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Empire: The Family is here


Mike Tyson vs Michael Jordan





Mike Tyson’s sitting there with his drink of choice, a Long Island Tea, and when he drinks his real feelings come out …” Holloway writes.

“I’m telling the server to water his drinks down ‘cause I see where this is going. Mike stares across the table at Michael Jordan. He says, ‘Hey man, you think I’m stupid? I know you fed with my bh’.

“Jordan looks like he just seen a ghost. ‘I know you messed with her,’ Mike says. ‘You can tell me’.

“Jordan, it’s obvious he just wants to get up and run. He wants no part of this. Mike turns to Ditka. ‘Man, you think somebody scared of you, all that racist s**t you been talking?’. He says to Dent, ‘Y’all scared of this damn white man, Richard? He ain’t nobody. You gonna let him talk that way?’

“It was a circus, for real, that night. Don King trying to change the subject. Me and John trying to hold Mike down. Mike telling everyone he’s going to bust Jordan’s ass. Jordan’s dressed sharp as always and he can’t get out of there fast enough.”

Vanessa Simmons: Bae Of The Week!



Vanessa Simmons covers the January/February issue of ShuString Magazine.

Colon Cancer: The Nature Cure






John Tanzi was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in July 2013, and it was just a few days before his 70th birthday. Doctors said that he would live 2 to six months in case he refuses chemo. John had already seen some of his friends and family undergo chemo, and still die, in misery and pain. This made him seek for a way to cure himself and improve his health at the same time. – See more at:

First, he introduced some dietary changes. John removed meat, refined sugar and dairy products from his diet. He also followed the recommendations of and their “cancer diet,” and continued to pray and look for natural alternatives.

His research took him to 250mg gel capsulated form of the four-herb Essiac tea. John also took a beta glucan gel cap for every 50 pounds of his weight.

Life Extension Magazine wrote, “Beta glucans have been used as an immunoadjuvant therapy (an immune system stimulant) for cancer since 1980, mostly in Japan.” Lentinan is a beta-glucan contained in shiitake mushrooms, known as great anti-cancer superfood. These mushrooms shrink tumors and stop their development.

John advised other patients diagnosed with cancer to look for what is right for them, choose the best natural alternative treatment available and change their lifestyle. Join his Facebook “Holistic Cancer and Health Chat Room” and share or ask any questions you may have.

About The Author:
Paul Fassa is dedicated to warning others about the current corruption of food and medicine and guiding them towards direction for better health with no restrictions on health freedom. You can check out his many non-compromising cutting edge, non-fluff articles here

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Happy 84th Birthday Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989)




Remembering Alvin Ailey (January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989)…choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, NY. Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance.

His company gained the nickname “Cultural Ambassador to the World” because of its extensive international touring. Ailey’s choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance. In 1977, Ailey was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988, just one year before his death.

Happy 34th Birthday Brooklyn Sudano



Happy Birthday to actress, singer and dancer Brooklyn Sudano (born January 5, 1981). She is best known for playing the role of Vanessa Scott on the ABC sitcom My Wife And Kids and Felicia on the TV series Cuts. Sudano is the daughter of Grammy Award winning singer Donna Summer and songwriter Bruce Sudano.

Jack Holley: Slocum Massacre of 1910






Jack Holley, born a slave, owned a store and land in Slocum before the 1910 massacre. His great-great-granddaughter, Constance Hollie-Jawaid, is seeking a state historical marker for the massacre, in what she hopes will be a step toward recovering the family land.

Slocum is an East Texas crossroads in Anderson County about a dozen miles southeast of Palestine. It is home to a couple of hundred people, about what it’s always been. According to the Handbook of Texas, published by the Texas State Historical Association, Slocum’s defining struggle to get its own post office back in the 19th century was a “slow come,” and it’s now long gone. In 1929, Slocum was flattened by a tornado that killed eight people, injured as many as 150 others and left a mule stuck high in a tree.

There is no mention anywhere in the handbook of the 1910 Slocum Massacre, in which a marauding mob of local whites went on a rampage, killing Blacks pell-mell, and sending much of the local African-American population fleeing for their lives, abandoning homes and property, never to return.

