Bruno Mars’ history-making Super Bowl Halftime Show: I see why my father and millions of others really like Bruno Mars. This multitalented musician totally jammed Sunday during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime show, attracting a record-setting 115.3 million viewers. The opening of him sitting with a drum set, rhythmically banging away, made me smile. Why? Because you don’t see as many musicians, particularly those in the pop and R&B genres, playing instruments like in decades past. Another throwback? The matching outfits he, his band members and backup singers donned. They looked like a modern-day Motown group. Then Red Hot Chili Peppers joined him. Awesome collabo! This show was energetic and fun. If this performance doesn’t inspire you to get up and dance or at the very least, tap your foot, then someone should check your pulse. Read more about it here.
Watch Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers jam during the Super Bowl
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Queen Latifah’s great Super Bowl performance: Before we witnessed Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers make history, Queen Latifah impressed Super Bowl viewers with her “America the Beautiful” performance. Queen Latifah has a good voice and more importantly she knows her range. She didn’t try to do a Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey-type performance. Instead, she kept within her vocal range, assisted by the New Jersey Youth Chorus and great, soulful backup singers. And it worked. The performance scored big and she probably gained new fans. Ah, if only more “divas” followed her lead. See more about her performance here.
Queen Latifah sings “America the Beautiful” during the Super Bowl
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On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand this…
“Almost Human”: I got behind in watching this freshman show and will catch up on a few past episodes tonight before watching the latest one. It airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. Watch it here.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: This show is silly but not to the point of nausea (at least not the episodes I’ve watched). Plus, it won the Golden Globe award for best comedy. I’m going to catch up on the episodes I missed. It airs Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EST on Fox. Watch it here.
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Vanity Fair’s Annual Hollywood Issue (This cover is stunning–Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman all on the same cover?! Winning!).
NOT: Blatant discrimination in the modeling industry (It’s 2014 and it seems that ignorance in the fashion industry still prevails.).
HOT: The March issue of Essence magazine featuring Oprah Winfrey surrounded by Forest Whitaker, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael B. Jordan (Very lovely!).
NOT: George Zimmerman’s desire to get in the boxing ring with Kanye West because he believes the entertainer has run-ins with “defenseless people.” (Really? Sounds like someone is projecting.).
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