June 19, 2014
By ALICIA RANCILIO
For anyone concerned about who would play Aaliyah in a film about her life, the girl who earned the role — 17-year-old Zendaya — says it mattered to her, too.
“I really want it to be perfect for her and show young people what she was able to do and what she accomplished,” the Disney Channel star said in an interview Tuesday, a day after Lifetime announced she would play the role of the R&B singer.
Zendaya says she’s the right choice for the part because “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.”
Aaliyah was killed in 2001 at age 22 when her plane crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. She dominated on the R&B and pop charts, earning platinum-plus albums and racking hits with songs like “Try Again,” “Back & Forth” and “Are You That Somebody?”
Zendaya, who was the runner-up on “Dancing With the Stars” last year, says she's aware the role comes with a lot of scrutiny.
“I can’t please everybody ... what I can do is work really hard and you know, just continue to show her legacy,” she said.
Zendaya was almost five at the time Aaliyah died. She says she remembers watching the singer’s music videos when her older sister would babysit her.
Zendaya is recording some of Aaliyah’s songs for the film. Zendaya, who made her debut on the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up” in 2010, released her first album last year, which featured the platinum hit “Replay.” She says her success as a young star helps her relate to Aaliyah, who released her debut album at age 15.
“I feel like she grew up so young and she grew up in the industry ... and she just had to deal with so much,” she said. “I connect with that.”
Zendaya also stars in the Disney Channel movie “Zapped,” which premieres June 27. She will also co-produce and act in the network’s upcoming show “K.C. Undercover.”
The Aaliyah film is based on the book “Aaliyah: More Than A Woman” by music journalist Christopher Farley. Shooting is scheduled for this summer.
June 12, 2014
LAWT Wire Service
Actor, writer Fee King partners with Rob Lewis, CEO of NEX-Phase Entertainment as executive producer to bring you an autobiographical account of a young girl’s untimely coming of age into womanhood told through the lens and carefully crafted vignettes by the artistry of Director Sammie Wayne, IV and poignantly delivered through the creative vessel of the phenomenal Fee King. She brilliantly allows theater lovers to peek into what her life was like under the rule of an alcoholic mother. This stage play runs for three weekends in June beginning Thursday, June 12, 2014 through Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the beautiful Actors’ Gang in Culver City, California – 9070 Venice Boulevard, Culver City, California 90232.
Men, women and youth will laugh, groove to that feel good, old school R&B, and be elevated – leaving the theater having experienced an extraordinary story of survival reminding all that you can overcome, especially our youth, any obstacle on your journey. “Telling this story helped me heal my relationship with my mother and forgive her,” said King.
Proceeds from this production will benefit Peace4Kids, a non-profit which provides programs and services for foster and at-risk youth from ages 5-18, and after they transition to adulthood until age 24. Executive Producer, Rob Lewis said, “Theater does exist in Los Angeles and we’re happy that our youth will benefit through such a worthy organization.”
June 05, 2014
Aries March 21 – April 19
Money news has uplifting potential and business affairs seem to be in a good place. However, it helps to research your options on Wednesday, when you could miss the best deal or misread someone's signals. As Mercury rewinds from Saturday, the coming weeks could be ripe for electronic malfunctions and unexpected setbacks on the home front. However, it's just as likely that you can resolve an issue that's been ongoing for some time. There's the potential for a lucrative deal to show up on Sunday.
Taurus April 20 – May 20
Though you naturally tend to be sensitive to the feelings of others, Taurus, today you might be so in touch with the needs and desires of those around you that you sense what they want even before they know it. Spiritual, emotional, or psychological insights might come to you throughout the day. You could even have some prophetic dreams. Write down whatever seems particularly significant. You'll want to remember it later.
Gemini May 21 – June 21
Sensual feelings make you eager to please others, particularly as a partner's support may be important this week. Meanwhile, as Mercury regresses in your personal financial sector, this may be a sign that it's time to review your options. Consider consolidating and reorganizing debts to avoid stress and increase earning potential. Later in the week you may find that misdirected energy could upset a friendship. Exchange words of encouragement and peace instead. If you're feeling generous, treat someone special to a lovely dinner.
Cancer June 22 – July 22
A new project may get the stamp of success, as early news concerning it seems encouraging and promising. If you have a new idea to sell, now is the time to promote it, as positive influences hint that friends and key people in your life may be willing to support you. Concerning matters on the home front, you may feel like hiding your feelings, particularly if personal matters are dragging you down. However, with a heart-to-heart discussion, much of this could be resolved sooner rather than later.
Leo July 23 – August 22
You may have an intuitive hunch regarding a business idea, but don't rush to complete it before checking the details. Another reason to delay signing deals or contracts is Mercury retrograde, which could coincide with delays and confusion. If holding back isn't possible, be prepared for changes. However, these could work in your favor. Later, a romantic opportunity may show up in the professional or work realm. This could be a passionate interaction, so be sure you want to proceed before you make a first move.
