|Tue, February 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The latest coming-out story in entertainment now comes from celebrated music executive Clive Davis. The 80-year-old is famed for his work with acts like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and more.
In his memoir The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis reveals that after separating with his wife in 1985, he held a 14-year relationship with a man. This was the first of two long-term same-sex relationships for Davis, who is currently in a seven-year courtship with a man.
"After my second marriage failed, I met a man who was also grounded in music," he wrote.
Having only had loving relationships and sexual intimacy with women, I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have that with a male, and found that I could."
Prior to his relationships with men, Davis was married to two women and has four children. In his memoir, Davis also shares that his coming out had negatively affected his relationship one of his sons. After what he described as a "trying year," the music executive and his son had settled the score.
Two interviews will be airing with Davis regarding the novel and his coming out. In his sit-down with Katie Couric, the so called "golden ear" reiterates that he is attracted to both sexes.
"I'm still attracted to women," he said. "You don't have to be one thing or another. For me, it's the person."
And in his interview with Nightline, Davis calls the concept of bisexuality "maligned and misunderstood," while assuring Cynthia McFadden that it does in fact exist.
"For over 50 years, I never had sex with males," he said in their interview on Nightline. "It was repressed; I had very good sexual relationships with women."
The "Soundtrack of My Life" also includes details on his early life as well as behind-the-scenes stories about some of music's biggest names like Janice Joplin and John Lennon.
|Thurs, May 26, 2011 at 6:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
‘Pretty Boy’ Ford presents the advances in civil rights, education and his hope for more
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 26, 2011
A beautiful baby who was adored by his mother’s friends and family, Wilbert Steven Ford was quickly dubbed “Pretty Boy.” As he grew up in St. Louis during the 1950’s, this moniker would foreshadow some of the more unlawful aspects of his colorful life detailed in the pages of his new autobiography, Pretty Boy: An Autobiography (published by AuthorHouse).
Full of rich detail and social commentary, Pretty Boy presents Ford’s life in the context of his family history and those of African-American children growing up on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement. Ford writes his story candidly and with brutal honesty, depicting child abuse and molestation, underage sexual encounters and an early introduction to a life of crime. Despite these events, Ford’s overriding tone belies the strength and self-sufficiency that the women in his life, especially his mother and grandmother, instilled into him. He writes of his mother, Florence:
Florence taught her children that if at any point we desired something and could get it ourselves, then we should do so rather than depend on someone else, who may not be able or might decline or wouldn’t be able, to get it for us. Florence taught her children that we should not beg anyone for anything, and we should never think or believe people owed us anything. She said that her children should, if it was at all possible, never place ourselves in any position that would allow someone to say, “If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have what you got.” … Florence often stressed that, whatever her children chose to be, we should be good at it and make every effort to be the best at what we chose to be.
A true-life story full of adventure, love and family saga, Pretty Boy offers a glimpse into one man’s struggle to realize himself in the civil rights era.
About the Author: Wilbert Steven Ford has been a professional educator for over 45 years. Pretty Boy is his first book.
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|Tue, April 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
"Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption - from South Central to Hollywood" (Ballantine Books), by Ice-T: A lot of vocalists sing and rap about situations and events they haven't experienced.
Ice-T isn't one of them.
One of the first "gangsta rappers," Ice-T rhymed about hustling, banging and pimping on the mean streets of south-central Los Angeles.
Turns out, the lyrics Ice-T spewed, first as a solo rapper and later as the frontman of the thrash-metal outfit Body Count were the musings of a man who has lived them.
In his book, "Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption — from South Central to Hollywood," Ice-T describes how he "rapped about the (stuff) I knew firsthand... To me, it was just the life I was living. If anyone asked me at the time, I called it 'reality rap.'"
Based on that definition, let's call this a "reality book" — a tell-all that really does tell all.
And it's as cool as its namesake.
"Ice" is full of vivid descriptions of the never-boring life of the man born Tracy Marrow.
Raised as an only child in New Jersey, he became a pre-teen orphan whose parents both died of heart attacks. Shipped to live with his alcoholic aunt in L.A., Marrow had a front-row seat for the early years of the West Coast gangs as a student at Crenshaw High School.
He eventually graduated to becoming a street hustler and thief who was shot at by a security guard and nearly killed in a car accident. Hospital officials didn't know who he was, since, as a criminal, he never carried identification.
Marrow served a nearly four-year stint in the Army, stationed in Hawaii, where he credits an old-school sergeant with shaping his later career arc.
The Vietnam vet, referred to only as Donovan, screamed at Marrow that he was in the service simply because he couldn't make it in civilian life.
"More than anything else, that's the one statement that propelled me to where I'm at today. I give Sergeant Donovan all the credit," Ice-T writes.
"Ice" also provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look at his genesis as an actor, including how director Mario Van Peebles came across Ice-T in a club and hired him to portray an undercover cop in the influential early '90s flick, "New Jack City."
These days, Ice-T is in his second decade as a star of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," where the one-time law-breaker again is portraying a member of law enforcement.
He also speaks to inmates and at colleges around the country.
"Who could have imagined that an ex-hustler from Crenshaw Boulevard would be spitting game to Ivy League students," he writes.
