Taraji P. Henson tells New Jack Swing backstory in podcast
LOS ANGELES – Taraji P. Henson remembered wearing her favorite outfit to a music festival where some of the biggest New Jack Swing tunes were being performed from Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” to Tony! Tone!’s “Feels Good.”At the time, Henson had no clue about the backstory behind the music era, which made its mark in the ’80s and ’90s. I was enjoying the music,” said Henson, who serves as a producer of the six-part series, which airs Tuesdays. The series examines the “rise and eventual fall” of the New Jack Swing movement. “I didn’t think of her as an audio actress, but she’s just great at it.”Through the podcast, Henson wants the New Jack Swing story to be turned into a film.
AP source: Letter containing ricin addressed to White House seized by authorities
A package containing the poison ricin was intercepted by law enforcement this week. A preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans, the official said. All mail coming into the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility before it ever reaches the White House. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ricin can be made from the waste material left over from processing castor beans. “If castor beans are chewed and swallowed, the released ricin can cause injury,” CDC officials said.
Poison frontman Bret Michaels in search of nothing but a good time at Hard Rock Hotel's Velvet Sessions
click to enlargeFormer Poison frontman Bret Michaels career has lasted longer than anyone expected for a guy who wrote his biggest hit, Every Rose Has Its Thorn, about a failed relationship with a girl who was 16 when they first started dating. His late second act as a reality television star boosted his reputation enough to give his music career a shot in the arm, and this week hes playing songs new and old in the Hard Rock Hotel for their lauded Velvet Sessions series. Every night has its dawn?6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2; Hard Rock Hotel, 5800 Universal Blvd. ; $69.23; velvetsessions.tix.comorlandoweekly.com