July 2009

Jim Kelly is a martial artist and actor, best known for the movies ‘Enter The Dragon’ & ‘Black Belt Jones’ in the 1970s. Here he talks about meeting Bruce Lee.

Alexander O’Neal is that dude. He got a lot of classic singles yo! Plus he be telling them chicks what’s really hood!!! Hahaha
Alexander O’Neal (born November 15, 1953 in Natchez, Mississippi) is an American singer.
O’Neal sings in the retro-style of soul in both dance-pop numbers and modern, urban ballads


O’Neal was born in Natchez, Mississippi, but moved to Minneapolis when he was 20. He joined a group called “The Mystics” and played the local coverband circuit. O’Neal spent a short time in a group “Enterprise” before being recruited into “Flyte Tyme”, a band that included Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Monte Moir. Later signed by Prince to the Warner Bros. label with their name changed to The Time, a disagreement with Prince led to O’Neal leaving the band and being replaced as lead singer by Morris Day. Allmusic profiler John Floyd asserts that O’Neal was ousted for “looking ‘too black'”.[1]

O’Neal immediately formed a rock and roll band called “Alexander”, and recorded a 12″ single “Playroom” for a Chicago-based independent label.
Three years later in 1984, O’Neal signed a deal with Clarence Avant’s Tabu Records. He did some backing vocals for other artists on the same label, including:

The SOS Band – can be heard on one their most famous hits “The Finest”
Cherrelle – numerous duets, including hits “Saturday Love” and “Never Knew Love Like This”

In 1985, O’Neal released his self-titled album, filled with streamlined grooves, including the funk jam, “Innocent”. The song was a funky Jam/Lewis groove, featuring The Secret – (Monte Moir, Cherrelle, Jellybean Johnson, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis). The song lasts nearly 10 minutes and consists of some exceptional guitar and keyboard solos, which also features the funk intermission of “Alex 9000″.

Alex’s 1987 release, titled Hearsay, includes the smash hit “Fake”. “Fake” is arguably one of the best songs ever made to feature the “Minneapolis Funk” sound, the song was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Single of the Year (Male). The biggest single from the album was

“Criticize” which was his biggest hit in the UK peaking at number four in the singles charts. Hearsay sold over 700,000 copies in the UK alone.

The 1988 album, My Gift to You, was a successful holiday release, with the track “Our First Christmas” still popular during present day holidays.

In 1989, Hearsay was released once again but in the form of a remix album Alex All Mixed Up.

In 1990, he went on a world tour and is still to this day the only black singer to ever sell out 6 straight nights at London’s Wembley Arena. One of these performances was put out on VHS Video called “Live In London”. The inspiration for this raunchy tour was taken from Madonna’s controversial bed scene during her Blonde Ambition Tour.

In 1991, he released his third album, All True Man which charted very well in the UK (reaching number one on the album charts) but did not fare so well in America. The singles from the album were “All True Man” (A Top 5 R&B hit in the U.S.), “Sentimental”, “Shame On Me”, and “What Is This Thing Called Love”.

In 1992, his first greatest hits was released. This Thing Called Love was a top ten album in the UK.

In 1993, his final album with the Tabu Label was released. Love Makes No Sense suffered from the lack of input from long time producers Jam & Lewis. The album reached the top 20 in the UK but faded badly. This album includes the title track, “In the Middle,” and the duet with Cherrelle on “Your Precious Love”.

In 1995, another greatest hits compilation was released this time being called The Best Of… It featured three new tracks.

In late 1996, his first album on another label One World was released Lovers Again. This was not a success. It did feature some very good tracks such as “Do You Right”, “Grind”, and “No One But you”. It also featured another duet with Cherrelle as they covered the track “Baby Come to Me”.

Alexander O’Neal would not release another album until 2001, when signed to Eagle Records he came back with Saga of a Married Man which was a type of concept album. Producing the album was former Prince drummer Bobby Z.

Based in Minneapolis, he frequently commutes to Britain, which he sees as his “second home”. His six albums have charted both in the UK and the US and he has enjoyed numerous sell-out tours. At present, O’Neal is signed with the UK based Eminence Records.