Or becoming the author of a fascinating memoir, the pages of which are jam-packed with tales of a guy who "actively did everything I rhymed about."
By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Pres
|Mon, December 20, 2010 at 12:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Good Cop, Bad Money chronicles the life and career of Glen Morisano, known best for making life miserable for New York City’s biggest drug lords and criminals including the infamous Jacob the Jeweler
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2010
First One Digital Publishing is excited to announce that its first release, Good Cop, Bad Money is now available for pre-order at BN.com. The ebook edition will be available across all digital readers and distributor platforms including iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Sony, as well as the company’s own website, http://www.FirstOnePublishing.com on 1.11.11.
“Good Cop, Bad Money is First One Publishing’s first title because it embodies the kind of story everyone can relate to. It’s about overcoming adversity, making choices for the good of all, and still winning. This book and its author, Glen Morisano, has heart”, explains Karen Hunter, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and CEO of First One Digital Publishing. “On the business-side, Good Cop, Bad Money allows us to show that there are other ways to sell books. We’re not just delivering this content in an ebook, complete with an interview video, a trailer and a powerhouse social media and marketing campaign, but also through a partnership with Market America where we are selling books to a captive audience instead of crossing our fingers and hoping someone finds it in a store or surfing online.”
In “Good Cop, Bad Money,” co-authors, John Lansing and Glen Morisano present a thrilling journey through Morisano’s 23-year career as Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Drug Task Force and Deputy Inspector of the NYPD. Morisano’s encounters and credits include seizing some 23,100 pounds of cocaine, and putting some 2,600-dope dealers behind bars including some of the nation’s most infamous drug lords and criminals. The story comes full circle with a gripping account of his bust and conviction of money launderer, Jacob the Jeweler, a case that made headlines worldwide and unveiled the jeweler’s client list of some of the world’s biggest hip-hop stars. “Jacob’s story is typical. He was already a very rich man. But enough was not enough. And it was his greed, his desire for bad money that landed him in jail,” says Glen Morisano.
Further information on Good Cop, Bad Money as well as other titles available from First One Digital Publishing can be found at http://www.firstonepublishing.com.
ABOUT GLEN MORISANO: Glen Morisano joined the Police Department in 1983, earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from New York University along the way. The NYPD also sent him through the Columbia University police management program. He worked some 18 years in the department's Organized Crime Control Bureau before moving to the task force. Glen Morisano served on the New York Police Force and finished his career as a Deputy Inspector for New York City. Mr. Morisano worked on narcotics cases nearly his entire 23-year NYPD career helping seize about 23,100 pounds in cocaine, $100 million in illicit drug profits, and putting around 2,600 drug dealers behind bars in the last three years of his career. He was behind the investigation, which led to the conviction of well-known jeweler and money launderer Jacob the Jeweler, who has been referenced in hip-hop music more and more throughout the years.
ABOUT JOHN LANSING: Author, John Lansing has spent the past fifteen years writing and producing network television. He was a writer and producer for five years on “Walker, Texas Ranger.” And in the summer of 2010, he co-executive produced the ABC series “Scoundrels.” “Good Cop, Bad Money” is Mr. Lansing&
|Wed, September 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which has already spawned the much-debated hit "Obsessed," is Carey's latest mix of R&B, hip-hop and pop. And the singing superstar has been hearing that it's her best album since Butterfly.
"I love it. I really love it," she told MTV News while promoting her flick "Precious." "People were saying, I mean, just the songs they heard, it's like their favorite since Butterfly, which is a big deal."
She can't help but be excited about the comparison, since she holds the 1997 album close to her heart. "Butterfly is kind of like my signature album and, to me, my best work," she said. "It's not necessarily the biggest album, which would be Music Box, but it's a very important record in an artistic kind of [way]."
Carey knows a thing or two about taking a classic song and putting her spin on it" in the past she's covered everything from the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" and Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" to Journey's "Open Arms" and Badfinger's "Without You" so it shouldn't come as a surprise that this time...More MARIAH CAREY
|Wed, June 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Apparently Mariah Carey has responded to Eminem's taunts from his track "Bagpipes From Baghdad" with her own stinging account of things on "Obsessed," the first single from her upcoming album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
The bouncy number debuted Tuesday (June 16) and from the onset Carey seems to be giving her side of the story. "I was like, 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' " Carey says before the music begins.
The singer never mentions the rapper by name, but the lyrics suggest Em may be the target, as Carey talks about the target's drug problems. "It must be the weed, it must be the E/ 'Cause you be poppin', you get it poppin'," Carey sings. Em recently opened up about his battle with drugs on his latest LP, Relapse.
On the album's "Bagpipes From Baghdad," Em raps about taking Carey back from Nick Cannon. (Carey has denied Eminem's claims that they dated for six months.) "Nick Cannon better back the f--- up," Em warns the actor/musician on the track. "I'm not playing/ I want her back, you punk."
Cannon fired back at Eminem last month, before the rapper softened his dis in a later interview, defusing the tension.
Carey hadn't responded publicly, but on "Obsessed," however, she seems to be getting her laughs in, particularly on the song's chorus.
"Why are you so obsessed with me/ Boy I wanna know/ Lying that you're...click to continue reading