram Live shows. The premise is pretty simple: two R&B singers or rappers go head-to-head in a friendly battle on Instagram Live, and thousands of people get to sit back at home and enjoy. While the performances are so much fun to watch, what really makes “Verzuz” so entertaining is the chit chat between the stars, as well as the comment section on Instagram Live. It’s pretty surreal to see comments pop in from First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Mariah Carey and Viola Davis, but they were watching the same Instagram Live stream as everyone else. We don’t know who will be up next for a “Verzuz” battle, but here’s to hoping we’ll get to witness another epic night.
'September' songwriter Allee Willis has died at age 72
Allee Willis, the Detroit native and award-winning songwriter who penned hits like Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and thetheme song, died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home. He told her he'd make an introduction to the group which Willis has said is her favorite. In recent years, it re-enters the charts every September due to the increase of streams on digital services like Spotify. "It has become a permanent part of American history," Willis told us. "Regarding the Friends theme , Willis wrote the original 60-second on assignment, which was later expanded into a full song by the Rembrandts.metrotimes.com
City of Philadelphia Names Street After Patti Labelle, Spells Her Name Wrong
When the city of Philadelphia decided they were going to honor one of their own musical legends, they never double checked their spelling. The city's Streets Department honored singer Patti LaBelle by naming a stretch of Broad Street between Locust and Spruce streets after her. However, at the unveiling ceremony, LaBelle etched her signature onto a correctly spelled version of the sign. Of the honor, the 75-year-old said in part, "I was a shy little girl from West Philly. To go from shy Patti to Patti Labelle Way is incredible."
Philadelphia gets Patti LaBelle's name wrong on honorary street signs
Philadelphia honored singer Patti LaBelle with her very own street earlier this week. The city's Streets Department didn't capitalize the "b" in the legendary soul singer's last name on the signs that were put up before Tuesday's ceremony on Broad Street. A stretch between Locust and Spruce streets was renamed "Patti LaBelle Way" in honor of the Philadelphia native. A worker hangs a sign honoring singer Patti LaBelle on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. People are honest and so many people say, 'Patti, you should have gotten it a long time ago.'cbsnews.com
Patti LaBelle gets Philadelphia street named after her
(CNN) - Patti LaBelle is being honored with her very own street in her hometown of Philadelphia. A stretch of Broad Street, between Locust and Spruce Streets, has been renamed "Patti LaBelle Way" for the legendary soul singer. LaBelle appeared at the ceremony Tuesday, where she thanked her supporters and her hometown. To go from shy Patti to Patti LaBelle Way is incredible," she told the crowd, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Grammy Award-winner who has been dubbed "The Godmother of Soul," most recently appeared on "American Horror Story: Freak Show."