Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Beauty of Song, Part Five: Melba Moore

Melba Moore has been a staple of American soul music for more than fifty years.

Having grown up in New York City and Newark, Ms. Moore was the daughter of an R&B singer, and she was quick to follow in her mother's footsteps.  She recorded her first song in 1967, "Magic Touch," which was released nineteen years later and has since become a soul classic.  Success later came for her on Broadway as a cast member of the original Broadway production of Hair and as Lutiebelle in Purlie, a musical about blacks in the Jim Crow South; her performance won her the 1970 Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.

Ms. Moore followed that up with two LPs, 1970's I Got Love and 1971's Look What You're Doing to The Man.  Her first big pop success, though, came with her single "This Is It," from 1976, written by disco producer Van McCoy; a few years later she scored again with "Pick Me Up I'll Dance," produced by the legendary Philly soul team of Gene McFadden and John Whitehead.  During this time, Melba Moore was a popular variety-show guest, jokingly introduced on one of them by "Mary Tyler Moore Show" actor Ted Knight as "Melba Tyler Moore." (Personal memory. :-D )

Her eighties hits include "Love's Comin' At Ya,""Keepin' My Lover Satisfied" and ""Livin' For Your Love",  and Ms. Moore proved then that she not only could be soulful, she could rock.  Her 1985 single  "Read My Lips" got her nominated for a Best Female Rock Vocal Performance Grammy.

Ms,. Moore has not only racked up more hit singles since the mid-eighties.  She also returned to Broadway, having been in the 2007 revival of Ain't Misbehavin', and she's done some other stage work as well.  Still active as of this writing, Melba Moore isn't ready to quit. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Beauty of Song, Part Five: Natalie Merchant

In the late eighties, just when we thought we were going to be drowned forever in dance pop, 10,000 Maniacs - whose actual lineup consisted of 9,995 fewer maniacs - saved us from such a fate, with lead vocalist Natalie Merchant leading the way.  The honesty in her singing was a refreshing antidote to the manufactured MTV-style pop of the time.

10,000 Maniacs had their commercial breakthrough with their 1987 album In My Tribe, produced by the legendary Peter Asher.  Ironically, the album's best-known track is obscure today.  It was a cover of Cat Stevens' "Peace Train," removed from future pressings of In My Tribe by the band to protest Stevens' endorsement of the fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran against author Salman Rushdie for a novel that had a problem with Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam.  Stevens had become a Muslim and taken the name Yusuf Islam.

While Yusuf Islam was railing against Salman Rushdie, 10,000 Maniacs continued their success with their 1989 Asher-produced album Blind Man's Zoo, which featured the sweet, empathetic ballad "Trouble Me," solidifying Ms. Merchant's vocal artistry.  1992's Our Time In Eden featured the joyous pop of "These Are Days" and "Candy Everybody Wants," with our heroine in fine form on both songs.  But after a 1993 album of the band's performance on "MTV Unplugged" - which featured Ms. Merchant on a sinewy cover of Patti Smith's and Bruce Springsteen's "Because The Night" - Natalie Merchant left the Maniacs behind for a solo career.

She debuted as a solo performer in 1995 wit h Tigerlily album, featuring the hit songs "Carnival" and "Wonder.  She followed that success with 1998's Ophelia and the album's hit single "Kind & Generous."        

In the twenty-first century, Natalie Merchant has moved toward smaller labels and has been content with smaller audiences, and her music has gotten more personal.  Her 2010 double album Leave Your Sleep was an ambitious folk album about childhood, consisting of songs adapted from poems about the subject from both British and American literature.

Natalie Merchant continues to explore the numerous possibilities in independent folk-rock music, commercialism be damned. That's why so many of us love her.

Fun fact: Natalie Merchant is of Italian descent, and her surname is an anglicization of Mercante; the family name was changed before she was born.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Beauty of Song, Part Five: Gladys Knight

Without question, Gladys Knight is the greatest female soul singer to come out of the South.

Originally from Georgia, Gladys Knight began singing at an early age and appeared on a radio talent show when she was still a little girl.  She formed her backing group the Pips, which, included her brother Merald Knight, Jr., in the early sixties. Gladys Knight and the Pips had a few regional successes with a couple of small labels before joining Motown in 1966. 

