CBS is reinstating Luther Vandross as the voice of “One Shining Moment” as the network’s NCAA Tournament tradition celebrates its 25th anniversary next Monday night. Harold Bryant, CBS Sports’ vice president for production, said network executives elected to go back to Luther’s version, which was used for seven years before CBS rolled out a new version by Jennifer Hudson in 2010. “Both versions are great,” he said. “She (Hudson) did a great job. We just felt like we wanted to go back to Luther.” You can read more at The Houston Chronicle website.
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More than 200 authentic artifacts and memorabilia representing many facets of African American culture, including items from the slavery era; stage outfits of prominent entertainers such as Luther Vandross, Jimi Hendrix and Bootsy Collins, and notable items from innovators and visionaries such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, have been included in “America I Am,” a traveling museum exhibit currently running through May 1st at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., and moving to other locations later this year. You can find more information about the exhibit at AmericaIAm.org and The Washington Informer.
The Black Ensemble Theater is producing a new play called All In Love Is Fair, featuring the music of Luther Vandross as well as songs made popular by Brook Benton, James Ingram, Gladys Knight and Roberta Flack. The play will run at the ensemble’s theater in Chicago from March 12th to May 8th. The show tells a story of how the people that live in a fictitious multi-cultural town of Love, Illinois, move in and out of love. For more information and tickets, visit TheaterMania.com.