“Men were going about killing Negroes as fast as they could find them. And, so far as I was able to ascertain, without any real cause. There was just a hot-headed gang hunting them down and killing them,” Anderson County Sheriff William H. Black told The New York Times the day after the July slaughter. “I don’t know how many there were in the mob, but I think there must have been 200 or 300. Some of them cut the telephone wires. They hunted the Negroes down like sheep.”

Even in an era when raw racial violence was common, what came to be called the Slocum Massacre was noteworthy, both for its scope and for the aggressive if ultimately futile efforts by white officials to bring the perpetrators to justice. But it quickly slipped from national headlines and, in the century that followed, largely disappeared from historical memory.

That could change come January when the Texas Historical Commission will decide whether to approve an application for a historical marker in Slocum submitted by Constance Hollie-Jawaid, a Dallas educator and descendant of the most prominent black family victimized in 1910, and E.R. Bills, a freelance writer from Aledo and the author of a recent book, “The 1910 Slocum Massacre: An Act of Genocide in East Texas.”

The application has its detractors, notably the Anderson County Historical Commission, which judged it overwrought and underproven, and worried that it would forever brand little Slocum for the long-ago sins of some of its forefathers.

In their dueling pleadings to the state, the applicants seeking the marker and their critics provide a compelling case study of just how fraught and personal memorializing terrible episodes from America’s racist past can be, even more than a century after the fact.

“This gets at the heart of what’s going on in America and particularly in the South in coming to terms with the history of racial violence and trauma,” said Derek Alderman, a cultural and historical geographer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who writes about the public commemoration of America’s racial past. “How do you recognize that publicly in a way that’s fair to the victims and fair to the community?”

“I do feel like (Hollie-Jawaid) had great intentions of having this recognized as to what happened, but you can’t take all these newspaper accounts and give an accurate description of what happened,” said Jimmy Odom, who chairs the county Historical Commission.

Despite his misgivings, Odom passed the application on to Bob Brinkman, director of the Historical Markers Program for the state Historical Commission in Austin, who, with his staff of one, must review and make a recommendation on this and 173 other marker applications, submitted by the Nov. 15 deadline, to the 12-member state Historical Commission meeting at the end of January in Austin.

Odom didn’t check the box indicating approval by the local historical commission, and he included with the submission his commission’s critical commentary: “The Massacre of 1910 was an atrocity committed by a group of ignorant white men. Those men should have paid for their crimes. This event should never be forgotten in the history of Anderson County. However, it is the general view of the Historical Commission that historical markers should represent people, places and events that had a positive influence on our community. This event absolutely did not have a positive influence on anyone and it is a scar to the community of Slocum.”

History is history,” said Hollie-Jawaid. “It’s the lens that you look at it that determines whether it is positive or negative.”

Her application concludes: “Descendants of the perpetrators of the massacre may not want to remember the crime, but the descendants of the victims can’t forget and shouldn’t be encouraged to forget. A local, commemorative historical marker acknowledges the truth of the matter for all time. The lack thereof encourages a lie (of omission) and a long-running regimen of selective amnesia that persist to the present day.”

That premise, wrote Odom, is “offensive to the citizens of Anderson County” and “almost like blackmail by shame.”

“The citizens of Slocum had absolutely nothing to do with what happened over a hundred years ago. This is a nice quiet community with a wonderful school system. It would be a shame to mark them as a racist community from now until the end of time,” Odom wrote. “Slocum has not buried their head in the sand and forgotten — they have moved forward and progressed.”

‘I feel like we’re all past it’

Theories abound about what triggered the massacre — a dispute over a debt, advances by a black man toward a white woman, a white man’s indignation about being called to work on a road crew by a black man, white fears of an impending black uprising after a nearby lynching, whites coveting black-owned land.

Odom sent the application and supporting documents to Greg Chapin, the county commissioner whose precinct includes Slocum.

“I had stacks and stacks of newspapers. I read article after article after article. There was nothing consistent to it. I don’t know if there was two stories alike,” said Chapin, who runs a deer processing operation in nearby Elkhart.

“I don’t deny any justice to anyone,” Chapin said. “If they can get it and find it and prove it, that’s great.”

