by Michael P. Coleman

Narada Michael WaldenNarada Michael Walden proved he was a force to be reckoned with when he coached the plaintive, yearning "Let Me Be Your Angel" out of a 13-year-old Stacy Lattisaw in 1979.  From there, he racked up hits with divas including Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Angela Bofill, and Aretha Franklin.  Walden consistently displayed a gift for showcasing what was unique in his musical partners, even as he made a name for himself as an artist in his own right.

Walden, 62, also wrote (with Richard Buskin) the best of the many books that followed Whitney Houston's death,  Whitney Houston:  The Voice, The Music, The Inspiration.  In it, the three time Grammy winner details the stories behind many of Houston's musical masterpieces.

Most recently, Walden is putting the finishing touches on the debut EP from Chayenne Elliott, a promising young singer who's signed to Walden's label and who also happens to be Dionne Warwick's granddaughter and Whitney Houston's cousin.

As Funky Town Grooves releases expanded editions of two of Walden's best productions, the classic Aretha Franklin albums Aretha(featuring the #1 multi-format smash duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me", "Jimmy Lee", and a stunning cover of "Look To The Rainbow") and Through The Storm(including powerful duets with Whitney Houston, James Brown, Elton John, The Four Tops, and Kenny G), I sat down with Walden in his recording studio in San Rafael and chatted with him about his iconic projects with the undisputed Queen of Soul.

Look to newsstands everywhere this weekfor the spring issue of The Hub magazine (featuring Mo'ne Davis on the cover) and our exclusive interview with Narada Michael Walden.  Also, look to sacculturalhub.com later this month for our expanded feature on Walden, including his stories about working with Ross, Houston, Carey, Quincy Jones and other legends- and his story about the diva who turned him down.

Narada Michael Walden's Whitney Houston: The Voice, The Music, The Inspirationis available at iBooks and Amazon.

Aretha and Through The Storm are available a funkytowngrooves.com

For more info about sharing your services and products in THE HUB Magazine call (916) 234-3589 or e-mail contact@sacculturalhub.com.  To subscribe and see past issues of THE HUB Magazine go to: http://www.sacculturalhub.com/expressmag.

Michael P. Coleman is a Sacramento-based freelance writer who is always available.  Connect with him at michaelpcoleman.com, via email at mikelsmindseye@me.com, or on Twitter:  @ColemanMichaelP

From HuffPost Living, The Huffington Post Canada

March 6, 2014

The spring 2014 time change may rob you of sleep, but it can also save your life in the long term, says a UBC professor.

"We live in a society that is chronically sleep-deprived, and very bad things happen when chronic sleep deprivation is an issue," Stanley Coren, former director of the school's Human Neuropsychology and Perception Laboratory, said in a Tuesday news release.

Workplace and car accident deaths have been known to increase five to seven per cent in the three days following the start of daylight saving time, he says.

But despite these negative numbers, the spring switch also saves lives in the long term because people are driving home when it's brighter out.

"People die during the period directly following the spring shift, but the data on traffic accidents show that accidents occur much more often during the dark or lower illumination than during daylight hours," he says.

"So although daylight saving time causes an initial hazard, in the end there is a life-saving benefit."

Coren is not alone in pointing out the hazards associated with daylight saving time.

The U.S. economy has been estimated to lose as much as $434 million due to heart attacks, workplace accidents and cyberloafing, as they relate to the spring time change, writes Dan Schecter, creator of SleepBetter.org.

Ultimately, Coren recommends that people go to bed earlier on the day of the change in order to combat potential negative effects. After all, your body is going to wake up earlier anyway.

"It is harder to sleep later because humans tend to awaken fairly automatically," he said. "Our eyelids are not opaque and most people are sensitive to increases in light, so we tend to wake up before our alarms go off because of that."

Here's a look at some of the movies opening today, Friday, August 16.

"Lee Daniels' The Butler"
(From IMDB.com) An African-American's eyewitness accounts of notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. Starring Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, and Oprah Winfrey.
Watch the trailer

"Kick Ass 2"
(From IMDB.com) The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey.
Watch the trailer

"Paranoia"
The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar, seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. Starring Amber Heard, Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Gary Oldman.
Watch the trailer

Sac Cultural Hub is proud to present this year's 2015 Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Honorees. From CEOs to retirees, principals to mothers, this year's honorees represent everything a woman is and can be.

All of these women, from across Northern California, have overcome multiple obstacles to becom pillars of our community. Help us celebrate these unsung heroines by attending the 7th Annual Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Networking Brunch & Wellness Conference on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Hilton Arden West Sacramento, 2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento CA 95815. Don't miss the presentation of EWOC Excellence Awards to these exceptional women at the EWOC Conference.

Click here to buy tickets online!