Virgo August 23 – September 22
A number of powerful events could increase the level of love and positive energy in your home, Virgo. Visitors with a spiritual or metaphysical focus could bring some new and exciting information. Good news that you never expected could raise everyone's spirits. A meeting with a humanitarian or spiritual purpose might take place. Whatever it is, expect your home to buzz with great vibes. Enjoy
Libra September 23 – October 22
You could read too much into something this week, especially if it seems to promise more than is actually there. Take your time before making a decision, especially if you're about to spend a lot of money. Friday encourages social options with a chance of an exciting meeting. Someone may impress you enough for you to want to know more. Mercury rewinds in your career zone, so you could experience one or two setbacks to a chosen goal. But biding your time could be beneficial at this stage.
Scorpio October 23 – November 21
A secret could unravel this week, but only if you want it to. You may think that by sharing your problem you not only have a better chance to resolve it but might also feel less burdened. Chatting with a trusted pal might bring relief as well as give you the confidence to share in other ways. Feelings may run deep where relationships are concerned, as a powerful lineup enhances the passion and commitment in a relationship. Whether this is romantic or business oriented, the interaction could be productive.
Sagittarius November 22 – December 21
Relationships show extra sparkle, with the potential for an exciting love adventure showing up. If things have been a bit dull in this department, you might want to sprinkle a little stardust and head out for some great entertainment. Starting Saturday, Mercury regresses in Cancer, which is your sector of shared resources. You might be better off delaying a loan or mortgage application. Wait until this phase has finished. If you don't have any leeway, expect a few delays and perhaps a change of plan.
Capricorn December 22 – January 19
Be careful of mixed signals, both on Wednesday and from Saturday, when Mercury goes retrograde. Business or romantic relationships could be couched in mystery or mired in confusion. Be sure you know what you're getting into before you commit to anything. But passion can flourish so long as you take things one step at a time. Meanwhile, a focus on lifestyle can be useful for sorting out your priorities regarding health and work issues. Knowing what you want could be crucial to success.
Aquarius January 20 – February 18
With Mars now forging ahead in your travel and adventure sector, thoughts of faraway places and exotic climes may fill your head. However, you might want to consider a journey of the mind as you explore a new subject, learn a skill, or earn a qualification. Anything that expands your horizons can bring bigger opportunities down the line. Mercury rewinds in your lifestyle sector, so check that your antivirus software is up to date and keep an eye on important documents and files in case they disappear.
Pisces February 19 – March 20
The saying that true love never did run smooth might have been spoken during a Mercury retrograde period, like the one starting this week. As it also occurs in your romance sector, you might need to take things in stride over the next three weeks or so. A passionate influence might entice you to overcome your nerves and commit to a date anyway. There is lots of fun to be had despite any unexpected events that could test your resolve.
Aries March 21 - April 19
Your dreams may have something important to tell you as Neptune rewinds and a Full Moon in Sagittarius whips up emotions. Stay alert for reveries that could provide guidance. Be careful with spending on Thursday, and consider carrying some spare cash in case of a potential credit card mishap. Although your social life looks bright, positive, fun, and delightful over the days ahead, take it easy on Sunday. An intense influence suggests it isn't a good time to start an argument.
Taurus April 20 - May 20
Venus in your sign tends toward passion, especially as it links with Pluto. If a relationship seems to have stalled recently, this blend of energies might wake it up and give it a new lease on life. However, when it comes to shopping, go easy on Thursday. A Full Moon in carefree Sagittarius might encourage you to splurge just for the fun of it. However, a partner may not be amused. Try to rein in your spending if you can.
Gemini May 21 - June 20
As Neptune enters its retrograde phase in your career sector, you could get an insight into a situation that's been bothering you for some time. Clarity may dawn, helping you to make an informed decision. Relationships get a boost as the Full Moon in Sagittarius brings lively dynamism to your love life. Thursday can be a great day for a special date night, but try to avoid unnecessary drama if you can. If someone is tempted to overstep the mark on Sunday, be patient.
Cancer June 21 - July 22
With the Sun in your spiritual sector, try to make time to relax and reflect every day. Adopting a regular meditative habit could give you a fresh perspective on problems and greater confidence in dealing with them. Meanwhile, a Full Moon on Thursday could encourage you to indulge your sweet tooth. If you're feeling on edge, work out rather than eat, which could put on the pounds. A situation at home could come to a head on Sunday. Try to compromise and avoid arguments.
