SC: Elijah Johnson now E.J. and ready to release an EP

Chuck Bennett


Elijah J tests new music on Instagram.

Elijah Johnson now E.J. and ready to release an EP

Remember little Elijah Johnson? He’s the talented Detroit native who played young Simba in “The Lion King” on Broadway and was a member of Kidz Bop. He’s not so little anymore. Now, at 19, he goes by the stage name E.J. and is the lead singer in the boy group Mindless Behavior. “The group is currently on hiatus, while we each work on solo projects,” E.J. says. For him, it’s an EP that he’s been working on for the last year and a half. Now ready to release the first single, E.J. turned to social media Wednesday to help him determine which of two songs gets the nod: “Release,” an up-tempo dance song, or “Love & Hate,” a slower, more traditional R&B cut. “The response has been overwhelming,” he says. And without a doubt, “Release” is the winner. You can expect the release of “Release” by the end of spring 2018.​

Carmen Harlan

Carmen Harlan busy with blouses in retirement

Recently retired WDIV-TV anchorwoman Carmen Harlan was quoted saying, “I thought I was retired, but I’ve been anything but.” In the fall of 2016 she announced her retirement, citing the desire to have more time for her three grandchildren while they’re still young. But she’s also been traveling back and forth from Detroit to New York working on a major fashion project, an elegant, versatile shirt for women called the Carmen Blouse. Well, stick a fork in it, because the first collection is done. With the support of her children, Jessica Hall and Joey Cobb, and her husband, Andrew Henry, in a few weeks, Carmen will host a private launch party for her blouse. As it says on the invitation and on the blouse label, “… and now bring on the fun!” We’ll keep you posted.

6 Salon owners Tomy Lulgjuraj, from left, George Nikollaj and Johnny Nikollaj.

Hair color sole purpose of new dynfly shops

Well, it seems you can forget about hair kings George and Johnny Nikollaj, and Tomy Lulgjuraj resting on their laurels. This year marks 15 years that the trio has owned the popular 6 Salons (Royal Oak since 2003; Birmingham 2013). Instead of chilling with a celebratory glass of champagne, they’re popping bottles over a new expansion. Along with longtime employee Constance Abro, they’re announcing the opening of the dynfly flagship store in Canton. What is dynfly? It’s is a one-purpose salon complementing, rather than replacing, the full-service experience and providing consistent professional hair color applied by certified colorists ranging in price from $25 to $65. There’s a dynfly salon in Troy. In addition to the new Canton location, plans for other dynfly salons are in the works.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of and hosts “Chuck’s World” from 4-5 p.m. Saturdays on 910AM Superstation.