Last night my girl Vanessa and I were literally rocked to our soul by Eric Benet, Mint Condition and Ledisi, whose album I reviewed in the October-November issue of Heart & Soul magazine, currently on newsstands. Ledisi looked amazing, worked the crowd, and blew out some of her new songs as well as favorites like "In the Morning" and "Alright." She even did some fantastic Frankie Beverly. Her vocal acrobatics were impressive and soul touching.
Stokely Williams of Mint Condition showed why the band has been around for 20 years. He was all over the stage, ripping classics like "What Kind of Man," "You Send Me Swinging," and "Pretty Brown Eyes," and serenading the ladies with "Nothing Left to Say." We danced so hard to Mint Condition's jamming rendition of The Jackson's "Heartbreak Hotel" that my back was sore this morning. It was so great to see a real band. And Eric Benet closed the concert out with his smooth falsettos and romantic ballads. He even had the men in the audience singing. Watching real singers perform is so rare these days. I hope talent like this continues to get support.
I hope you get a chance to check out the newest issue of Heart & Soul with actress Tamala Jones on the cover. In the monthly Downtime column, I reviewed or previewed the films Precious with Mo'Nique and Good Hair with Chris Rock and Nelson George, autobiographies by Serena Williams and Sherri Shephard, and new DVDs featuring B. Smith's cooking, a family's survival of Hurricane Katrina, and Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker's term. If you pick up the issue or check out anything I reviewed, let me know what you think. I love feedback.