Reflections: Higher Status Deserved

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    Vivica A. Fox (the “A” stands for Anjanetta) is an acclaimed and widely recognized actress and has been since the mid-1990s, both in movies and on television.

    The lady from South Bend, Indiana can be depended on to deliver an outstanding performance, as was the case in such films as “Soul Food,” “Independence Day,” “Set It Off” and “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” to name a few.

    However, based on skills and consistency she should be more than a star. A deserved label would be “superstar,” right up there alongside Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Kerry Washington and Vanessa Williams.

    REHAB is certainly a good place for the talented but volatile Chris Brown. This guy just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, let alone control his temper.

    Bobby Brown has long been identified as the ultimate “bad boy” — one person who knows him well sarcastically joked that Brown “was in trouble with the law every other minute or so” — but Chris Brown might be a challenger for the “title.”

    The official statement said, “Chris Brown’s goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point.”

    That’s admirable — and “scholastically worded.”

    Maybe you know about Mary J. Blige’s first holiday album, cleverly (and rather obviously) titled “A Mary Christmas.” The surprise is that one of the selections (“When You Wish Upon a Star”) features none other than Barbra Streisand.

    A lot of women would love to have the long, flowing locks of Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire.

    THIS NEXT item comes under the heading of “Time Flies.”

    On Oct. 15, Tito Jackson turned 60! Jackie is already 62 and Rebbie Jackson is 63. Which brings to mind something Howard Hewett, 58, noted based on personal experience. He said, “You can call me old school all you want. It just means that I am a survivor and that I have sense.”

    Darius McCrary became well known to the American public as Eddie Winslow on the long-running sitcom “Family Matters.” Well, he is also a singer and his first album will be released soon.

    “Family Matters,” which aired from 1989 to 1998, is the second longest running African-American sitcom in TV history, just a little behind “The Jeffersons.”

    It is hard to believe that the day would have ever come when Quincy Jones, who produced Michael Jackson’s biggest and most celebrated albums (“Thriller,” “Bad” and “Off the Wall”) would end up suing the Jackson estate.

    Jones charges that he is owed millions of dollars generated from those albums — and the “This Is It” movie — since Jackson’s passing in 2009, and that he took formal action after being frustrated in his attempts to right some wrongs.

    Mo’Nique might be getting a new talk show.

    Sometimes Kanye West says things that make sense, at other times he utters words that are idiotic. So often in his case, silence would be golden, such as saying that he and girlfriend Kim Kardashian have more “national influence” than President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Of course, in one sense he is right, but it still came across as crass.

    BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that the word “Gap” in the Gap Band is an acronym for three streets in the group’s native Tulsa, Oklahoma: Greenwood, Archer and Pine.

    MEMORIES: “But It’s Alright” (J.J. Jackson), “Through the Fire” (Chaka Khan), “Fake” (Alexander O’Neal), “Remember What I Told You to Forget” (Tavares), “Baby I’m For Real” (the Originals), “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)” (Ray Parker Jr.), “Walkin’ in the Rain With the One I Love” (Love Unlimited), “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (Thelma Houston), “Hello” (Lionel Richie), “Standing on the Top” (the Temptations, featuring Rick James).

    BLESSINGS to Deborah McIntosh, Marva Stafford, Dave McMurray, Andre Spivey, Nat Morris, Karen Dumas, Diane Steinberg Lewis, Liza Walton, Carl Walton, Don Davis, Jesse Walker, Shirleen Fort and Carlton Peoples.

    WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Henry Louis Gates: “The most radical thing about Barack Obama is that he was the first Black man to imagine that he could become president who was able to make other Americans believe it as well.”

    Let the music play!

    Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol.com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.

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