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Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Nothing Compared 2 U

Shelly Peiken | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Prince could do it all. Play everything. And he could dance to boot. In heels. The night he died there was nothing on my Facebook or Twitter feed but posts about him. We all expressed our sorrow in our own way.

Shame on You, Grammys: No Tribute for Scott Weiland, Maurice White, Natalie Cole. Fans Outraged!

Omo Misha | Posted 02.17.2016 | Entertainment
Omo Misha

Scott Weiland fans watched with bated breath, hoping the 58th Grammys would show some appreciation for the late rock star, singer/songwriter, and frontman of two of rock and roll's most successful bands of the '90s and turn of the century.

Grammys Producer Defends Natalie Cole Video Tribute

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 02.17.2016 | Entertainment

As with most award show "In Memoriam" segments, the 2016 Grammys' moment had a few objections. The question this year: whether or not Natalie Cole, wh...

When an Actual Grammy Watches the Grammys...

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.17.2016 | TV
Xaque Gruber

Mom's favorite performance of the night was Joey Alexander, the 12 year old piano virtuoso -- the evening's youngest nominee, and the only one to score a perfect "10" from both of us.

Natalie Cole's Family Blasts Grammys For 'Disrespectful' Tribute

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.17.2016 | Entertainment

Natalie Cole's family was not happy about the "forgettable" homage paid to the late singer. "Words cannot express the outrage and utter disappointmen...

January Woes

Paola K Amaras | Posted 01.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

January is a time of renewal and regression, happiness and sadness, life and death. It's two-faced Janus, looking backward and forward. It's a time of...

Jazz Drummer Shares Fond Memories Of Her Friend Natalie Cole

Essence.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.06.2016 | Black Voices

I met Natalie Cole when I was about 11 or 12 years old backstage at one of her shows. My aunt brought me to the show and talked her way backstage in o...

See You In The Music, Natalie Cole

David Munk | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
David Munk

Natalie Cole often told me that she liked to sing "with a smile in my voice." Not long before she died, she mentioned what she wanted her epitaph to be. She captured herself with impressive economy: "Natalie Cole: the daughter of a king, the mother of a prince, a friend to all."

Patti LaBelle On Close Friend Natalie Cole: 'She Was A Beautiful Spirit'

Billboard | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.03.2016 | Black Voices

When Natalie Cole scored her career-launching debut in 1975 with "This Will Be,” the No. 1 R&B and No. 6 pop hit, she found herself in good company....

The Enduring Ministry of Natalie Cole

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Natalie Cole appeared many times as a guest on my PBS television program. One particular appearance, however, was exceedingly delicate and heartrending. She had just received a life-saving kidney transplant, but felt guilty to still be alive. What she had to share that day was, well, unforgettable.

Natalie Cole fought the battle of having a famous father, and she won @huffpostblog

David Hinckley | Posted 01.01.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

Natalie Cole battled much of her life to carve out a legacy of her own, and in the end achieved her greatest success when she embraced her famous father's. That's not a loss. That's a win.

Natalie Cole, Legendary Jazz Singer Who Carried Father’s Legacy, Has Died

Associated Press | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.03.2016 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning daughter of Nat "King" Cole who carried on her late father's musical legacy and, through technolo...

Cassandra Wilson Says 'Happy 100th, Lady Day'

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Of the many tributes to Billie Holiday's 100th birthday today (April 7), the most compelling I've heard is Cassandra Wilson's Sony Legacy album Coming Forth By Day, a strange, atmospheric brew produced by Nick Launay (whose credits include music by Nick Cave and Arcade Fire) with shimmering string arrangements by the incomparable Van Dyke Parks.

Tom Hanks, David Letterman, Meryl Streep and George Clooney Come Together for SeriousFun at Lincoln Center

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.03.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"This is the best show in town tonight," exclaimed David Letterman at the SeriousFun gala, the only thing he said that wasn't a joke. Founded by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, SeriousFun was established to ensure childhood fun at summer camp for children with special needs.

The Best Grammy Winners of All Time

Culturalist | Posted 04.08.2015 | Entertainment
Culturalist

Make your list now! Culturalist.com is the place to shape, share and debate your opinions on anything and everything through Top 10 lists. Want to jo...

Astoria Characters: The Lawyer and the Singer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's music playing when Marc Gross opens the door. Cara Samantha, his wife, is sitting on the sofa. She's not singing, merely speaking softly, but her sultry voice relegates the famous one on the CD to deep background.

Wayne Brady Hosts Special Apollo Theater Gala In Style

Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices

Last night the Apollo Theater commemorated its 80th anniversary with a special revamped iteration of its prestigious spring gala. Hosted by Emmy Aw...

Turning 65 with 'Crazy'

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Call her crazy, but my mom says that the second I heard the opening notes of Billie's recording, I leapt over the walls of my crib, landed squarely on the piano bench and welcomed my new sister into the world by playing along and harmonizing with every line.

Apollo Theater Revamps Annual Event Into Birthday Celebration

Posted 05.02.2014 | Black Voices

As this year marks the 80th anniversary of the prestigious Apollo Theater, the iconic venue has decided to revamp its annual Spring Gala into a star-s...

Breaking New Ground: 2013 Latin Grammy Award Nominee Natalie Cole Credits Gratitude as a Game Changer

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Akoshia Yoba

"Every since I was a little girl, I've been a pretty optimistic kind of person, a pretty happy person. I can make myself happy. I learned very long ago that happiness is on the inside."

Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz, Conversations with Brian Culbertson, Tower of Power's Larry Braggs, and ECP's Michael Lazaroff, Plus a Catching Fire Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

While attending almost thirty or so performances over the course of six days, I witnessed an allegedly innocuous format engage and thrill a couple thousand people virtually all day and much of the night, proving, at least to me, that "smooth jazz" as we knew it is gone.

And The Nominees For The 2013 Latin Grammys Are...

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.26.2013 | Latino Voices

Tropical rhythms fuse with the best of Latin rock and pop on stage, stars are dressed to impress and the crowd goes wild -- it’s the Latin Grammys -...

Text To End Kidney Disease: On The Vine Events Builds Momentum After Its Music Festival Success

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 11.06.2013 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

Summer on Martha's Vineyard ended on a fun-filled, philanthropic note with the successful launch of the annual On The Vine music festival, a benefit concert series in support of kidney disease research.

Conversations with Matt Nathanson and Sly & The Family Stone's Cynthia Robinson, Plus Threefifty's Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.04.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I'm a fanatic for music and all the records I love, the engine for them is the laying of yourself out in a way that could potentially be embarrassing."

Music Legands Natalie Cole and Smokey Robinson to Perform at Martha's Vineyard Music Festival Benefiting Kidney Disease Research

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

Martha's Vineyard will be abuzz from Thursday August 22nd to Sunday August 25th, when On The Vine launches its inaugural four-day music and entertainment festival benefiting kidney disease research.