DETROIT (AP) — Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” and performed across musical genres, has died at 82.
Williams’ manager and musical director, Kenn Goodman, says Williams was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and that he died Sunday at a Chicago nursing home.
Williams moved as a young man from Alabama to Detroit, where he signed with Fortune Records and, later, with Motown Records. His early hits included “Bacon Fat,” ”Jail Bait” and “Shake a Tail Feather,” which Ray Charles sang in “The Blues Brothers.”
Williams also produced the recording of “Mustang Sally” by its composer, “Sir” Mack Rice.
Goodman, a Chicago record label owner who worked with Williams for two decades, says Williams’ musical contributions were “massive” and spanned soul, punk, garage rock and country.
The reply made some fans feel that the single mom of five was being snide toward her co-star, and they wanted the dirt on what happened.
“Yooo what did we miss.”
“Why would she say that tho? What I’m missing?”
“What’s going on?”
But nothing had transpired. It took a “Basketball Wives” fan account correcting fans about O’Neal’s intentions with the simple comment to quell the confusion.
“She didn’t say nothing bad guys ‘welp’ is more like well keep hoping because we still friends.”
And O’Neal affirmed the clarification was accurate.
“@thebbwtea you get it ! I should’ve known better, it’s always more negative folks than positive. Ain’t no beef even though they want it so bad smh.”
Others were also annoyed by the assumption that the co-stars had issues with each other, including one who wrote, “Damn why y’all trying to make them have beef SMH I hope they still are friends smh.”
The comment prompted O’Neal to comment once more, writing, “@meminoaha girl misery loves company smh. It’s a whole lot of miserable ppl trolling the internet. @tamiroman and I don’t have any beef… my entire life is not on IG.”
O’Neal and Roman haven’t had any drama of late. But perhaps the past could explain the reason why fans think the pair could have easily been on the outs.
Last summer, Roman uploaded a post on Instagram that read “God will keep exposing the fake ones. Just don’t be blind to the signs.”
Further adding to chatter that O’Neal could be the person the post targeted was Roman’s caption.
“Keep track of the ones who say, never do…of the ones you check on, but never check on you…of the ones who you believe in, that don’t really believe in you…of the ones that ride the praise train when money’s involved…of the ones who smile in your face, but snarl behind your back…of the ones who talk to much, but always embellish…the list goes on and on! Watch the signs ,” she said.
At the time, Roman was working to get her diabetes in check and battled rampant weight loss as a result. Not long before the IG post, fans accused O’Neal of going against Roman in favor of Evelyn Lozada — who insulted Roman’s weight before — in order to boost ratings.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News says it has hired former Democratic National Committee chief Donna Brazile as a political commentator.
Brazile had been let go from a similar role at CNN in 2016 after it was revealed that she had shared material about topics that would be addressed at a Democratic forum with Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
At Fox, Brazile will not have anything to do with any debates or town halls — if they ever happen. That’s from a Fox News executive who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the person was not authorized to speak about contract details.
Brazile says, in a statement via the network, she knows she’ll be criticized by progressive friends for signing with Fox, but that she believes it’s important to talk with people you disagree with.
Reactions to Brazile’s addition has mostly been negative with conservatives expressing fury with the network for removing Judge Jeanine Pirro from the lineup hiring Brazile.
“Donna Brazile is joining Fox News. Pathetic! Is she replacing Tucker Carlson? This is like Rush being hired by CNN. Is this the “New Direction” for Fox News? I have a hard enough time choking down Juan Williams.” It’s unclear if this Twitter user can only manage one sane black voice at a time.
“Fox News decided to suspend Judge Jeanine and hire Donna Brazile in the same week. If that doesn’t show you the direction Fox News is headed I don’t know what will…”
One person expressed disappointment that Brazile would further help Fox push their agenda, “Sorry, Donna Brazile – I just became one of your critics. Your action gives Fox News a measure of credibility it does not deserve, and for that reason alone you are contributing to their dangerous disinformation agenda… #MondayMotivation”
Others felt Brazile could bring value to Fox News, “Good for @donnabrazile. I like her. I think she’s one of the few people who can understand non-liberal wing Democrats, Southern Democrats, and working class Democrats (INCLUDING white working class Democrats). She’s 100% right in her statement. Democrats need to talk to everyone.”
“I’m not a follower of Donna, but generally speaking, I really think people with a more liberal (read rational) viewpoint need to start going on Faux News. We need to get inside that bubble. These people are being fed lies daily & it shows. Hold them to account.”
An employee for Hamden Public Schools in Hamden, Conn., has resigned after video emerged of her targeting an African-American couple in a racist tirade at an East Haven grocery store last week.
