Not that “Reflections” believes in promoting negativity, but in this age of reality TV, there could be a show called “Celebrity Feuds.” There have certainly been a lot of them (some, fortunately, resolved).
For example, Will Smith vs. Wendy Williams. Eminem vs. Mariah Carey. LL Cool J vs. Kool Moe Dee. Mary Wilson vs. Diana Ross. David Letterman vs. Jay Leno. Spike Lee vs. Tyler Perry. Faith Evans vs. Lil’ Kim.
Star Jones vs. Barbara Walters. Omarosa vs. Wendy Williams. 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule. Rosie O’Donnell vs. Donald Trump. Otis Williams vs. Dennis Edwards. Kid Rock vs. Tommy Lee. Holland-Dozier-Holland vs. Berry Gordy.
LaToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson of Destiny’s Child vs. Beyoncé Knowles and the group’s manager, Mathew Knowles. Larry Graham vs. Sly Stone. Prince vs. Rick James. Whitney Houston vs. Wendy Williams.
Jennifer Hudson vs. Whitney Houston.
That’s just some of them.
And then there’s Aretha Franklin who can sometimes be as oversensitive as she is talented and accomplished. She has had plenty of verbal skirmishes with fellow artists over the years, including Mavis Staples, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight and Beyoncé, plus Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, and record producer Jerry Wexler.
YOU HAVE to give Otis Williams credit: One way or another, the only remaining original member of the Temptations keeps the group going — and this despite the presence of groups led by later members Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Glenn Leonard and maybe others.
Williams, who now works with Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Bruce Williamson and longtime member Ron Tyson, reports that the Temptations will have a new album next month on their own label, appropriately titled “Still Here.”
Williams also mentioned that a stage production on the Temptations story is in the works that he hopes will make its way to Broadway.
Edwards and some other people had issues with the popular “Temptations” miniseries, but Williams says it was accurate, adding, “It is what it is.”
Congratulations to Gerald W. Smith, Government Affairs manager, Comcast Michigan Region. He was chosen to be one of the 2010 Silver Circle inductees by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the Michigan Emmys).
The actual ceremony takes place June 5 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.
Smith first became familiar to many Detroiters years ago as cohost of the “Back-To-Back” talk show that aired on WQBH Radio. His accomplishments have been many since then.
HAD TO SMILE recently when tennis megastar Serena Williams said that her favorite feature is her smile, which she said she believes is “captivating.”
Kind of reminiscent of the time opera legend Leontyne Price said she loved the sound of her voice, and when another legend, blues-jazz-pop diva Dinah Washington, said her favorite female vocalist was — you guessed it — Dinah Washington.
Whitney Houston recently commented on some of today’s hottest artists, saying they are largely relying on gimmicks “instead of really displaying their gifts.” Well, if she has artists such as Lady Gaga in mind, we are inclined to agree. The wacky clothes overshadow the art.
However, considering how she has been singing lately, and certain personal issues, it might be a good idea for Houston to hold back on the commentary.
Mary Wilson, whose book “Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme,” was one of the biggest selling celebrity memoirs of all time, is putting together a coffee table book on her traveling exhibit featuring about 50 of the gowns, plus accessories, worn by the Supremes.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that songstresses Pebbles and Cherrelle, both hitmakers in the ’80s, are cousins.
MEMORIES: “After the Love Has Gone” (Earth, Wind & Fire), “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again” (L.T.D.), “Nightshift” (the Commodores), “Just the Two of Us” (Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers), “Stop to Love” (Luther Vandross), “Out of Sight” (James Brown), “You Brought the Sunshine (Into My Life)” (the Clark Sisters), “Wrap My Body Tight” (Johnny Gill), “Too Much Heaven” (the Bee Gees), “Ms.” (David Oliver).
BLESSINGS to Ruth Bennett, Phil Smith, Larry Robinson, Wanda Keys, Sandra “Lil’ Queen” Steinberg, William F. Andrews Jr., Linda A. Hardy, Theresa Hill, Henry Fambrough, Norma Fambrough, Rogers Foster and Jasmine DuBois.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from John F. Kennedy: “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
Let the music play!
(Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol.com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.)