Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys & Maxwell At The Women’s March On Washington

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Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys & Maxwell At The Women’s March On Washington

 

 

#ThisWomansWork #WomensMarch #Maxwell

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Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys and Maxwell were a few of the artists who took the stage at the Women’s March On Washington in D.C. today. Monae shared her views about women and equality and performed “Hell You Talmbout” with Jidenna, St. Beauty and the mothers of Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mohamed Bah and Dontre Hamilton.

Alicia Keys recited Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” before going into a passionate performance of “Girl On Fire.” Keys spoke about inclusion and not allowing women’s bodies to be controlled by the government. Maxwell showed support for the march with a well-received rendition of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.”

Lionel Richie Is Producing A Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

Lionel Richie is co-producing a biopic about the late Sammy Davis Jr. with Mike Menchel and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The movie is based on the 1965 memoir, Yes I Can: The Story Of Sammy Davis Jr., written by Davis, Burt Boyar and his wife Jane. Davis grew up in the world of entertainment because both of his parents were vaudeville performers. At age 7 he co-starred in the 1933 21-minute film Rufus Jones For President with Ethel Waters.

By the ’50’s Davis was starring on Broadway in Mr. Wonderful and in the ’60’ s he had his own TV show and became a member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack of famous actors. He made several movies during the ’60’s including the original Ocean’s 11 and became a headlining act in Vegas at the Frontier Casino. Davis was not immune to the segregation at the time even though he was a top act and he was forbidden to stay at the casino or have a dressing room. Later in his career, he refused to work at segregated venues. Davis was a supporter of civil rights and participated in the March On Washington and was a supporter of Jesse Jackson’s PUSH organization. Davis and his wife Altovise were the first African-Americans invited to spend the night at the White House courtesy of then-president Richard Nixon.

Davis died in 1990 after a 6-month battle with throat cancer but his legacy is all over pop culture. Eddie Murphy and Tommy Davidson are just two of the comedians to impersonate him and he has been mentioned numerous movies and TV shows. Don Cheadle portrayed him in The Rat Pack and Amy Winehouse sang about him in her song “Me and Mr. Jones.”

The upcoming unnamed film has the support of Davis’ heirs and Richie added, “It’s an honor for me to bring the life of one of my idols and friends to the screen. I’m so grateful to be working closely with the Davis family on this and couldn’t be happier to be moving forward on this passion project.”

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Will Chrisette Michele’s decision to sing at Donald Trump’s Inaugural Ball cause serious hurt to her career because of the backlash?

 

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Lotus’ first film excursion was the short Royal which screened at the Sundance NEXT FEST in August of 2106.  David Firth and Zach Fox co-wrote Kuso and Eddie Alcazar produced the movie fo Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Films.

See the Kuso screening schedule at the Sundance Film Festival site.

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Janelle Monae, Maxwell, MC Lyte & Others To Perform At Women’s March On Washington On Saturday

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