Cleotha Staples of the soul group the Staples Singers passed away on Thursday at her home in Chicago, reports Billboard. She was 78.
Staple was the eldest sister and member of the group her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples started in the 1940s. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter.
The group included sisters Pervis, Yvonne, Mavis and Cynthia, but Cleotha was the backbone, defining herself by being the "strong, silent type," said Carpenter, author of "Uncloudy Day: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia."
Relying on public relations photos for your cover shots can be messy, as Jet magazine is finding out.
Jet editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller on Friday issued a defense of the magazine's use of a 10-year-old photo of cover subject Fantasia.
"JET magazine is honored to have Fantasia grace the cover of its March issue," her statement began. "It is unfortunate that Fantasia is displeased with the cover selection, however JET stands by its decision," Miller wrote.
When actor Jack Nicholson stepped on the Oscar stage Sunday night to announce the nominees for best picture, few expected him to toss to a co-presenter.
"Tonight, it is my great pleasure to introduce live from the White House, the first lady of the United States: Michelle Obama," he said.
Suddenly, the first lady could be seen standing on screen, appearing from the nation's capital in a glamorous silver and black gown. Standing in the background of her cameo, which came about seven minutes before midnight on Eastern Standard Time, was a group of military aides in formal attire.
(CNN) -- "Argo," which was an Oscar also-ran before it caught fire and won practically every guild and organization award available, took home the big prize at the 85th Academy Awards Sunday night: best picture.
"Lincoln" opened the awards season as the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture by virtue of its landing the most nominations. But the snub of Ben Affleck in the Best Director category made his movie, "Argo," the sentimental favorite of the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild, and the momentum of that sympathy vote is likely to carry over to Oscar night.
While "Lincoln" won't take home the top prize, it will nevertheless win the most awards (5), followed by "Les Miserables" (3), and then by a number of films taking 2 apiece: "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Life of Pi," "Skyfall" and "Django Unchained." A quintet of Oscars sans Best Picture won't exactly be a sweep, but it's a far better fate than that of "Zero Dark Thirty," whose hopes were torpedoed by political blowback even before it had a chance to open in theaters.
For movies opening Feb. 22, 2013
"Dark Skies" (PG-13 for violence, sexuality, drug use and pervasive terror) Haunted house horror flick about a happy family (Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo and Kadan Rockett) whose serene, suburban home life is irreversibly affected by the arrival of a deadly, demonic force. Co-starring J.K. Simmons, L.J. Benet and Annie Thurman.
I usually don't like to write about concerts after the fact because it tends to trigger regrets for those who missed it. However, if I follow that line of thought who am I to tell about the great time I had this past Sunday night at the Will Downing and Lalah Hathaway concert?
Local entertainer – and good friend – Karen Brown rocked the crowd as she belted out some of our favorite songs with her special spin on them.
I ask myself quite often, "Why doesn't the entire world know who Karen is?" She is immensely talented.