Monday, May 27, 2013

DIVAS



Sometimes I blog at the HuffPost here are two recent posts on my fav topic : Divas. 

 Delicious Diva Sasha Allen


If your not watching the NBC’s “ The Voice” you are missing someone special, Sasha Allen.  Triple threat talent Sasha is a singer, actress and classical pianist who has honed her talent on Broadway (“Hair”), cabaret (Joe’s Pub) and backup vocals. Beautiful and talented imagine a mash up of Alicia Keys, Diana Ross and Whitney Houston, that’s her. Last week’s elimination show was a nail biter as major contender’s   stunning beauty Judith Hill belted out “The Way You Make me Feel” and Sarah Simmons showed her sexy side in a silver sequined fringed skirt with a powerful rendition of  “Mama Knows Best”. Rocking a crop top and spandex mini skirt mother of two, Sasha brung it with awesome vocals singing “Next to Me”. Kudos to the stylist of “The Voice”, one week modern day Lena Horne, Sasha sang “At Last” in a long white gown with a thigh high slit and another week she owned “The Beatles song “Oh Darling” in a curvy off the shoulder mini dress. The battle rounds were pure drama. In an “Oh no he didn’t” moment coach and “Maroon 5” front man Adam Levine let her go from his team. Superstar coaches Shakira and Usher hit their buzzers before host Carson Daly finished talking. That week, I had no go out and steady my nerves with a sweet martini. She is now the solo performer on Team Shakira.  Like reality stars before her (Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert and Kelly Clarkson) “The Voice” is a great platform for her to reach mega stardom. I will be voting. I hope you will too.


Semper Fabulous : Diahann Carroll


 Caught an episode of “White Collar” and there was the legend, actress/singer Diahann Carroll belting out a sultry song in her  recurring role, June Ellington.  This elegant lady has lived more than 3/4 of a century. Talented, beautiful and stylish (Best Dressed list), author (“The Legs are the Last to Go”, “Diahann”), singer (Vegas, concerts,albums), Broadway (“Agnes of God”, Tony Award winner for “No Strings”, )  television star (first black female television star “Julia”, “Dynasty”), and movie star (Oscar nominee “Claudine”, “Eve’s Bayou”, “The Five Heartbeats“Paris Blues”, “Peeples”) Diahann Carroll is everything.  I learned the term “Semper Fabulous” from Susan Fales Hill’s memoir, “Always Wear Joy” about her mother Josephine Premice. Josephine Premice, Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee dressed to the nines braved the racism of 1960’s show business to realize stardom. Before Halle was nominated, Kerry Washington got Scandalous, Mrs O. made the List and Beyonce was bootylicious, Diahann Carroll was their first.





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