By Florence Anthony
His performance down in Dallas over Super Bowl Weekend may have been canceled, but Prince made it to the Big Apple on February 7. As part of his mission to encourage sharing knowledge with and taking responsibility for the next generations, Prince donated $1.5 million dollars to the Harlem Children’s Zone a line of credit of $1 million and $250,000 lines of credit to the Uptown Dance Academy and the American Ballet Theatre. They are lines of credit so he can remain involved and know the needs of the organizations as they draw in funds to grow their groups and accomplish their missions.
Recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his new CD, “Now and Then,” the iconic Smokey Robinson will appear at the legendary Apollo Theatre on February 15 at 8 p.m. Ashford & Simpson and Chuck Jackson will be be Smokey’s special guests at this benefit concert for The Sheridan Arts Foundation and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Smokey told Yours Truly: “I first played the Apollo in October, 1959, with the Miracles on the Ray Charles Show. The Apollo is so traditional. I don’t care if they tear down everything on 125th Street, they have to leave the Apollo there. I have played the Apollo at least 1,000 times.” General admission to Smokey Robinson and Friends are available online at www.ticketmaster.com. There are also VIP tickets available.
Multimedia journalist Jawn Murray and EMI Gospel have joined efforts to release “Jawn Murray Presents: UNTAPPED,” a CD compilation of 10 unsigned gospel artists, one of which will receive the grand prize of a recording contract with EMI Gospel. Celebrity judges Dr. Bobby Jones, singer and TV talent Lexi, Grammy-nominee VaShawn Mitchell and radio host Gerard Bonner will work with EMI Gospel’s A&R team and Murray to determine the final roster of talent.
Aretha Franklin, contrary to web reports, is not appearing at Sunday’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. Still recuperating from her recent unknown illness, Ms. Frankin has taped a video message that will be played during the show for her fans. There will be a tribute to her on stage.
Hennessy Privilege hosted a truly intimate dinner at Soho House L.A. last week with 25 of the City of Angels’ revered celebrities and influencers. The guest list included Solange Knowles, Michael Trevino, Jesse Williams, Hosea Chanchez and Tristan Wilds. The dinner, which was the first in a three-city dinner series, was hosted by actor Mechad Brooks. Guests enjoyed a five-course tasting menu along with accompanying Hennessy Privilege cocktails.