Today the performance art icon turns 65. As Grace Jones once said, “Feeling like a woman, looking like a man…” — Grace was gender-bending before it was popular, especially for a black female artist from Jamaica.
Check out one of Grace’s classic moments below… seriously, Strangé needed her own spin-off!
This week in 1993, the soundtrack of the Bodyguard would start its final three weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album would rock number one for the last three weeks of May, totaling 20 weeks at the top of the chart.
Side note: Was I the only one mesmerized by Whitney’s array of headpieces in the film? The bejeweled waterfall really needs to make a comeback!
Best performance of “I Have Nothing” below. Sing, Whitney …
Mark Corece, Damion West and J’Nara Corbin were all in the studio — we talked stop and frisk, Scandal and our always animated Love Above the Groin segment. Thanks to all of our listeners and callers for helping us rock 70 shows!
Remember how the first single from a Janet Jackson album always included a long-form video with Damita teasing her dancers with a tape? ”That’s the Way Loves Goes” was the last video with this storyline and the song was a huge hit. On May 15, 1993 the song hit number one, making it her sixth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100. The song rocked number one for eight weeks and earned Janet a Grammy for Best R&B song in 1994.
By the way, what is up with Jennifer Lopez’s accent? Did René tell her, “We need more Latina!”
Michael Jackson ruled the world in 1983 and exactly thirty years ago he scored his fifth no. 1 with “Beat It.” The red leather jacket, the iconic dance moves (choreographed by the late, great Michael Peters who won a Tony for Best Choreography for Dreamgirls), the curl in the front — MJ was king.
Check out the most famous performance of the song where he debuted the Moonwalk — at Motown 25.
There is a metal band in Brooklyn called Unlocking The Truth that is made up of three 11-year-olds. They make every band in the nu-metal scene look like total garbage. Not that that was difficult.
These kids have some seriously dope metally riffs and breakdowns. Not sure when they have time to come up with those in between doing homework and…I don’t know, what do 11-year-olds do these days? We have no idea. Play Pokemon?
Yo, little dudes. Wanna play the next show we put on? Offer is on the table. One catch: You gotta show us how to beat this last level on Bioshock Infinite.
“Show Me Love” by Robin S.! Exactly 20 years ago, the club hit peaked at number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
Don’t you just love the video? A ’90s kind of gal in a hot red dress — clearly sexually frustrated — trying to keep her virtue in the club, but by the end … she found someone to show her love! Plus, you can’t forget Robin’s bouquet of hair with one track flowing down the side of her face like a melted vinyl record. Oh! And the drag queens lip-synching for their lives - shout out to my old neighbor who yelled at the trade, “Those is men! And don’t act like you knew ‘cause you already said they was fine!”
Christina Crawford is the adopted daughter of the late, great Joan Crawford who became an international sensation with her book Mommie Dearest. Starting today, the documentary Surviving Mommie Dearest is playing at the Snapple Theater Center in Manhattan - click here to buy tickets. I only hope those iconic hats above are presented in the show!
Last night Ms. Crawford was a guest on Clay Cane Live (it took everything in me to not call her Tina, Dahling…). Click on the red button below to listen. Plus, we talk Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, the Mister Cee controversy and more.
Check out my latest article for theGrio.com on the Mister Cee controversy.
“If Cee is gay, bisexual or doesn’t believe in labels, I know many like him: A 46 year-old black man who didn’t grow up with the affirmations of today, plus the restraints of hip-hop. Twenty years older than Frank Ocean, over a decade older than Jason Collins; Cee and many in his generation do not possess the tools to identify under the LGBTQ umbrella. Mister Cee is imprinted to be closeted.” Click here for the full article.