Legendary singer Gladys Knight was recently among the contestants of the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 14 cast, and although she was given the boot this week she came out a winner! She shed a whopping 60 lbs during the 6 weeks she spent dancing in front of America.
“I’m feeling great, I really am,” she told E! Online. “I feel amazing… Coming to ‘DWTS’ kept me where I should be, so I can be a healthy weight-loss person,” she said.
Dropping 60 lbs in just 6 weeks is quite an accomplishment. Take a look at that above photo, doesn’t she look amazing?!
In the wake of Etta James‘ cancer diagnosis and passing I was given the pleasure of learning about her and listening to some of her music. Not only did this woman live, but she had guts but she could belt her heart out! It’s always sad that it takes someone’s passing or getting ill before you realize and acknowledge their worth.
James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, on January 25, 1938, to a teen mother and unknown father. She suspected her father was the pool player Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone, the most recognized pool player in the United States of his time. They met briefly in 1987 but Fats would not confirm or deny that he was, in fact, her father. He died in 1995.
Her mother was neglectful and James was raised by a number of caregivers. Early on, she was recognized for her strong vocals and attended a South Central Los Angeles church where she’d put it on display.
In 1950, her mother took her to San Francisco, and James formed a group called the Peaches. The group was later mentored by singer Johnny Otis. However, Etta eventually left the group to become a solo act. In her career she would face many demons, including a drug and substance abuse addiction and garnered a reputation for her vulgar antics.
One thing can be said, however, she may very well be the best female blues singer of our time.
I’ve put together some tribute videos of songs some of you may have never heard but should. You hear the power in her voice and just how talented this woman was in the prime of her career. She will be missed. Enjoy.
Legendary singer Etta James, best known for her 1961 hit “At Last”, is terminally ill says Lupe De Leon, her manager of 30 years.
In a statement issued earlier in the week, Lupe went on to say, “Etta, 73, has a terminal illness. She’s in the final stages of leukemia. She has also been diagnosed with dementia and Hepatitis C. She’s in a home right now and mostly sleeps. She is under the care of a live-in doctor from Riverside Community Hospital and two others who have placed her on oxygen. Her husband is with her 24 hours a day, and her sons visit regularly. We’re all very sad. We’re just waiting.”
In a court airing days ago and preparation for the singer’s passing, a deal was reached naming her husband of 42 years, Artis Mills, as conservator of her $1-million estate.
In court documents, the singer’s son Donto James had requested appointment as temporary conservator, expressing concerns about his mother’s medical treatment and the costs of her in-home medical care.
In some unfortunate news this morning, Nick Ashford of the popular Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson has died at the age of 70.
Unbeknown to many, the singer/songwriter had been battling throat cancer and succumbed to the disease at a New York hospital yesterday, August 22.
Ashford, who along with wife Valerie Simpson wrote some of Motown’s biggest hits, died in a New York City hospital, said publicist Liz Rosenberg, who was Ashford’s longtime friend. He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment, she told The Associated Press.
It’s been 9 years since we last received an album from this 90′s beloved group but I can’t deny 702 did have some great tunes we all use to jam to.
The group, discovered by comedian Sinbad and mentored by fellow musician turned music exec Michael Bivins, was originally a quartet comprised of sisters Irish, Orish, LeMisha ‘Misha’ Grinstead, and lead singer Kameelah ‘Meelah’ Williams. Irish’s twin sister Orish Grinstead,who died in 2008 of kidney failure, was a later dropped out the group before the release of their first album for personal reasons. She later became a substitute member for sister LeMisha while she took time off to raise her son.
The group garnered success with hits like “Steelo”, “Get It Together”, and “Where My Girls At”. Why don’t we take a look back.
Wendy Williams was given the pleasure to be the first to interview the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin since her weight loss and rumors of an inoperable illness. The exclusive interview took place at The Townsend Hotel right outside of Detroit, Michigan (Where Ms. Franklin lives) last Friday. The segment is set to air on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ this Wednesday, March 2. Ms. Franklin dished on everything from how she’s feeling these days to her tribute at The Grammy’s and even marriage with host Williams over high tea. Don’t forget to tune in, I know I won’t!
Despite reports that singer and legend Aretha Franklin, 68, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year there have been no confirmation either by Franklin or her publicist.
In fact, her cousin Brenda Corbett tells the Detroit Free Press that Aretha “has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer.”
The singer, who announced last week she had undergone a surgical procedure but did not give much detail on what kind of procedure, cancelled all tours and appearances through May 2011 under doctor’s orders when she fell and broke her ribs in the shower last month.
Life long friend The Reverend Jesse Jackson, was quoted as saying, Wednesday, in an interview with The Associated Press “she has amazing strength — body, religion and faith. It’s what keeps her going.”
We will keep you in our prayers Aretha. May you have a speedy recovery.