Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke is an English glamour model and Page Three girl from Manchester. She has appeared in numerous British "lads' mags", including FHM, FRONT, Maxim, Loaded, Zoo and Nuts. She is most famous for being a Page 3 Girl in The Sun, and was the winner of the newspaper's annual Page 3 Idol competition in 2006. Cooke is now also a DJ, and has appeared in clubs around the world, including Egypt, Malaysia and Ibiza.
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New Nike Ad With LeBron James, Serena Williams Makes Forceful Call For Equality
Huffington Post - 6 days
A new Nike ad makes a powerful call to end discrimination, ending with a simple message: “Equality has no boundaries.” “Opportunity should not discriminate,” says actor Michael B. Jordan, who narrates the ad released Sunday. “The ball should bounce the same for everyone.” The black-and-white spot features some of the best athletes in the world ―  including LeBron James, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Megan Rapinoe, Dalilah Muhammad, Gabby Douglas and Victor Cruz ― and Alicia Keys singing Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” Two-time Grammy Award winner Melina Matsoukas directed it.  “Is this the land history promised?” Jordan asks in his voiceover. Jordan has starred in films including “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station,” which is based on the story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man fatally shot by a white San Francisco transit police officer in 2009. “Worth should outshine color. If we can be equals here...” Jordan says later, as a group plays basketba ...
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We, Too, Sing America: 17 Songs That Reflect On Being Black In America
Huffington Post - 9 days
Music has always been a sacred outlet of expression for black Americans. From singers like Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, music made by black artists can provide a unique perspective on the meaning of being black in America. Songs like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” which bemoans racist lynchings in the South, and Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage,” which captures the many sources of black frustrations, echo tales of injustice, despondency and rage. In fact, it was Simone who said that “an artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” And she certainly wasn’t alone in her pursuance of that mission. So in honor of the musicians that used their music to amplify the struggles of black Americans, we’ve compiled a list of 17 songs that sing truth to the black experience.  Billie Holiday — “Strange Fruit”  Sam Cooke — “A Change Is Gonna Come”  Curtis Mayfield — “Keep On Pushing”  Nina Simone — “Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)” ...
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Easy Listener: Barbara Carroll, Jay Leonhart, Barb Jungr, John McDaniel, Gabrielle Stravelli, Michael Kanan, Cheyenne Jackson Make Great Music on New CDs
Huffington Post - 3 months
When it comes to gift giving, is there anything better than music? Not much. So for anyone looking around for music to delight potential giftees, here are four new CDs that would make any stocking proud: Barbara Carroll Plays at Birdland - Barbara Carroll with Jay Leonhart (Birdland): At 93, the classiest femme musician in New York City has been playing local and other keyboards since 1947. If you can't do the math, that's coming up on 70 years. The incredible aspect of the astonishing fact is that she gets better and better. Hard to believe? Just listen to this new live recording with now longtime collaborator bassist Leonhart (no, not 70 years, too). Part of what makes Carroll so skilled at jazz is her early classical training. She swings but with that extra-special grounding. The popular composers she shows off here include Harold Arlen, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington (in a 10-minute-plus medley), Jerome Kern, Michel Legrand, George Gershwin and John Green (that's Johnny ...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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First Nighter: Kenneth Branagh in John Osborne's "The Entertainer," Kemp Powers's Thrilling "One Night in Miami...," Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" Undone," "How to Hide a Lion" for Kids
Huffington Post - 4 months
London--Comparisons might be odious, but Kenneth Branagh invites them. Over several decades he's assumed classic roles associated with Laurence Olivier. His Henry V and Hamlet were unquestionably Olivier-worthy. Now, however, he's playing Archie Rice (for another two weeks) in John Osborne's The Entertainer, at the Garrick and as the conclusion to his Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company year. It could be argued that Archie Rice was the great performance of Olivier's later career. I'd certainly make that argument vigorously. As the aging music hall performer, Olivier--frequently at his best when playing a ham (watch him in Sleuth, for instance--pulled out every last stop. His Archie Rice was someone far past his prime, a prime that probably was not much of a prime anyway. His on-setting desperation was visible in the song-and-dance routine that began the play. Branagh starts with a deft tap routine executed in Neil Austin's hazy lighting and augmented by four dancing cuties. Im ...
