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TINA TURNER & ERWIN BACH: Wedding Bells After 27yrs!

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SIMONE JAMES: 90’s Style Birthday Party!

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Mekhi Phifer Marries Reshelet Barnes 3/30

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ALI VS. FOREMAN

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Jim Brown, right, and former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier arrived at Kinshasa airport from New York to watch the heavyweight championship fight between Ali and Foreman, Oct. 28, 1974.

Pomegranate Punch:Pretty in Pink!

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– 1.5 oz SMIRNOFF SORBET™ Light Raspberry Pomegranate – 1.5 oz pomegranate juice – 0.25 oz agave nectar … – 2 oz club soda
In a cocktail shaker, add all the ingredients, except the club soda. Shake and pour into a tall glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Standard Average Analysis (based on single drink serving): Calories 121 Carbs, 12.3g, Protein 0g, Fat 0g

QUEEN NEFERTARI: All Hail The Queen

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Nefertari Nubian Queen of Egypt 1292 to 1225 BCOne of many great Nubian queens, Nefertari is heralded as the queen who wed for peace. Her marriage to King Rameses II of Egypt, one of the last great Egyptian Pharaohs, began strictly as a political move, a sharing of power between two leaders.

Not only did it grow into one of the greatest royal love affairs in history, but bought the hundred year war between Nubia and Egypt to an end. It was an armistice which lasted over a hundred years Even today, a monument stands in Queen Nefertari’s honor. In fact, the temple which Rameses built for her at Abu Simbel is one of the largest and most beautiful structures ever built to honor a wife and to celebrate peace.

Deborah Chessler: rhythm & blues pioneer

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Deborah Chessler, whose song “It’s Too Soon To Know” became a touchstone and  launching pad for the rhythm and blues explosion of the late 1940s and 1950s, Chessler, the pen name for Shirley Reingold,

She retired from the music business many years ago, but she left an enduring  legacy from her writing and from managing a vocal group that become Sonny Til  and the Orioles.

The Orioles’ June 1948 recording of “It’s Too Soon To Know” became a  national phenomenon, pioneering a vocal group style that over the years evolved  into almost every harmony group from the Temptations through the Blue Notes, the  Chi-Lites, New Kids, New Edition, Boyz II Men and even One Direction.

Her story was extraordinary in part because she was a young Jewish woman  managing a black vocal group in an age when the entertainment industry,  particularly in a Southern state like Maryland, was rigidly segregated.

She and her mother toured with the group everywhere, including the South,  dealing with booking agents, theater owners and other showbiz officials who were  not used to taking women seriously or treating black performers equally.

Born and raised in Baltimore, she began writing songs as a teenager – at  first, she said, just as a way of expressing herself.

She didn’t read or write music, so she would memorize a melody and have  friends transcribe it.

She sold a song called “Tell Me So” to Savannah Churchill, a popular  vocalist of the late 1940s, and it had some modest success.

Her songs were unusual for the time because they were hybrids of traditional  pop and the new “rhythm and blues” style that was starting to emerge among  younger black artists in the exploding music market of the postwar years.

She worked in a shoe store by day and visited black and white theaters at  night, looking for artists who could record her songs.

A friend suggested she check out a young vocal group called the  Vibranaires.

“I reached them on the phone, and they sang three songs for me,” she said  years later. “They were great. They had the sound I heard in my head.”

The group – Sonny Til, George Nelson, Tommy Gaither, Alexander Sharp and  Johnny Reed — agreed to take Chessler as its manager, and she got them a booking  on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts TV show.

They finished third, but there was such an outpouring of viewer support that  Godfrey invited them back.

She also secured them a contract with a fledgling New York record label,  first called It’s a Natural and soon renamed Jubilee. Its president, Jerry  Blaine, suggested they rename themselves the Orioles.

“It’s Too Soon to Know” was the first record on that label, and in September  it reached No. 1 on the rhythm and blues chart, then called “race records.”

Both the sound of “It’s Too Soon to Know” and the Orioles’ stage presentation  broke from the style of traditional smooth pop harmony vocal groups like the  Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots.

Though the Orioles were fans of and drew heavily from both, they had a more  physical and sensual style that often caused a frenzy among their teenage  audience.

Gordon Anderson, long-time photographer at the Apollo Theater, said, “The  minute they got near the edge of the stage, the young girls would rush forward,  tearing at their clothing. They drove the kids wild.”

This did not go unnoticed by other young vocal groups, and the Orioles are  widely credited with laying the template for the whole vocal group style that  would be a major component of pop music for the next decade.

That vocal group sound, through artists like the Drifters and the Teenagers,  also played a major role in the birth of rock ’n’ roll, which was a hybrid of  pop, country and rhythm and blues.