In 2005, he recorded his first live album, Alexander O’Neal Live at Hammersmith Apollo. It is a collection of his favorites and biggest hits from his career. With his personal love of performing on stage and constant tour support from his fans, it was a clear progression for him to deliver the live experience in the form of an album. He has handpicked tracks that traverse the success of his career singing alongside a 12 piece band.

O’Neal’s first Live DVD, taken from a performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in March 2006 is due out in January 2007.
The celebrity duet show Just the Two of Us returned for a further series in January 2007, and Alexander again participated, on this occasion partnering with Janet Ellis. Unfortunately, O’Neal was voted off by the British public on January 3, 2007.

He begins his UK Tour in March 2007 which will carry through till the end of April 2007.

In February 2007, he wowed the crowds at the Heart 106 Lifestyle Awards at Colwick Hall in Nottingham where he performed a surprise duet with Mica Paris.

He duetted with popular tenor Russell Watson on the show leading to them recording “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” for Russell’s That’s Life album in March 2007. The two then duetted at Watson’s concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 3, 2007.
Some of his albums are produced and distributed by Craze Productions.
A New Album of Classic Love Songs was released in February 2008, in time for Valentine’s Day. It featured a duet with Mica Paris on Atlantic Starr classic “Secret Lovers”.
It also featured a new version of O’Neal’s Hit “Saturday Love”. He was joined by up and coming singer Bianca Lindgren who has done backing vocals for Alexander on his recent tour.
Alexander took part in the UK show “Celebrity Wife Swap”, screened on Channel 4 on the 10th of August 2008.
On February 14 2009, Alexander sang at the Hertford House Hotel in Hertford, England.
On July 11 2009, a teenage boy was stabbed in the leg at a festival in London at which O’Neal was due to appear. As a result, the concert had to be cancelled. The concert was at Southwark Park in Bermondsey. It was cancelled on police advice shortly after 2000 BST just as O’Neal was due to appear on stage. It was reported that O’Neal had flown in from the USA especially to attend the event. It was also reported by the BBC that there was ‘booing’ from the audience when the decision was announced.
[edit]Personal life

O’Neal has eight children; Carlton, Catrice, Harmoneey Lee, Alexandra, Luise, Seanna, Al and Faith. He is married to Cynthia (his third wife).
In August 2008 he appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap in the UK, where his wife Cynthia O’Neal exchanged lives with TV wine and food critic Jilly Goolden.

1985 – Alexander O’Neal #19 UK, #91 U.S.
1986 – Hearsay #4 UK, #29 US
1988 – All Mixed Up
1988 – My Gift to You #53 UK, #149 U.S.
1991 – All True Man #2 UK, #52 U.S.
1992 – This Thing Called Love: The Greatest Hits #4 UK
1993 – Love Makes No Sense #14 UK
1995 – The Best of Alexander O’Neal
1996 – Lovers Again
2002 – Saga of a Married Man
2004 – Greatest Hits #12 UK
2005 – Live At The Hammersmith Apollo, London
2008 – Alex Loves.. #49 UK

Alexander O’Neal Criticize

Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle – Never Knew Love Like This

Alexander O’neal-If you were here tonight

Alexander O’neal & Cherelle – Saturday luv


Teriyaki Turkey Sliders
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast
3 slices bread, crumbled
2 T. dried chopped onions
2 eggs
1 1/2 T. sugar
3 T. soy sauce
1 glove garlic, minced
1 t. ground ginger

Process the above ingredients in a food processor until blended. Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat. You will find the meat mixture sticky and gooey so I used two spoons to work a ball of meat onto the griddle then flattened with a greased spatula. Make 16 small balls in all and grill on both sides for about 3-5 minutes or until cooked through. Each patty should be about 2 1/2 inches across. Serve on mini egg dough buns or mini potato rolls. Serve with favorite condiments. Makes 16 sliders.

Harsha V. Agadi, head of Church’s Chicken, gave $1,000 cash to Sarina Doblado of Ennis to reward her for being a regular at the Church’s on Ferguson Road in Dallas. Chicken fast-food chains are trying promotions to get diners to visit more often.

I bet you want to sing, smh

“Whenever I go out with you. I find out something new. Your a FAKE!!” Man this song use to be my ish. Yo! flux do a remix of this. hahahaah. But this when R&b was hard yo! Now you got dudes dancing in red panties. Smh

Cheaters is wild yo!

