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Most contemporary dancers and music superstars cite Michael Jackson as an influence, especially when it comes to his moves. But how cool must it be to be able to say you were a direct influence on the ultimate entertainer, the best to ever do it, himself? Michael ‘Boogaloo Shrimp’ Chambers is one of very few who has that privilege, and it all kicked off whilst he was still a teenager!

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michael-jackson-thrillerHands up who had a jheri curl? Come on, don’t lie now! Lol! I know I had one. I was 11 and  it was the late 80s. I remember I was just starting secondary school at the time, and my best friend then, who is also my best friend now, still teases me about the fact that I always used to use my finger to flip up the fringe, as to stop the ‘jheri-juice’ from dripping into my eyes. I’ve still got my school photo sporting the style, and no, I’m not going to post it here!

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It’s been three years since the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away. That was a sad sad day for a lot of us, back in 25th June 2009… But *dries tears* I’m sure I am not the only one who is extremely thankful for that back catalogue he left behind, which keeps his amazing memory alive! It just about makes his absence here on earth a little easier to bear. Continue to Rest.In.Peace Michael. You are missed. xx

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Alfonso Ribeiro (now 38) is best known for playing preppy rich kid Carlton Banks on the hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, especially with audiences outside of the US. The show, fronted by rapper/actor Will Smith, ended back in 1996. Since then Alfonso has appeared in another TV sit-com fronted by a rapper, this time LL Cool J in In The House. Here he played a character very similar to Carlton (Maxwell Stanton) from 1995-1999.

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‘God wouldn’t have given you maracas, if he didn’t want you to shake ‘em!’

Yes this is an ingenious quote from the brilliant 1987 chick-flick Dirty Dancing. Unfortunately it was slightly overshadowed by the world famous saying, ‘nobody puts Baby in the corner,’ Which later went on to become a very popular t-shirt slogan.

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ElDebarge_2010BETWARDSI was real sad to read this week that El DeBarge was back in rehab, especially since his recent comeback, which kicked off to much fanfare at last June’s BET Awards was going so well. Both media and fans have been very excited and supportive of the return of the 80s r&b icon.

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oprah-winfrey-plastic-surgeryOprah Winfrey debuted her OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) to 70 million homes across the US this week, generating rave reviews. The multi-millionairess talk show host officially announced her new TV network last year, after also confirming that after 25 years that series of The Oprah Winfrey Show would be the last. It’s hard to believe that Oprah has lasted for a quarter of a century, but in saying that I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when The Oprah Winfrey show wasn’t on the air. I’ve grown up with it through my formative years, like a loving relative, and I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

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la-gear-czf-old-skool-purple-1These days when I see young kids HAPPILY rocking no named crisp white plimsolls from Primark, it makes me laugh (in a good way) because there was a time when if you weren’t sporting a designer/name branded pair of kicks, you would have been better off going bare-footed – in fact you’d probably get cursed out slightly less going to school in your socks.

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MUSIC RAP DEATHS

Yesterday was the 14th anniversary of Tupac’s death, and like many of the older generation who will always remember where they were when Elvis died or Martin Luther King was assassinated, those of us of my generation will remember where they were when they heard Tupac got shot, as we will now with Michael Jackson’s passing and as we still do so vividly with Princess Diana. Yes ‘Pac had been shot two years previous, at a recording studio in Manhattan, but this second time was to prove fatal

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dirty-dancing-free1Like millions of others I love the TV show Glee. The whole theatrics and singing stuff is right up my street, as I’ve been a fan of musicals-type TV shows and movies since I was a child. And although I can’t sing to save my life, that doesn’t mean I don’t give it a good go, (as painful as those in listening shot can find it). In recent years we’ve had Dreamgirls, Chicago, Moulin Rouge and of course the High School Musical trilogy, but nothing compares to the old school ones.

Growing up I used to rinse certain films, watching them over and over again on video, whether my brothers liked it or not. One summer we watched Grease every single day, for six weeks straight, and then there was Annie…. Don’t get me started on that one. Me and my brothers can still recite all the words to the movie, including the tunes, although they won’t thank me for exposing them.

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