Grapevine: Thornetta Davis to be crowned “Queen of Detroit Blues”
Thornetta to be crowned ‘Queen’ on Sunday
On Sunday, one of the city’s gems, singer Thornetta Davis, will be declared “Queen of the Detroit Blues” at a special “Blues Girls of Summer and Crowning of Thornetta Davis” event taking place 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Hastings Street Ballroom and Tangent Art Gallery, 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. Thornetta, of course, picks up the title from the undisputed former queen, Alberta Adams, who died on Christmas Day 2014. Not only will Sunday’s show be a chance to see and hear Thornetta and a slew of other blues girls, such as Priscilla Price, Lady T, Misty Love, Sky Covington and Cheryl “Cee Cee” Collins, to name a handful, but it’s a fundraiser for the Detroit Blues Society, as well, with admission at $20.
Dr. Dre apologizes to ‘the women I’ve hurt’
Stories have been circulating since the release of the film “Straight Outta Compton” about incidents of Dr. Dre abusing women, including a well-known incident involving Dee Barnes, as well as singer Michel’le, a former girlfriend. Now Dre has issued a statement admitting to the past misdeeds to the New York Times, apologizing to the “women I’ve hurt.” Dre told the newspaper: “Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.”
Simmons home raided
The Los Angeles home of Gene Simmons of Kiss was raided early Thursday by the LAPD Internet Crime Against Children Task Force, who seized computers and other evidence. According to TMZ, someone downloaded child porn either using their Internet access, or on one of the family computers. Simmons and his family are not suspects or persons of interest; the Kiss bassist was on tour when the house was raided, and the family is cooperating with authorities.
It’s definitely ‘about the money’ for T.I.
First it was 50 Cent’s bankruptcy, now rapper T.I. is in a financial jam. The feds claim he owes $4.5 million in taxes, so they’ve put a lien on all sorts of his property and bling, including his Georgia mansion, Ferrari Spider and diamond and gold Rolex. According to the Daily Mail, the 34-year-old rapper’s net worth has been estimated at $215 million, and according to “People with Money” magazine, he was among the Top 10 most highly-compensated rappers in 2015, so in theory, paying the tax man should be no problem.
Tune in alert
Be sure to watch NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” at 8 p.m. Tuesday as Detroit’s own Selected of God gospel choir — you might remember them from the Chrysler 200 Superbowl commercial with Eminem — are one of the 12 acts who will perform live on the NBC show from Radio City Music Hall in New York, so viewers can vote and choose. Larry Callahan’s group, ranging in age from 21-52, has been going for 15 years and have high hopes of making it to the final seven acts, which will go to the semi-finals. Watch and vote ...
The Turning Point Macomb will host a 5K Walk on Oct. 3 honoring Tara Grant, the Washington Township woman who was murdered by her husband in 2007, and all domestic violence victims and survivors. Tara’s Walk will take place at 10 a.m. (registration at 9 a.m.) at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights. The donation is $20 per person, $15 per person for a group of six. Kids younger than 12 are free. You can register online at active.com or call Turning Point Macomb at (586) 463-4430.
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