New Releases 6/7 & 6/21
Don’t ask me what happened to June 14…the truth of the matter is, I’ll be recovering from the Puerto Rican Day festivities of the weekend before to care to find out, but here is the scoop on the June 7 and June 21 new music releases. For the “old school” crowd, Crimson Productions is releasing Simply Beautiful: The Love Songs by Al Green on June 7; while Def Jam is releasing Classic Moments with Patti LaBelle. If you’re feeling like reaching back, just not quite that far, Universal is putting-out Back to the Future: The Very Best of Jodeci on June 7 – uh, yeah, I said Jodeci! If what you’d like to do is just chill and relax there are a few things going on… Loleatta Holloway will have Anthology and Raheem will return with Love Experience, both on June 7. If you’d rather have a more soulful and edgy mix, then wait until June 21 for Angie Stone’s Greatest Hits Live CD or maybe Eric Benet’s first post-Halle release, Hurricane. Feeling like you still have a little 80s left in you that needs some addressing, then you’re in luck because Pat Benatar will drop her Greatest Hits on June 7 and Culture Club will drop their Greatest on June 21. That should take care of our music jones in June.
This weekend marked our first foray into the summer fun weather. Both Saturday and Sunday in New York held temperatures in the mid 80s. Sunday, the humidity had even the “coolest” of New Yorkers breaking a sweat. Orchard Beach, a Bronx beach that is best known for its Latino flare and hot summer concerts, was jumping on Sunday. A few friends and I gathered on the beach to sip Smirnoff flavored coolers and shoot the breeze – okay, okay, we took in the gorgeous sights as well – but I was on a semi-date and was on my best behavior… well, unless I was off to the little-boys room on my own or something. All-in-all the Apple was baked to perfection and the beach bumming was followed by my friends and me displaying that stunning almond glow, still in beachwear, at the height of Sunday’s cocktail hour. Later, while taking a hot shower, a friend and I laughed hysterically to discover the amount of sand our bottoms picked up in a couple of hours on nature’s tanning bed. ….yeah, like you never showered with a “friend.”
Shum-On; My Back Is Killing Me
Michael Jackson left Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital on Sunday night after being treated for, what Jesse Jackson called, “excruciating pain” in his back. Today, jurors will have their first full day of deliberations. If Jackson isn’t acquitted he will be seeking relief for a much lower back pain.
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