EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – It was 10 a.m., and B. Smith was shuffling around her house in socks and leggings and a bright red sweatshirt emblazoned with “Wilhelmina,” the prestigious modeling house to which she once belonged. She is still model-slim at 69, actually. Her face, now framed with a halo of tight gray curls, is just as it was 20 years ago, when B. Smith was on TV, on the cover of magazines and books, when she had restaurants, when everyone seemed to call her “the black Martha Stewart,” as if it weren’t enough to just be B. Smith. Six years ago, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The illness is particularly common among African Americans, and it struck B. Smith in her prime; it ravaged her brain, jumbling her memories, turning her sentences into alphabet soup. Not long after, B.’s restaurants shuttered. Her appearances dried up. With Dan Gasby, her husband and business partner of more than two decades, she turned her efforts … [Read more...] about Lifestyle guru B. Smith has Alzheimer’s. Her husband has a girlfriend. Her fans aren’t having it.
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Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EST Dec 20, 2018 Fads. Feuds. Foolish celebrities. Feisty comebacks. And one funeral fit for true music royalty. With days left before the big calendar flip to a fresh start, it's time to bid farewell to 2018 by presenting Detroit's biggest pop culture moments. 1. Aretha Franklin's epic homegoing The Queen of Soul's eight-hour funeral in August at Greater Grace Temple was, like the legend being laid to rest, in a class by itself. There were roof-raising performances by Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder. Rousing tributes from Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. A mini-controversy over a bishop's embrace of Ariana Grande that social media declared handsy. The fleet of pink Cadillacs outside. Cicely Tyson's ginormous hat. We couldn't stop watching, mostly because we didn't want to say goodbye. 2. Madonna's salute to … [Read more...] about Aretha Franklin funeral tops Detroit pop culture in 2018
Andrew Dalton and Hillel Italie, Associated Press Updated 9:04 pm PST, Thursday, December 13, 2018 Jazz singer Nancy Wilson. Jazz singer Nancy Wilson. Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP Image 1 of / 90 Caption Close Image 1 of 90 Jazz singer Nancy Wilson. Jazz singer Nancy Wilson. Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81 1 / 90 Back to Gallery LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, … [Read more...] about Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81
Mary Chapman Special to The Detroit News Published 9:00 PM EST Dec 5, 2018 Just as Kurtis Blow’s pioneering 1980 megahit “The Breaks” was a riff on an old tune about the vicissitudes of life, the Masonic Temple’s holiday mashup, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,” re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s time-honored score through charged hip-hop choreography and a contemporary storyline. “‘The Breaks’ was from some old philosophy song that came out in the 1920s,” said Blow, in town for his performance as the production’s special guest MC. “We did a flip of that record. That’s the same idea of ‘The Hip Hop Nutcracker’ — taking an old classic and making it an up-to-date smash hit.” Celebrating love, community and the magic of the holidays, the show features a dozen dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist. The tour includes 28 stops nationwide, including Detroit on Thursday night. “I … [Read more...] about Rap pioneer Kurtis Blow a natural for ‘The Hip Hop Nutcracker’
Updated 3:43 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 FILE — Head coach Jack Patera of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on August 7, 1977 in San Francisco. FILE — Head coach Jack Patera of the Seattle Seahawks looks on before the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on August 7, 1977 in San Francisco. Photo: Michael Zagaris/Getty Images FILE — Jack Patera, former Seahawks coach, laughs at fellow golfers in his group, in the Jacob Green Tourney at Newcastle Golfcourse in 2013. FILE — Jack Patera, former Seahawks coach, laughs at fellow golfers in his group, in the Jacob Green Tourney at Newcastle Golfcourse in 2013. Photo: ROBIN LAYTON FILE — Seattle head coach Jack Patera gets the game ball from Sherman Smith, (47), … [Read more...] about Former Seattle Seahawks coach Jack Patera dies at 85