The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory brought history to Miller Park during the Milwaukee Brewers most recent homestand. Among the items on display was The World’s Biggest Bat, which is being held by Cynthia Preston and Lawrence Winfrey. Also on display was Hank Aaron’s 700th home run bat that the homerun king used on July 21, 1973. This A99 model ash bat is 35-inches and 32-ounces, ans is one of the significant teasures in the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory collection. The bat is also signed by Aaron. Other pieces of baseball history were bats used by Brewers legends Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Geoff Jenkins and Rickie Weeks. There were also bat making demonstrations and a replica of Miller Park made with LEGO® Bricks. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)
by Mariah Craddick, JET
The legendary, time-defying, always fabulous Tina Turner covers the April 2013 issue of the German edition of Vogue, making her the oldest person to grace the cover of any edition of the publication, according to the Telegraph. Famed actress Meryl Streep previously held the title when she posed for the January 2012 issue of American Vogue at 62 years old.
Turner, who is now 73 years old (really?!), recently renounced her U.S. citizenship to apply for Swiss citizenship which she was granted. She’s been living in the country since the mid-Nineties.
Two questions we hope are answered in the cover story: 1.) Is she planning on releasing new music and when? 2.)WHAT ARE HER BEAUTY SECRETS?
Seriously, don’t we all hope to look that great at 73? Kudos, Ms. Turner.
This March 5, 2013 photo shows Berry Gordy posing for a portrait in front of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York. For Berry Gordy, conquering Broadway is the next – and by his own admission, last – major milestone of a magical, musical career. The 83-year-old Motown Records founder is taking his story and that of his legendary label to the Great White Way. “Motown: The Musical,” opens for previews Monday. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
by The Associated Press
Detroit (AP) — For Berry Gordy, conquering Broadway is the next – and by his own admission, last – major milestone of a magical, musical career.
The 83-year-old Motown Records founder is taking his story and that of his legendary label to the Great White Way.
“Motown: The Musical,” which begins previews on Monday at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, allows Gordy to relive the ups and downs of a career that launched him into the entertainment stratosphere and he’s confident will allow him to leave the stage on a high note.
“Most likely it will be my last major endeavor in a creative way,” he said in a telephone interview. “Of course everyone disagrees with me when I say that statement. This is probably the epitome of everything I’ve done – that I’ve wanted to do.”
For those under the impression that Gordy simply signed off on the musical, think again.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer not only sealed up a Broadway slot and agreed to co-produce the show, he also delivered its book and three original songs.
by Chris Witherspoon
Diahann Carroll is back on TV, guest-starring on USA’s hit drama White Collar.
The legendary actress/singer appears in a recurring role on the series as June Ellington, an elderly woman with a flair for elegant fashion and a love for music. She stars alongside Matt Bomber and Neal Caffrey on the show about a white collar criminal turned hero, which is now in it’s fourth season.
Carroll has had a successful TV and film career spanning nearly six decades, yet she revealed during an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon that she still gets nervous before delivering her lines on the set of White Collar.
“Absolutely I get nervous,” Carroll said. “And when you don’t get nervous, you’re in trouble.”
In 1968 Carroll became first African-American woman to star in a weekly television series on a major TV network. She won an Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Julia, which lasted three seasons on NBC.
Carroll undeniably blazed a trail for other black women to appear in major TV and film roles. However she says she never imagined that in her lifetime a black woman, like Oprah Winfrey, would be able to start her own television network.
“I didn’t think anyone was going to come along and own their own network that wasn’t a white male,” Carroll confessed. “As I watched Oprah in the beginning to see where she was going with this enormous talent that she had, I thought ‘she’s very aggressive and she just might do it.’ Oprah is a genius at what she does.”
Carroll returned to television in 1984 on ABC’s prime-time soap opera Dynasty, as the villainous millionaire Dominique Deveraux.
Last year rumors surfaced that there could possibly be a Dynasty reunion in the works, inspired from the success of TNT’s Dallas reboot.
The Claudine star says she would love to reprise her role on Dynasty if the series were to be rebooted.
“Yes. If it’s still Dominique Deveroux,” she said. “I love that character, she was wonderful.”
She also believes that today an all-black cast of Dynasty would be a big hit.
“Sure it would be possible. Do you know how many rich black people there are? Why not? I think it would be great fun.”
Fans of Carroll can catch her episode of White Collar at 10/9c on USA.
by Carrie Healey, theGrio
This year, legendary singer-songwriter Prince will be honored at Carnegie Hall’s annual concert to raise money for music education.
Michael Dorf, founder of City Winery, puts on the benefit concert each year to help support education programs in poor communities. The beneficiaries this year include the American Symphony Orchestra’s Music Notes, Little Kids Rock and the Center for Arts Education, reports the New York Times.
Dorf said in a statement, “Prince is one of the most prolific songwriters in my collection, and he makes my Top 10 when I think about the artists who have truly shaped modern music.”
Prince will be honored on March 7th at the ninth annual benefit concert. The Roots, Talib Kweli, and the Blind Boys of Alabama are a few of the acts that will perform, paying tribute to the songs of Prince.
Past artists to be honored include Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John.
Lenny Kravitz performs on stage during Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 on June 30, 2012 in Arganda del Rey, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
Rock star Lenny Kravitz has been rapidly building up his filmography with high-profile supporting turns in 2009′s Precious and this year’s The Hunger Games. Yet his next major role may propel him to the next level as an actor.
