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Alicia Keys As I Am
November 15, 2007

This issue includes...

1) Alicia Keys: As I Am
2) Darlene Love "It's Christmas Of Course" Contest
3) Simpsonize Yourself in 6 languages
4) Music News: Michael Jackson's New Ebony Look
5) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?
6) Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela

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1) Alicia Keys: As I Am

Two years in the making, Alicia Keys has released another appealing collection of songs: "As I Am."

After listening to the 14 tracks, it's clear that Alicia has remained faithful to her R&B roots. There's lots to like here.

To my ear, her solo efforts on this record are more magnetic than some of the collaborations she indulges in.

The song "Lesson Learned" features the talent of John Mayer.

Rolling Stone offers this observation about the new Alicia Keys CD..."the twenty-six-year-old's third studio album envisions a hip-hop generation ready for its own Roberta Flack. The prevailing mood is reflectively soulful."

I'd definitely take that as a compliment.

Billboard is even more direct. "Alicia Keys' considerable talents are no secret six years after her auspicious debut, "Songs in A Minor." However, those gifts shine with a ripening maturity and depth on her third studio outing."

"From the opening strains of the classical overture that introduces this aptly titled album, Keys continues to fearlessly resist the cookie-cutter norm."

"As I Am" is another winner from Alicia Keys, a young performer with multi-generational appeal.

See Alicia Keys on The American Music Awards, Sunday, November 18, 2007, 8pm Eastern, on ABC TV.


Written by King for the Powerhouse Radio Newsletter


2) Darlene Love "It's Christmas Of Course" Contest

Check out our review of Darlene Love's It's Christmas Of Course CD posted on Thursday, November 8, 2007.

Read the article, watch her two videos, then leave an appropriate comment in the Darlene Love article. Can you find the 2nd video?

Your comment must be in the Darlene Love article to be eligible to win.

We'll select several winners who will receive her CD courtesy of Shout Factory records.

3) Simpsonize Yourself in 6 languages

Want to look like Homer Simpson or create an ingenious gift for someone? Simpsonize yourself, or the photo of that special someone...

2021 Update: Digital Homer is sunset. Link removed.

Press the "Simpsonize Yourself" button to get started. This is lots of fun.

4) Music News: Michael Jackson's New Ebony Look

Michael Jackson
Did Ebony Magazine make compromises to get their exclusive Michael Jackson cover story interview in their December, 2007 issue?

Brian McKnight
Brian McNight has had a successful run in his 6 week Broadway debut performing as Billy Flynn in "Chicago" at the Ambassador Theater in New York City.

He leaves the show Sunday, November 18th, whether or not the stagehand labor dispute ends.

Mariah Carey
Sony Records is scheduled to re-release Mariah Carey's Christmas Classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on Tuesday, November 27th.

The song will be on a CD with a bonus track, "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)".

A special code will be included, so you can go online and download a cell phone ringtone of "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

5) Concert Dates: Who's on Tour?

Jeffrey Osborne with special guest Regina Belle
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Apollo Theater
New York, New York

Stevie Wonder
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Madison Square Garden
New York, New York

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Vogue Theatre
Indianapolis, IN

Diana Ross
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk
Universal City, CA

Mary J. Blige
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Los Angeles, CA

Patti LaBelle and John Legend
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA

Chaka Khan
Friday, November 30, 2007
Cayman Island Music Festival
Pageant Beach
Cayman Islands

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Broward House Park
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tower of Power
Friday, December 7, 2007
Red Robinson Theater
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Kool & The Gang
Monday, December 31, 2007
Resorts International Hotel
Atlantic City, NJ

6) Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela

Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela and D. Michael Cheers, Crown Publishers


“Still Grazing” is not just an autobiography. It’s also a mesmerizing account of apartheid South Africa and her townships filled with violence, hardship and resistance to the oppressive apartheid system.

Masekela’s musical journey begins in the 60s, when at 17 he received a trumpet sent by Louis Armstrong.

With the assistance of Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte, Masekela was spirited out of South Africa to New York City where he was enrolled in the Manhattan School of Music.

His natural gift for music led him to opportunities to make friends with some of the most notable names of the times such as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

“Still Grazing,” is a music lover’s treat. Every chapter is filled with insider information that makes this book hard to put down.

Masekela is brutally honest with himself and his readers. His lessons learned, he looks forward to new beginnings in South Africa with a new recording label, studio and new talents to nurture and develop.


Review written by Dorothy Ferebee for PowerhouseRadio.com.

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