Fantasia Brings Down the House at NABOB Awards

Published by Angel on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 11:48 am.

Fantasia Performs at the NABOB dinner. Photo via Reliable Source / Ray Llanos

Attendees at the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters 27th Annual Communications Awards Dinner didn’t know that they’d be in for such a musical treat when they sat down to dine. A-listers like Sherri Shepard (who emceed the event), U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and neo-soul superstar Chrisette Michele were witness to the Fantasia’s passionate performance.

She kept true to her brand by kicking of her stilettos and coming into the crowd to sing her soulful rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” She told attendees, “if your shoes hurt, take them off!” Other performances included Chrisette Michele and Regina Belle. The event held at the Omni Shoreham Ballroom in D.C. honored pioneering media and entertainment icons for their work. This year Dr. Bobby Jones, Soledad O’Brien, Buddy Guy and Slinger Francisco took home the prestigious awards.

Were the Washington elite ready? Well, you re-examine the photo above and tell me.

-Angel

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Does More Independence Mean Less Family For Women?

Published by Angel on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 8:30 am.

Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being

In honor of Women’s History Month, the White House in conjunction with the White House Council on Women and Girls released the new report entitled, Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being.

The report summarized how women of today are faring as oppose to how we were doing in the ’70’s, and decades after. The report focused on six topics, people; families and income, education; employment; health; crime and violence. It breaks down by age and demographics how we are faring in each topic.

I know what you’re saying, how can anyone possibly quantify or summarize the experiences of women around the country? Take this report as more of a referendum on the totality of the experience of being a woman in the United States of America in 2011. Take a look after the cut for my thoughts.

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Mo’ Soul at the White House

Published by Angel on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 11:13 am.

( L-R) John Legend, Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas, and Seal, perform at the W.H. Motown Celebration. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

If you ever had a question that the culture of our White House has changed, you would’ve had your answer last night. Nostalgic tunes and tight harmonies reminiscent of a 1960s childhood wafted through the halls of the White House, pulsing from the East Room like the bass of a set.

As artists like Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend took the stage to perform Motown hits, guests were no longer in the nation’s capital. No, they were taken back in time to Detroit street corners and barbershops filled with the sounds of “My Girl,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and “Stop in the Name of Love.”

Artist from all genres were brought together to commemorate Motown music in honor of Black History Month. The latest installment in the White House concert series was probably the most soulful yet. Politicos like D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver excitedly took on the concert. Barry Gordy sat smiling in the audience, beaming like a proud papa who’s seeing all his hard work come to fruition.

Nick Jonas performed “I Can’t Help Myself”; Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks, and Ledisi formed a trio to perform “Stop in the Name of Love”; and Smokey Robinson and Sheryl Crow delighted the crowd with their updated rendition of “You Really Got a Hold on Me.”

Jamie Foxx hosted the affair, setting the tone for the evening by performing his own rendition of James Brown’s “Sex Machine,” called “Presidential Machine.” LOL. He even suggested that Barry Gordy lend the administration some of his Motown money to decrease the deficit.

Obama ended the evening by saying, “To Mr. Barry Gordy, thank you for helping us dance in the streets.”

The concert will air on PBS March 1.

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Akon Attempts to Wax Political in New No Labels Anthem

Published by Angel on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 9:00 am.

Singer Akon Pens "No Label Anthem" for centrist group.

I’m guessing in an attempt to replicate the viral success of Will.I.Am’s 2007 “Yes We Can Song,” Akon has decided to pen and record an anthem for No Labels. What’s No Labels you ask? No, it isn’t a movement to discourage label whoring. No Labels is a newly formed political group who’s motto reads, “Not left. Not Right. Moving Forward.” They aim to throw partisan politics to the wind, because doing what’s Left and what’s Right isn’t working, pun intended.

Apparently Akon had a quick convo with Lisa Borders one of No Labels, “founding leaders” and immediately felt a call to action to write the deep, thought provoking song. “See a man with a blue tie/ See a man with a red tie/ So how about we tie ourselves together and get it done,” Akon bleats croons.

Listen to the full song HERE.

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Watch: POTUS Signs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

Published by Angel on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm.

Yesterday President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. First lady Michelle Obama came to the event, held at the Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The act will increase the number of children in school lunch programs by 115,000, (let’s hope that number grows), increase the reimbursement rate for school districts meal programs by six cents, and increase health guidelines for school vending machines.

Michelle Obama launched the Lets Move! campaign in February, 2010, hoping to combat the childhood obesity epidemic in the UnitedStates. The campaign aims to increase healthier food in schools, lobby for better nutrition labeling, and increase the physical activity for children. Congrats Mrs. O!

