Barbara Lynn

While fans of the late songstress Aaliyah are still letting it be known that they didn’t take too kindly to Lifetime’s Wendy Williams produced biopic of the singer, it seems as if they are trying to make up for things this time around. Set to air the Angela Bassett directed biopic for the legendary Whitney Houston on January 17, the newest addition to the Lifetime Movie database has viewers on pins and needles. Aptly titled Whitney, the film will follow the supreme vocalist from her childhood as a choir girl in New Jersey up to her untimely death as an incredible superstar. Highlighting her tremulous relationship with R&B crooner Bobby Brown and her struggles with drug addiction, the short trailer gives us a taste of what can be expected once the New Year hits. Airing on the third anniversary of her death at 8 p.m., the upcoming film stars Yaya DaCosta as Whitney and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby, while R&B songstress Deborah Cox covers each of Whitney’s vocal performances. More here

Earlier today, it was revealed that a grand jury would not indict white New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo over the death of African American Eric Garner, whose death was caused by an illegal chokehold. The ruling comes nine days after a Ferguson, MO grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer for the murder of unarmed black teen, Michael Brown. As previously reported, Garner died during an arrest on July 17th outside of a convenience store in Staten Island. He was reportedly selling single, untaxed cigarettes -- the entire incident was caught on video. The chokehold is considered an illegal move to use in an arrest in New York and is defined by the NYPD as "any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air," but according to new reports, the move has been used more this year than in a decade. Following the ruling, several members from the R&B community took to Twitter to voice their disdain and/or concerns.

R.I.P Eric Garner! "This is just so unbelievably sad and disturbing. What do I tell my young son? #Icantbreathe" - Deborah Cox
"R.I.P. Eric Garner... May your soul find rest, and may your family find comfort in their hour of mourning." - Ne-Yo
"Mayor of New York telling the truth right now." - Trey Songz
"Genocide" - Dawn Richard
"Tears fall and words won't come to me #ICantBreathe" - Anita Baker
"Trayvon happened. They wanted witnesses. Mike Brown happened. They wanted footage. Eric Garner happened. ALL not guilty or non-indictments." - Tyrese  More here

Playlist for Sunday 7-12-2014

Will Downing - Something Special
Ginuwine - Far Away
Andy McClean - Early Bird
Rene' & Angela - Imaginary Playmates
Ledisi - Stay Together
Teddy Pedergrass - My People (500 years)
Sharon Jones/Dapkings - We Get Along
Betty Wright - Thank You 4 The Many Ways
Idris Elba - Thank U For Freedom
Big Brooklyn Red - Taking It Too Far
Allen Stone - Stepin' In The Name Of Love
Wish & Blue - Your Love

Barbara Lynn x3
1 Until Then I'll Suffer 2 Disco Music
3 You Make Me So Hot

Kenny Thomas - Turn It Up
Mary J Blige - Before I Let Go
Ann Nesby - In The Spirit
Vivienne/J.Negro/Sunburst - Trust Me
Manhattans - Crazy
Plush - We've Got the Love
Jeff Redd - What Goes Around Come Around
I-Level - In The Sands

Barbara Lynn's Biography:
She was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1942, and attended Hebert High School. She played piano as a child, but switched to guitar, which she plays left-handed. Inspired by blues artists Guitar Slim and Jimmy Reed, and pop acts Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee, and winning several local talent shows, she created an all-female band, Bobbie Lynn and Her Idols. She began performing in local clubs in Texas. Singer Joe Barry saw her and introduced Lynn to producer Huey P. Meaux, who ran SugarHill Recording Studios and several record labels in New Orleans. Her first single, "You'll Lose A Good Thing", co-written by her and Meaux, was recorded at Cosimo Matassa's J&M studio with session musicians including Mac Rebennack (Dr. John). Released by Jamie Records, it was a number 1 US Billboard R&B chart hit and Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1962. The song was later recorded by Aretha Franklin and became a country hit record for Freddy Fender. Lynn also released an album, also titled You'll Lose A Good Thing, which featured ten of her compositions. More at Wiki

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