Where Have All The Great RnB Bands Gone?
If you're a purveyor of smooth RnB from yesterday and today you're probably just as ecstatic as I am about our Soul Music Festival at the Hampton Coliseum next Saturday night. In addition to enjoying the grown-folk sounds of The Whispers, Stephanie Mills and Chrisettee Michelle , I'm especially looking forward to seeing Mint Condition. Mint Condition represents the last of the dazzling, highly energetic live bands. In the early 90's, they were the only high-profile R&B band with a major-label recording contract. They're seeped in the tradition of great bands from back in the day like Earth, Wind & Fire, The Ohio Players, The Isley Brothers and most recently Tony! Toni! Tone! Sadly, there are no major high-profile R&B bands these days. Young people don't play in bands like they did when I was growing up. Back in my day, every high school had at least two or more group of kids who played instruments in a band. I don't think you can find that nowadays. I can only think of just a handful of tight local R&B bands. Ra Jazz comes to mine. So does Kustom Made (shout-out to my man Terry). The only place today where you can find young people developing their sound and their chops is in the church. But if you love smooth grooving music that'll get your head nodding and your hips swaying along with the music – be sure to be at our Soul Festival next weekend when the curtain goes up on Mint Condition.
A trailer for the 2015 film, Avengers: Age of Ultron "leaked" a little early this week.
It was supposed to hit at the beginning of next week - Tuesday, to be precise, during an episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but instead, somehow found its way to the Internet about six days early.
The folks at Marvel Entertainment took it all in stride, and blamed it all on Hydra.
Hydra's the terrorist organization for which many of the bad guys in the Marvelverse work - so why not?
At least, that's what Starbucks would have you believe.
Get ready for Chestnut Praline Latte.
The perfect beverage to wash down those holiday meals, don't you think?
It's Starbucks first holiday drink in five years, and industry experts think it's the chain's answer to the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Dunkin' Donuts.
Starbucks told the folks at Fox News that their drink is "inspired by the time-honored holiday tradition of warm roasted chestnuts… with freshly steamed milk and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices." You can add whipped cream and praline sprinkles, if you wish.
If you're salivating, grab a napkin or a bib. The drink won't be available nationwide until November 21.