At Motown, Gladys Knight and the Pips became the first act to release "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", (Marvin Gaye's version, recorded first, was released second; the song has been covered by numerous artists since then).  Gaye's version became the definitive one, but that didn't bother Ms. Kinght, who with the Pips had several Motown hits such as 1967's "Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me," 1970's "If I Were Your Woman," and 1972's "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)."  But she had to deal with jealousy from Diana Ross, who had dropped her and the Pips from a tour with the Supremes because Ms. Knight was outclassing her. 

Eventually, Ms. Knight and her Pips left Motown and signed with Buddah Records, and that's when she established herself as the soul singer of the seventies.  Their 1973 single "Midnight Train to Georgia" topped both the Billboard pop and R&B singles chart, and it led to equally impressive hits - "I've Got to Use My Imagination," a medley of "The Way We Were" and "Try To Remember" and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me."

Gladys Knight eventually went solo, continuing to perform through the 1980s and 1990s.  She sang on the 1985 AIDS charity song "That's What Friends Are For" with Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, and Elton John, and in 1996 the Georgia native performed a wonderful version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia On My Mind" at the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, the only memorable moment from that ceremony that had nothing to do with Muhammad Ali.  In the twenty-first century, she continues to perform regularly.

And she still has that high-wattage smile. :-) 

Fun fact:  When Paul McCartney was once asked what female recording artist he'd like to sing with apart from his wife Linda,  he scarcely hesitated in answering, "Gladys Knight." :-)   (One wonders why that still hasn't happened.)       

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Beauty of Song, Part Five: Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield has been a darling of the indie-rock scene since the early 1990s.

She started out as a member of the Boston band Blake Babies before briefly joining the Lemonheads, one of those indie bands that have been a Beatlemania-like phenomenon on college radio.  She went solo in 1992, though, and she's released over dozen studio albums, including her critically acclaimed debut Hey Babe from 1992, followed by such LPs as 1998's Bed, 2004's In Exile Deo, and 2010's Peace & Love.

In 1993, Ms. Hatfield, a guitarist, she formed her own trio with bassist Dean Fisher and drummer Todd Phillips.  The Juliana Hatfield Three released their debut album Become What You Are, which included the alt-rock hit "My Sister," but despite their success, the trio wouldn't put out another album for twenty-two years.  (Crosby, Stills and Nash never even took that long to record another album in their prime.) But their 2015 followup, Whatever, My Love, was still well-received by college radio, and its lead single, the tender, warm pop ballad "If I Could," dominated indie-radio airwaves.

Ms. Hatfield's songwriting style concerts satirizing anything in society that she finds ridiculous, such as self-important men in  "I'm Not Your Mother" and men who try and fail to look cool in "Leather Pants."   

She released her most recent solo album as of this writing, Pussycat, in 2017.   

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Beauty of Song, Part Five: Basia

The Polish-born  Barbara Trzetrzelewska, known professionally as Basia, took the jazz-pop world by storm in the late 1980s, back when the elder George Bush was President.  But she didn't exactly come out of nowhere.  She'd been living in the West - first in Chicago, then in London - for a decade and trying to make it after having paid her dues in Poland, where she sang for a couple of bands in the seventies.    

Her first album, Time and Tide, from 1987, was a respectable hit, reaching number 36 on the Billboard album chart and number one on that magazine's contemporary-jazz chart.  It was 1989's London Warsaw New York, though, that broke her through in a big way, topping the Billboard contemporary-jazz chart like its predecessor but also reaching number 20 on the Billboard Top Two Hundred.  The Latin-tinged "Baby You're Mine" and her cover of Aretha Franklin's "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" were all over contemporary-jazz radio in 1989 and 1990.

After a third LP, 1994's The Sweetest Illusion, though, Basia took a long break from recording, but her follow-up, It's That Girl Again, showed that her fans still loved her when it came out in 2009. The critically acclaimed LP was a big success on the charts, reaching number five on the Billboard contemporary-jazz chart in American and going platinum in Poland, a first for her in her homeland.  Needless to say, the concert tour that followed was also a success.

Since then, Basia has mostly relied on special editions of her earlier work, but she remains active in contemporary jazz.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Beauty of Song, Part Five: Jasmine Ash

Jasmine Ash is a rising star in the singer-songwriter genre.