But, he added, “If I say, ‘OK, we’re going to recognize that this did happen, somebody of interest is going to take it further, and they are going to say, ‘The county even recognized it, and we want our land back.’ ”

“It’s a sad situation, but I feel like we’re all past it and other ones carry the burden on their shoulders,” Chapin said. “Their ancestors dealt with it years and years ago, but some of them don’t let it go.”

On Chapin’s recommendation, the Anderson County Commissioners Court, three whites and one black, unanimously agreed that “without further evidence … Anderson County cannot support the marker.”

Odom also included with the application a statement of opposition from David Franklin, a Dallas police officer and pastor at Elkhart Congregational Methodist Church, whose family has been in Slocum since the 1830s.

A history buff, Franklin stumbled upon newspaper accounts of the massacre more than two decades ago. He was intrigued.

“It was national news. In 1910 it was front page news in New York and Chicago,” Franklin said. But by the time he was born in 1957, “the story is lost, and that’s amazing. You knew something happened, but you just didn’t know what.”

Even after years of research and interviewing locals, Franklin said, what exactly happened is still too much of a muddle to make for a fair and factually coherent marker in Slocum.

“We can’t be completely objective about it because it’s our past. It’s not a pleasant thing that happened; you don’t like it; you wish it didn’t happen; you don’t want to ignore it,” Franklin said. “I wouldn’t be opposed to a marker on the courthouse square. But what would be on there?”

Joe Feagin, a sociologist of race at Texas A&M University, said the Southern landscape is scarred with suppressed and forgotten stories.

“There were hundreds of these massacres that were covered up and ignored, even by historians,” over and above what he estimates were about 6,000 lynchings, mostly in Southern and border states, since the Civil War. “Whites are not prepared to face our history of slavery and Jim Crow.”

‘This is just the beginning’

The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, in which perhaps the most prosperous black business district in the nation was burned to the ground, destroying 40 city blocks and leaving as many as 300 people dead and more than 8,000 people homeless, disappeared from public memory for generations.

The same decades of obscurity shrouded the fate of Rosewood, Fla., razed in 1923 by whites from a neighboring community. The state of Florida ultimately compensated some survivors, the site was designated a state landmark, and Rosewood became the subject of a feature film.

In both Tulsa and Rosewood, the precipitating factor was a dubious claim of a black man attacking a white woman.

In his book, Bills calculates that, based on the black oral history, hundreds of African-Americans were killed in Slocum.

“The truth is,” he writes, “a harrowing number of African-Americans were slaughtered in the counties of Anderson and Houston in the mid-summer of 1910, easily eclipsing the body count of the Rosewood Massacre in Florida and surely surpassing that of the Tulsa Riots in Oklahoma, probably establishing the Slocum Massacre as the single largest pogrom of blacks in modern American history.”

“I’m skeptical that hundreds of people even lived in that part of the county,” Franklin said.

“They say there was this big, huge prominent black community that was squashed by all this. There is no evidence of any of that,” said Franklin’s wife, Sheri, who also hails from a longtime Slocum family.

“Bills is doing like some picture people do – make it look good,” Odom said.

In 2011, after the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Tim Madigan wrote about the Slocum Massacre, the Texas House unanimously approved a resolution for the first time formally acknowledging the event — “the murder of eight people was confirmed, and reports indicate that many more may have died in what became known as the Slocum Massacre.”

When Madigan asked Hollie-Jawaid’s then 96-year-old grandfather about the lingering pain, Myrt Hollie replied, “It’s gone now. With this exercise, other people know about it. I can throw it away.”

But Hollie-Jawaid told Madigan, “This isn’t the end; this is just the beginning.”

On a recent Saturday, Hollie-Jawaid and her daughter, Imani Nia Ramirez, and Bills drove along the quiet state highway in Slocum where they would like the marker to go. She recalled her father bringing her there when she was 9 years old and recounting the family history.

“I remember having the windows down, and he had a blue Pontiac, and just looking — it’s beautiful — and then wondering what it had to be like, running and fleeing for your life,” she said.