The science of death happing in 3’s is a myth right about now. Damn, (R.I.P)
By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP)—Vernon Forrest made his living with his fists, but his true calling, friends say, was helping children and others with disabilities, treating them like members of his family.

The 38-year-old former two-division champion, who gained stardom when he became the first boxer to defeat Shane Mosley, was shot to death Saturday night in what police are calling an attempted robbery in Atlanta. Police Sgt. Lisa Keyes said in an e-mail Sunday that Forrest was shot several times in the back on a street just southwest of downtown and that there were no suspects.

Longtime publicist Kelly Swanson called Forrest “a caring humanitarian who always stood up for what he believed to be the fairness of life.”

“It was truly his calling,” Swanson said of his work with children. “When he wasn’t boxing, this was his full-time job. … When they would see him, they would just light up, and some of them couldn’t even talk. Vernon was very much involved. He’d have some of the kids over to his house on Sundays. They were part of his family.”

Forrest’s manager, Charles Watson, said the 1992 Olympian stopped at a gas station to put air in his car tires when a man asked for money. When he pulled his wallet out, the man snatched it and started running, and Forrest took off after him, Watson said.

“The guy turned the corner and Vernon didn’t see him. He turned around to go back to the car. That’s when he started firing,” Watson said.

“Maybe Vernon’s lasting legacy will be for Americans everywhere to rise up and end this kind of senseless violence,” said HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg, who helped put on eight of Forrest’s fights.

Fulton County medical examiner Michele Stauffenberg confirmed the case was a homicide and that the autopsy showed Forrest died from “multiple gunshot wounds involving the torso and thigh.”

The death quickly sent a ripple through the close-knit boxing world, which recently lost two other champions to violence.

“Vernon was one of the few decent people in boxing,” his promoter Gary Shaw told The Associated Press. “I don’t know what to say. I’m still in disbelief, I’m still in shock.”

Forrest, a native of Augusta, Ga., who lived in Atlanta, was a member of the Olympic team along with Oscar De La Hoya. The popular fighter later won welterweight and junior middleweight titles and compiled a professional record of 41-3 with 29 knockouts.

Those who knew Forrest praised his role in launching the Destiny’s Child group homes in Atlanta, which work to provide homes for the mentally disabled. Swanson said Forrest was not married and had one son, Vernon Jr.

Forrest turned pro not long after the Barcelona Olympics, when he was stricken by food poisoning and lost in the opening round. He won his first world title by defeating Raul Frank at Madison Square Garden for the vacant IBF welterweight belt in May 2001, and less than a year later handed Mosley his first career loss to capture the WBC title.

The smooth-punching Forrest defended the belt against Mosley, winning by unanimous decision six months later, before losing to Ricardo Mayora in January 2003. It was Forrest’s first loss, and he’d lose again to Mayorga in a close bout many believe he won.

After taking two years off because of injuries, Forrest embarked on an impressive comeback that included a win over Ike Quartey and a victory over Carlos Baldomir for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title. Forrest defended it once, before losing it in a stunning upset to Sergio Mora in June 2008.

Like a true champion, the soft-spoken yet hard-punching Forrest reclaimed it when he won a lopsided decision last September in what turned out to be his final fight.

“He was a great fighter, a great champion,” said Ken Hershman, vice president in charge of boxing at Showtime. “He was coming to the end of his career, but wasn’t ready to hang ‘em up. He still had a lot of life ahead of him.”

There were tentative plans for a title fight against Sergio Martinez, perhaps in October, Shaw said. Plans for an August fight against Martinez were pushed back because of a rib injury, and the delay led the WBC to strip Forrest of his title.

This is the third high-profile death of a boxing champion in recent weeks.

Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello, the mayor of Managua, Nicaragua, was found dead at his home on July 1 in an apparent suicide. Two weeks ago, popular brawler Arturo Gatti was found dead in a condominium in Brazil. Gatti’s wife remains the prime suspect in that case.

AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta contributed to this report.

Siri Singh Sahib (Yogi Bhajan) talks about meditation as a tool for mental clarity. “If you do not find God within yourself, you do not find God at all.” Instead of looking for your “soul mate” he says that when you connect to your own soul, then you understand that “Your very own soul is your soul mate.” He also talks about the problem of information overload in the computer age and how to deal with it.

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