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A Letter To Tupac Shakur, 20 Years Later
Huffington Post - 5 months
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Dear Tupac: There is a lot I want to say to you, so much so that I do not know where to begin. There is rarely a day or week that I do not think about your life, and your death, since that fateful day on Friday, September 13, 1996. I have tried, at times, and with great failure, to block you out of my head, to ignore the people who've asked me mad questions about you, about the circumstances of your death. I've been utterly frustrated, even, when it felt, during these past twenty years, like my life, in some ways, and for whatever reasons, is at least partially linked to yours. Maybe I should simply start at the beginning. When I first heard of you, it was when your debut album, "2Pacalypse Now," had just been released. We were still in what we now call the Golden Era of hip-hop, when an incredible and diverse range of rap music was being produced, it felt, every single month, from one new artist or another. At the time, groups like N.W.A and ...
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Sammy J: Say That You Love Me (Exclusive Video Premier)
Huffington Post - 12 months
I have the privilege to not only present to you all the very talented Sammy Johnson aka Sammy J, but we get to share his brand new track, Say That You Love Me feat. Tenelle. Sammy J is an amazing musical creative who comes from New Zealand/ Australia. His music is island reggae lover's rock but in truth it contains really deep aspects of soul and R&B. Like many of his bredren and sistren island reggae artists, he's as humble as they come. Always giving thanks and love to those who have supported them. Sammy J is the same way. Like what I've told all the others before him - on behalf of the fans - we thank you. You help us in so many ways. Music is our escape at times. You hold the key. With that, let me introduce you to the very talented, Sammy J. Give us the lowdown on who Sammy J is. I'm originally from New Zealand but people always get me mixed up from being from Australia. I've lived in both. My dad is New Zealand Maori and my mom is Australian. I've been com ...
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8 Powerful Moments From Ryan Coogler's #JusticeForFlint Event
Huffington Post - 12 months
The most important star-studded event taking place Sunday night wasn't the Oscars -- it was director Ryan Coogler's #JusticeForFlint charity concert. The event, which was held at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Michigan, helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for residents affected by the Flint water crisis, and provided them with "a night of fun, relaxation, and entertainment." Below are just a few of the stand out moments from the show:  1. Host Hannibal Burress's jokes were funny but also so real. "Water in Flint should be free forever." I know @hannibalburess was joking but it should be. Residents need reperations #JusticeForFlint — Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) February 28, 2016   2. Flint youth poets' performed a powerful poem about the crisis in their city.  Flint youth poets show their talents through spoken word and tap dance. They. shut. things down. #JusticeForFlint pic.twitter.com/8iSOq0a5Hg — HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) Febru ...
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Top 20 Country Artists to Watch in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was a big year for new artists in country music. Several acts had their first career number ones at country radio, including A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini, Canaan Smith, Michael Ray, Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, and Chris Stapleton. Others, like Cam and Chris Janson, celebrated breakthrough hits, while relative newcomers Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell solidified their positions as country's next generation of superstars. 2016 will undoubtedly be a breakthrough year for another handful of new artists. Below are 20 of the most promising, complete with a short Q&A from each of the rising stars. 20. MITCH ROSSELL If you had told Mitch Rossell in 2014 that in 2015 he would be co-writing and sharing the stage with living legend Garth Brooks, he wouldn't have believed you. But, both were among Rossell's list of accomplishments this year, and 2016 promises to be just as exciting for the Tennessee native. Describe yourself to fans in one sentence: I'm j ...
