Stopped by the National Portrait Gallery yesterday and saw this painting of Billy Dee Williams that captures that famous, heart melting scene in “Lady Sings the Blues.” The painting is called “Self Portrait with Gardenia” and was done by Billy Dee himself. He specializes in acrylic painting, and I must say he has talent. This would leave me singing along with Diana Ross (channeling Billie Holiday) saying:
I fell in love with you the first time I looked into them there eyes….
*Oh snap! A photo a day for 365 days. My 365Project – A daily digital diary.*
As Black Music Month comes to an end today, I find it appropriate to leave you with Diana Ross live in Central Park in 1983 singing her favorite song Reach Out and Touch. A little rain wasn’t going to stop this Supreme!
*In 1979 President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be Black Music Month. Three decades later in 2009 President Barack Obama revamped the title and declared June African-American Music Appreciation Month. Each day this month I am turning up the volume on an artist or song brought to you by the letter R. Enjoy!*
It’s been a long time since I have been genuinely excited to watch the Grammy awards. This Sunday I will sit in anticipation with thousands, if not millions, of Adele fans to hear her first live appearance since she underwent vocal cord surgery four months ago. I am sure Karl Lagerfeld will be the first one to stand up to give her a standing ovation!
Another standing ‘o’ will be in order when the Supreme one, Diana Ross, is honored with the well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. This Lady Sings the Blues and she’s a fashion icon.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Diana’s daughter, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, is a go-to for fashion inspiration – solidifying that Ross is Boss.