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Curtis Mayfield Was Paralyzed by a Freak On-Stage Accident 30 Years Ago Today [EUR Video Throwback]

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*Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris of the new 2020 Democratic presidential ticket chose Curtis Mayfield’s “Moving on Up” for their coming out party on Wednesday, almost 30 years to the day that the legendary musician and singer-songwriter became paralyzed in a tragic accident.

Mayfield was about to take the stage at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn when a gust of wind from a fast moving storm knocked a lighting rig onto his neck, paralyzing him from the neck down. Several subsequent surgeries weren’t able to restore his mobility, nor his ability to continue playing guitar. He could no longer write down musical ideas or even sing the way he used to. The career trajectory of a newly-minted legend, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of his time, was suddenly and cruelly cut short.

In this EUR Video Throwback, we’re celebrating Mayfield’s string of classic hits leading up to the horrific accident, beginning in the early 60s with his takeover of The Impressions following the departure of Jerry Butler. With Mayfield out front, they scored a number of early hits, like “Gypsy Woman” and “It’s All Right.”


Throughout the ’60s, Mayfield’s socially conscious fare sparked a shift in focus that brought the group even greater success, with singles like “Keep on Pushing,” “People Get Ready” and “Choice of Colors” doubling as anthems for the civil rights movement.


Mayfield left the Impressions in 1970 and launched a successful solo career, beginning with his debut album “Curtis” and its hit, “Move On Up.”

SIDE NOTE: Because Kanye West sampled “Move On Up” in his 2005 hit “Touch the Sky,” Twitter swears that the Biden/Harris camp used the 1970 original as a dis to the rapper, who says he’s also currently running for president.

But we digress. Two years after the “Curtis” album, Mayfield would release his masterpiece – the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film “Super Fly.” Its tracks addressing crime, poverty and drug abuse in the inner city reflected the setting of the film, directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. and starring Ron O’Neal as a pimp and drug dealer trying to quit the drug game.




Mayfield’s “Super Fly” album was ranked No. 72 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. By the late 80s, his material was widely respected as both influential and politically conscious. Mayfield was promoting his newest album “Take It to the Streets” when he was about to perform at Windgate Field in Brooklyn on Aug. 13, 1990.

“I don’t remember anything. I don’t even remember falling,” Mayfield told the Independent in 1994 regarding his paralyzing accident. “The next thing I knew I was lying on my back. So I must have went out for a moment. And then I discovered that neither my hands nor my arms were where I thought they were, and I couldn’t move. … Then it began to rain. Big drops. I could hear people screaming and hollering. From what I could observe, all of everything above us had come out of the sky. I chose not to shut my eyes for fear of dying. The rain was falling. Some of the fellows found me and saw that I was paralyzed so they went and found a big piece of plastic sheeting to protect me in the rain until the paramedics arrived. Luckily, the hospital was right around the corner.”

Mayfield died from complications of type 2 diabetes on December 26, 1999, at the North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Georgia. He was survived at the time by his wife Altheida Mayfield, his mother Mariam Jackson; 10 children; two sisters, Carolyn Falls and Judy Mayfield; a brother, Kenneth Mayfield; and seven grandchildren.

Below, Aretha Franklin and Donny Simpson, during an interview at her home, remember the artistry, legacy and overlooked activism of Mayfield. The Queen of Soul performs his song “The Makings of You,” her track on the all-star compilation album “A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield,” released five years before his death.

The Makings of You – Live (Curtis Mayfield)

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New York Film Festival 58 Has Upped its Game

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*Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) has upped its game and offers relevant films in this pandemic period at the 58th New York Film Festival (NYFF58) running until October 11.

Director of Programming Dennis Lim says, “Movies are neither made nor experienced in a vacuum, and while the works in our program predate the current moment of crisis, it’s striking to me just how many of them resonate with our unsettled present, or represent a means of transcending it.”

This year’s Main Slate showcases films from 19 different countries, including new titles from renowned auteurs. Frederick Wiseman explores  behind the scenes of the Boston city government in “City Hall;” indictments of America’s racist past and present in Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI” and Garrett Bradley’s “Time, dealing with the crisis of Black mass incarceration in America”

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Scene from “Tragic Jungle.” (credit” Malacoser Cine)

Steve McQueen not only has the Opening Night selection “Lovers Rock,” but “Mangrove;” and “Red, White and Blue.” The Centerpiece is Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” and Azazel Jacobs’s “French Exit” will close the festival

Also of note are  “Night of the Kings,” “Tragic Jungle,” “All In: The Fight for Democracy,” “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” “Hopper/Welles,” “The Human Voice,” “The Monopoly of Violence,” “On the Rocks,” “The Inheritance,” and “Ouvertures.”

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Scene from “Lovers Rock.” (credit: Amazon Studios)

Included in the lineup also are “The Revolution Will Be Filmed,” “The Artist, the Athlete, and the Revolutionary,” “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” “Muhammad Ali, the Greatest,” and “Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris.”

The 58th New York Film Festival (NYFF58) runs until October 11.

For more information: https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2020.

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Stand-Up Comedian Rob Gordon Gets ‘Problematic’ in New Comedy Special

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Comedian/actor Rob Gordon releases comedy special ‘Problematic’ on Amazon Prime.