“I, more than anything, want the land back, to come back to what was home,” Hollie-Jawaid said. She said the family patriarch, her great-great-grandfather Jack Holley (after the massacre, the family changed the spelling of its name to avoid reprisals), born a slave, had a dairy, a granary, a store frequented by both blacks and whites, and more than 700 acres of prime land. “We had our legacy stolen from us.”

“There’s innocent people who probably brought the land; they don’t deserve to lose it; they didn’t know it was somebody else’s land,” Bills said. “It’s changed hands too many times. There’s no way you’ll get the land back.”

Perhaps there could be some other form of reparations, Bills said, like a scholarship fund for descendants.

‘White people have gone crazy’

Amid the mayhem in 1910, the militia and Texas Rangers were dispatched to Slocum. Sheriff Black made plain that his sympathies were with the victims, and Palestine Judge Benjamin Howard Gardner immediately oversaw a grand jury that indicted seven white men. That the defendants should gain a change of venue and never come to trial was less surprising than that they were indicted in the first place.

“That’s different; that’s very unusual,” Feagin said.

No whites were ever prosecuted after Rosewood; in Tulsa, a grand jury laid blame for the riot on the black community.

One of the most vivid accounts of the massacre comes from the memoir of Jerry Sadler, a brawling East Texas politician who served as both railroad and land commissioner. Sadler opens the book with his very first memory, when he was not quite 3, of terrified black people seeking refuge in July 1910, “a date that is still known among the black population of Anderson County as ‘Bad Saturday.’ ”

“The image that stands out most clearly in my mind is of bare black feet scratched and cut, below trousers and skirts that were torn and soiled from their 14-mile flight across fields and through woods to seek papa’s help,” he wrote.

“There are all kinds of stories of why and how the trouble started,” Sadler wrote. “The truth is simply that the whites wanted the land that the blacks owned, and they had decided finally that there was only one way to get it. The blacks had some of the most desirable farmland in the county, and for that my great-grandpa W.T. Sadler can be blamed. When the Civil War freed his slaves, he gave them some of the best land he owned, and he did everything he could to help the other freed slaves of the area to obtain good land.”

Perhaps to cover their tracks, Sadler wrote that three years later, in 1913, “the Anderson County courthouse was burned by an arsonist, and the records were destroyed.”

Maxine Session, who lost ancestors in the massacre, publishes the Cherokee County Informer, which in 1996 ran a story that revived local interest in what had been a forbidden topic. She said that when she was 9 her father, who was an infant in 1910, told the story of that July day as it had been passed on to him: “People had come in from the fields and were resting in the noon hour, and somebody came through and said, ‘You’ve got to get out of here; white people have gone crazy; they’re killing everybody black that they can see, so you’ve got to go.’ So, he said, the adults grabbed what they could and got in wagons; some of them got in barrels down the Ioni Creek there; some ended up here in Cherokee County, some in Palestine, some in Hemphill; they just went where they could get away from Slocum.”

‘We just want our history’

On a recent Sunday, Franklin and his wife, Sheri, and their family were having lunch at Little Mexico, a popular Palestine restaurant, after church. Sunday school had focused on the verse from the Gospel of John in which Jesus said, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Sheri sang a sweet rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Franklin said his great-grandfather turned away the vigilantes when they came to the farm to enlist his oldest boys, just as Chapin, without local roots, said his wife’s grandparents hid a black family to keep them safe.

“The whites that were indicted, I don’t recognize any of those names,” Franklin said.

Asked about the mass graves in which the massacre’s victims were reportedly buried, Franklin said, with a nod to Sheri, “I heard stories of that. Your daddy told me that. He said he could tell me where they were. I never asked him to.”

Hollie-Jawaid wants the graves pinpointed and the bodies exhumed and given a proper burial. Bills wants a comprehensive state investigation to unearth the truth.

“I think what’s most irritating about seeing all of this in the public eye is because if you’re in Slocum, there’s no issue here and there never has been any racial animosity,” said Sheri Franklin. Not in her lifetime.

“There’s things we’ve all done we’re not proud of. I think this would qualify as something that happened in Slocum that I’m certainly not proud of, but that doesn’t make me or my family bad people, and we still live here,” said Sheri Franklin. “I don’t deny the fact that it happened. I don’t know the situation, but yeah, if it were my family and the roles were reversed, I would be upset too. But just bringing it all back up again is not going to change anything.”

