|Posted on November 30, 2010 at 11:44 PM||comments (1)|
Some twenty-odd years ago following a long run as the lead in the touring company of The Wiz, I returned to New York City where, for the very first time, I hung out my shingle as a vocal teacher. As they say “Build it and they will come,” and before long my studio was doing very well and the vocal growth in my students and in myself was remarkable. As they progressed, I presented ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 17, 2010 at 1:43 AM||comments (2)|
The query letter and the proposal are both completed. I sent the query to a world-class literary agent giving her a little background on the story and asking if she would be interested in representing it, and she wrote me back asking to read the proposal. Yee Haw!! I e-mailed her the 130 page proposal (the average proposal is 30 to 60 pages, but Kamal's story is so choc...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 5, 2010 at 11:02 PM||comments (0)|
I have chronologically spent more than a few decades on this planet, and a gift most rare is to arrive at this place in time with real friends present just as they were at the beginning.
My good friend Bob DiPaolo called today to say h...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 6, 2010 at 12:20 PM||comments (0)|
When we began this project, we thought it would take five weeks or so. However, the magnitude of all the information necessary to give an accurate account of a wonderful career was far more than was anticipated.
Last night “my alter ego” and I reached an important milestone, we finally amassed enough material to submit as a proposal for publication; we even created a book t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 12, 2010 at 10:25 PM||comments (1)|
Recently we all had to say goodbye to one of the greatest gifts to the world of Art, Miss Lena Horne. To digest her passing for me is a moment of a loss so tremendous; we who have had successful careers know that it was because of men and women of her excellence and bravery. We truly stand on her beautiful shoulders.
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|Posted on May 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM||comments (0)|
Not surprisingly, the creation of this book project is a monumental undertaking; what was thought to be a one-month timeframe in which to prepare a book proposal for presentation to publishers is now entering its fifth week. Kamal has been a stage performer beginning at the age of five to the present, and he has preserved a warehouse-full o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM||comments (1)|
I didn’t realize how emotional it would be to go back in time to the earlier days of my career, remembering colleagues and great moments in American music and theatrical history. When I think of the names of the giants I have been blessed to have shared the stage with, I'm overwhelmed. There are stories that involve names like Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Ed Sullivan, Paul Robeson, Gwen Ve...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 5, 2010 at 11:09 PM||comments (1)|
My great uncle Judge William Aaron Heathman (1873 - 1973) was an amazing man whose accomplishments were truly exceptional. In my memoir we find that he made an extraordinary contribution to the legal system of America and to the self esteem of African American people. I will relate stories of his losing and regaining eyesight, remarrying in his seventies, driving his own car well into old age, and remaining on the bench until he was 100 years of age. I...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 4, 2010 at 11:19 PM||comments (0)|
My performance yesterday was exactly what it should have been, the culmination and climax of many years of professional experience.
I think it was Maria Callas who said "We should be our own critics, having the integrity to admit ones decline, failures, and/or excellence." In my youth I could not have given this kin...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 4, 2010 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
The Countee Cullen Library in the Schomburg Center for Research hosted Kenneth Kamal Scott in Concert yesterday, April 3, 2010.
This was a very well attended concert which included artists with whom Mr. Scott shared the Broadway stage over 40 years ago....Read Full Post »