In 1968, when I was two years old (okay, stop laughing!), Dusty Springfield (a great singer with a soulful, sexy voice) recorded a fantastic song titled “Son of a Preacher Man” that was destined to become a classic.
It was made even better by the perfect background vocals provided by the Sweet Inspirations, of which Cissy Houston — Whitney’s mom — was a member.
Well, people are surprised to learn that the mother of gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg (real name: Cordozar Broadus) is a Baptist minister. What’s even more surprising (and rather funny) is that Beverly Broadus Green wants her son to become “a rapper for God” and believes that “he’s going to get a call from God soon.”
It’s hard to imagine that the man who has made albums like “Malice N Wonderland” and does songs such as “Pimpin’ Ain’t EZ” and “I Miss That Bitch” could ever rap on the Creator’s behalf.
But you never know. Stranger things have happened. If God’s has something else for you to do, that’s that. And the fact that Snoop recently recorded a duet with Anita Baker suggests a milder and more mature Snoop.
DESPITE having had two strokes, currently walking with a cane, having her speech impeded and going through therapy every day (physical, occupational and speech), Angela Bofill says she is “feeling great.”
“I have learned that life is a precious thing,” she said recently. “Every second counts and nobody has a right to take it for granted.”
What a great attitude!
Bofill’s fans will never tire of hearing her most popular songs, including “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter,” “Something About You” and “Too Tough.”
The Black community embraced Angela Bofill as thoroughly as it did Teena Marie and Robin Thicke.
On a lighter note, in her early days Bofill and two of her girlfriends had a group called “the Puerto Rican Supremes.” (Her mother is Puerto Rican and her father is Cuban.)
It is admirable that rapper/actor Bow Wow aspires to reach the level of success and power of his hero, Will Smith. But it might be more difficult to achieve that with a name like “Bow Wow.” However, his real name, Shad Moss, is not a whole lot better.
Anita Baker is not into text messaging, tweeting, Facebook, etc. “I don’t even have voice mail,” she said. Baker believes in actually conversing with people.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who always seems to be in some sort of trouble, had a $63,487 lien put on a skyscraper she owns in New York City for non-payment of taxes.
JUST THOUGHT you’d like to see pictures of two of the most popular songstresses of today in concert in this area recently. Erykah Badu (photo by Andre Smith) enthralled her fans at Chene Park Amphitheater. Rihanna (Monica Morgan photo) drew a huge crowd to the DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Beyoncé Knowles touched the hearts of Mary Wilson and Diana Ross — and in spirit, Florence Ballard — when she publicly acknowledged that had it not been for the Supremes, Destiny’s Child would not have been as successful as they were. Kelly Rowland agrees.
By now you’ve probably heard that Wyclef Jean cannot run for president of his native Haiti because that country’s Provisional Electoral Council said so. It had something to do with residency requirements. The election is on Nov. 28.
In addition to questioning his credentials for such an endeavor, many people also wonder why Jean would want to be president anyway.
He explained: “It’s a gut feeling. There is a way to restart this country and rebuild it from scratch. But if you want to build infrastructure and generate real change, you have to be involved in the political process.”
George Clinton and Sly Stone are making an album together, which they expect to be released before the end of the year.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that the Effie White character in the original “Dreamgirls” stage production was supposed to die at the end of the first act. But star Jennifer Holliday put up such a fight that act two was revised, giving Effie many more scenes and a new showcase song (“I Am Changing”).
MEMORIES: “My Favorite Thing” (Hari Paris and Calvin Brooks), “Are You That Somebody?” (Aaliyah), “Turning Point” (Tyrone Davis), “Can I Get a Witness?” (Marvin Gaye), “Louie Louie” (the Kingsmen), “Meeting in the Ladies Room” (Klymaxx), “You Brought the Sunshine” (the Clark Sisters), “Jack and Jill” (Raydio), “Boogie Fever” (the Sylvers), “Put It In a Magazine” (Sonny Charles).
BLESSINGS to Debra Maria Bledsoe (thanks for your input!), Charles Thomas (yours too!), Barrett Strong, Denise Crittendon, Gary Smith, Doug Ware, Joel McNair, Georgette Jones, Rosa Robinson and Henry Tyler.
WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Marianne Williamson: “You can focus on what’s wrong in your life or you can focus on what’s right.”
Let the music play!
(Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol.com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.)