Maxine Session thinks it would.

“It’s part of history, and maybe that’s why they hid it so well and African-Americans were really afraid to talk about it. They knew what happened, but they were afraid to talk about it,” Session said. “I don’t think we get to the point where any reparations of any kind would be forthcoming. I don’t know who would pay and why.”

“Nobody is angry about anything,” Session said. “We just want our history. This is confirming that this took place. That’s what a marker would do. It would be here when we’re all gone.”

By Jonathan Tilove – American-Statesman Staff


Happy 75th Birthday William “Mickey” Stevenson




Happy Birthday William “Mickey” Stevenson

William “Mickey” Stevenson is a former songwriter and record producer for the Motown Records group of labels from the early days of Berry Gordy’s company until 1967, when he and his then-wife, singer Kim Weston, left for MGM.

Stevenson was head of the A&R department at Motown during the company’s “glory” years of the mid-1960s when artists such as the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and Martha & the Vandellas came to the fore. He was also responsible for organizing and establishing the company’s in-house studio band, which came to be known as The Funk Brothers.

He wrote and produced many hit records for Motown, some with co-writer and producer Ivy Jo Hunter. They included his biggest success, “Dancing in the Street”,which he co-wrote with Hunter and Marvin Gaye; “It Takes Two” (Gaye and Weston), “Ask the Lonely” for the Four Tops, Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”, “My Baby Loves Me” (Martha & the Vandellas), “Can You Jerk Like Me” by the Contours, “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” for Stevie Wonder and Gaye’s “Stubborn Kind of Fellow”. He also wrote “Devil with the Blue Dress On” in 1964 with Shorty Long, which became a hit for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels in 1966. He also wrote under the pseudonym Avery Vandenburg for Jobete’s Stein & Van Stock publishing subsidiary. In 1969, he founded a label called People Records which recorded Kim Weston and other acts such as Hodges, James & Smith, but the label dissolved around the time James Brown’s unrelated label of the same name was founded in 1971.

In recent years, Stevenson discovered and produced the R&B female artist Jaisun for an album that reached #1 in major breakout markets,[which?] but he has largely been involved in producing stage musicals. The latter include Swann, Showgirls, Wings and Things, The Gospel Truth, TKO, and Chocolate City.

The King, Queen & Joker!


MJ, Coretta Scott King and Redd Foxx.

Happy Birthday Valerie Watson-English



Happy Birthday to singer Valerie Watson-English (Club Nouveau)…born on January 5th.

Marpessa Dawn: Forgotten Beauty



Before there was Beverly Johnson, Jayne Kennedy, Halle Berry or Tyra Banks, there was Marpessa Dawn. Beauty that took your breath away.

In 1959, a little French-Brazilian film called “Black Orpheus” captured the imagination of the world, won numerous awards (including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and the Palme d’Or at Cannes), and launched the career of a gorgeous Black American actress, Marpessa Dawn.

As a teen, Pittsburgh-born Dawn moved to France to work as a governess, and was “discovered” singing and dancing in nightclubs. Seemingly overnight, the mocha-skinned goddess landed her big break as Eurydice, the romantic lead in “Black Orpheus.”

The film, an adaption of the Greek legend “Orpheus and Eurydice” set in a Brazilian shantytown, catapulted the 24-year-old to international superstardom and dazzled an entire generation (Jean-Michel Basquiat cited “Black Orpheus” as one of his influences; and in his memoir “Dreams from My Father,” President Obama says it was his mother’s favorite movie).

Dawn worked in French movies and television until her death of a heart attack in 2008. We’ll always remember her for her stunning work in one of cinema’s most beautiful films.

Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Curry and Lime: Sarah Kieffer




Serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup peeled and minced ginger root
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced red pepper
5 cups diced sweet potatoes
14 ounces coconut milk
2 cups dried lentils, washed
8 cups vegetable stock
1 lime, juiced
1 bunch cilantro, minced
1/4 cup tamari
Salt and pepper to taste
Sugar to taste

Bulk Bin Snack Bars: By Kendra Vaculin


Makes 20 bars

  • 1 1/2cups oats
  • 3/4cup whole almonds
  • 1/2cup dried cherries
  • 1/3cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3cup pepitas
  • 1/2cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/3cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3cup honey
  • 1cup almond butter
  • 1/4cup unsweetened apple sauce
  1. Line a baking tin or dish (mine was 10 x 14 inches with wax paper so that it extends over the edge.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add honey, almond butter, and apple sauce, and combine until a big gloppy clump is formed.
  3. Dump sticky mess into the baking dish, and flatten and spread with the back of a wooden spoon. Freeze overnight. Die with anticipation. Stop peeking at it.
  4. Remove from freezer and cut into bars! These are best stored in the fridge in a tupperware, with layers separated by wax paper. Keep one in your purse for 2 PM…and maybe another for 4:45…8:30…midnight…breakfast the next day…second breakfast…and so on.

Happy Birthday Dyan Cannon




Happy Birthday Dyan Cannon!
Cannon is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.
Cannon made her screen debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, however her small screen debut was in the late 1950s including a guest appearance on Bat Masterson in 1959, in the episode entitled “Lady Luck”.
Another role was as Mona Elliott, with fellow guest star Franchot Tone, in the episode “The Man Behind the Man” of the 1964 CBS drama, The Reporter, with Harry Guardino in the title role. She also made appearances on 77 Sunset Strip, the perennial western series Gunsmoke, The Untouchables and the syndicated Two Faces West in the 1960 episode entitled “Sheriff of the Town”.
In 1969, Cannon starred with an ensemble cast led by Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, a film about sexual revolution in which she played Alice. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film, as well as two Golden Globe nominations.[citation needed] Most of Cannon’s later roles in the 1970s were less successful, although she did receive a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination for Such Good Friends (1971).
In addition, she became the first Oscar-nominated actress to be nominated in the Best Short Film, Live Action Category for Number One (1976), a project which Cannon produced, directed, wrote and edited.
It was a story about adolescent sexual curiosity.

In 1978, Cannon starred in Revenge of the Pink Panther. That same year, she appeared opposite Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and James Mason in Heaven Can Wait. This performance earned her a second Oscar nomination and also won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 1976, she hosted Saturday Night Live during its first season. She was a guest in the fourth season of The Muppet Show in 1979.
In the 1980s, Cannon, who is also a singer/songwriter, appeared in Honeysuckle Rose (1980) with Willie Nelson, Deathtrap (1982) with Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, Caddyshack II (1988) and has starred in several TV movies.

In the 1990s, she appeared on the popular television shows Diagnosis: Murder and The Practice, as well as being a semi-regular on Ally McBeal. She made appearances in films such as That Darn Cat (1997), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), Out to Sea (1997) with the duo Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, and Kangaroo Jack (2003).
She also starred on the short-lived sitcom Three Sisters (2001–2002).
In 2005, she appeared in Boynton Beach Club, a movie about aging Floridians who have just lost their spouses

jan Gaye: After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye


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Gaye, Jan. After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye. Amistad: HarperCollins. May 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780062135513. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062135537. MEMOIR
On her 17th birthday, Janis Hunter met rhythm-and-blues legend Marvin Gaye as he was stumbling out of his first marriage, and despite a 16-year age difference, they launched a too-hot-to-handle affair.

Their own marriage eventually collapsed under the weight of fame, drug abuse, and domestic strife. Here, Jan speaks out for the first time since Marvin was shot and killed by his father in 1984. Reportedly sizzling stuff, with many famed music figures of the day drifting through; with a 50,000-copy first printing.


This searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye.

On her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janice Hunter met Marvin Gaye-the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice whose chart-topping, socially conscious albumWhat”s Going Onmade him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a sixteen-year-age difference and Marvin”s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown”s founder, the star-struck teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship.

One moment Jan was studying high school history; the next she was accompanying Marvin to parties with other pop stars, lounging with Don Cornelius on the set ofSoul Train,and helping to discover new talent like Frankie Beverly. But the distractions and burdens of fame, the chaos of dysfunctional families, and the irresistible temptations of drugs overshadowed the love they shared and their marriage disintegrated.

