Archives for : March2014

Marilyn Monroe: Beauty in Black & White!




George Clinton: Memoir Of A Funkstar!


Legendary funk master George Clinton is releasing is long awaited Memoir published by Atria Books with the help of writer Ben Greenman this summer, it will be an exciding, drug filed, wild battle, sexual, coming of age book, that led him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Jimmy Hendrix: Fire on the Fender!


On This Day In Music: In 1967, Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia.

Oprah & Co: Celebration!


Rapper/ Actor Common and Media Mogul Oprah Celebrating Living Legend Maya Angelou 85th Birthday!


Evelyn Lozada: Post Baby Body!


Lizzie Miles:Happy Birthday!(March 31, 1895-March 17, 1963)


Cabaret and blues singer Lizzie Miles was born on this date in 1895.

Born Elizabeth Landreaux ,(March 31, 1895-March 17, 1963)  she was born on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA. Miles used her beauty and her huge voice to create a sophisticated, urba…ne style that was more suited for settings like the Cotton Club in Harlem than the tent shows of the South. Miles began her career singing in front of New Orleans bands that included such noted jazz musicians as King Oliver and Kid Ory, though, in her youth, she had worked Southern vaudeville shows and even joined up with a circus.

Eventually she left New Orleans and moved to Chicago, then to New York, Paris, and back again to New York, all the while working clubs and cabarets. She recorded for Okeh in 1921 and later did sessions for Emerson, Columbia, and Victor. Although her recording catalog isn’t large, songs such as State Street Blues demonstrate the vocal dexterity she possessed. In the late 1930s, Miles returned to New Orleans and retired. However, in the 1950s, she resumed her career, performing and recording with the Bob Scobey Band and appearing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958. She retired a second time in 1959.

Miles sang pop ballads, vaudeville standards, and jazz-colored blues, both in French and English. During her prime, she attracted the same kind of audience that made Edith Wilson, Alberta Hunter, and Lucille Hegamin stars. Never dubbed a classic blues woman, when she sang the blues, she sang them with conviction.

Lizzie Miles died of a heart attack on March 17, 1963.

See the comments for audio of her songs, “Salty Dog,” and “Lizzie’s Blues.”


•Thai Green Curry Chicken



Ready in just over 30 minutes, this easy chicken recipe is bursting with Asian flavors. Green curry paste, coconut milk, and lemon peel form a simple sauce to coat stir-fried chicken and vegetables. Serve on top of brown rice sprinkled with coconut and cilantro for authentic presentation.

Thai Green Curry Chicken Ingredients
cup canned unsweetened light coconut milk
cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
tablespoons green curry paste
teaspoons cornstarch
teaspoons finely chopped fresh lemon grass or 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
Nonstick cooking spray
medium green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into thin bite-size strips
medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
cup packaged julienned or coarsely shredded fresh carrots
cloves garlic, minced
ounces skinless boneless chicken thighs
teaspoons canola oil
cups hot cooked brown basmati rice or regular brown rice

  1. For sauce, in a medium bowl whisk together coconut milk, broth, curry paste, cornstarch, and lemon peel (if using); set aside.
  2. Coat a wok or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat wok over medium-high heat. Add sweet pepper and onion; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add carrots, garlic, and lemon grass (if using); cook and stir about 2 minutes more or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from wok.
  3. Trim fat from chicken. Cut chicken into thin bite-size strips. Add oil to wok; add chicken. Cook and stir over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Push from center of wok.
  4. Stir sauce; add to center of wok. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Return vegetables to wok; stir all ingredients together to coat with sauce. Cook and stir about 2 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Serve chicken mixture over rice. Sprinkle with coconut and cilantro.

Teena Marie: Wild and Peaceful 35th Anniversary!


35 years ago today, Wild And Peaceful was released and the world was officially introduced to Teena Marie.

Wild and Peaceful is the debut album by  Teena Marie, released in 1979 on Motown and featuring significant contributions from Rick James. He provided co-vocals on “I’m a Sucker for Your Love”.

Wild and Peaceful peaked at #18 on the Black Albums chart and #94 on the Billboard Chart. The lead single “I’m a Sucker for Your Love” reached #8 on the US Black Singles chart and #43 in the UK.

Nas: Illmatic 20th Anniversary!



Nas celebrates the 20th anniversary of Illmatic in Washington D.C.

Prince: March Madness!




Parade (Under The Cherry Moon Soundtrack)  released on  March 31, 1986 and  Sign o’ the Times  March 31, 1987  by Prince where released  27 & 28yrs ago on this date.