-Angel

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Obama Needs a Hot Tub for Christmas

Published by Angel on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 9:30 am.

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

It looks like little kids realize that President Barack Obama needs a break – suggesting that a hot tub would be the perfect gift for first lady Michelle Obama to put under the tree. The first lady, Santa and the first pet, Bo, visited patients at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Dec. 13.

In keeping with first lady tradition, Mrs. O read the excited children, ” The Night Before Christmas.”  Afterwards, she chatted with the patients, even seeking their baby-sage wisdom about what she should get the president for Christmas. One boy unabashedly shouted out, “Obama needs a new suit!” Which of course was met with uproarious laughter, followed by, “Barack Obama needs a hot tub!” When asked what she would finally wrap in a bow for Mr. O she smartly replied,

“I’m not going to tell you because it’s going to be in the paper tomorrow, and then he’s going to read it, and then it won’t be a surprise,” she said.  “But first I have to see whether he’s been naughty or nice.  I’ve been trying to figure that out.”

Of course I have to get you the lowdown on Mrs. Obama’s drool enducing caridgen, its a Merino Sparklegate Cardigan from J.Crew, which is of course now, sold out. Good luck on finding it, and my advice to you Mrs.O? Take out stock in the J. Crew company before it gets sold.

-Angel

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President Obama Honors the L.A. Lakers, Again.

Published by Angel on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 8:30 am.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Despite controversy over his seeming capitulation to the GOP tax agenda, and a fed court ruling that part of his healthcare bill was unconstitutional, President Obama was all smiles when he honored the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. The event was held at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Obama celebrated the Lakers second consecutive NBA championship.

The Lakers were the recipients of this presidential honor last year and in true Obama-unorthodoxy, he changed tradition by not holding it the East Room at the White House.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

After giving remarks on the teams court prowess, Obama and the Lakers joined kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Washington, D.C.; where they wrapped Christmas care packages for injured soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Lakers presented Mr. O with a signed ball and a replica of the championship banner, signed by the team.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kobe looks like he’s awe-struck by Obama… You’d think he would be use to this by now since the Lakers can’t seem to lose. Oh yeah, you might as well get ready for the Lake Show slaughter tomorrow when Kobe and his basketball comrades face the Washington Wizards. *Sigh*

-Angel

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The Obamas and the Stars Light Up the Night

Published by Angel on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

As Christmas swiftly approaches, the first family is once again swept up in a cacophony of Christmas tree lightings, holiday previews and do-gooding. They don’t mind of course, its all tradition. This Thursday President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters will light the National Christmas Tree at the 88th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

They’ll join rapper Common, who is set to host the annual event on the Ellipse in President Park, Washington D.C. B.B. King, Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles and others will perform at the event that will broadcasted on public television stations December 10, and streaming live on TheNationalTree.Org on December 9.  And for all you folks that are young at heart, our very own Mrs. O will read, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Ho, ho, ho

-Angel

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The Obamas Celebrate Hanukkah

Published by Angel on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 1:02 am.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama host a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House / (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, December 2. The menorah used in the celebration comes with a unique story. It was found caked in the dirt and mud after Hurricane Katrina, at the Orthodox Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel.

Now let’s see what the first couple will do to commemorate Kwanzaa…ahem. Wondering where Mrs. O got that drool worthy blue sequined cardigan that she’s rockin’? For a recession friendly $1935, you can snag the L’Wren Scott sweater here.

-Angel

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IMPACT and BET Host Election Watch Party

Published by Angel on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm.

Helena Andrews, Angel Elliott, and Jason Parker at Impact Election Watch Party / Photo by Kea Taylor, Imagine Photography, TheRoot.com

Last night I attended/covered an election night party that IMPACT, BET and The Root sponsored. The event took place at K Street Lounge (1301 K St. NW). Black professionals and graduate students attended, taking advantage of the multiple flat screens, open bar and Asian-inspired hor d’oeuvres.

Impact Election Watch Party Panelist and Moderator/ Photo by Kim Johnson, Imagine Photography, TheRoot.com

BET News White House Correspondent Andre Showell served as moderator of the panel discussion that took place before news outlets started calling the midterm elections. Charles Ellison from Politic365.com, Jesse Moore, Gary Flowers, head of the Black Leadership Forum, Paris Dennard from the RNC and the NAACP’s Stephanie Brown served as panelists. They engaged in a lively, opinionated discussion on what it would mean from Republicans to take control of the House of Representatives (and we all know that later that night, they did just that.)

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