You may have heard one of her songs in a commercial for the Italian chocolatier Ferrero Rocher.  That would be "Starlight," a peppy piece of radio ear-candy that came out in February 2012, at about the same time as her debut album Beneath the Noise.

She's licensed her work for commercials for other products, including Apple computers and Volkswagen.  Not the way artists used to get their work noticed, but it's become a necessary path in the era of the decline of terrestrial radio. 

She's also collaborated with Ed Sheeran and Jaden Michaels, among other performers.         

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Series: The Beauty of Song, Part Five!

Happy new year!  My fourth series of beautiful women in music, which I posted throughout this past October, was such a blast, I decided to do another one to start 2018!

I mentioned that I had some women I wanted to feature back in October but could not, owing to lack of space.  I have decided to go ahead and feature them, along with some other women that I've added.  Ironically, I had to leave one or two out for the same reason of lack of space that frustrated me before.

But of course, there will still be a sixth series of beautiful women in music eventually.

Is it too soon to have another "Beauty of Song" series?  Not at all, since I'm the one making the rules for this blog.

Enough of my yakking - let's move on to the fifth series! :-)  Starting tomorrow. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Rosie Vela

I'd like to end 2017 this New Year's Eve with a look at Rosie Vela, whom I'm featuring here solo for the first time since December 2013.

Ever the model's model, Rosie Vela was known in her career to get a credit for her work at a time when most women in fashion and beauty ads were identified as "Our model" and when may models in fashion and beauty magazine editorials or even on magazine covers didn't get that much of a credit.  A forceful personality in modeling, she parlayed her strong will into her music; you already know about her career as a pop singer.

It is a gross mistake to ever underestimate this woman and what she can do.  I ought to know; she is yet another model I know through social media. :-)

Right - Happy new year!  I'll be back in 2018 with another set of new subjects - another special series.

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts, Again

I couldn't resist adding another picture of the enduring Catherine Roberts before the year is out. I'm only sorry to say that this picture isn't my own.

This is a recent photo of our heroine, courtesy of her current modeling agency, Iconic Focus.  Iconic Focus is an agency that specializes in veteran models.  Because these women are enduring beauties who are destined to last.  That's why they are veterans. :-)   

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Catherine Roberts, May 2017

Back in June 2017, I featured Catherine Roberts in a retrospective post that included my own picture of her from a party we both attended in New York.  I took another photo of her that evening,  and here it is. :-)

This was an extra photo that I didn't have room for in my last post of Ms. Roberts. But don't fall under the illusion that this is a mere "outtake."  I'm willing to bet, in fact, that Catherine Roberts has a collection of unused and unpublished pictures more formidable than many models' official portfolios.

Catherine Roberts remains a woman of impeccable and classic beauty. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect, Special Christmas Post: Margrit Ramme

Margrit Christmas! :-D

This picture of Margrit Ramme was taken at Christmas time - don't ask me what the year was, I have no idea - as the Christmas tree in the background indicates.  Looking more like an American teenager than a German supermodel, she conveys a sense of childlike innocence that only the holidays can bring about. 

Margrit Ramme remains an iconic figure in the modeling profession.  Full disclosure requires me to state that I know her - and meeting her wouldn't have happened without this blog - and I am proud and honored to call this wonderful woman my friend. :-)  

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: More of Beverly Lee

I wasn't going to stop with one retrospective post of Beverly Lee, whom I last featured on September 2016 before yesterday's post. :-)  So here are two recent pictures of her.

Though no longer active as a model, Beverly Lee remains as beautiful as ever, and she continues to be an icon to every young woman of East Asian descent who ever wanted to get into modeling.

The old-fashioned eyeglasses?  Forget the glasses and look, really look, at her face, and then try to tell me she's not still attractive  You can't.

If anything, she's more beautiful than ever.

As many of you know, I go to an annual party for veteran models, photographers, hairdressers, and makeup artists,  as well as for those of us who chronicle and preserve all of their work.  The photo of Beverly Lee immediately above is from one of those parties, and it happens to be . . . my own. :-)  Specifically, from May 2017.  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Beverly Lee Without Makeup!

And now, I'd like to offer a picture of another Beverly . . . makeup-free.

Yes, this is Beverly Lee, sans lipstick, eye shadow and rouge - just her lovely, natural face.  This comes from Vogue magazine's spring/summer Beauty and Health Guide from 1979. Ms. Lee posed for this picture as part of an editorial demonstrating what makeup goes best with a woman's face based on skin color and shade.

