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Alicia Keys: Making A Movie About Bettye LaVette

Posted March 24, 2015 by jmurray

In September of 2012, AlwaysAList.com wrote a story about soul singer Bettye LaVette’s riveting memoir, “A Woman Like Me” (Penguin Group). The spicy tome left no stone unturned, with juicy stories about LaVette’s fellow singers like Aretha Franklin (who she says was married to a pimp named Ted White who rightfully beat the Queen of […]

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Bettye LaVette: Memoir Offers Sexual Escapades With Soul Icons & Diva Dish On Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin & Tina Turner

Posted September 28, 2012 by jmurray

I fell in love with Bettye LaVette in an instant! I was watching the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008 and this woman who I had never seen before walked across the stage, stood in front of the microphone and delivered a soul-wrenching rendition of the 1973 song “Love, Reign o’er Me” in tribute to Roger […]

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Kim Burrell: Doing The Work Whitney Houston Wanted Her To

Posted July 19, 2012 by jmurray

Gospel dynamo Kim Burrell has being going non-stop since the death of her dear friend Whitney Houston this past February. Already in high demand after releasing her critically acclaimed “The Love Album” in 2011, Burrell’s visibility heightened once mainstream media discovered Houston often attended services at Burrell’s Houston-based church, The Love & Liberty Fellowship. Additionally, […]

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