Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to take our readers on an exciting and informative journey to the past.
Today, after fans of the singer Michel’le tuned in in their millions to learn of the abuse she is said to have suffered at the hands of Dr. Dre via her Lifetime biopic, we return to 1993 to shed fresh light on ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It? (The Tina Turner Story).’
In it, viewers are taken beyond and behind the velvet rope to witness the life Tina Turner lived away from the spotlight.
A life, unbeknownst to the world at the time, was filled to the brim with cruel and sadistic abuse dished out to her by her husband Ike Turner.
Directed by Brian Gibson the movie saw Angela Bassett portray Turner and Lawrence Fishbourne take on Ike who pulled from the singer’s book ‘I, Tina’ to tell her story.
In the United States, the release earned over $40 million at the box office and additional $20 million from movie rental services as it generated £10 million in the United Kingdom despite coming under criticism for fabricating incidents that did not actually occur in real life.
One of these was the now infamous “Eat the Cake Anna Mae” scene in which the abusive Ike forces Tina’s face into a cake.
In reality, according to the star’s book, he forced her to eat the cake (sans slamming her face into it) after it was served to her by a waitress despite the fact that she did not order it.
Ready to take that journey to the past?
‘What’s Love’ waits below…
Singer’s 5th Album Charged To Physical & Digital Shelves This Morning
It’s been nearly three years since the last time we pressed play on a new album from pop eccentric Lady Gaga by her lonesome. Granted, part of that time lapse was due to forays outside of her main genre with mentor/jazz legend Tony Bennett and work on television via FX’s hit ‘American Horror Story’ series, but much of it was presumed time taken to recoup from the critical and relative commercial failure that was 2013’s ‘ArtPop.’
With word she was set to reconnect with longtime hitmaking partner-in-crime RedOne, fans and critics alike were undoubtedly expecting a “return to form” for the songstress upon the official unveiling of her 2016 efforts. While they got no such thing in the set’s first releases, ‘A-Yo,’ ‘Million Reasons,’ and, of course, ‘Perfect Illusion,’ diehards were still singing anticipatory praises to the album (‘Joanne’). The masses – as evinced by the poor performance of each of the previously mentioned tunes on the Billboard Hot 100 – were not so easily convinced.
Fast forward to its release date (October 21st), the album – even at a discounted $3.99 – is being greeted with low buzz and mixed review. But, as usual, the only reviews we care about are yours – That Grape Juice faithful.
That’s why we’ve come to ask…
The third and final U.S. presidential debate between hopefuls Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton, which aired live on October 19th, is still very much a hot topic among analysts and prospective voters alike. But, while talk continues all the way until election day, another hot, yet unexpected topic arose from the two’s fiery debate: Janet Jackson.
Indeed, after the Republican nominee hurled the insult “such a nasty woman” to his Democratic competitor, Google was set alight with searches for the pop queen and her 1986 hit.
Smart Move or Last Ditch Effort? You Weigh In
In 2011 Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lady Gaga earned a seat at a very exclusive table when her album, ‘Born This Way,’ sold over 1 million copies its first week. Yet, while many celebrated the historic feat, others scoffed and scorned when reports revealed the album would’ve sold significantly less had it not been discounted to $.99 for a brief period of time during its premiere week.
Apparently Gaga remains unbothered by those critics as her latest album, the ‘Perfect Illusion’-led ‘Joanne,’ is getting similar treatment. The project – her first to debut without a top 10 single leading it to shelves – will possibly get by with a little help from her friends…at Amazon:
Little Mix‘s global reign is imminent.
Good news for Fifth Harmony‘s chart-scorching sisters below…
We’re pretty sure when Jazmine Sullivan sang ‘Let It Burn’ she was not referring to the unforgiving Twitter roasting imparted to her social media handles all week. Alas, the Grammy-nominated beauty has been burning up headlines for what many are calling an insensitive, self-centered eulogy she delivered via social media for the late gospel singer, “TC” Clay, who died last weekend.
Sprinkled with shade and some poor word choices, the backlash was so bad it led the songstress to delete the post and today return to the very social media platform where this trouble started to lend an apology.
Is it too little, too late? Read it and tell us below:
In the United Kingdom Black History Month takes place in October.
So, keen to offer its viewers insight into the lives and achievements of black people born and bred in Britain the British Broadcasting Company created ‘Black & British.’
Kicking off in November, the series will shed fresh light on the U.K’s layered and complex ties to the black community, celebrate the groundbreaking efforts of Naomi Campbell and detail just how valuable to the community has been to the nation.
Watch its trailer below…
Lady GaGa has revealed that one of the songs on her new LP was written to honour the short but impactful life of Trayvon Martin.
Slain by the serial criminal George Zimmerman, the teenager and his story stand as one of the many foundations of the Black Lives Matter movement which seeks to reshape America’s view of black people.
Full story below…