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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 8 Males Celebrate Motown With Aretha Franklin


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Last week raised the curtain on some very stylistic singers who came totally prepared to win this thing.  The singers that really stood out to me – in no particular order – were Quentin, Quasim, Clark, Savion, Riley and Nick.  However – and I cannot stress this enough – some singers suffered a […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For The Voice Season 8: The Blind Auditions Week Two


Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice There is some lean and mean talent on The Voice this season. Pretty exceptional, actually. However, my favorite thus far is Sawyer Fredericks from #teampharrell. His performing style and vocal subsance define artistry. He most certainly is in this competition for the long haul. Returning to judge and mentor the singers […]

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Sawyer Fredericks  From Season 8 Of The Voice: Oh! Masterclass! Goodness! 


  < p style=”font-size:16px;color:rgb(45,45,45);font-family:OpenSans, sans-serif;”>Picture Credit: The Voice I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to see and hear this talented young artist perform during Week 2 of the Blind Auditions of The Voice. Where did he come from?  Like where?  He is a superstar waiting to be discovered.  Sawyer Fredericks (his […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 12 Females


 Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Update:  My apologies to the last few singers who performed last evening. I just noticed that, although I had written critiques for all of them, my blogging platform – WordPress – did not update this blog topic. Very frustrating. However, the last three singers were outstanding – with a special mention to […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 12 Males


 Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Live Update Of Performances At The End Of The Post Over the next three weeks,  the Semi-Final Rounds of American Idol Season 14 will feature the Top 24 Singers.   On Wednesday, February 25th, the Top 12 Guys will perform, with the viewing audience  deciding via voting who will advance to the […]

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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3 Finale: The Final Two Showdown: Andrew And Nathan


 Picture Credit: MasterChef/Fox   Last week, The Top 4 Mini Chefs made various desserts involving raspberries as the key ingredient. And, to a certain extent, they all struggled to complete the task. Well, not all, actually! Jimmy calmly and professionally made a beautiful raspberry tart. It was restaurant ready to go – it looked and […]

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The Voice Season 8 Is Set To Air On Mondays And Tuesdays Beginning This Week.


Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice Well, away we go! Another season of The Voice is upon us. So now, with the addition of American Idol over on Fox. we have four nights of reality singing shows. Who can keep up with all this? I will try my best but I am going to need some serious […]

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87th Academy Awards Will Air On Sunday, February 22nd At 8:30 PM On ABC


Picture Credit: Oscar.Com Today is Oscar Sunday everyone. Like you didn’t know. Like you have been living under a rock for the past week! Ha! Watching the telecast of the Academy Awards has been a family tradition from as far back as I can remember. It was a HUGE deal in our house and it […]

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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3 Week 7: The Crème De La Crème


Last week, The Top 6 Mini Chefs headed to a fancy restaurant in Los Angeles and pandemonium ensued. This was one nail biter of a show. I am amazed these kids managed to pull any of these dishes off! However, at the end of the say, MasterChef Junior said goodbye to Ayla and Kayla. Hmm. […]

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Tune In And Test Your Presidential Knowledge During The CNN Quiz Show


Picture Credit: CNN.COM I look for any excuse to add Anderson Cooper’s charismatic face to my blogging site. I have tremendous respect for his brand of reporting – his humble, yet assertive demeanor makes for an intriguing “watch and listen”. However, truth be told, I admire the collective intelligence and expertise which all the CNN […]

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The CBC Film Adaptation Of The Book Of Negroes: The Final Journey


Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC Well, we have reached the end of the road. It has been a privilege to review this brilliantly produced mini-series based on Lawrence Hill’s book, “The Book Of Negroes”. As I previously said, no stone was left unturned and no emotion untouched. Kudos to everyone involved with this project. […]

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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3 Week 6:Restaurant Takeover


Last week’s show was packed full of fun and surprises. And, the Top 8 Mini Chefs were on fire, but a fire fuelled by enthusiasm and positive energy. The Mystery Box Challenge was presented via a dry ice Intro enveloping a banana. Yes. A banana. Apparently, bananas have been on earth longer than humans. Who […]

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57TH Grammy Awards Set To Air On CBS on Sunday, February 8th at 8:00 PM


Picture Credit: GRAMMYS The Grammys are ready to rock your world starting at 8:00 PM on CBS. And a star-studded lineup of performers and presenters are set to take the stage and dazzle you with their singing or speaking voices. The performers for the 57th GRAMMY Awards are: AC/DC Beck and Chris Martin Tony Bennett […]

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The CBC Film Adaptation Of The Book Of Negroes: Episode Five


Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC Last week’s episode of The Book Of Negroes was bathed in history. The heart and soul of the story was firmly in place, creating context for the title of the film. To quickly summarize, with the British now defeated, Animata registers the Black Loyalists in The Book Of Negroes […]

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Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: Hollywood Week Part One


Picture Credit: American Idol/Fox Over the next three weeks, the viewers will be treated to the drama and excitement traditionally known as Hollywood Week. This is the point in American Idol where the curtain rises to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of the singers. Can they withstand this pressure cooker experience or not? Also, we […]

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A Telephone Interview With Season 2 MasterChef Junior Winner, Logan Guleff


Picture Credits: MasterChef Junior I recently had the immense pleasure to interview MasterChef Junior Season 2 Winner, Logan Guleff. I would like to thank his parents, Tom and Kim Guleff, as well as the PR Representative for MasterChef Junior, Courtney Bland, for facilitating this interview. Logan was a wonderland of information and, upon completion of […]

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The CBC Film Adaptation Of The Book Of Negroes: Episode Four


Picture Credit: The Book Of Negroes/CBC Last week, Animata escaped to a black ghetto town in New York – Canvas Town – at the same time as the American Revolution broke out in New York. Her escape from Solomon Lindo was assisted by an influential Black innkeeper named Sam Fraunces (Cuba Gooding Jr.) The acting […]

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American Idol Season XIV Preliminary Auditions Week 4: Two Nights In San Francisco


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Was it only me who thought the light and glow was a tad dimmer during last week’s American Idol audition episodes? In my opinion, some singers advanced that had questionable talent so we shall see what happens. This week seems more hopeful – they are devoting two nights to San Francisco so […]

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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3: Week 4: Tag Team Sushi Challenge


Picture Credit: MasterChef Junior/Fox Last week’s show was tons of fun – from the judges taking on a geriatric fashion look to the terrifying release of alligators, turtles and snakes and all that fun stuff scurrying around the MasterChef Kitchen. However, it set the tone for both segments of the show – one focusing on […]

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American Idol Season XIV Preliminary Auditions Week 3: Minneapolis And New Orleans


Picture Credit: AmericanIdol.Com Wasn’t Adam Lambert fantastic last week? I love Keith Urban as much as the next person but Adam added such dimension and flair to the judging panel. Such a star! Sitting, talking, mentoring or singing, he exudes charisma and class. Some mighty fine talent emerged as well, especially in New York City. […]

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