EWOC HonoreeWhat is an Exceptional Woman of Color (EWOC) and why THE HUB Celebrates EWOCs every year! An EWOC is unsung heroine who has made significant achievements and accomplishments that go unrecognized by mainstream media. An EWOC is a woman who effortlessly serves as a role model while juggling the multiple tasks of:

  • Being a mother and/or wife
  • Working full-time
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Mastering her career goals
  • Managing her own business
  • Succeeding in her job and receiving prestigious promotions
  • Pushing the limits of her boundaries to achieve excellence


An EWOC does all of these things inspite of the countless obstacles and insurmountable hardships that she is faced with on a daily basis. She continues to be an "overcomer", where her smile, beauty, personality, and confidence exhibits the very essence of true success.

CONGRATULATIONS 2015 EWOC HONOREES!!!

 

Sindy G. Ausmer
Senior Advocate, Community Engagement
Molina Healthcare of California
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism

 

Tina Boatman Patterson
Executive Director
California Housing Finance Agency
Category: Management and the Professions

Holly Brown

Holly Brown
Membership Service Representative
Schools Financial Credit Union
Category: Arts and Culture

Davin Brown
Davin Brown
Director of Student Engagement & Outreach/Adjunct Faculty
Sacramento State University and Drexel University
Category: Education and Research

Addie Ellis
Addie Ellis
Chief Operations Officer
The Koci Group
Category: Entrepreneur/Innovator

 

Katrina Jackson

Katrina Jackson
Director of Administration and Finance
El Dorado Hills Community Services District
Category: Management and the Professions

Margaret Lee

Margaret Lee
Co-Owner
Herkie-13 Cheerleading
Lifestyle Clothing
Category:Entrepreneur/Innovator

Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee
Co-Owner
Herkie-13 Cheerleading
Lifestyle Clothing
Category: Young Women of Distinction

 

Rose Lyles
Co-Founder
Bay Area Black Expo
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism

Sandra Poole

Sandra Poole
Deputy Director
California Black Health Network
Category: Politics & Government Relations

Dia Poole

Dia Poole
President
California State University Alumni Council
Category: Politics & Government Relations

Nailah Pope-Harden

Nailah Pope-Harden
Parent Organizer
California Charter Schools Association
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism

Madalynn C. RuckerMadalynn C. Rucker
Founder/CEO
ONTRACK Program Resources
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism

 

Marianna SousaMarianna Sousa
Business Owner/Stylist
Nappy Star Exclusive Natual Hair Care
Category: Social Welfare & Community Activism

 

Michelle SpencerMichele Spencer
Executive Officer-Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve
Category: Politics & Government Relations

 

 

Melen Vue
Director of Community Engagement
National Association on _____ ?
Category: Community Action

 


Gloria Torres
Covered California Coordinator
LaFamilia Counseling Center, Inc.
Category:Social Welfare & Community Activism

 

     

Here's a look at some of the movies opening tomorrow, Friday, April 5.

"Evil Dead"
In the much anticipate remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five 20-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas and Lou Taylor Pucci.
Watch the trailer

"Jurassic Park 3D"
Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg's groundbreaking classic "Jurassic Park" in 3D, introducing the three-time Academy Award winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allowing longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film's original release. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, and Richard Attenborough.
Watch the trailer

"Trance" (Limited)
A fine art auctioneer, mixed up with a criminal gang, joins forces with a hynotherapist to recover a lost painting. Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, and Danny Sapani.
Watch the trailer

"The Company You Keep" (Limited)
(From IMDB.com) A thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity. Starring Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanely Tucci, and Nick Nolte.
Watch the trailer

"Free Angela & All Political Prisoners" (Limited)
A feature-length documentary on legendary activist and icon Angela Davis. The high stakes crime, political movement, and trial that catapults the 26-year-old, newly-appointed philosophy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles into a 70s revolutionary political icon. Nearly 40 years later, and for the first time, Angela Davis speaks frankly about the actions that branded her as a terrorist and simultaneously spurred a worldwide political movement for her freedom. Starring Angela Davis and Eisa Davis.
Watch the trailer

Here's a look at some of the new albums and DVDs that were released today, Tuesday, April 2.

New Music Releases
  • Tyler, The Creator, "Wolf"
  • The Band Perry, "Pioneer"
  • Charles Bradley, "Victim of Love"
  • Bonobo, "North Borders"
  • New Kids On the Block, "10"
  • DJ Koze, "Amygdala"
  • Killswitch Engine, "Disarm The Descent"
  • Mad Season, "Above"
  • Gin Wigmore, "Gravel & Wine"
  • Hawk Nelson, "Made"
  • Various Artists, "The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver"
New DVD Releases
  • "The Baytown Outlaws"
  • "The Sweeney"
  • "John Dies at the End"
  • "Hitler's Children"
  • "LUV"
  • "Knuckleball"
  • "Meet the Fokkens"

Here's a look at some of the movies opening today, Friday, March 29.

