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Celebrities Born In The Year of The Rooster (2017)

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U.S. Postal Service announced that the Year of the Rooster stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive souvenir sheets of 12.

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The Year of the Rooster begins January 28, 2017, and ends on February 15, 2018.

 The Rooster’s Personality

chinese-new-year-rooster-616People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident about themselves.

Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.

Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.

Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if others don’t. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.

Their continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

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サム・クック伝記映画 “Sam Cooke : The Truth”制作中止??Sam Cooke Biopic “The Truth” May Not Be Authorized by His Estate

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Sam Cooke (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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1964年、12月11日に射殺されたソウル・シンガー、サム・クックの伝記映画を制作中という嬉しいニュースが……。ところが、家族の承認が得られずプロジェクトは宙ぶらりんという「ありがちな」トラブルが発生。一体、どうなっているのでしょう。

え?サム・クックって誰だか知らない?

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と同時期に活躍したソウル・シンガーで、アレサ・フランクリンと恋仲にあったという説もある、60年代に一世を風靡した大スターです。”You Send Me,” “Wonderful World,” “A Change Is Gonna Come” など数々のヒット曲を放ちました。レコードの売り上げ枚数は1千万枚以上、といいますから凄いですね。ゴスペルの世界からポップの世界に転向して大成功した歌手で、自分のレーベルを立ち上げ、ビジネス・マンとしても一目置かれる存在でした。

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<あまりにも若い死と消えない陰謀説>

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Sam Cooke Biopic “The Truth” May Not Be Authorized by His Estate

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Sam Cooke (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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There’s a biopic coming that’s focusing on Sam Cooke’s violent death. According to producer Romeo Antonio, Sam Cooke: The Truth is a “murder mystery” and will look into Cooke’s 1964 death.

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Mick Jagger presents James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up’ premiere at Apollo Theater

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james brown storyBy: Ken Simmons

Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer hosted a “funky good time” for the invitation-only crowd at the Universal Pictures premiere of Get On Upthe James Brown Story, on July 21, 2014 at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. As Apollo President and CEO Jonell Procope said in introducing Jagger and Glazer, “I can’t think of a more fitting place for the premiere. The Apollo stage has always been synonymous with James Brown, and vice-versa.”

mick jaguar“The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” made his Apollo debut on Amateur Night and the famed theater on 125th street became his home with dozens of performances during his career. Rolling Stoneranked his iconic 1963 Live at the Apollo number 25 on its list of the 500 greatest albums (The magazine also named him the seventh greatest recording artist of all time). The Godfather of Soul’s life came full circle, as following his death on December 25, 2006 at the age of 73, his body was displayed in an open casket in the theater for thousands of fans to mourn a true legend.

Nearly eight years later, it was a night of celebration for the premiere of the biopic starring Chadwick Boseman (who portrayed Jackie Robinson in 42) as the pioneer of funk from Barnwell, South Carolina who recorded sixteen number one hits and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He was “Soul Brother Number One,” and songs such as his classic, “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,” became the soundtrack of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Jagger recalled seeing Brown perform for the first time at a matinee at The Apollo in the 1960s, and years later, he returned to have Brown call him up on stage. The Rolling Stones frontman admitted he was so embarrassed, he attempted to run away, and had to be literally forced onto the stage.

Directed by Tate Taylor, whose credits include the Oscar nominated The Help, Get On Up traces Brown’s incredible career from a youth of abject poverty and being abandoned by both parents, to imprisonment, to traveling the world in his own private jet. Boseman is brilliant recreating his mannerisms, his undeniable confidence, and the dynamic dance moves that made him “Mr. Dynamite.” He’s surrounded by a strong supporting case. Dan Aykroyd, who starred with Brown in The Blues Brothers, Blues Brothers 2000, and Dr. Detroit, portrays his agent and manager, Ben Bart. Jill Scott appears as Brown’s second wife Dee Dee Brown, Viola Davis plays the mother who deserted him, and Octavia Spencer is the aunt who raised him. Comedian Craig Robinson plays it straight as the celebrated saxophone player Maceo Parker who led his band.

jill scottThe story line weaves back and forth from childhood to his unparalleled stardom, and describes how while serving time for robbery, his life turned around when he met gospel singer Bobby Byrd who was performing for the inmates. Brown eventually moved in with Byrd’s family, and they became close as brothers. Another friend was Little Richard, who shared valuable advice as they plotted their ascension into music history.

Get On Up presents the joy and the pain, the good and the evil in James Brown. He volunteered to perform for troops in Vietnam and risked his life as his plane was under attack, yet he arrived safely and entertained the soldiers. He also brought peace to Boston when he ignored the Mayor’s decision to cancel his concert on the night of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination for fear of rioting.

On the flip side, we are witness to his problems with domestic violence, and how his drug abuse led to the infamous two state police chase in 1988 that resulted in a six year prison sentence.

Of course, his infectious, unforgettable music is the true star of the film, and we hear many of his classics on stage, in the recording studio, and in rehearsal: “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “Cold Sweat,” I Got That Feelin’,” “Soul Power,” “Super Bad,” “Try Me,” “Say It Loud,” and the title tune, “Get On Up.”

Numerous celebrities including Martha Stewart, Rev. Al Sharpton, Tony Danza, Freddie Jackson, Valerie Simpson, and Luke James were among those attending the premiere along with Congressman Charles Rangel.

Following the screening, the gala after party began in a luxury tent behind the Apollo, and Jagger, Tika Sumpter (who briefly appeared as singer Yvonne Fair). and Scott all separately burned up the dance floor. Robinson turned up the heat as the MC, taking the crowd higher to the James Brown tunes spun by his brother, DJ Cris Rob. A Soul Train line spontaneously formed, and as Jagger watched in admiration, who was the best dancer?…

james-brown-ii-and-tomi-rae-brown-premiere-of-get-on-up-tattoo-1406107928-view-1The Godfather of Soul’s son, 13 year-old James Brown II.

Dad would have been proud. The legacy continues.

Get On Up opens August 1.