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Herb Alpert Here and Now By Dave Schroeder
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the A&M Records release of Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass. The phenomenal success of Alpert's group born from a demo recording he produced in his garage sparked the start of a lifelong journey from bandleader and record producer to expressionist artist and philanthropist. Alpert has led his life combining creativity with problem solving in a never-ending quest to find his own unique voice and to support others to find theirs. Today his contributions to the arts are lauded by multi-million selling records, art installations at major museums and lifetime achievement awards celebrating his positive impact on the world. Recently, I visited Alpert at his Malibu home to discuss his life in the arts for my interview series produced for NYU Jazz Studies. Yes, jazz! Alpert, born and raised in Southern California, began playing trumpet inspired by the burgeoning cool jazz movement of the 50s. Realizing early on t ...
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Let It Bleed, Bro: The Rolling Stones Take the Sixties By Storm
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The sixties were -- mostly -- way cool. Lights and darks. Highs and lows. Cheers and tears. Always, excitement. Despite the roller-coaster extremes of what was going on, those of us who partied hard in that decade will always remember it as the best of times. And the worst of times. This generation is sick of hearing all that. I can dig it. But those of us who lived it have it carved in stone in our collective memories. A lot of shit went down. It wasn't just our long hair. We didn't need technological devices that the "Looking-Down" (at cell phones) generation of today depend upon to function. Technology is their new drug, adding layers of distance from face to face real-life, and creating anxiety with "social media" pressure. We looked into each other's blood-shot eyes and spoke live. We didn't need to look at a screen to know how to act. We believed in a form of hip chaos. We didn't worry about ending sentences with a preposition. "W ...
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Let It Bleed, Bro: The Rolling Stones Take the Sixties By Storm
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The sixties were -- mostly -- way cool. Lights and darks. Highs and lows. Cheers and tears. Always, excitement. Despite the roller-coaster extremes of what was going on, those of us who partied hard in that decade will always remember it as the best of times. And the worst of times. This generation is sick of hearing all that. I can dig it. But those of us who lived it have it carved in stone in our collective memories. A lot of shit went down. It wasn't just our long hair. We didn't need technological devices that the "Looking-Down" (at cell phones) generation of today depend upon to function. Technology is their new drug, adding layers of distance from face to face real-life, and creating anxiety with "social media" pressure. We looked into each other's blood-shot eyes and spoke live. We didn't need to look at a screen to know how to act. We believed in a form of hip chaos. We didn't worry about ending sentences with a preposition. "Where the party at?" My crew wa ...
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The "White Child" That Killed My Father
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Rehearsing tragedy never fully prepares you for the moment it comes to pass. The pain is no duller. The grief is no less consuming. I learned that today. I've prepared for this moment my whole life; yet now that I'm here, I feel so unprepared, so unequipped to handle the gravity of the situation. Somehow it all feels so surreal. My mind is rejecting the reality, refusing to let go. My body is completely paralyzed by the finality of it all. "He's gone." said a broken whisper uttered by my sister. The man who helped give us life had finally lost his battle with [crack] cocaine addiction. The same addictive spirit that deprived us of a parent has robbed him of his life, 57 years young. Even after thirty years of drug abuse, a small part of me held on to the belief that he would one day claim victory and defeat his addiction. That dream died along with him today. Moreover his death, this reality has been the hardest to accept. As he goes, so goes a lifelong unfulfilled prayer. There are no ...
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Leon Bridges keeps his soul smooth at the Vic
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Leon Bridges took time between songs to mention Sam Cooke at his sold-out performance Tuesday at the Vic Theatre, as if his debt to the late Chicago soul great weren’t already obvious. From the plush curtain backdrop to the snappy suit and white shirt buttoned at the collar, the singer from Ft....
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sam Cooke
    THIRTIES
  • 2006
    She is most famous for being a Page 3 Girl in The Sun, and was the winner of the newspaper's annual Page 3 Idol competition in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Cooke is now also a DJ, and has appeared in clubs around the world, including Egypt, Malaysia and Ibiza.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Born in 1985.
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