The video, posted by Facebook user Tatiana Winn on Friday, shows the woman, identified by a school district spokesperson as Corrine Terrone, repeatedly hurling racial epithets at the man and his female partner inside a ShopRite supermarket. It’s unclear what sparked the hostile encounter.
“The video also appears to show the Hamden employee spitting at the aforementioned African-American male as he was walking away from the employee,” officials said in a statement posted to the district’s website. “It also appears that the employee’s children witnessed her conduct.”
According to the statement, Terrone has since resigned from her job as a clerk at Hamden Public High School. District officials said they scheduled an investigatory meeting with the former staffer upon learning of the racist video. Administrators also filed a report with the Department of Children and Families because Terrone’s two kids were present during the incident.
“Shortly after final arrangements were made today for the investigatory meeting, the employee tendered her resignation effective immediately,” Superintendent Jody Goeler said. “The employee is separated from service, and we hope that her children will receive the support they need after witnessing such a traumatic event.”
In the minute-long video, Terrone is heard shouting the n-word and other expletives at the Black man as other supermarket-goers watch in horror. The man suddenly makes a beeline for the school worker after she calls him a “f—–g n—-r,” prompting his female partner to step between them.
“Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” fellow shoppers plead, urging the man to calm down.
Meanwhile, Terrone carries on with her tirade and pulls out her cellphone to record the incident. The man quickly smacks the phone out of her hand before walking away, which only seemed to aggravate the school secretary more.
“Put your hands on me, come on!” Terrone shouts at him. “You motherf—-r! That’s right, you’re a n—-r in East Haven. F–k you, n—-r.” She then runs up behind the man and spits at him.
District officials condemned Terrone’s actions in a statement, calling her behavior “completely unacceptable and in conflict with the values of Hamden Public Schools.”
“Someone who will use that sort of language in any setting, whether public or private, is not someone we want anywhere near our children,” it continued.
East Haven Police are now investigating the incident and have asked anyone involved to please contact the department. So far, police said no reports about the incident have been filed.
“We are in touch with ShopRite and are looking to get a better understanding of what took place [Friday] night,” Police Lt. Joseph Murgo said in a statement announcing the department was “aware of the disturbing video and the hate speech contained in it.
“We have a lot of avenues to go down if somebody were to reach out to us,” Murgo added. “We want somebody to come forward … if they were present [Friday] night.”
If charged, authorities would base charges against Terrone on the complainant’s statement, according to the lieutenant. The former clerk could face several possible charges including breach of peace and assault for the spitting
Wendy Williams hasn’t been back on her show “The Wendy Williams Show” for even three weeks after taking a nearly three-month break, but she’s already caused a stir by dropping the n-word and weighing in on R. Kelly‘s sexual abuse charges.
Now the talk show host has created another dust-up, this time over Aretha Franklin‘s gospel concert film “Amazing Grace.” It was shot in 1972 and shows Franklin recording her gospel album of the same name inside a Los Angeles church.
Williams talked about the movie during her show on Friday, March 15, and said ,based on how it was shot, it’s not even worth checking out.
“Aretha Franklin was never the easiest woman to deal with,” Williams told her audience. “I say that in a loving way because I knew her too. She gave me the business as well. So there’s this new movie that Aretha never wanted any of us to see, but it’s finally going to hit the big screen. Literally, this is footage from a documentary. If you’re looking for more camera shots you’re not going to get it.”
“Now, you know, Miss Franklin she was very into her showgirl glamour and stuff,” she added. “This was just regular makeup for her. She would want the pressed hair, and the done lashes, and a good outfit, and her background people to be fabulous.”
Williams also said Franklin’s estate would be paying Franklin’s bills with the film, which she claimed was currently in disarray.
The singer’s family responded on Sunday in a statement given to the Detroit Free Press and blasted Williams for her words, especially since she admitted to never seeing the film.
They also said “Amazing Grace” wasn’t shot by an unprofessional like Williams suggested, it was shot by the famed director Sydney Pollack. Plus, it wasn’t to satisfy the singer’s debt, and she didn’t want to appear glamorous in the film.
“1972 was the era of Black Power and Black Is Beautiful,” the statement read. “In her short natural hair and simple makeup, Ms. Franklin was in step with the times and appropriate to the occasion. There was no “showgirl glamour,” no “pressed hair” and no “eyelashes” — the lack of which Williams ridiculed on her program … Her family feels this documentary is another prime example of The Queen of Soul’s genius.”
But Williams did say she was excited to see “Respect,” the biopic about Franklin’s life that will star Jennifer Hudson, who was cast in January 2018. No word when that film comes out, but “Amazing Grace” opens nationwide on April 19.