Silent since Marvin”s tragic death in 1984, Jan at last opens up, sharing the moving, erotically charged story of one of music history”s most fabled marriages. Unsparing in its honesty and insight, illustrated with sixteen pages of color and black-and-white photos,After the Dancereveals what it”s like to ride shotgun on a wave of fame and self-destruction with a tortured genius who helped transform popular culture and whose artistry continues to be celebrated today.



Happy Birthday Janis Hunter




Marvin Gaye met Janis Hunter in March 1973 while working on his Let’s Get It On album with producer Ed Townsend. Townsend’s former girlfriend Barbara Hunter arrived in the studio with Janis that month.
Janis’ presence served as inspiration for Gaye during the making of the album. After their first date, Gaye was inspired to record the composition, “If I Should Die Tonight”.
Their courtship started once recording was completed.
During Gaye’s 1974 concert tour, he performed the ballad, “Jan”, to his new love. Janis first received public notice when she was featured with Marvin on a November 1974 issue of Ebony.
On September 4, 1974, the couple welcomed their first-born, daughter Nona, in Washington, D.C..
Son Frankie Christian followed a year later in Los Angeles on November 16, 1975, a day before Marvin III’s Birthday. After Gaye’s divorce to Gordy was finalized, Gaye married Janis in October 1977 in New Orleans.

The contents of Gaye’s 1976 album, I Want You, was heavily inspired by Gaye and Hunter’s torrid affair.
Author Michael Eric Dyson stated that their relationship in inspiration to the creation of I Want You was “nearly palpable in the sensual textures that are the album’s aural and lyrical signature”.

Happy Birthday Ted Lange



Happy Birthday TED LANGE!!!
(Ted in 1977, Ted-today)
An American actor, director, and screenwriter best known for his role as the bartender, Isaac Washington, in the 1970s TV series The Love Boat.
Gavin MacLeod who played his captain in the series, have remained close friends, who in turn, talks to Lange on the phone, continuously.
Lange was a cast member of the musical Hair.
His first screen appearance was in the documentary film Wattstax in 1973.
After appearing in the film Black Belt Jones in 1974, he portrayed Junior on the series That’s My Mama before landing the role of the ship’s bartender, Isaac on The Love Boat in 1977, opposite favorite idol Gavin MacLeod.

After the series ended in 1986, Lange appeared in various films and guest roles on 227, “The Cleveland Show” Glitch!, Evening Shade, Scrubs, Drake & Josh, The King of Queens, and Psych.
In addition to his film and television work, Lange has also done extensive theater work. He made his Broadway debut in 1968 in the musical Hair.
He also performed in a one-man show, Behind the Mask: An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar.
During the run of The Love Boat, Lange also served as director and screenwriter on various episodes of the series. In 1977, he wrote the screenplay for the 1977 drama Passing Through, starring Cora Lee Day and Marla Gibbs.
In 1999, Lange directed two episodes of The Love Boat: The Next Wave, the UPN series based on The Love Boat. He also directed episodes of Moesha, Dharma & Greg, and Eve.

In 2008, he directed the drama For Love of Amy.
Lange has also done extensive theater work as playwright and stage director.
He has penned seventeen plays including George Washington’s Boy, a historical drama about the relationship between the first president and his favorite slave, along with the comedy Lemon Meringue Facade.

Happy Birthday Denise Katrina Matthews



Happy Birthday to Denise Katrina Matthews (born January 4, 1959), better known as Vanity and sometimes credited as Denise Matthews-Smith and D.D. Winters…former singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model.

Vanity’s career lasted from the 1980s until the early mid-’90s. She was the lead singer of the female trio Vanity 6, which recorded the 1982 R&B hit “Nasty Girl”.

Happy 35th Birthday Jeannie Mai



Happy Birthday to makeup artist, fashion expert, actress, and TV personality Jeannie Mai (born January 4, 1980).

Happy 40th Birthday Jill Marie Jones


Happy Birthday to actress Jill Marie Jones (born January 4, 1975). She is best known for her role as realtor Toni Childs on the UPN/CW sitcom Girlfriends.

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