After seeing this picture of Beverly Lee, I've concluded that what kind of makeup goes with her face is, frankly, a moot question! 

Again: A woman is never lovelier than she wears no makeup at all. :-)

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Beauty of Retrospect: Beverly Johnson Without Makeup - IN COLOR!

You've seen this picture before, but never like this.

I first posted Francesco Scavullo's photo of top model Beverly Johnson without makeup in November 2009, but I always regretted that it was a black-and-white photo.  A month later I posted a sepia version of it to accentuate her dark brown complexion. That was about as close to presenting it in color as I could come.  Then I found a Web site that colorizes monochromatic photos, and I went one step further and ran the sepia version of this Beverly Johnson picture through it.

Oh my God, I've created a masterpiece!

This is the lovely face Scavullo saw in living color when he let the shutter fall on his camera.  How sublime . . . :-) 

I think I made the case once and for all for the argument that Beverly Johnson makes herself look more beautiful when she removes, not when she applies, her makeup.

Consider this an early Christmas present. :-)  

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Beauty of Anonymity: Model From Cigarette Ad

For my next subject, I offer this unidentified model from a cigarette ad, scanned from a magazine of mid-eighties vintage.

I don't like to feature cigarette ads here, and as you might remember, I displayed photos of Beverly Johnson from cigarette ads with the offending ciggies airbrushed out; and she stopped doing such ads when she realized she was promoting lung cancer.  This model's gaiety and beauty compelled me to use this picture, though.  And I love her outfit - primary colors.

But I was still uncomfortable with showing the original ad, so I airbrushed and edited out everything - not just the cigarette in the model's hand but also the text and the Surgeon General's warning.  Because I don't want to show cigarette ads and promote unhealthy behavior any more than Beverly Johnson wanted to do them.  Hence, any picture I show from cigarette ads.

Oh yeah, in my original post of Sheila Johnson from December 2009 (my second most popular post ever on this blog), the first picture at the top of the post shows Sheila Johnson holding a cigarette, but I didn't even notice the cigarette between her fingers until just recently.  I remember where I found the picture, but I didn't know it was originally from a cigarette ad.  Sometimes you don't notice those little details.   

Anyway, editing out the text of the ad for this picture shouldn't affect anyone's ability to place a name to this beautiful face if anyone should know who this is.  So, as always, if you know this model's identity, please identify her in a comment in the field below this blog entry.

Back soon with looks back at women featured earlier, to close out the year.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

TV newswoman Cat Wise

Catherine "Cat" Wise is a special correspondent for the PBS Newshour, American public television's premier news program.

She's reported on environmental issues in California and much of the American West Coast, but she's also done some groundbreaking work on reporting on health issues in Africa and Latin America, such as on the AIDS virus in South Africa, the shortage of doctors in Tanzania, and birth-control issues in Guatemala. 

She's won numerous awards for reporting, and we can count on her to win many more. :-)    

Friday, December 15, 2017

Model Susan Walker

Susan Walker is a model who was active in London in the mid-1980s.

She was represented by the Select agency in that city.   

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Model Catherine Timmer

Another post, another eighties model.

Catherine Timmer alternated between Paris and New York in the 1980s, being represented in the latter city by the esteemed Zoli agency.  In Paris she was represented by the Delphine agency in the early 1980s and by Marilyn Gauthier Collections in the latter half of the decade. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Model Jennifer Taylor

Jennifer Taylor is another face of the '80s, the golden age of modeling.

She worked primarily in Paris, and when she was there she was represented by the City agency.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

TV newswoman Sunlen Serfaty

Sunlen Serfaty is a familiar face on CNN.

A graduate of George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs and a concentration in Media and Communication, the Virginia-born-and-raised Ms. Serfaty began her career at ABC News covering the U.S. Senate and the White House before covering Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.  At CNN, she aggressively covered the 2016 general presidential election campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 

She continues to handle general assignments out of CNN's Washington bureau, and she remains a popular presence on the cable news channel.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Actress Sara Rue

No Rue in presenting this actress. :-)

Sara Rue has been acting since she was nine years old, when she played the granddaughter of a retired Hollywood screenwriter (played by Burt Lancaster) in the 1988 family-reunion move Rocket Gibraltar.  Since then, she's done many movies, but she's become more associated with television.

