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‘Let’s Get This Show On the Road’: Three Decisive Days that Birthed The No. 1 Hit ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’ [EUR Video Throwback]

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*When Janice-Marie Johnson said “Listen to my bass here” on A Taste of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” she really meant her bass.

The Los Angeles native and daughter of a musician father began singing and playing music as a small child, but didn’t pick up the bass guitar until college. She was singing in local jazz clubs and opening for such artists as jazz legend Miles Davis when she met keyboardist Percy Kibble during an audition for the Princess Cruise Lines. They decided to form a duo and named themselves after one of their favorite songs, Herb Alpert’s 1965 remake of the show tune “A Taste of Honey.”

Johnson and Kibble added guitarist/vocalist Carlita Dorhan and drummer Donald Ray Johnson to their band, and A Taste of Honey, began playing military bases around the U.S. and abroad. They eventually crossed paths the Mizell brothers. Producer Fonce Mizell was a former member of Motown’s songwriting/arranging/production crew The Corporation, the force behind The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” “The Love You Save” and “ABC.” Larry Mizell found success with LTD of “Love Ballad” fame, among other acts.

One fateful day, A Taste of Honey took a gig playing at the wedding of Smokey Robinson’s bass player. There, they met the great Larkin Arnold, an entertainment attorney for Capitol Records who had been tapped to start the label’s first soul music division in 1970. His oversaw the signings of Peabo Bryson, Natalie Cole, Freda Payne, The Sylvers, Tavares and Nancy Wilson – and in the late seventies, A Taste of Honey.

Carlita Dorhan left the group by early 1976, and was replaced by guitarist/vocalist Hazel Payne. On another fateful day, the group was playing a gig at the airbase in San Bernardino, CA when Payne noticed that the crowd was not feeling them at all. She ad-libbed to the wallflowers, “If you’re thinking that you’re too cool to boogie, we’ve got news for you. Everyone here tonight must boogie and you are no exception to the rule.” Later that night, Johnson wrote down the lines, thinking they might make good lyrics some day.

On yet another fateful day, Johnson was warming up on her bass before a recording session unaware that the Mizells were recording her. The bass line she was toying with, coupled with Payne’s admonishing of the soldiers ended up giving A Taste of Honey its official debut single (released from their self-titled album on June 16, 1978), a platinum plaque indicating over 2 million copies of the single sold, a 1979 Grammy Award for Best New Artist and a three week run atop Billboard’s pop chart beginning on this day, September 9, in 1978.

A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie (Live) – 1978

With lyrics by Johnson and production by Fonce and Larry Mizell, “Boogie Oogie Oogie” b/w “World Spin,” also topped the soul and disco charts. It became an enduring R&B and pop classic as well as an indelible cornerstone of the disco era.  Johnson reportedly loathed the band being labeled as a “disco group,” but she eventually came to embrace the tag.

Also, it didn’t hurt that Larkin Arnold – with his legal background – made sure that when signing the group, Johnson and Payne owned their own publishing. It’s why Johnson has referred to “Boogie Oogie Oogie” as her “lifeline,” which just might be the understatement of the century.

In 2004 Payne and Janice–Marie Johnson reunited for the first time in over twenty years to perform on the PBS specials “Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion” and “My Music: Funky Soul Superstars.”

A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie (KC and the Sunshine Band Present: Get Down Tonight – The Disco Explosion Live) – 2004

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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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