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25 Nov 2021

Marvel Allen brings the house down with her Aretha Franklin covers to “Celebrate Aretha”

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November 25, 2021 Category: Go With The-Flo Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Marvel Allen (Photo provided by Roz Live)

By Flo Anthony

It was hard for viewers to keep count of Cardi B’s wardrobe changes when she hosted the  2021 American Music Awards. The Grammy award-winning femcee made her hosting debut at the AMAS, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 21. “This crowd is loud, “Cardi told the audience. “I ain’t gonna lie. I’m a little nervous.” The Bronx, New York, born raptress had a very busy night between costume changes, hosting duties and winning her own award. Cardi’s eight different looks included a black Schiaparelli number, which she accessorized with a mask and gloves,  a figure hugging gown by Christian Siriano, arriving on stage perched on top of Louis Vuitton luggage, and a sheer yellow ensemble by Jean Paul Gaultier, which she donned to accept the award for “Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Song” for “Up”!

 Speaking of awards shows, The 2021 “Soul Train” Awards, which were taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances, special moments and appearances by some of the biggest stars in R&B, gospel, adult urban contemporary and soul. Thisyear, performers will include the 2021 “Legend Award” honoree Maxwell, “Lady of Soul” honoree Ashanti, Silk Sonic featuring R&B duo Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak, songstress Ari Lennox, and more. Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold return as co-hosts, bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show. The 2021 “Soul Train” Awards, presented by BET, premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her……..

 Following coast-to-coast publicity rounds at premieres for “King Richard,” the biopic starring Will Smith as their father Richard Williams, Venus and Serena Williams, reportedly headed to the Bahamas, with several family members — including their mother, Oracene, Serena’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, and their daughter, Olympia. Tongues are wagging that the family stayed on a yacht docked at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, where their water activities included visiting a shark petting pond………

 Fun was had by all that gathered to “Celebrate Aretha” on November 17. Marvel Allen, from the cast of Broadway’s “Hot Feet,” brought the house down with her renditions of  some of Ms. Franklin’s most memorable tunes. It was a night of joyous gospel, blues, jazz  and  soul,  that  also  featured  a  signing  of  yours truly’s  latest  novel “Last  Call For A Deadly Diva.” Notable attendees included former talk show host Rolonda Watts, Tony award winner Irene Gandy, Lou Gossett III, and Emmy Award-winning Producer Turlok Malik. Now in its second season, Roz Live at The Aloft Harlem Hotel (sponsored by The Jazz Foundation of has been keeping artists and authors on stage ever since COVID shut the world down in March 2020. On December 21, saxophonist Patience Higgins, bassist Stanley Banks and drummer Damon DueWhite are among the talented musicians that will celebrate the great Grover Washington Jr. For series schedule go to Roz Live on [email protected]……..

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