Thursday, April 28, 2016

From sorrow to celebration: Harlem concert for Prince - 4/25/16

 From sorrow to celebration: Harlem celebrates the life and music of Prince

 Exactly one week ago, I learned of the untimely death of the music icon, Prince.

When I first heard the news, I was devastated like millions of his fans around the world.  I took his death exceptionally hard. Prince always seemed larger than life to me - almost invincible. It was a reminder that life is fragile.  You can't take it for granted and that you must live your legacy.  That's exactly what Prince did.  He left such an impact on the world that his life and music is celebrated all over the world. I have a friend from the UK who said he listened to Prince's Purple Rain album during his childhood.  That's just one example of how much of an influence his music had on the world.

My sadness turned to joy when I stopped by the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Friday, April 22nd (the day after his death). There was a spirit of love in the air. With Prince's music blasting through the speakers, there was nothing but sheer bliss that was felt by all.  We sang and danced to all his greatest hits.  There were large posters with Prince's image to sign.  They were littered with various signatures from fans from all over the world.  It was a beautiful site.

The celebration continued on Monday, April 25th on 125th Street, when the Harlem community presented a star-studded concert at the Plaza at the State Office Building on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. at 125th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. It was a grandiose affair with many DJs from Hot 97 and WBLS, local politicians and thousands of fans. It was a site to behold.

One of the highlights for me was a special performance by R&B Diva, Melissa Morgan who sang her hit (written by Prince), "Do Me, Baby!"  She did not disappoint!! She led the crowd with a sing-a-long and then she took the song to another level when she deviated from the crowd with her ad lib. She was incredible. 

Another great highlight, Cake Man Raven presented his red-velvet Prince cake (an exact replica of  Prince's famous purple guitar).  It was spectacular and delicious at the same time! It was a pleasant surprise when he served us the cake at the end of the program!!

I met so many great people during the concert who was celebrating Prince which made the whole experience even more enriching! I even met a Prince impersonator who embodied Prince's spirit and his dance moves!

After the concert, we were treated to various awesome performances of Prince at various stages of his career on a Jumbotron on the side of the concert area.  It allowed the audience to see his greatness and what he brought the world.  We danced and sang along as Prince wowed us from the big screen.  It was a perfect way to end what was a beautiful affair.

Wednesday night (April 27th), I was thrilled to see the movie, Purple Rain on the big screen.  It was incredible and the music really filled my soul.  After the movie, we all applauded and cheered at it's brilliance. It was so wonderful.

I am full now and my sorrow has turned to gratitude that we were blessed with such a great soul who touched the world with his love and music.  Prince once said in an interview with Larry King that he would describe his music as "inspirational." It truly was and still is inspirational. He expressed our humanity - the good, the bad, the ugly and the beauty of life. What an incredible journey he had and that he expressed in his music.  I am so grateful that we can still hear his journey.

May he forever, Rest in Peace!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Harlem Celebrates Prince - April 25th!

Harlem Celebrates Prince

WHAT:  Harlem Celebrates the late icon Prince with a special outdoor dance party.
                “We R Gathered Here 2day 2 Wish Prince Heaven”

WHEN:  Monday, April 25,  2016  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building - 163 West 125th Street

After the untimely and unfortunate passing of the musical icon who touched so many lives, on Monday, April 25th,  Emmis Communications (WBLS-FM, Hot 97FM and WLIB-AM),  Harlem  Summer Stage, the Harlem Music Festival, HARLEM WEEK, Harlem Arts Alliance and others are joining forces to present a public celebration of the life of Prince Rogers Nelson at The Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza at 163 W. 125th St.
From 5:30 PM until 8PM, Everyone is invited to join WBLS DJs, on-air personalities including Imhotep Gary Byrd, Elected officials and others to celebrate the life of Prince and his immense       contributions to the world through his music. A Jumbotron will feature Prince highlights, Harlem leaders will reflect upon Prince's legacy, and people from the community and throughout New York City will reminisce, sing, and dance.

Interview and photo opportunity available:

Press Contact: Marko Nobles @ (212) 862-7200 or (646) 397-3686
Irene Gandy @ (212) 862-7200 or (646) 436-5666
*Sponsored by Emmis Communications (WBLS-FM, Hot 97FM and WLIB-AM),  Harlem  Summer Stage, the Harlem Music Festival, HARLEM WEEK, Harlem Arts Alliance and others.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A beautiful evening at The Apollo Friday night - April 22nd!

A beautiful evening: There was an awesome tribute to Prince at The Apollo night! I met so many great people. The energy and love was incredible. I really needed this tonight. I haven't been great since I heard the news of Prince's death. His music just washed the pain away. That was the power of his music!! It was so much great music. The announced on the news today that he has a vault of unreleased music.  I hope we're able to hear it. He has so much great music available to us. It's so incredible! His music truly gave me comfort tonight. He will truly be missed! WE LOVE YOU, PRINCE!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rest in Peace: Prince Rogers Nelson

Rest in Peace: It is with a heavy heart that I write this. Today, I learned that one of my all-time favorite artists, Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) has died. He was more than a musical genius: He was a shrewd business man, a musical legend, a dynamic live act, a producer, an innovator, a pioneer, a visionary, an icon, and ahead of his time. I am so grateful for the wealth of music he left us.  There will never be another like Prince. We lost a great one. This one hit me exceptionally hard. I'm still processing it. One person can change the world.

I pray for his family, dear friends and all his fans, like me, who love him. May he rest in peace always. Goodnight, dear Prince.

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL:





Sunday, April 17, 2016

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - #2

NY-Vocalist, Benita Charles shares singing tips for beginner singers

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

A special thanks to all who came to the PATR Show at Shrine - April 16th!

A special thanks to all who came out to the Shrine Nyc last night!! It was an incredible evening and the show was electric! That's all I can say. I have no words for how incredible I felt on that stage last night! I am so honored to be a music maker! I will post more pictures of the evening. We met so many great new fans last night! It was an awesome evening!! Thank you all for your love and support! Shalimar!! #staycrunchy

Here's a replay of the performance: .

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Preachermann & The Revival return to The Shrine - April 16th!

On Saturday, April 16th, Preachermann and The Revival return to the legendary Shrine in Harlem with his band, The Revival for a soulful set of atomic soul! Come to the show and leave your burdens at the door! Get up in the water and get wet!! Let the music set you free. You definitely have to see it, to believe it! Showtime is 10:00 pm (no cover). Shalimar! #staycrunchy

The Shrine is located in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City.  The address is 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (at 134th Street).

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - #1

NY-Vocalist, Benita Charles shares singing tips for beginner singers on her first Periscope.

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"