Category: Entertainment Written by Rossano P. Stewart
THE HENRY GRIMES TRIO from left: Henry Grimes, upright bass; Ronnie Barrage, drums and percussions; Lee Robertson, alto and soprano saxophones. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart)
In celebration of Black Music Education Month, the Black Music Education Project, presented a special Jazz appreciation event at the Ira Freeman Center, located at 5006 Penn Avenue, in the Cultural District of Garfield. World renowned bassist Henry Grimes, percussionist extraordinaire Ronnie Burrage and super saxophonist Lee Robinson, came together for the first time.
The Ira Freeman Center is a community art space dedicated to enriching the community with a positive outlook in a progressive multicultural setting. The evening’s performance was well received by the community audience. Many of Grimes improvisational fusion tunes on violin, and upright bass, were complemented by the electrifying sounds of Ronnie Barrage on Drums and percussion and the riveting sounds of Lee Robertson on Sax, put the audience in a state euphoria.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 13:01
Category: Entertainment Written by Associated Press
This May 13, 2013 photo released by ABC shows actress Zendaya Coleman and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy performing on the celebrity dance competition series "Dancing with the Stars," in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Taylor)
by Sandy Cohen
AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kellie Pickler came into the final "Dancing With the Stars" episode in second place but finished in first. The 26-year-old country singer won the show's mirror ball trophy Tuesday.
Teen Disney Channel star Zendaya danced perfectly during the final two episodes, collecting the most points from the judges, but she fell short of the title.
"I'm very proud and I'm very happy," the 16-year-old Coleman said after the results were read. "And I get to leave here with an amazing experience."
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 05:07
Category: Entertainment Written by CNN
RAY MANZAREK (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Invision via AP)
(CNN) -- The Doors' founding keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, died in Germany Monday after a long fight with cancer, his publicist said in a statement. He was 74.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:56
Category: Entertainment Written by Courier Newsroom
First Voice Festival
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents the First Voice Festival at 7 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The evening will feature fellow Marlana Vassar’s “Gallery Talk: Call and Response,” series of large-scale paintings that reflect visual narratives of local, theatrical, music and dance concerts. They depict the human figure and decorative patterns. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 11:24
Category: Entertainment Written by CNN
Miguel performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
by Lisa Respers France
(CNN) -- At least one performer fell hard for Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards.
Not sure what that means? Well, check out the top five moments from Sunday night's 2013 Billboard Music Awards:
1. Miguel lands on a fan
The R & B singer accidentally landed on a woman in the mosh pit during a performance of his hit song "Adorn." He was attempting a jump that went wrong. The fan appeared to be fine and the singer kept singing. Miguel later tweeted: "got caught up in the moment, thank goodness Khyati is okay."
2. Taylor Swift wins eight out of the 11 awards she was up for
Swift is no stranger to taking to the stage to accept accolades, and on Sunday night she collected a few, including Billboard Artist of the Year.
"My album is kind of on the ends of the intense emotional spectrum," Swift said while accepting that award. "You (fans) are the longest and best relationship I have ever had."
She also won Top Country Artist,Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Digital Songs Artist -- the last one a tie with singer Carly Rae Jepsen. Swift's album "Red" won in the Top Billboard 200 and Country Album categories and her single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" collected the trophy for Top Country Song.
Jennifer Lopez arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
3. Justin Bieber gets booed
While accepting the first ever Milestone Award, the Biebs was both cheered and jeered. He appeared to reference the rough times he has had of late in his acceptance speech.
"I'm 19 years old, I think I'm doing a pretty good job," Bieber said. "And basically from my heart I really just want to say it should really be about the music ... the craft. ... This is not a gimmick, I'm an artist and I should be taken seriously and all this other bull should not be spoken of."
The incident caused the show's host, Tracy Morgan, to quip, "Hey, don't be booing anybody here. This ain't no high school."
4. Nicki Minaj twerks on Lil Wayne
Since this is a family website, we won't explain "twerking," but let's just say Minaj has a little something in common with Miley Cyrus when it comes to the seductive dance.
During a performance of her song "High School," Minaj gave rapper Lil Wayne (who appears on the track) a lap dance. Taking a break from her "American Idol" judging duties, the rap songstress received the first award of the night, Top Rap Artist.
Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
5. Prince shows them how it is done
By far one of the best moments of the night came courtesy of a man who hasn't even been on the charts in a while.
Prince took to the stage with a new look and celebrated being presented with the Icon Award with a medley of his hits "Let's Go Crazy" and "FixUrLifeUp." He appeared to be channeling Jimi Hendrix with his Afro and wicked guitar riffs while being backed by an all-female band.
The crowd took his advice and did, indeed, go crazy.
In addition to Swift, Rihanna and Gotye were also big winners of the evening. Visit Billboard.com for a complete list of winners.
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Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 17:17
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