2011 means 40



There was a time when reaching the age of 40 was something to be “concerned about,” thanks to the misguidance of society. A friend of mine once described it as “the birthday from hell.”  But, of course, now that she is in her fifties, 40 is no big deal.

It never really should have been anyway. It’s good to be any age, and getting adversely caught up or not is a personal decision.

Many celebrities are turning 40 this year, including Mary J. Blige, Alfonso Ribeiro, Shawn Wayans, Tichina Arnold, Missy Elliott, Anthony Hamilton, Kid Rock, Taye Diggs, Rozonda (“Chilli”) Thomas from TLC, Regina King, Timbaland, Erykah Badu, Dalvin DeGrate (formerly of Jodeci), Lil Jon, Kenya Moore, Snoop Dogg and — believe it or not — Emmanuel Lewis (“Webster”).

Here’s hoping they all get another 40 years — times two.

JAY-Z is among the top three most successful businessmen in the world of hip-hop. Ventures include a clothing line and part ownership in the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, plus an array of lucrative music/entertainment endeavors

Said to be worth something like $450 million from last year alone, Jay-Z is always on the lookout for new business opportunities, the latest of which is investment in a restaurant in Brooklyn co-owned by members of his family.

One thing is certain: Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé are both independently wealthy. Neither would ever be accused of being after the other’s money.

It figures that “For Colored Girls,” produced, directed and written by Tyler Perry based on Ntozake Shange’s stage drama, would be such a disappointment at the box office. Most people — including women — do not want to sit in a theater listening to a group of mostly dissatisfied women vent their frustrations with the Black men they are or were involved with. Stereotyping is always a mistake.

IT WAS A surprise to hear that Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Regina King are a hot couple whose relationship could well lead to marriage.

“Malcolm and I have a lot in common,” said King. “Things are maturing nicely.”

Bootsy  Collins decided that it was time to return to the recording studio. “The Funk Capitol of the World,” scheduled for late April release, will be his first album in five years. Among those making guest appearances are Chuck D, Bobby Womack, Ice Cube and, of course, George Clinton.

A lot of us are tired of seeing and hearing about the Kardashian sisters.

ONE ALBUM yours truly doesn’t want to hear is “Michael,” released after Michael Jackson’s passing, “completed” by a number of other people.

I think that was wrong on so many levels. No one knows what Jackson would have released. Maybe nothing from “Michael” would have made the cut.


But just as bad — perhaps worse — is what Motown did when Tammi Terrell died in 1970. Rather than cancel the album project she was working on with Marvin Gaye, titled “Easy,” Motown got a singer to imitate Terrell to finish the album, which was half complete.

Sorry to hear about the passing of Steve Mancha. The Detroit singer made a number of records in the 1960s, reaching the national Top 40 with “I Don’t Want to Lose You” and “Don’t Make Me a Story Teller.”  In 1970 he had resurfaced as a member of the group 100 Proof Aged in Soul who had a national Top 10 hit with “Somebody’s Been Sleeping” for Invictus, the company started by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland following their departure from Motown.

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that the O’Jays are from Canton, Ohio. Many people assume the group is from Philadelphia because they had so many smash hits for Philadelphia International.

MEMORIES: “Is It Still Good to Ya?” (Ashford & Simpson), “Tennessee” (Arrested Development), “Turning Point” (Tyrone Davis), “If It Isn’t Love” (New Edition), “Genius of Love” (Tom Tom Club), “A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)” (Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio), “Sweet Sensation” (Stephanie Mills), “Get Up Offa That Thing” (James Brown), “Twilight Time” (the Platters), “Dance to the Music” (Sly & the Family Stone).

BLESSINGS to Sylvia Quarles,  Billy Robinson, Avril Carter, Ethel Smith, Carl Jones, Hari Paris, Brenda Perryman, Gordon Camp, Robert Terrell and Linda Thedford.

WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Jim Morrison: “Expose yourself to your deepest fear. After that, fear has no power. It shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”

Let the music play!

(Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol.com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.)

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