Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season XIV: The Top 40 House Of Blues Showcase And The Top 24 Reveal


Picture Credit: American Idol/Fox Well, this is it everyone! The week of the Top 24 Reveal! I am very excited and hopeful about this season – American Idol, the one that I know and love, is back with a vengeance. Now, I know the Top 24 names have been leaked all over the Internet but […]

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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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Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life – An All-Star GRAMMY Salute – To Air On February 16th


Picture Credit: The Grammys Well, your Monday night just became more exciting! On Monday, February 16th, Stevie Wonder will headline a star-studded cast who have come together to celebrate the 25 -time Grammy winner’s outstanding musical career. Here is what to expect, courtesy of Grammy.Com: “The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will present […]

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


Picture Credit: American Idol/Fox I thought last week’s show highlighted some very promising singers. Some of the solo performances and a couple of the group numbers were absolutely outstanding. American Idol, it appears, seems to be on the right track this season and I have fingers crossed that the show does not become derailed over […]

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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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MasterClass Monday: Michael Buble’s Amazing Acoustic Cover Of “Home”


There is a reason why I love Michael Buble so much. It is his heart. Pure and simple – his heart. His vocal delivery is always pure and authentic and this acoustic performance of “Home”really accentuates this very fact. Michael tries to incorporate an acoustic set into the majority -if not all -of his concerts. […]

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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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Cooking MasterClass Discussion For MasterChef Junior Season 3 Week 5: The Kids Go Bananas!


Last week, Cory, Jenna and Nathan won the last challenge. However, in order to eliminate these three munchkins down to one lucky contestant, the three young cooks were still faced with the task of identifying 20 random ingredients. And – the ingredient labels were removed from the panty. The contestant who identified the majority of […]

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MasterClass Monday: Cabaret Star Patricia O’Callaghan’s Mesmerizing Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Alexandra Leaving


I am naturally drawn to singers who deliver their songs via an expressively committed narrative. Singers who dig deep, wear their emotions on their sleeve and can expose their soul while flawlessly singing a beautiful melody and lyric. Patricia O’Callaghan is a gem of a singer. And I had the immense pleasure of teaching her […]

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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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MasterClass Meltdown Of The Day: Phillip Phillips Sues 19E For Career Manipulation


(Sigh). Seriously, this is beyond ridiculous. I am still trying to wrap my head around this American Idol News Item. According to The Hollywood Reporter, American Idol Season 11 Winner, Phillip Phillips, is suing the company for manipulating his career via his recordings, special bookings and appearances. In other words, he is suing them for […]

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MasterClass Monday: Two Legends – Barbra And Billy – Inspire With A New York State Of Mind


Barbra Streisand released a record-breaking CD in 2014 – Partners – pairing her with arguably some of the best male artists in the music business. The CD is on my iPad and I never tire of listening to the collaborative work between Barbra and her Guest Artists. The creativity and vocal power exuded by the […]

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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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