Al Jarreau Passed Away
Alwin Lopez “Al” Jarreau the incredible singer, musician and music writer passed away at 76. Al Jarreau who is best known as a jazz singer, achieved incredible heights by superseding the genres: he won 7 Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop and R&B categories, respectively. The quality that set him apart from other artists was his unique ability to use his voice like a musical instrument.
Born into a family that valued education, Jarreau graduated college with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. He continued learning during the day – he’s earned a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Iowa – while spending evenings doing what he loved: singing jazz.
Music took a firm hold on him, still the practicality instilled in him by his parents prevailed. Al worked as a vocational rehab counselor even after the release of his first album and for the four years during which he tried to establish himself in the music industry. Then, and only then, approaching 30, he chose music over his original profession. Lucky for us! (As the closing chapters of this article will tell you, Al Jarreau loved and lived music, BUT with the heart of a psychologist always concerned about the well-being and happiness of others.) Read more
2017 Grammy Awards Highlights
Adele made history by becoming the FIRST artist ever to win a Grammy for the best album of the year, best record of the year and best song of the year, TWICE. We love Adele and congratulate her on these record-breaking wins! (She’s won a total of FIVE Grammy’s this year: all for which she was nominated.) Something of importance has to be said however as well. When it comes to the arts, there are no standards set in stone by which to conclusively measure art, talent or artistic contribution. Keep that in mind, while reading our incomplete list of 2017 Grammy Winners. As much as we adore Adele the artist, Adele the competitor and Adele the person, we might have given at least one of her Grammys to Beyoncé… But if one were to “lose” an award, “losing” it to Adele has to be an honor: Adele is a gracious winner, she paid homage to Beyoncé and “Lemonade” in her Grammy acceptance speech. The biggest winners of the night were Adele, Beyoncé and Chance the Rapper.
Among the 2017 Grammy highlights and memorable moments were: The dramatic nine minute performance by Beyoncé – introduced by her mother! – in which the expectant mom of twins blended “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” with powerful choreography and staging which are sure to cement her position as Queen B. The performance was original, compelling and entirely her own, but it was hard for us not to remember Michael Jackson, while watching Beyoncé’s masterpiece. Read more
Twins For The Clooneys
Fresh on the heels of Janet Jackson baby boy’s arrival, other celebrities are expecting.
We’ve heard plenty about alleged problems in Beyonce’s and Jay Z marriage. There’s been “Lemonade”. Rumors about impending divorce were spread widely. Days ago Beyonce announced that she’s pregnant with twins. The joyous announcement lays the divorce rumors to rest. Clearly, there is no trouble in Beyonce’s and Jay Z’s paradise. Congratulations to Beyonce’s and Jay Z and the older-sister-to-be Blue Ivy!
The latest, hot of the presses rumor has it that the beautiful couple, George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins as well! George Clooney took his time before finding the perfect match. But when he did, he didn’t drag his feet proposing. Amal is not only strikingly beautiful, she is also an accomplished professional (international law and human rights attorney) in her own right. Their shared dedication to human rights’ causes tells a lot about them. By all appearances the two are the perfect couple. We congratulate them on the upcoming additions to their family! Read more
Priyanka Chopra The Artist and Human Being
Priyanka Chopra who is a huge movie star in her native India is now taking Hollywood by storm. Both men and women are swooning over her remarkable beauty. Her dreamy eyes, luscious lips, magnificent hair and flawless complexion have us all in a spell. She’s gorgeous, athletic (performs her own stunts!) and yes, she can act, too!
One might be tempted to say, that Priyanka is an overnight sensation. It isn’t true. It took 15 years of hard work before Hollywood took notice of her talent and beauty. But to understand someone as a person takes more than just looking at them. We all have a history and a context, so does Priyanka Chopra.
She was born on July 18th 1982 to middle-class parents in her native India. Her father was a physician in the Indian Army and her mother is also a medical doctor. Priyanka studied in India and in the U.S. She became involved in several important social causes early on. Her focus early on was literacy, education, health and poverty relief. Read more