Reflections: The Worst

Master P_and_Ashly_DelGrossoOne of my favorite TV shows is “Dancing With The Stars” because it’s fun, entertaining, exciting and a feast for the eyes. Often there’s  “drama” as well. 

Tina Turner had a big hit with a song titled “The Best.” Well, the worst dancer I have ever seen on “Dancing With The Stars” is rapper Master P (real name: Percy Miller), and I admit that I missed a couple of seasons before I became a regular viewer. He was clumsy, largely disinterested, sorely lacking in rhythm, and no one could forget those ugly boots.

It was admirable that Master P stepped in when his son, rapper/actor Romeo, had to withdraw due to an injury before the season began.  But Dad’s move was not necessary. They could have easily gotten someone else. His scores from the judges were painfully low. I felt sorry for his partner, Ashly DelGrosso. 

Romeo, by the way, was great when he was able to be a celebrity contestant a number of seasons later.

B.B. KING, the biggest name in blues history, has some people angry with him, so much so that a lawsuit was filed in federal court. 

King is accused of using his trademarks and publicity rights to block the making of a movie titled “B.B. King and I,” focusing on the relationship between the icon and Michael Zanetis, a guitarist King had helped a lot in the past. 

The plaintiff is King Size Film Productions. They say King was helping with the screenplay, but then had a change of heart for whatever reason.

  WILL SMITH is of the opinion that when a rapper reaches a certain age — he’s 43 — there is the existence of a credibility factor regarding making records and performing on stage. Therefore, he doesn’t plan on making any additional albums. (Of course, he is better known today as an actor anyway.)  He may have gotten “jiggy wit’ it” for the last time.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes for one of Smith’s greatest admirers, LL Cool J, to begin to feel the same way (if ever). His acting, too, has overshadowed his rapping, although he did appear in concert not long ago at Caesars Windsor.

FANTASIA BARRINO has put her huge house in North Carolina up for sale, and is even willing to take a major financial loss to take it off her hands. Apparently the taxes and other expenses got to be too much. 

And hopefully by now the season 3 “American Idol” winner has gotten rid of all the freeloading relatives who had been living in her house. She admits that it was her fault for allowing the situation to develop, but it got to the point of absurdity.

Since Adele is the biggest of the newer stars out there today, with an album (21”) that won’t stop selling, it must be great for the former ladies of Destiny’s Child (Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams) to hear that Adele was a huge fan of the group as a teen and before.

Actress Paula Patton (wife of singer Robin Thicke) and Denzel Washington will be working together in a new action film, also starring Mark Wahlberg, titled “2 Guns.” She will be his love interest. They worked together before in the 2006 film “Deja Vu.”

The outrageous Nicki Minaj acknowledges that some of her material and some parts of her performances are unsuitable for children. However, she added that it was never her intention to be an attraction for kids anyway.

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW that the legendary queen of gospel music, the late Mahalia Jackson, at one time owned a chicken franchise (the company also made cooking oil, etc.). The products were good but, unfortunately, the company never really got off the ground Laregly due to lack of support from the public.

MEMORIES: “Deep in the Night” (Linda Hopkins), “Can You Feel It?” (the Jacksons), “Love or Let Me Be Lonely” (the Friends of Distinction), “Get Off” (Foxy), “Never Knew Love Like This Before” (Stephanie Mills), “Reflections” (Diana Ross & the Supremes), “17” (Rick James), “Friendship Train” (Gladys Knight & the Pips), “Ecstasy” (the Ohio Players), “Everlasting Love” (Carl Carlton), “Show Me How” (the Emotions).

BLESSINGS to Dorothy Redmond, Arma Suggs, Deena Dunham, Carla Rhone, Fred Goree, Hansen Clarke, Stephen Singleton, Janaya Black, Rocky Black, David Humphries and Donafay Collins.

WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Tina Turner: “Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it.”

Let the music play!

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

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