"Tyler Perry's Temptation"
An explosive romance about forbidden desires, "Tyler Perry's Temptation" tells the provocative story of Judith, an ambitious married woman whose temptation by a handsome billionaire leads to betrayal, recklessness and forever alters the course of her life. Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams, Brandy Norwood, and Kim Kardashian.
Watch the trailer

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation"
The team is not only fighting their mortal enemy, COBRA, but they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. Starring Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, and D.J. Cotrona.
Watch the trailer

"The Host"
Based on the book by "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about -- Jared, Ian, her brother Jamie and her Uncle Jeb, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, and Diane Kruger.
Watch the trailer

03.28.2013

Spring Fling

The sun is out, flowers are in bloom, and spring is in the air! Here's a look at some upcoming spring happenings, such as Easter egg hunts and festivals, in the Sacramento and Bay Areas.

SACRAMENTO

Super Spring Science Camp
Through March 29
Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento
www.thediscovery.org

The Midtown Spring Fling with Mr. December
March 29
9pm
Torch Club, 904 15th St., Sacramento
More info

Easter High Tea & Egg Decorating Party
March 30
3:30-5pm
HelloXOXO, 919 20th St., Sacramento
More info

Easter Eggstravaganza
March 30
8am-1pm
Fair Oaks Park, 8000 Temple Park Road, Fair Oaks
More info

Hop, Leap, Jump
March 30
10:30am-12pm
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael
www.sacnaturecenter.net

Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt
March 30
7:30-11:30am
Clunie Community Center, 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento
More info

Hoppin' and Huntin' at Hagan Park
March 30
8:30am-12pm
Hagan Park & Cordova Community Center, 2197 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova
More info

Living History Annual Easter Bonnet Promenade
March 30
11am-1pm
Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street, Sacramento
More info

Spring Eggstravaganza
March 30
8am-2pm
Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove
www.yourcsd.com

Easter Egg Hunt
March 30
10am-12:30pm
Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento
www.fremontpres.org

Easter Egg Express
March 30-31
Sacramento RiverTrain-West Sacramento, 400 N Harbor Blvd., West Sacramento
www.sacramentorivertrain.com

Spring Eggstravaganza
March 30-31
11am-3pm

Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Dr., Sacramento
www.fairytaletown.org

15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast
March 31
9:30-11am
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, 3645 Fulton Ave., Sacramento
www.hagginoaks.com

Easter River Cruises
March 31
2pm & 3:30pm
Empress Hornblower, 1206 Front St., Sacramento
More info

Easter Brunch
March 31
9:30am-12:30pm
Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L St., Sacramento
More info

BAY AREA

Feast for the Beasts
March 30
9am-3pm
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
www.oaklandzoo.org

Annual Egg Hunt
March 30
10am
Arlington Park, 1120 Arlington Blvd., El Cerrito
el-cerrito.org

Spring Egg Hunt
March 30
9:30am-12:30pm
Hercules Senior Center, 111 Civic Drive, Hercules
ci.hercules.ca.us

Spring Easter Egg Hunt
March 30
10am-12pm
Dunphy Park, Mapa and Bridgeway Sts., Sausalito
ci.sausalito.ca.us

Spring Eggstravaganza
March 30
11am-3pm
Golden Gate Park, Sharon Meadow, John F. Kennedy & Kezar Drives, San Francisco
More info

Annual Atherton Easter Egg Hunt
March 30
10am-12pm
150 Watkins Ave., Atherton
RSVP: vkogler@yahoo.com

Spring Celebration
March 30
9:30-11:30am
Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3466 Old Foothill Road, Pleasanton
Pre-registration required at www.pleasantonfun.com (use code 54770)

The Hunt
March 30
12:30pm
Lone Hill Park, 1749 Vintner Way, San Jose
sjcrc.org

The Great Egg Hunt
March 30
12-3pm
Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland
dunsmuir-hellman.com

Easter Celebration & Easter Egg Hunt
March 30
9am-2pm
Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
marincountrymart.com

Community Easter Egg Hunt
March 30
10am-12pm
Bethel Baptist Church, 3578 Clayton Road, Concord
www.bethelbaptistca.org

Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt
March 30-31
Roaring Camp Railroad, 5401 Graham Hill Road, Felton
www.roaringcamp.com

Easter Bonnets & Parade
March 31
10:30am
Ardenwood Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
ebparks.org/parks

Malibu Castle Free Easter Egg Hunt
March 31
11:30am-3pm
Malibu Castle, 320 Blomquist St., Redwood City
More info

Easter Brunch Buffet
March 31
10:30am-4pm
Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, Crown Room, 950 Mason St., San Francisco
www.fairmont.com/sa

Union Street's 22nd Annual Spring Celebration & Easter Parade
March 31
10am-5pm (parade begins at 2pm)
Union Street (between Gough and Fillmore), San Francisco
More info