Her best-known TV roles to date are as Carmen Ferrara in "Popular" and as Claudia Casey in "Less than Perfect." On "Popular," a 1999-2001 show about teenagers who were either in the "in crowd" or not, Carmen was not in the "in crowd" and was nonetheless determined to achieve her objectives.   On "Less than Perfect," which ran from 2002 to 2006, Claudia, or "Claude," as she was nicknamed, worked as an assistant to a TV anchor and felt like her work was . . . well, less than perfect.  (Anyone detect a Mary Richards influence here?)       

Ms. Rue has had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "Mom," and she's had recurring or one-shot roles been on too many TV shows to list.

Fun fact: Ms. Rue was born Sara Schlackman. Rue is her mother's maiden name.

Monday, December 4, 2017

TV newswoman Deborah Roberts

You probably know Deborah Roberts as an ABC-TV reporter an anchor. You're probably familiar with her work on the newsmagazine program "20/20," as well as her work as a substitute anchor on the weekend edition of ABC's nightly newscast and on "Good Morning America."  And she's probably glad that you know her as all of that, because the news is her career, and her career is her identity.

But did you know that she's the wife of NBC News personality Al Roker?

In spite of that, Deborah Roberts has managed to maintain her own identity and be her own woman.  Working at a different network from her husband must help.  But in fact, she did work at NBC once - as a general-assignment reporter and later as a "Dateline NBC" correspondent.

Originally from Georgia, Ms. Roberts began her career there, as a reporter for WTVM-TV in Columbus , before moving to WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.Later, she worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida, and covered NASA  - a local beat for a reporter of her location.

Though Ms. Roberts joined NBC in 1990, she has been with ABC since 1995. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Model Elizabeth Pariente

Elizabeth Pariente is a Mexican model who was active in the 1980s.

She worked in both New York and Paris and was represented in both cities by Pauline's.  Today, she lives in Buenos Aires.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017

TV newswoman Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales is one of the most recognizable faces on NBC News.

The daughter of a Puerto Rican father and a Brazilian mother, Ms. Morales worked on local cable news and at NBC affiliate WVIT-TV in Hartford before joining the National Broadcasting Company's news department.   She was first at the network's sister cable channel MSNBC, where she covered the 2004 presidential election and the Iraq War, and then in 2006 joined NBC's "Today" as a correspondent.  She became a regular host in 2011 and has been the show's West Coast anchor since 2016.

Fun fact: Although Ms. Morales was raised in Delaware, she was born in Taiwan.  Her father was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Actress Carol Lynley

There's always been something very British about Carol Lynley - her poise, her demeanor, her understatement . . .

. . . and she happens to be an American. :-)

Carol Lynley was a young ingenue when she debuted as an actress in the late fifties. Her portrayal of Janet Willard, a teenager dealing with an unwanted pregnancy and an then-illegal abortion, in the 1959 movie Blue Denim (she had played the same role in the play of the same name) won her a Golden Globe nomination for the most promising female newcomer of the year.

Her sixties movies include 1963's Under The Yum Yum Tree, a sex comedy starring Jack Lemmon as a lustful landlord who tries to seduce Lynley's tenant character (Lemmon later disavowed that movie), the title role in 1965's Harlow (about the actress Jean Harlow) and the 1967 horror movie The Shuttered Room.

One of her biggest roles in the seventies was in 1972's The Poseidon Adventure, as a lounge singer on the ill-fated ocean liner Poseidon, which capsizes in a tidal wave.  Although she is seen performing the song "The Morning After," which won the Oscar for Best Original Song, she didn't actually sing it - she lip-synced it to someone else's voice (not that of Maureen McGovern, who recorded it later).  The response to the song by a member of the Poseidon's crew - "Give me a Strauss waltz any time!" - is the best line in the movie. :-D 

Without giving too much away, Lynley's character is one of the few that make it out of the Poseidon alive.  

Carol Lynley's profile in the movies has diminished in recent years, but she has also performed occasional or one-shot characters in television shows - too many TV shows to list.  :-)   She remains active into her seventies.   

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Model Bhavaja Kat

Bhavaja Kat has been a top model since the 1980s.

