March 26, 2013 |
Trivia time: Name two “Idol” runners-up who went on to sell boatloads of albums and earn major awards for starring in a film about 1960s female soul singers. One, of course, is Chicago-native Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”). The other is Australian singer Jessica Mauboy, who has gone platinum in her country (where she participated in the reality TV singing competition), recorded with American rappers including Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, and won the Australian Film Institute's best supporting actress award for “The Sapphires,” opening in Chicago March 29. The film is inspired...
February 1, 2012 |
In the wake of the death of "Soul Train" creator "Don Cornelius," BET, CENTRIC and Chicago station WCIU, The U have planned a special broadcast lineup for the next few days. Cornelius, creator of the iconic music series "Soul Train," died Wednesday after apparently shooting himself in the head at his LA home. He was 75. "We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Don Cornelius. He was a pioneer in the television and music industries and his legacy and influence on American culture will continue to live on for many generations...
February 1, 2012 |
Chicagoans - along with the rest of the nation - took time to remember Don Cornelius, the honey-voiced host of "Soul Train," after reports of his death surfaced Wednesday morning. "Don Cornelius is a cultural artifact in America," said Che "Rhymefest" Smith, a Chicago-based musician and former aldermanic candidate. "He's also a pioneer of black television and the building of community through music. " Cornelius' impact, and the impact of "Soul Train," which got its start in a tiny WCIU studio in the Chicago Board of Trade building in 1970,...
October 1, 2012 |
After her blind audition for NBC's singing competition "The Voice," Chicago native De'Borah became one of the show's most talked-about acts, both for her visceral rendition of Train's "Hey Soul Sister" and her coming-out declaration. RedEye talked with the chic 24-year-old about her nerve-racking audition, working with her coach, Christina Aguilera, and growing up in Rosemont. "The Voice" begins its battle rounds at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 on NBC. What made you want to sing "Soul Sister" during your audition?
May 24, 2013 |
For Monday, May 27, to Sunday, June 2, 2013 Gemini May 21-June 21 Venus is increasing the chances for you to encounter a soul mate. If you're single, you could finally meet someone who shares your views on life. If you're in a relationship that has just been so-so, you might discover that the two of you can get along much better. Cancer June 22-July 22 Mercury is in your sign for a few weeks, increasing your sexual charisma. You'll attract attention everywhere you go. Someone gorgeous who never knew you...
March 19, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times reports: In the race to win over the heart and soul of Illinois conservatives, Rick Santorum left the heavy lifting Sunday to a busload of evangelicals - one family made famous by reality TV. Read the full story at Chicago Sun-Times .