The singer has been cast as the legendary Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic according to London’s Evening Standard.
The film, which is slated to be directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Julian Temple, is supposed to focus on Gaye’s late career when he lived in the United Kingdom and was battling financial difficulty and alcoholism.
Marvin Gaye biopics have been rumored for years, with actors as diverse as Jesse L. Martin and rapper Common expressing interest in the lead role. However, none of these projects appear to have advanced past the stages of early development.
No title or start date for the Temple-Kravitz film has been announced yet.
by Troy Sparks
No one in the National Football League did more for integrating a football team than legendary coach Vince Lombardi. And he was bold enough to do it during the turbulent 1960s when America still hadn’t come to grips with racial equality.
“Vince Lombardi had the power, the will and the determination to be fair,” said Royce Boyles, the author of his third book about the Green Bay Packers, “Lombardi’s Left Side,” (Ascend Books, $26.95).
Two of Lombardi’s best black defensive players are featured in the 280-page book, left linebacker Dave Robinson and left cornerback Herb Adderley. They recalled their days as players who started for Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers during the ‘60s when the Packers won five NFL Championships in that decade.
“I wanted to write a book that had something obviously more than football, and I knew the Herb had the stories about Dallas,” Boyles said. “It was a process to get Herb to come on board because he needed to get a certain comfort level and a certain trust level.”
Robinson and Boyles, who’s white, worked together on two previous books, “The Lombardi Legacy” and “The Lombardi Impact.” “Legacy” was credited as a resource for HBO’s 2010 Emmy award-winning documentary, “Lombardi.”
Robinson cited an example in the new book about a situation as a college football player at Penn State that created a culture shock on campus. “There was interracial dating when I was there, and there was nothing said about it,” he said in Chapter 6. “It’s probably a lot more prevalent than back then. But when it occurred, it wasn’t an unusual situation, like, ‘Oh, so-and-so’s dating a white girl.’ It wasn’t a big thing.”
However, it was a big thing up in Green Bay and around the league when defensive player Lionel Aldridge wanted to marry a white woman named Vicky Wankier. The issue was brought up after he arrived in Titletown in 1963. Both of them heard that Cookie Gilchrist, a black NFL player, was blackballed from the league because he married a white woman. Gilchrist finished his football career in the American Football League.
Both Lionel and Vicky feared that he would have to choose between football and marriage, so Lionel went to Lombardi to ask for his blessing. “Lionel called me and told me that Lombardi said, ‘You know what? I don’t care who you marry as long as you keep the Green Bay Packer team clean, your nose clean and you play good football,’ ” Vicky said in Chapter 2.
In that same chapter, Pete Rozelle, the commissioner back then, made a visit to Green Bay when the news got to him. According to Vicky Aldridge Nelson, the message was delivered in person. “Yes, the commissioner came into town and tried to stop it,” she said. “And Mr. Lombardi said (to Rozelle), ‘Absolutely not; this is my team. My team is who my team is and nobody can tell me what I can and cannot do.’ ” The Aldridges married in 1965.
Lombardi opened the pipeline for black players to be welcomed on his team in Green Bay the minute he accepted the head coaching job. He brought Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell with him from the New York Giants. Other black players were later added to the Packers.
“When Emlen Tunnell came to Green Bay, it made it okay for everybody, including blacks, to play in Siberia (frigid Green Bay),” Boyles said. “I think that may have been (Lombardi’s) biggest and best (move) in the grand scheme of things. That may have been his best personnel move, because back then, if you didn’t play well, the coaches around the league would send you to Siberia.” Both Robinson and Adderley had little problems with their white teammates on the Packers. All that winning made it more enjoyable.
Adderley was later sent to the Dallas Cowboys by Phil Bengtson, who replaced Lombardi. His attitude changed from the time he got there. Some of Adderley’s new white teammates and Tom Landry, who was the head coach, didn’t make him feel welcome.
Landry hated the Packers and anyone who played for them because he couldn’t beat them in the two NFL Championship games they played against each other in 1966 and 1967. According to Boyles, Dan Reeves, the Cowboys’ running back in the Ice Bowl game of 1967 and later head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, told Boyd Dowler, who also played in that game for the Packers and worked for the Falcons around the same time Reeves was the coach, that the quarterback sneak into the end zone that Bart Starr ran was the wrong play.
“He should have run a rollout because it was third down,” Boyles recalled Dowler saying. “Those guys are not over it yet,” Boyles added. “And I heard on more than one occasion that those guys will defend Tom Landry.”
After the Cowboys were shutout in a game in 1970 that left their record at 5-4, Adderley exploded in the locker room and told the team that they played like a bunch of losers. Everyone played better after that. Dallas got their swagger back and went to two straight Super Bowls, losing Super Bowl V and winning Super Bowl VI.
Without Adderley and Forrest Gregg, who later joined the team, the Cowboys would’ve never reached the pinnacle of professional football. It was said by many Dallas players that Landry destroyed the chemistry of the team. He would have rather lost Super Bowl VI without a Lombardi guy than win it with a Lombardi guy.
Robinson is 71 years old and Adderley is 73. Of the two former first round draft picks, Adderley still carries some bad memories as his football career was bittersweet with the two teams. Robinson may be over any bitter feelings now.
You can purchase the book at any Festival Foods store in Wisconsin, at the Packers Gift Shop inside Lambeau Field or online at lombardisleftside.com or ascendbooks.com.