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Meyer Lemon Syrup


2 (5.3 ounces) containers Vanilla Yoplait Greek Yogurt

6 Tablespoon milk

2 Eggs

2 Cups Blueberries

6 Meyer Lemons, sliced with seeds removed

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 Cups water

Fresh Blueberries for garnish!

In a large bowl, prepare pancake batter by whisking together yogurt, milk, eggs, and Bisquick. Fold in the blueberries. Prepare a griddle by heating it over medium-low heat.

In a large pot, combine lemons, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from stove as soon as the mixture begins to boil. Set aside.

Cook pancakes by pouring 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot griddle. Once little bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pancakes (about 2 minutes), flip pancakes and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 1-2 additional minutes.

Serve pancakes topped with lemon syrup. Garnish with lemons from the syrup and additional fresh blueberries, if desired. Enjoy!



Michael Jackson:Xscape


 An album of previously unreleased Michael Jackson songs, XSCAPE comes out May 13th!

Detox Drink: Lemon & Mint!


2 quarts of water
1 lemon juiced
8-10 mint leaves
1 medium cucumber, sliced
Combine all ingredients in a pitcher with a lid. Allow it to steep all night.
Stir each time before pouring a glass, drink & enjoy!

Willie Albert “Al” Goodman:Happy Birthday! (March 31, 1943 – July 27, 2010


Willie Albert “Al” Goodman (March 31, 1943 – July 27, 2010) was an American singer who performed as part of the musical trio Ray, Goodman & Brown, a group that was earlier called The Moments and was known for their songs “Love on a Two-Way Street”, “Sexy Mama” and “Look at Me (I’m in Love)” as The Moments and later, “Special Lady” after changing their name to Ray, Goodman and Brown.
Singing career

Goodman was born in Jackson, Mississippi and started singing a cappella doo-wop while he was in high school. He headed to New York City at 19 and got a job with record producer Sylvia Robinson’s All Platinum Records at her studio in Englewood, New Jersey, where Robinson first noticed him while he was singing to himself on the job. Robinson revamped the group The Moments on her Stang Records label, teaming Goodman’s bass with the falsetto of Billy Brown and sole surviving original member John Morgan after an earlier incarnation of the group scored its first R&B chart hit in 1968. One of their early songs, the ballad “Love On A Two-Way Street” reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart and hit third place on Billboard’s pop chart. Months after their first album release, Sylvia’s brother-in-law Johnny Moore, a swift replacement for John Morgan, was replaced with Harry Ray. Together, Ray, Goodman and Brown as The Moments went on to record such hits as “All I Have” and “Sexy Mama”.

The Moments left Stang Records in 1979, citing creative differences with Joe and Sylvia Robinson, and signed up with Polydor Records as Ray, Goodman & Brown, due to Stang Records owning the rights to the group’s original name. With Polydor, the trio again had a chart-topping R&B hit with “Special Lady”. The Billboard Book of American Singing Groups credited the group as having “left a noticeable mark on contemporary soul music” with 28 songs making the R&B charts and 11 hits on the pop charts. Terry Stewart of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum credit them as “one of those transitional tight-harmony love-ballad groups from the ’60s that paved the way out of the doo-wop era to become one of the leaders of R&B for nearly two decades”.

The group recorded many of their songs at the Sugar Hill Records (formerly All Platinum) studio in Englewood, which was gutted by a fire in 2002 that destroyed many of the master tapes of their recordings. Goodman said the fire cost him $500,000 saying “I just stood there and watched 30 or 40 years of my life go by”.

A resident of Englewood, New Jersey, Goodman died at age 67 on July 27, 2010, of heart failure after undergoing surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was survived by his second wife, the former Henrietta Young, as well as by two daughters, three sons a daughter in law and a grandson. His earlier marriage to Alice Lewis ended in divorce.

The Rolling Stones: On Fire!


The Rolling Stones have announced that they will play 14 shows across Europe in May, June and July as part of their 14 ON FIRE tour.

The Rolling Stones – 14 ON FIRE tour sees Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood back out on the road again after a mammoth run of concerts in the UK and US last year, bringing their iconic music and groundbreaking stage shows to audiences around the globe. The shows are a mix of festivals, stadiums and arenas.

The band will …treat their generations of fans to a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll’, plus a couple of unexpected gems.

