Newark’s The Star-Ledger newspaper has chosen Luther Vandross’ rendition of “A House Is Not A Home” as its Song of the Day. The newspaper specifically cites Luther’s performance of the song at the NAACP Image Awards in 1988:
“A House Is Not a Home” was, of course, one of the standards of Luther Vandross’ repertoire, and in this performance, at the 1988 NAACP Image Awards,he really nails it, casually building a warm connection with the audience and somehow dazzling with his technique without ever seeming to show off. This should be required viewing for all “American Idol” contestants.
You can read more at The Star-Ledger website.
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.