CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1991
I would like to suggest, that instead of heaping more jail time into Chaka's (Daniel Ramos) spirit, thereby further damaging an enterprising and unwavering young man, that sentencing him to art school would be a solution that would benefit him and the populace. The justice system has never been creative; only a few intelligent judges have been able to fit the punishment to the crime with advantage to all--it is clear in the case of Chaka, whose behavior is crying out for the correct help.
April 29, 2008
Coachella fest: A review in Monday's Calendar section of Prince's performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival said that Sheena Easton performed with him on "I Feel for You." It was Chaka Khan who sang with him. The review also said that Shelby J sang a cover version of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." That performance was by Ledisi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1992
Publicizing Chaka's hopes for financial aid to attend Cal State Northridge baffled my mind. Has this man considered the amount of money he has cost state and local government to continue to process him through the legal system? Add the cost to undo the damage he inflicted. We enjoyed a temporary respite from his "tagging" sprees while he was incarcerated (yet another considerable expense) and now he wants financial aid for art school. Ha! However, there may be a solution to satisfy all of us staunch, tax-paying, law-abiding citizens: Calculate the amount of money Daniel (Chaka)
May 3, 1992
After having trashed the Southland with an estimated $500,000 in property damage Daniel Bernardo Ramos (a.k.a. Chaka) has been rewarded with an agent, a television producer wanting to make a documentary, a public relations firm wanting to represent him, a lithograph company wanting to market his Chaka tag and several schools eager to enroll him (April 19). What a Cinderella ending! I sincerely hope he takes full advantage of the multiple opportunities with which he's been presented, particularly the opportunity to enroll in a university and broaden his horizons.
May 2, 2009
Why does The Times continue to give publicity to so-called graffiti artists ["Chaka, Face to Deface," by Mike Boehm, April 25]? They are some of the scum of the Earth. Daniel Ramos and his ilk have defaced private and public property throughout Southern California. I am embarrassed to have visitors to this area see graffiti everywhere. We have many wonderful artists in the Los Angeles area. Why not report on them instead of the graffiti trash? Donald McPoland Glendale -- Thanks for the great article on Chaka.
July 27, 1986 |
"DESTINY." Chaka Khan. Warner Bros. When given her head--and the right piece of material--ain't nobody badder than Chaka Khan, whose flamboyant, spontaneously combustible soul stylisms and jazz flights of firebird bebop make her the wailingest siren on the black music scene. Crossing the blistering techno-funk of "I Feel for You" with the bumptious R&B groove of "Ain't Nobody"--not coincidentally, her last two monster hits--the overall sound of "Destiny" is, ahem, extremely commercial.