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Early Oscar Buzz For Beyonce’s Etta James Portrayal In Cadillac Records

Posted on October 17, 2008 with 1 Comment

Beyonce’s acting coach Ivana Chubbuck is already starting the Oscar buzz for Beyonce’s performance as Etta James in the upcoming film Cadillac Records.

“I remember after Monster’s Ball thinking, ‘Halle’s going to get an Oscar nomination.’ I feel that way about Beyonce in this film. I think there is going to be some Oscar buzz around her; she’s just that great,” Chubbuck says in the November issue of Essence.

The chart-topper has already won the approval of the legendary singer. “It’s a privilege and an honor to have somebody like that girl,” Etta James told New York Post‘s Page Six. “I don’t think she looks like me, but that’s all right. They can fix that up,”

Cadillac Records (due in December) tells the story of the rise and fall of the Chicago based R&B label Chess Records and also stars Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters and Mos Def as Chuck Berry.

PHOTO: Entertainment Weekly

Ga Ga: K’Naan Kicks Off US Tour with Surprise Performance by Mos Def in New York

Posted on September 19, 2008 with No Comments

Canadian poet and hip hop artist from Somalia K’Naan kicked off his US tour at Le Poisson Rouge in New York’s Greenwich Village Thursday night.

During his performance, the thought-provoking lyricist surprised an eclectic crowd of fans when rapper-actor Mos Def joined him during his set. Mos Def has said K’Naan can “make a song anywhere…out of anything!”

During his show, K’Naan also previewed music from his upcoming LP Troubadour, which like his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher, chronicles his rise from the rough war-torn streets of Somalia.

Like most hip-hop artists, K’Naan explores themes of gun and street violence, but chooses to yield his troubled years as a youth in a more eloquent and thoughtful manner. Blindie’s just ga ga over this award-winning folk-rap artist and looks forward to hearing more from him in the future!