Leo July 23 - August 22
Romance may be your number one preoccupation this week, as Neptune rewinds in your sensitive Eighth House. Dreams of a loved one could wrap you in delicious fantasies in the days ahead. Also, a Full Moon in your love affair sector might encourage you to take the plunge. While you may have a wonderful time, consider the consequences to avoid regrets. The weekend brings plenty of social opportunities, but you could also attract some jealousy, which you might need to deflect with your charms.
Virgo August 23 - September 22
Someone's agenda may grow clearer, but think carefully before you decide what to do about it. Thursday's Full Moon can be excellent for a party or other celebration at home. And the good news is that you can carry the fun over to Friday for more sizzling entertainment. You might encounter too much red tape at work on Thursday, leaving you to negotiate a compromise or find a loophole. Try not to mix money and love over the weekend - it likely won't work!
Libra September 23 - October 22
Tension may develop this week, particularly if you find it hard to see eye to eye with someone. You may have good reason to be annoyed with this person, but this isn't the time to ruffle feathers, particularly over the weekend. The Full Moon in your communication sector on Thursday could encourage you to say more than you intend. Considering the above, it's better to be tactful than too blunt. Arrange to do something fun with friends that day, especially if your self-esteem is low.
Scorpio October 23 - November 21
Neptune rewinds in your creative and romance sector on Monday, which might help you come to grips with a budding liaison. If you've been getting mixed signals, it might be not only due to Mercury retrograde but also to someone being undecided about their feelings. This week you may gain extra clarity, giving you a chance to respond accordingly. A hidden conflict could come into the open over the weekend, when swords may be drawn. Consider a compromise!
Sagittarius November 22 - December 21
You may feel full of life and energy during the Full Moon in your sign on Thursday. Try to avoid bluntness and hurting someone's feelings, as that could be one consequence of this Moon phase. On the other hand, it could coincide with a desire to have fun, go on an adventure, and live life to the max. Try not to mix money and friendship, especially over the weekend, as edgy aspects could turn a positive relationship into a minefield of awkwardness.
Capricorn December 22 - January 19
A focus on lifestyle options encourages you to think about your daily habits. This might be a good time to ditch those that aren't working for you and focus on adopting new measures that can help you achieve the success and fitness you want and deserve. Thursday brings a Full Moon in your spiritual sector, so your dreams may be particularly powerful and vivid. Take note. Some could have guidance that might help you with an awkward problem.
Aquarius January 20 - February 18
Your energy seems pretty good, though you might have a tendency to overindulge. You may enjoy researching diet and exercise options, and reading the latest information on achieving optimum health. Meanwhile, a Full Moon on Thursday is perfect for celebrations, parties, and all kinds of get-togethers. Although things could get very boisterous, it will likely be a lot of fun. Avoid holding your feelings back over the weekend. Talking over a problem could help you feel much better.
Pisces February 19 - March 20
Home and family affairs, along with leisure, pleasure, and other delights, can give this week a positive boost. Spending time with loved ones you enjoy hanging out with may be all you need to feel content. However, a Full Moon in your career sector could bring an opportunity to your attention. If so, take advantage of it. It may not last long. Thursday could spotlight difficulties in communication, but this can soon be resolved with skilful negotiation. Later, simply ignore a jealous friend.
By MESFIN FEKADU
Mariah Carey’s latest album kicks off in wonderful and typical Mariah form: She sings a song that immediately pulls you in, which has ranged from a killer club jam to a searing slow song in the past. “Cry,” a torching, emotional tune, is the song that does its job on “Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse.” You feel like you are about to experience musical bliss, and most of the time Carey has been able to hit it out of the park.
But like many veteran all-stars, there comes a time when singers make more errors and can’t score a hit like they used to. Sadly, that is what is happening with Carey.
The batch of tracks on her 14th record are enjoyable, but they don’t have the pizazz and spark of her past albums, including 2009’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” her worst-selling album, though musically it was one of the year’s best works.
“Elusive Chanteuse” borrows from Carey’s earlier work — and while the powerful singer still has the vocal chops, her songs find her looking too much to the past. The downtempo ballad “You're Mine (Eternal)” is “We Belong Together” 2.0, while the bouncy “Thirsty” sounds like it was recorded a decade ago. And tracks like the Q-Tip-produced dance number “Meteorite,” “You Don’t Know What to Do” and “Make It Look Good” are album-fillers that don't help the project stay on track.
Carey has been recording the album since 2011, and she’s struggled with its singles, from “You’re Mine” to “The Art of Letting Go” to “#Beautiful,” a mellow outtake featuring Miguel that was released a year ago and peaked in the Top 20. Throughout the struggle, she called megaproducer Jermaine Dupri to come onboard as her manager and executive producer to shape the album. The magical duo, who have collaborated on hits such as “Always Be My Baby,” “We Belong Together” and “Don’t Forget About Us,” haven't completely lost their charm, but the thrill is somewhat gone.
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