Soul legend Bobby Womack died today at the age of 70. I find myself listening to artists like Bobby Womack more than I listen to todays popular R&B singers. Womack’s voice and originality made him a stand out artist for over 50 years. RIP to one of the greats.
LeBron James has decided to opt out of the last year of his contract with the Miami Heat. Its unlikely LeBron will go anywhere, but it is a certainty that some general managers are considering selling their first borns for a shot at signing the four time MVP.
Angie Martinez abruptly announced her resignation from NY hip hop station Hot 97 yesterday. Today, Clear Channel communications, the parent company of Hot’s rival hip hop station Power 105.1 announced that Martinez will host their late afternoon music/talk show. I’m sure Angie is getting more money and will get the kind of exposure to bigger opportunities that Power’s personalities like Charlamagne, DJ Prostyle and DJ Envy have earned. Or it could be a lateral move but I think Angie’s smarter than that.
Dr. Dre tweeted that his highly anticipated N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, will debut on August 15, 2015. The film will be directed by F. Gary Gray. Gray has a lot of good films on his resume, however, I feel like a lot could go wrong with this film. The best thing about N.W.A. is that they were raw and rapped about the harsh reality of living in South Central LA. I’m not comfortable with this being Hollywood-ized, but hopefully I’m proven wrong.
Angie Martinez announced today that she has resigned from her afternoon show on hip hop station Hot 97. Martinez’ great relationships with hip hop’s biggest names lead to some great in depth interviews over her 15 year reign as the queen of New York radio. My drive home from work will be greatly affected by the departure of Martinez. In an industry where radio personalities are trying their best to be funny, edgy and offensive, Martinez stayed relevant and entertaining by remaining classy and asking great questions. The relevance and intelligence of Martinez helped make NY radio listenable in spite of the questionable music. Angie will be missed greatly!!
Stage and screen legend Ruby Dee, who personified grace, grit and progress at a time when African-American women were given little space in movies and on stage, died Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.
The death was confirmed Thursday by a family member, who declined to answer any questions pending the release of a statement…