Prior to his death in February, Grammy-winning, platinum selling composer and performer Maurice White was working on his memoir. That effort has arrived in bookstores and distributors this week as “My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire,” co-written with Herb Powell, with an introduction by Steve Harvey and a foreword by David Foster.
White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he’s endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was 4; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at 18 and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming Earth, Wind & Fire, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson’s; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges in this inspirational tome from Amistad.
MORE GOOD READS: One of the fall’s most buzzed about novels, “Darktown” by Thomas Mullen, is now available from 37 INK/Atria Books. Jamie Foxx has optioned this riveting story of Atlanta’s first black police officers in 1948 for the big screen.
We viewed the tribulations of Harlem restauranteur Melba Wilson trying to run a business and prep a cookbook last season on CNBC’s “Consumed.” Now 100 recipes have been bound in “Melba’s American Comfort” from Atria Books. Wilson actually reveals the secrets behind her famed waffles and pancakes, along with other familiar dishes.
“Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music” has arrived from Patty Farmer via Beaufort Books. More than 60 black and white photos, and a complete Playboy music reference guide illustrates the story of how the adult lifestyle empire embraced and showcased jazz musicians and black entertainers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jr. in defiance of segregationist laws and attitudes of the time.
TASTY QUIP: “What also surprises me is the number of artists that told me no. As a matter of fact, there are some artists that told me yes in the light of enthusiasm in the first rush and they were oppressed to really define what would be asked of them; what kind of songs to sing and what they should be turning their attention to comment on, and stepped away. They don’t want the blemish. They don’t want the burden of responsibility and I was really quite surprised.” – HARRY BELAFONTE to News One Now’s Roland Martin on mounting his Many Rivers to Cross Festival (Oct. 1-2) in Georgia.
CLIPPETTES: The I Love the 90s Tour with Kid N Play, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, All 4 One, Young MC and Color Me Badd hits the L.A. County Fair on Sept. 16 …
Multi-platinum group Bell Biv DeVoe this week unveiled the Erick Sermon-produced “Run,” their first new single in 15 years. They also announced their next album “White Stripes” will be released in January …
The Steve Harvey Morning Show’s Nephew Tommy hosts “The Show” on Sept. 16 at The Novo with comedians and musical performances from Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick …
Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) is teaming with “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan to bring a limited series on murderous cult leader Jim Jones to HBO …
It’s Brainfeeder at the [Hollywood] Bowl on Sept. 17 with a diverse line-up of George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Shabazz Palaces and The Gas Lamp Killer …
Irma P. Hall (“Soul Food”) is joining the second season of SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard” starring James Purefoy (“The Following”) and Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Night Of”) …
The Open Arts & Music Festival — a free, all-day community event at Glendale Central Park on Sept. 17 — kicks off its inaugural year with a diverse lineup headlined by rising pop and R&B singer Gavin Turek and multiinstrumentalist and educator Miguel AtwoodFerguson …
Writer/Director Nzingha Stewart (“With This Ring”) has begun L.A. shooting for her next romantic comedy movie “The 10th Date” for Lifetime. Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson and Brandon T. Jackson round out the cast.
TC ON TV: Sept. 16 – “Cedric The Entertainer: Live From The Ville” (Netflix)
Sept. 17 – “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (OWN): En Vogue. “The Round” (Centric): Tricia Rose, cultural critic and professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and Vashti McKenzie, of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Sept. 18 – “68th Primetime Emmy Awards” (ABC): Presenters include Chris Rock, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrara, Kerry Washington, Kit Harington and Laverne Cox.
Sept. 19 – “The Voice” (NBC): The blind audition begins this 11th season with Alicia Keys now sitting in one of the judge’s chairs. “Startalk” (NGC): Host/Physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson welcomes Whoopi Goldberg to open the third season.
Sept. 20 – “Strut: A Model Life” (Oxygen): Whoopi is the executive producer of this new series following transgender models trying to become household names in the fashion world. “In The Cut” (Bounce): Singer Kenny Lattimore and G.G. Townson (“Zoey 101”) guest star in this episode. “This Is Us” (NBC): Sterling K. Brown, who dazzled as Johnny Cochran in “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is featured. “Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” (Science): “Can we all become geniuses?”
Sept. 21 – “Lethal Weapon” (Fox): Damon Wayans takes on the Danny Glover role in this TV reboot. “Empire” (Fox): Season 3 begins for the Lyons clan.
Sept. 22 – “Easy” (Netflix): This eight-episode comedy anthology series featuring Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Malin Akerman is like a modern “Love American Style.” “Rosewood” (Fox): LeToya Luckett (Destiny’s Child) joins as a recurring love interest for Morris Chestnut’s title character.
TASTY QUIP: “They are the ones who don’t believe in us. The key is to stay away from they. They don’t love us. They don’t want you to win. So what we’re going to do is win more. They don’t want you to have a nice car. I’m telling you stay away.” – DJ KHALED at BET Genius Talk
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