*Ten time Grammy winner Chaka Khan has always lived up to her hit song, “I’m Every Woman…It’s all in me.”
Chaka not only stars in Disney’s “The One and Only Ivan” as circus performer Henrietta, but revealed she once ran away and joined the circus.
“I love to travel and got into the traveling aspect of it,” she told EURweb in an exclusive interview. “I learned quite a few things while I was in the circus. But I’ve always been against the cruel treatment of animals and caging them. So the zoo has never been a favorite place of mine.”
Full of surprises, Chaka is a favorite of millions, including myself. Whether with Rufus or solo, the icon’s repertoire includes some of the music world’s best and most recognized songs. Music aside, she is a kickass personality. I remember clearly interviewing her once for a British magazine when she lived around the corner from me–a lot of celebrities live in my neighborhood including Kevin Bacon–before she headed off to Switzerland.
Even back then in the 80s, Chaka was woke, talking about the Atlanta Murders, the KKK and what black artists had to endure. There was an item in the media at that time about what she wore onstage and I never forgot her response.
“I wear clothes because of the comfort. Many guys have gotten the blueprint of my foot in their faces because they tried to pull some s—t.”
Performing in “Ivan” has brought Chaka much joy she says.
“It inspired me. I was happy to have been a part of a production like this. It’s a great career opportunity to have worked with so many fantastic people whom I’ve adored, many of them for a very long time; and getting together to send something to the world that is beautiful and meaningful.”
Among the things Chaka wants viewers to walk away with is the idea of kindness.
“Kindness goes a long way, and having patience goes a long way. Truth goes a very long way,” she pointed out. And playing Henrietta was a complement to Chaka’s character. “She is just like me, or I’m very much like her. Getting what needs to be done is what it’s all about. It was a good pairing.”
And if you’re wondering, nope, there is nothing on the drawing board right now for new music or films.
“You’ll be the first to know, darling,” the one and only Chaka Khan told me. She is, however, working on her life story.
“We’re working on the nuts and bolts right now. I’ve got my daughter in mind to play me. But I’m in no hurry because this is something that’s going to tell about my life. I’ve got to live with it, and I want to be proud of it. So I’m focusing on that right now.”
“The One and Only Ivan” is an adaptation of the award-winning book about a very special gorilla and the beauty of friendship and starts streaming exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, August 21.
The Weeknd Calls Out ‘Corrupt’ Grammys After 2021 Nominations Snub
*The Weeknd has called out the Recording Academy after he was snubbed for next year’s Grammy Awards.
His fans are giving the Grammys the side-eye after the singer received zero nominations, even though, as TMZ points out, his single, “Blinding Lights,” topped the charts and his album, “After Hours,” hit to #1.
The Weeknd responded to the diss in a tweet hours after the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he wrote. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that The Weeknd’s snub may have to due with him headlining next year’s Super Bowl, but Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO, tells PEOPLE that’s not the case.
In a statement to the publication, he said “We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated,” Mason Jr. says. “I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration.”
According to TMZ’s report, Grammy officials gave The Weeknd an ultimatum between the two events, and after heated negotiations, they came to an agreement.
“We were thrilled when we found out he would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl and we would have loved to have him also perform on the GRAMMY stage the weekend before,” Mason Jr. adds in his statement. “Unfortunately, every year, there are fewer nominations than the number of deserving artists. But as the only peer-voted music award, we will continue to recognize and celebrate excellence in music while shining a light on the many amazing artists that make up our global community.”
“To be clear, voting in all categories ended well before The Weeknd’s performance at the Super Bowl was announced, so in no way could it have affected the nomination process. All GRAMMY nominees are recognized by the voting body for their excellence, and we congratulate them all,” the statement continues.
BLIND ITEM: Singer Holds Housekeeper Hostage
This foreign born former A list singer in a group and solo has, over the years turned into an awful human being. The antithesis of who everyone thought he was when he was in the band. He recently went on a drug fueled rage against his housekeeper and terrorized her for 48 straight hours and wouldn’t let her leave the house or use the phone.
Can you guess the foreign born/former A list singer? Here’s a hint: he’s not Black
‘What Have You Done for Black People?’ Obama Sits Down in Person With The Breakfast Club (Watch)
*President Obama’s jam-packed book tour for “A Promised Land” stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning for a wide-ranging interview, including the ongoing question by that one Black person in your orbit who keeps asking, “What has Obama done for Black people?”
DJ Envy asked Obama how he takes it when people question what he’s done for people of color, or say that he hasn’t done enough.
“I understand it because when I got elected, there was so much excitement and hope… And I also think we generally viewed the presidency as almost like a monarchy.In the sense of, ‘once the President is there he can just do whatever he needs to get done and if he’s not doing it then it must be because he didn’t want to do,’” Obama said.
He then pointed out that the current president appears to be able to “do what he wants” because he “breaks the law.” But Obama said he was very confident in what he had done for “Black folks” during his time in office “because I had the statistics to prove it.”
He said that among his accomplishments for African Americans, 3 million more Black people had health insurance who didn’t have it before, the number of Black folks in prison dropped for the first time in years, 30 percent fewer people were in the juvenile correction system, Black poverty dropped to its lowest level since 1968, Black businesses and income rose, and data shows that “millions of Black folks were better off by the time I left office.”
After Charlamagne Tha God pressed him to be more specific about his policies that aided Black people, rather than the “rising tide lifts all boats” answer, Obama conceded, “There is no way in eight years to make up for 200 years.”
Here’s Obama’s full interview with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.
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