The Orioles remained popular for years and recorded several other Chessler  songs, including “Tell Me So” and “Forgive and Forget.”

“It’s Too Soon To Know” would emerge as her most enduring song. It was  covered in 1948 by the Ravens, the Orioles’ primary peer group in the early  years of rhythm and blues, and later recorded by, among others, Pat Boone, Etta  James and Linda Ronstadt.

Jerry Leiber of Leiber and Stoller was among Chessler’s many songwriter  fans.

“I was knocked out by ‘It’s Too Soon to Know,’ ” Leiber said years later. “I  mean, a line like ‘Am I the fire / Or just another flame.’ That’s just great  writing.”

Chessler left the music business to return to Baltimore and later retired in  Florida with her husband, Paul.

She spoke fondly of her years with the Orioles, and attended events such as  the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Virtually all that we know in rhythm and blues and soul harmony,” said  Charles Horner, whose classicurbanharmony.com site chronicles a history of the  music, “can be ultimately linked to Deborah Chessler and the Orioles.”

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ABSOLUT ART!

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STEPHEN BURROWS: Girls of Versailles

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Sterling st. Jacques & Pat Cleveland: Studio 54

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LAUREN HILL: Can she comeback?…….

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SIMON COWELL & CO.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELINE DION!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAMMER!

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MUHAMMAD ALI: Say my name….

Muhammad Ali attacks Ernie Terrell with a left hook during the WBA World Heavyweight Title fight at the Astrodome Houston, Texas 2/6/1967.  “Say My Name” is what Muhammad Ali would say as he is beating Ernie Terrell because he was calling him Cassius Clay.4025

The Shadow of a Hitman; Wendy Mazaro

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As a child, Wendy Watson relished the small frontier town of Las Vegas, where she and a friend rode their horses to Caesars Palace and tied them up out front while they ate lunch. But as a teenager in the 1970s, Wendy’s troubled home life and rebellious spirit led her to the legendary Horseshoe Club on Fremont Street, where she hooked up with Ted Binion, youngest son of notorious gambling figure Benny Binion. Her affair with the casino scion soon devolved into Ted forcing the underage beauty to sleep with high-rolling gamblers.

Seeking an escape from Binion, Wendy hooked up with Tom Hanley, a man thirty-nine years older than her who nonetheless drew her affections and ultimately married her.

But Hanley was no kindly old air-conditioning repairman. Along with his sadistic son, Gramby, Tom was a mob hitman. Wendy became a terrified and silent witness to his numerous crimes. Authorities say Hanley may have been responsible for more than twenty murders over three decades. He told Wendy he was involved in the murders of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. His underworld career culminated with the 1977 murder of powerful Culinary Union boss Al Bramlet.

Bramlet actually had hired the Hanleys to bomb local restaurants that refused to cooperate with the Culinary Union. But later the Hanleys were hired to murder Bramlet, whose body was found buried in the desert outside Las Vegas.

The Bramlet murder proved to be the Hanleys’ undoing. After a nationwide manhunt, the father-son duo was arrested in Phoenix. Seeking evidence, police tricked Wendy into leading them to a stash of jewelry taken from Bramlet after he was killed. Tom Hanley died after serving one year in prison, while Gramby lingered behind bars for two decades.

Meanwhile, Wendy Hanley set about reinventing her life, marrying a man who had played a role in Tom’s conviction. She got involved in Nevada politics and business. Her life had finally settled down, or so it seemed until 2009, when she witnessed questionable activities by Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, who was secretly dating Wendy’s roommate. Wendy later was deposed in the governor’s divorce case, which was hastily settled before she could reveal what she knew.

In addition to tracing Wendy Hanley’s harrowing life story, Vegas Rag Doll paints a vivid portrait of the final years of organized crime in Las Vegas, before the corporations took control. In a fascinating era when legitimate facades disguised dark secrets, Wendy Hanley had a front-row seat — and a knack for survival.

DEXTER: A friend to die for….

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mandeecees harris: the beat factory studio

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SADE: Stronger then Pride

sadeSade facts: Before the band Pride, there was Arriva. Not long after joining her friends’ group, Sade came to Lee Barrett’s attention, the manager of a band called Arriva; Barrett thought that Sade would make a good addition to his band and asked her to audition as a back-up singer. While still insisting that she was not a singer, Sade agreed to audition for the band but was ultimately rejected; when no better singer could be found, Barret relented and asked her to join Arriva. The outcome, sparked by Sade’s addition to the band, resulted in a name change: the band formerly known as Arriva became Pride.

ANNA WINTOURE & BOB MARLEY: Internation Lovers!

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