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Roberta Flack celebrated at Shining Stars Gala

Roberta Flack celebrated at Shining Stars Gala

New Jersey’s Celebrity Magnet Tom Murro meets the singing and dancing icon

BY ALLISON EBNER

Last week, NewJerseyNewsroom.com's “Celebrity Magnet” Tom Murro's travels brought him to the “Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala” at NYU. The event celebrated singing, dancing, Roberta Flack and the awarding of well deserved college scholarship money.

Flack was born in Black Mountain, N.C. During her early teens, Flack was so excelled at classical piano that Howard University awarded her a full music scholarship. She entered Howard University at the age of 15, making her one of the youngest students ever to enroll there. She eventually changed her major from piano to voice, and became an assistant conductor of the university choir. She went on to graduate from Howard University at 19 and began graduate studies in music, but the sudden death of her father forced her to take a job teaching music and English for $2,800 a year in Farmville, N.C. Flack then taught school for years in Washington, DC at Browne Junior High and Rabaut Junior High. She continued teaching and performing local DC clubs until she was discovered by Les McCann who later said on the liner notes of what would be her first album "First Take," "Her voice touched, tapped, trapped, and kicked every emotion I've ever known. I laughed, cried, and screamed for more...she alone had the voice." So he very quickly arranged an audition for her with Atlantic Records.

 

REVIEW: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Asbury Park’s Carousel House

REVIEW: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Asbury Park’s Carousel House

Grab the brass ring with this performance

BY LORI SENDER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. THEATER REVIEW

Prices of Broadway shows are certainly exorbitant, but if you live anywhere near Asbury Park, N.J., you c...

Remembering Channel 13 — New Jersey’s first television station

Remembering Channel 13 — New Jersey’s first television station
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

The recent demise of NJN (new Jersey Network) got some us thinking again about television in the Garden State.

Yes, we are now in an era of hun...

‘The Change-Up’ movie review, trailer: A contender for …

‘The Change-Up’ movie review, trailer: A contender for …
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Talk about a deceptive pitch!

"The Change-Up" offers itself as a comedy, but the audience has hardly settled in when the bottom drops out.

In the opening m...

‘Planet of the Apes’ movie review, trailer: Blows up smartly

‘Planet of the Apes’ movie review, trailer: Blows up smartly
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If each generation gets the ape-ocalypse it deserves, we should consider ourselves lucky.

Like genetically modified popcorn, "Rise of the Planet of the Ap...

‘Jersey Shore’ cast is happy to be back from Italy

‘Jersey Shore’ cast is happy to be back from Italy
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT’S FUNNY

The cast of “Jersey Shore” has two milestones to celebrate: Season Four started airing this week, and Season Five was just wrapped up shooting in Sea...

Our Anne Hathaway as Catwoman (PHOTOS)

Our Anne Hathaway as Catwoman (PHOTOS)
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

We are already well into the summer of superhero films for 2011. Meanwhile, production of possibly the most anticipated release for 2012, “The Dark Knight Rises,” with ...

Hangin’ with a Rolling Stone cover band: The Sheepdogs

Hangin’ with a Rolling Stone cover band: The Sheepdogs
BY TOM MURRO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE CELEBRITY MAGNET

I’m like every other kid from New Jersey who grew up in the glory days of rock and roll. I played air guitar. I dreamed of being on the cover of t...

Jerry Lewis fighting his own health issues

Jerry Lewis fighting his own health issues
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Veteran comedian Jerry Lewis announced in May that he was retiring as host of the Labor Day weekend Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, but he planned to make his ...

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