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Why Music, Part 3: Music and Diplomacy

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact
Frank Fitzpatrick

During a television interview following the recording, the show's host asked me this essential question: "In a region wrought with a history of so much war and hatred, can a song really make a difference?" My response was, "If music can't make a difference, I don't know what can."

Aretha Franklin And Halle Berry, Distant Cousins?

Posted 10.23.2012 | Black Voices

Just days after Halle Berry’s surprise revelation that she is related to former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, another public f...

PHOTOS: Who's The Most Powerful Singer Of All-Time?

Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices

The art of singing involves various assets that are vital not only in the recording studio, but also during live performances. Not to mention the imp...

Lauren Mikler

Aretha Dishes On Obama & Staying Fit

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Mikler | Posted 11.05.2013 | Entertainment

At 70 years old, The Queen of Soul demands respect. Aretha Franklin performed a special concert for cancer survivors at the Celebrating Life and Liber...

Liza, Aretha, Barbra! Three Icons -- at Their Very Best -- Headline a Splendid Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

Liz Smith | Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

"OH, the stories, I have. But... they'll have to wait. They make me too sad. Maybe later, when it doesn't hurt too much." That was Liza Minnelli onstage at the Manhattan memorial for the late and very much lamented Marvin Hamlisch.

Conversations With Emeli Sandé and Tanita Tikaram, Plus Beth Hart's Video Exclusive "Over You"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.10.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Jazz Vocalist Nicole Henry Makes San Francisco Debut

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.05.2012 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Since her 2004 debut CD, The Nearness of You, Nicole Henry has been the artist to watch in the world of Jazz. Last week, Nicole Henry made her long-awaited west coast / San Francisco debut at the Rrazz Room.

Ethel: A Daughter's Tale, Summerdocs Finale

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In Ethel, a new HBO documentary, the fascination with all things Kennedy shifts to the legacy of Robert. Filmmaker Rory Kennedy, his 11th child, focuses on the role of her mother in their remarkable marriage, and in the aftermath of his death.

Tom Cruise Doesn't Know That He's My Cousin

David Macaray | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
David Macaray

If you're going to declare your undying love for someone who is biologically unrelated to you, why limit yourself to niece or nephew? Why not go the extra mile and designate this treasured individual as your "honorary" son or daughter, or "honorary" brother or sister?

Aretha Franklin: Kathie Lee Should Do More Research

Posted 07.17.2012 | Black Voices

While I enjoy Kathie Lee and Hoda daily, her assessment is totally wrong! I've been to California from Detroit four times this year and Florida. I go ...

American Idol's Next Judge?

Reuters | Posted 09.14.2012 | TV

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (Reuters) - "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin said on Saturday that she is interested in joining "American Idol" as a judge, just...

A Musical Portrait of LA

Tom Teicholz | Posted 08.18.2012 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

"Trouble in Paradise" and "Who Shot Rock & Roll" serve to remind of us of how much music can shape the very landscape of our lives and our times, through journeys that both define and transcend the place where we live.

Neil LaBute's The Heart of the Matter to Benefit MCC Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.16.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Neil LaBute's three one-acters in The Heart of the Matter at the Lucille Lortel Theater, benefits the MCC Theater. The actors have to figure out what's happening, and that changes every night.

What Was Aretha Doing in the Kitchen?

Hermene Hartman | Posted 08.04.2012 | Entertainment
Hermene Hartman

I saw the Today Show this morning. Celine Dion was accorded a lengthy interview to discuss her beautiful voice, that has been out of commission for a...

WATCH: Aretha Franklin's 'Today' Show Segment Goes Off The Rails

Posted 06.04.2012 | Media

Aretha Franklin stopped by the "Today" show on Monday and ran into some timing issues while sharing her recipe for "Aretha's Peanut Butter Mmm-Mmm-Mmm...

WATCH: 9 Divas Who Sing Both Gospel And R&B

Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion

Some church folk claim that artists who started singing Gospel in the church and then crossed over to R&B and pop have abandoned the faith. But these...

Why The '60s Really Ended With Carole King's 'Too Late'

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Driving home to "Lawn Guyland" the day after graduating from Bucknell U. in Lewisburg, PA and blasting progressive rock station WNEW on the radio, I was struck by one of those other-worldly, pull-over-to-the curb musical moments.

Aretha Franklin Eyes Audra McDonald For Biopic

Posted 04.30.2012 | Black Voices

Earlier this year Aretha Franklin revealed her “wish list” of actors to star in her upcoming biopic. Today the Queen of Soul has added Audra McDon...

"The Sun Always Shines On TV": A Playlist for "The TV Land Awards"

David Wild | Posted 06.29.2012 | Entertainment
David Wild

In honor of this grand annual TV event that celebrates TV so well, here's my playlist for tonight's great TV party.

Chris Harnick

Kelly Ripa, Fran Drescher & More On The Shows That Changed Their Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Harnick | Posted 04.27.2012 | TV

It's not every day that TV icons like the cast of "Laverne & Shirley," Kelly Ripa and Fran Drescher gather in one place. But these pros were brought t...

Culture With a Side of Popcorn

Tom Teicholz | Posted 06.20.2012 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

One could do worse than to abide by these resolutions: Be lazy. Stay local. Be frugal -- see theater, opera and ballet in HD. Be lazy. Stay local. Be frugal. Travel the world without ever leaving home -- see theater, opera and ballet in HD.

Under the Covers: A Musical Parlor Game

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.10.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Most of these interpretations do the material proud, though some may leave you wanting to, well, hide under the covers. Making up your own lists and sharing with friends might make for a more soul-satisfying parlor game than, say, Geography.

The Craziest Things Rock And Roll Stars Call Their Kids

Posted 04.05.2012 | Parents

Bob Dylan's Sara was a "radiant jewel" -- famously "easy to look at" but "hard to define." The Beatles had their "lovely Rita"; Toni Basil obsessed ov...

The Queen Of Soul Gets Some Birthday Love

Posted 03.23.2012 | Detroit

What would you say to a Motown legend -- and American icon -- on her birthday? Aretha Franklin will celebrate her 70th birthday this Sunday, March ...

Canonization Coming for Hildegard

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.11.2012 | Arts
Michael Sigman

The Catholic Church seems ready to codify what music lovers have known for nearly a millennium: Hildegard von Bingen is a saint. Vatican Insider repor...