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Monday Madness: 5 For The '05

It's Monday! So you know what that means . . . it's meme time!

I copped this meme from EJ (via Carla).

***Blogger Note: This is a partial list; EJ has the full list.

Ten years ago: I started my journalism career.
Five years ago: I was unemployed and freelancing for the now-defunct music website
[Two] years ago: This month (July) marks Beats and Rants's 2nd anniversary on TypePad. I have been doing this blogging/journaling thing for three years now.
Yesterday: Went to the barbershop to get a haircut and chilled at home.
Today: At the job working hard, wishing it was Friday. Plus, posting a few entries.
Tomorrow: I’ll be back at work again wishing it was Friday.
5 things I would do with $100 million: Give some money to charity; invest in IRAs and other retirement funds; buy a couple of mansions, buy an island and save the rest.
5 locations I’d like to run away to: In no order: Hawaii, China, London, Africa and Italy.
5 bad habits I have: Reading blogs when I should be sleeping, bite my nails, impulse shop/buy, crack my fingers and pick my nose (when I'm alone).
5 things I like doing: Purchasing music and listening to music; reading blogs; writing (via my job), reading magazines/books and booty watching.
5 things I would never wear: thongs, bras, earrings, sandals/flip-flops and anything in pink or purple.
5 TV shows I like: The Shield, Chappelle's Show, Law & Order, Girlfriends and BET's Un:Cut.
5 movies I like: Million Dollar Baby, Goodfellas, Cooley High, The Godfather and Do the Right Thing.
5 famous people (who are alive) I'd like to meet: Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and [?].
5 people to tag: You, You, You, You and You.

Also . . .

What's rockin in my iPod right now:

01. This Is My Life -- Slim Thug
02. Money Makes The World Go Round (F/ Starang Wondah) -- Buckshot/ 9th Wonder
03. 1 Thing -- Amerie
04. Outta Control (F/ Mobb Deep) -- 50 Cent
05. Give It Up -- Amos Lee
06. We Have Died Already -- So:El
07. What's on Your Mind? -- Eric B. & Rakim
08. Thought You Had My Back This Time -- Keyshia Cole
09. Higher -- The Game
10. Number One -- John Legend
11. No Comparison -- Buckshot/ 9th Wonder
12. My Sista -- Mint Condition
13. Twice Around -- Jean Grae (From the Herbaliser's Take London CD)
14. The Future -- One.Be.Lo
15. First Love -- Goapele


Here And Gone

(A Love Deluxe: Luther Vandross)

Boy, what a sad start to the 4th of July weekend.

Luther Vandross (1951-2005)

Legendary soul crooner Luther Vandross died Friday at a hospital in Edison, N.J., as a result of complications from a stroke he suffered in April 2003. He was 54 years old. Born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York in 1951, he serenaded audiences with his smooth-as-silk voice and romantic ballads. Ruben Studdard -- who some say is the heir apparent to Luther's love throne -- was saddened to hear of Luther's passing. "Luther was a big influence on me," he told "I'm blessed to be able to have seen him do his thing and have him influence me musically. I love him. He has been and continues to be a great inspiration to me. He will be truly missed." In Luther's 30-year music career, he earned eight Grammys and sold an estimated 30 million records. Luther's hits included the romantic ballads "Never Too Much," "A House Is Not a Home" and "Here and Now."

I couldn't possibly write a tribute worthy for your eyes. But, for me, Luther Vandross was (and still is) the classiest love crooner in the music game. There will never be another singer like him, ever. Journalist/historian Nelson George pays tribute to LV HERE. Music man EJ Flavors pays tribute to the singer on his radio blog. Take a LISTEN.

And in Detroit . . .

(Four Tops Singer) Renaldo "Obie" Benson (1935-2005)

Original Four Tops bass singer Renaldo "Obie" Benson passed away at a Detroit hospital on Friday. The singer died of lung cancer; he was 69 year old. Although for weeks Obie had been ill, his death did not come as a surprise to family members and friends. "He had a very good heart," said Obie's ex-wife Valaida. "After the divorce he was still a wonderful father and loved his children very much. We were still friends through it all." Levi Stubbs and Abdul "Duke" Fakir now remain as the two surviving members of the Four Tops, who have recorded such hits as "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" and "I Can't Help Myself."

R.I.P. Luther and Obie.