The dates are:

Oslo Telenor Arena, Norway – Monday 26 May 2014

Lisbon Rock in Rio Festival, Portugal – Thursday 29 May 2014

Zürich Letzigrund Stadium, Switzerland – Sunday 1 June 2014

Tel Aviv HaYarkon Park, Israel  – Wednesday 4 June 2014

Pinkpop Festival, Holland – Saturday 7 June 2014

Berlin Waldbühne, Germany – Tuesday 10 June 2014

Paris Stade de France, France – Friday 13 June 2014

Vienna Ernst Happel Stadium – Monday 16 June 2014

Düsseldorf Esprit Arena, Germany – Thursday 19 June 2014

Rome Circus Maximus, Italy – Sunday 22 June 2014

Madrid Bernabéu Stadium – Wednesday 25 June 2014

TW Classic Festival, Belgium – Saturday 28 June 2014

Stockholm Tele2 Arena, Sweden – Tuesday 1 July 2014

Roskilde Festival, Denmark – Thursday 3 July 2014

Jack Johnson: Happy 136th Birthday! (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946)


John Arthur “Jack” Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant was an American boxer, who—at the height of the Jim Crow era—became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). Johnson was faced with much controversy when he was charged with violating the Mann Act in 1912 even though there was an obvious lack of evidence and was largely racially based. In a documentary about his life, Ken Burns notes that “for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth.”

Johnson was born in Galveston, Texas, the second child and first son of Henry and Tina “Tiny” Johnson, former slaves who worked at blue-collar jobs to raise six children and taught them how to read and write. Henry Johnson traced his ancestry back to the Coromantees of modern-day Ghana Johnson at the age of 12, because he wanted to get away from his hometown of Galveston, Texas, jumped a freight train in hope to make it to New York.

On the train he was beaten and thrown off once they discovered him. Johnson dropped out of school after five or six years of education to get a job. Johnson found a job in a carriage-shop. His boss at the carriage shop, an ex-fighter, taught Johnson how to box.After acquiring the job on the docks of Galveston, he earned side money by taking on fellow workers in brawls where onlookers threw money into a pot for the winner. His first fight had a purse of only $1.50, but Johnson jumped at the chance and was able to win the fight.

Johnson made his debut as a professional boxer on Nov. 1, 1898 in Galveston, Texas when he knocked out Charley Brooks in the second round of a 15-round bout for what was billed as “The Texas State Middleweight Title”. In his third pro fight on May 8, 1899, he battled “Klondike” (John W. Haynes or Haines), an African American heavyweight known as “The Black Hercules”, in Chicago. Klondike (so called as he was considered a rarity, like the gold in The Klondike), who had declared himself the “Black Heavyweight Champ”, won on a technical knockout (TKO) in the fifth round of a scheduled six-rounder. The two fighters met again in 1900, with the first contest resulting in a draw as both fighters were on their feet at the end of 20 rounds. Johnson won the second fight by a TKO when Klondike refused to come out for the 14th round. Johnson did not claim Klondike’s unrecognized title.

Joe Choynski

On February 25, 1901, Johnson fought Joe Choynski in Galveston. Choynski, a popular and experienced heavyweight, knocked out Johnson in the third round. Because prizefighting was illegal in Texas at the time, they were both arrested. Bail was set at $5,000 which neither could afford. The sheriff permitted both fighters to go home at night so long as they agreed to spar in the jail cell. Large crowds gathered to watch the sessions. After 23 days in jail, their bail was reduced to an affordable level and a grand jury refused to indict either man. However, Johnson later stated that he learned his boxing skills during that jail time. The two would remain friends.

Johnson attests that his success in boxing came from the coaching he received from Choynski.The aging Choynski saw natural talent and determination in Johnson and taught him the nuances of defense, stating “A man who can move like you should never have to take a punch.

Johnson continued fighting, but age was catching up with him. He fought professionally until 1938 at age 60 when he lost 7 of his last 9 bouts, losing his final fight to Walter Price by a 7th-round TKO. It is often suggested that any bouts after the age of 40—which was a very venerable age for boxing in those days—be not counted on his actual record, since he was basically performing in order to make a living. He also indulged in what was known as “cellar” fighting, where the bouts, unadvertised, were fought for private audiences, usually in cellars, or other unrecognized places. There are photographs existing of one of these fights. Johnson made his final ring appearance at age 67 on November 27, 1945, fighting three one minute exhibition rounds against two opponents, Joe Jeanette and John Ballcort, in a benefit fight card for U.S. War Bonds.[52][53]

On June 10, 1946, Johnson died in a car crash on U.S. Highway 1 near Franklinton, North Carolina, a small town near Raleigh, after racing angrily from a diner that refused to serve him.He was taken to the closest black hospital, Saint Agnes Hospital in Raleigh. He was 68 years old at the time of his death. He was buried next to Etta Duryea Johnson at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.His grave was initially unmarked, but a stone that bears only the name “Johnson” now stands above the plots of Jack, Etta, and Irene Pineau.

Lupita Nyong’o: Nyc Girl!



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Shawty Lo: Happy Birthday!


Beyonce: Love Thy Hater!


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