Congrats To The Clooneys!
On June the 6th (Tuesday) George Clooney (movie and TV star) and his beautiful wife Amal (international law and human rights attorney) welcomed twins. The babies were born without complications and are healthy. The celebrity parents have a baby son and a baby daughter and named them Alexander and Ella, respectively. Refreshingly, the A-list celebrity babies have normal names! The grandparents are over the moon following the Clooney twins arrival…..
George and Amal married in 2014 in Venice. Both are happy and excited over the new arrivals. Chances are they’ll have an incredible experience as parents. As for the babies, they sure are lucky little Geminis. Why? Because mature people are the best parents. With George being 56 and Amal 39, they’ll be dream parents!
Congratulations to the new parents and warm welcomes to the Clooney twins! Read more
Ariana Grande Honors Manchester
Ariana Grande’s benefit concert “One Love Manchester” took place in Manchester on the day following terrorist attack on the London Bridge and Borough Market in London. Grande was joined by pop’s greatest stars: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Usher, Take That, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan. 50,000 fans attended the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert which was also streamed live.
The goal of the concert was to raise money for “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” created by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross in support of victims and survivors of the May 22nd terrorist bombing. According to reports, the concert raised over 3 million dollars to help those affected by the terrorist attack in Manchester cope with the aftermath of the tragedy. Read more
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