*“It’s about my life growing up in D.C.,” said comedian/actor Rob Gordon (Comedy Factory) about his new comedy special “Problematic” on Amazon Prime.

When I asked what we can expect him to talk about in the special he said, “My trails and tribulations, graduating college and now having a son are some of the things I cover.”

Gordon possesses a degree in Architecture from Hampton University, but it was his natural comedic skills that shined the most.

“My passion led me,” Rob said about going into comedy. “We went to a club and my fool friend signed me up. I did it (stand-up comedy), it was ok and I’ve been doing it since.”

Rob was into football but damaged his knee, which probably was the catalyst for his “fool friend” to encourage him to do what he natural does – make people laugh.

“I was in college playing football and got hurt,” he told me. “One of my boys was at the club, he said, ‘You should try comedy.’ I said, ‘We in DC man, everybody funny!’ I ran it by my God-brother. He told me to think about it, so I let my passion lead me.”

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I am a native of Baltimore, a neighbor to D.C., and I told Rob my people are naturally funny too and some could actually do comedy.

He said his family members are all funny as well. When I mentioned that I’m not really feeling those comedians that pick people out of the audience and make-fun-of-them, and that I love comedians that can take a word, an event or subject and make people laugh at it, he said, “Actually, it can be like that on occasions. I talk about my life. I think It’s relatable to people. Who can say what the future holds (comedic content). I’m in DC, so we talk about politics.”

Gordon also tried his hand at acting and did well in the 2013 Ashes of the Phoenix film as Jordan. He will be appearing in the 2020 film Holiday Heartbreak with A.J. Johnson, Michael Colyar, and LisaRay McCoy. Aside from the Comedy Club his comedic skills as been displayed on “The Roland Martin Show,” at the Navy Memorial event, and during the “DC Comedy Special.” Ron also has a film company Gordonism Films. www.RobGordonProblematic.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]

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THE REAL: Adrienne Won’t Send Her Kids to Traditional School + Janelle Monaé & Kieresey Clemons

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*On Friday, Sept. 25, the hosts of The Real discuss whether teachers should be prohibited from displaying personal items that reflect their political beliefs, sexual identity, and other personal items on their desks or classrooms during the school year. Co-host Adrienne Houghton explains how she supports this ban and why she does not plan to have her future children attend traditional school.

Then, the co-hosts welcome D-Nice as a guest DJ and discuss with him how his career exploded during the COVID-19 quarantine, that he currently is crushing on someone who is NOT Halle Berry, and the most outrageous message that a fan once slid into his DMs!

And Janelle Monaé and Kieresey Clemons join the ladies to talk about their new film Antebellum, the fears they had taking on their difficult roles, and if they ever plan to collaborate musically together.

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Don’t Plan on Adrienne Sending Her Future Children to a Traditional School

Adrienne Houghton: I personally wouldn’t have my children involved in traditional schooling because, you know, I actually believe teachers naturally are going to be bias to, like you said, whatever their belief system is, to however they were raised and what they believe to be true. And I wouldn’t want that to be an influence on my child, personally. Like when I was growing up in school I learned that Christopher Columbus was the greatest person because that’s what my textbook told me and what my teacher told me. Obviously, we know that now to be completely incorrect. And that’s why I just don’t believe in traditional schooling. That’s just me.

Jeannie Mai: I hear you.

Garcelle Beauvais: So, you would want your kids to be in a school where the teacher does not share anything personal, Adrienne. Is that how you’re feeling?

Adrienne: I would wanna homeschool.

Garcelle: Ah.

Adrienne: I love the idea of homeschooling or having a traditional setting…

Garcelle: Girl listen, you’ll do it for a week, then be like, “Get these kids outta here.” (Laughs)

Adrienne: No! I wouldn’t do it! I wouldn’t do it.

Jeannie: (Laughs)

Adrienne: I probably wouldn’t be doing the homeschooling. My sister does it with my nieces. So, I’d have her do it.

Garcelle: Oh. Okay.

Adrienne: But they also have this amazing situation now where you get multiple…

Jeannie: Girl! You ain’t gonna be raising a rainbow flag! You’re gonna be raising a white flag! (Motions like she is waving a flag) “Help!”

Garcelle: Yeah! Exactly! “Get me outta here!”

Adrienne: “Come get me! I surrender!” But, I love the idea of raising children together. You actually get multiple families together who choose to school their children together under a curriculum they all agree upon. Like, I would love for my children to learn about African history that doesn’t start with colonialism- or learn starting at slavery. Like, there’s certain things that I would want my children to learn that isn’t in our current school systems… Yeah, I don’t want them celebrating Christopher Columbus Day. But that’s just me…. So, I think that it’s very difficult to decide this because naturally- we naturally as human beings- even me being on this show, I’m sharing my personal opinion. If your child is spending eight hours a day with this teacher, naturally this person’s values and bias will absolutely be influential on your children’s lives.

 

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About THE REAL

THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated talk show now in its seventh season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken hosts, Garcelle Beauvais and Emmy® Award-winners Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and Co-Executive Producer Tenia Watson (Judge Mathis, Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, WGN-TV Morning News, Just Keke, The Test) and shot in Los Angeles, California.

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