She has appeared in various ads and editorials, and she's worked with several other top models in the business.  Among the agencies she's worked with are the Ford and Elite agencies.  She has modeled for the Japanese edition of Elle and the French edition of Marie Claire.  It was also in France - Paris, of course - where Bhavaja started doing runway shows in Paris.  She was at her most successful in Italy and Japan, though, as she did many TV commercials in both countries.

Her poses command attention, whether in a causal pose like the one above, or something more formal, as seen below.

And no matter what look she projects . . .

. . . she never misses a beat. :-)

Full disclosure requires me to state that Bhavaja Kat is a friend of mine.  We both grew up in the same area of New Jersey, though we didn't know each other then.  She now lives in a different part of New Jersey from where I live.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Model/actress/singer/activist Jolie Jones

Yes. All of those. Because Jolie Jones is someone you can't peg or fit into a neat box.

The daughter of legendary jazz musician and record producer Quincy Jones and his first wife Jeri Caldwell, Jolie Jones started out as a model, becoming a face of Revlon and Max Factor in their ads.  But the family business soon came calling, and she pursued a singing career in London while living there in the mid-eighties, working with some of the biggest names on British popular music at the time.  Back in Los Angeles toward the end of the decade, she trained as an actress while remaining active in music; she produced two albums from Brazilian singer Ivan Lins and even managed him.

Her commitment to activism started with demonstrations against nuclear-bomb proliferation in the sevneties, and in she helped found the Los Angeles-based Earth Communications Office to communicate environmental activism to the broader public. Ms. Jones' own group, The Take It Back Foundation, teaches and mobilizes children to take action for the environment.  

Is there anything Jolie Jones won't do?  (That was a rhetorical question. :-) )

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Model/designer Shelya Huff

Shelya Huff is a model from the 1980s, the glory days of modeling.

Originally from Buffalo (the hometown of noted cover girls Dawn Gallagher and Beverly Johnson), Ms. Huff was represented in the eighties by the Zoli agency at first before she went on over to the Elite Elegance division.

That makes sense! :-D

Ms. Huff specialized in advertising work as a model.  Today,  she works as an interior designer and as a home-furnishings consultant, and as the "Duchess of Decor," she strives to get the most out of her clients' interior space.  You can access her Web site here.  

Note: Both of these photos of Shelya Huff are black-and-white photos that have been electronically colorized.  I did it as an experiment.  I say it turned out pretty well, don't you think? :-D 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Actress Meagan Good

Here's a Good post! :-) 

Meagan Good has had a prolific career as an actress in both movies and television.  She first gained notoriety in the children's TV comedy "Cousin Skeeter" on Nickelodeon, about a boy named Bobby whose life is turned upside down by his cousin Skeeter, who's represented by a puppet.  (It was Nickelodeon, remember.)  Meagan Good played Bobby's talkative friend.

Ms. Good went on to play roles in several movies, most notably 2012's Think Like a Man, a romantic comedy based on Steve Harvey's book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," which explains to women how men view relationships.  Ms. Good played Mya, "the 90 Day Rule Girl," who matches wits with Zeke, "the Player" (portrayed by Romany Malco). 

Her forays into adult television have been less than successful, especially when she played detectives. "Deception," a crime-mystery soap starring Ms. Good as police detective Joanna Locasto, who investigates a murder, and "Minority Report," in which she played Lara Vega, a D.C. police investigator who tries to save would-be victim from potential killers, were both canceled after less than a full season.  But she did play a singer who has an affair with burned-out novelist Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny) in the hit series "Caifornication." 
Meagan Good has also formed her own production company, so she still plans to remain active in show business no matter what. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

TV weather forecaster Amy Freeze

An appropriate name for someone who makes a living predicting snow in the colder months, eh?

Amy Freeze has been a weather forecaster at WABC-TV in New York since 2011, but she has a long history in other cities.  Having gotten her start at KPTV-TV in Portland, Oregon, she worked at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and then WFLD-TV in Chicago.  It was when she was in Chicago that she would give presentations in local schools about the weather and severe storms.  Ms. Freeze's school-lecture program was called "Weather Education Days."

In New York, Ms. Freeze has a special segment - "The Freeze Factor" – in which she rates the following day's weather on a scale of one to ten.  In 2017, the New Jersey news site named her the Top Forecaster in the greater New York area for the year.

Fun fact: She had a cameo in an episode of the NBC series "Scrubs."