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August 19, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Being nominated for an Emmy for her supporting turn on "Veep" was the second-best thing to happen to Anna Chlumsky last month. The actress, who broke into the business with the 1991 coming-of-age movie "My Girl," gave birth to a girl of her own a week before nominations were announced. The recognition for her sharp turn as Amy, the careerist chief of staff for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' vice president, is further confirmation that Chlumsky made the right choice by returning to acting after a hiatus of a few years.
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August 19, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Being nominated for an Emmy for her supporting turn on "Veep" was the second-best thing to happen to Anna Chlumsky last month. The actress, who broke into the business with the 1991 coming-of-age movie "My Girl," gave birth to a girl of her own a week before nominations were announced. The recognition for her sharp turn as Amy, the careerist chief of staff for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' vice president, is further confirmation that Chlumsky made the right choice by returning to acting after a hiatus of a few years.
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February 3, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT
If Roberta Flack had any sense, she wouldn't sing her oldies along with her more recent material, no matter how much audiences complained. At the Strand in Redondo Beach on Saturday, she crooned some of her early-'70s classics such as "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
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January 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Is José James a jazz singer or a soul singer? Old school or new school? A guardian of tradition or a seeker of thrills? Yes, yes and yes. This 35-year-old vocalist, born in Minneapolis and now based in New York, has spent the last decade working to prove those dichotomies false. He's released a string of impressive, slyly audacious albums that mingle cool supper-club singing and fractured hip-hop beats and has performed with artists ranging from the veteran jazz pianist McCoy Tyner to the hipster electronic whiz Flying Lotus.
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August 4, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roberta Flack owes her career to having emerged at a time when songwriting excellence was paramount in R&B, and stylistic boundaries were easily permeable. Like most soul music notables of the '60s and early '70s, Flack had to adapt during the dubious late '70s, '80s and early '90s, when producers and their machines, not songwriters and their imaginations, ruled the genre.
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December 1, 1991 | CONNIE JOHNSON
* 1/2 Roberta Flack, "Set the Night to Music," Atlantic. Good news: Flack covers several old standards on this album. Bad news: She mostly does an atrocious job. Flack has one of the most velvety, sensuous voices around, but producer Arif Mardin lets it compete with an intrusive, gimmicky background chorus on a version of Dinah Washington's "My Foolish Heart." Flack doesn't fare any better on a mildly funked-up rendition of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable." Good songs. Bad, bad
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April 2, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Joining the Soaps: Four-time Grammy winner Roberta Flack makes a guest appearance on today's episode of ABC's daytime soap "Loving." Flack sings "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of Trisha Alden McKenzie (Noelle Beck), who is believed to have died in a fiery car crash. . . . On NBC, Lark Voorhies (known as Lisa on the Saturday morning show "Saved by the Bell") joins the cast of the "Days of Our Lives" soap today. She plays Wendy Reardon, a homeless, unwed, teen-age mother.
NEWS
January 29, 1991
BBC Radio recently advised its stations to avoid playing 67 songs while the country is at war. Among those on the list: "Give Peace a Chance" by John Lennon "Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles "Bang Bang" by Sonny and Cher "I'm on Fire" by Bruce Springsteen "I Shot the Sheriff" by Eric Clapton "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins "Waterloo" by ABBA "War" by Edwin Starr "Suicide is Painless," "MASH" theme song
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December 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
R&B singer Roberta Flack plans to transform two abandoned brownstones in Harlem into a school of music to be opened next fall. The 126th Street facility will offer free liberal arts classes for talented students, Flack told the New York Post in Monday editions. It will house a permanent faculty of teachers, classrooms, a recording studio, an auditorium and performance cafe.
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July 22, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM
Roberta Flack has been famous for almost 20 years, yet this was the first time ever she showed her face on a T-shirt. When Flack stopped to display her new, all-cotton wares during her early set Thursday night at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, it may have marked the first time ever a pop star hawked souvenirs from a stage and seemed charming instead of incredibly crass.
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December 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
R&B singer Roberta Flack plans to transform two abandoned brownstones in Harlem into a school of music to be opened next fall. The 126th Street facility will offer free liberal arts classes for talented students, Flack told the New York Post in Monday editions. It will house a permanent faculty of teachers, classrooms, a recording studio, an auditorium and performance cafe.
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August 4, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roberta Flack owes her career to having emerged at a time when songwriting excellence was paramount in R&B, and stylistic boundaries were easily permeable. Like most soul music notables of the '60s and early '70s, Flack had to adapt during the dubious late '70s, '80s and early '90s, when producers and their machines, not songwriters and their imaginations, ruled the genre.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM
Like most soul music notables who emerged in the '60s and early '70s, Roberta Flack had to adapt later on, when producers and their machines, not songwriters and their imaginations, came to rule R&B. The Fugees' success last year with a not so radically altered version of Flack's 1973 signature hit, "Killing Me Softly With His Song," was a sign that the classic virtues are returning to nourish a genre thirsty for the character that good songwriting brings.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Joining the Soaps: Four-time Grammy winner Roberta Flack makes a guest appearance on today's episode of ABC's daytime soap "Loving." Flack sings "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of Trisha Alden McKenzie (Noelle Beck), who is believed to have died in a fiery car crash. . . . On NBC, Lark Voorhies (known as Lisa on the Saturday morning show "Saved by the Bell") joins the cast of the "Days of Our Lives" soap today. She plays Wendy Reardon, a homeless, unwed, teen-age mother.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT
If Roberta Flack had any sense, she wouldn't sing her oldies along with her more recent material, no matter how much audiences complained. At the Strand in Redondo Beach on Saturday, she crooned some of her early-'70s classics such as "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1991 | CONNIE JOHNSON
* 1/2 Roberta Flack, "Set the Night to Music," Atlantic. Good news: Flack covers several old standards on this album. Bad news: She mostly does an atrocious job. Flack has one of the most velvety, sensuous voices around, but producer Arif Mardin lets it compete with an intrusive, gimmicky background chorus on a version of Dinah Washington's "My Foolish Heart." Flack doesn't fare any better on a mildly funked-up rendition of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable." Good songs. Bad, bad
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1997 | MIKE BOEHM
Like most soul music notables who emerged in the '60s and early '70s, Roberta Flack had to adapt later on, when producers and their machines, not songwriters and their imaginations, came to rule R&B. The Fugees' success last year with a not so radically altered version of Flack's 1973 signature hit, "Killing Me Softly With His Song," was a sign that the classic virtues are returning to nourish a genre thirsty for the character that good songwriting brings.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Is José James a jazz singer or a soul singer? Old school or new school? A guardian of tradition or a seeker of thrills? Yes, yes and yes. This 35-year-old vocalist, born in Minneapolis and now based in New York, has spent the last decade working to prove those dichotomies false. He's released a string of impressive, slyly audacious albums that mingle cool supper-club singing and fractured hip-hop beats and has performed with artists ranging from the veteran jazz pianist McCoy Tyner to the hipster electronic whiz Flying Lotus.
NEWS
January 29, 1991
BBC Radio recently advised its stations to avoid playing 67 songs while the country is at war. Among those on the list: "Give Peace a Chance" by John Lennon "Walk Like an Egyptian" by the Bangles "Bang Bang" by Sonny and Cher "I'm on Fire" by Bruce Springsteen "I Shot the Sheriff" by Eric Clapton "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins "Waterloo" by ABBA "War" by Edwin Starr "Suicide is Painless," "MASH" theme song
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM
Roberta Flack has been famous for almost 20 years, yet this was the first time ever she showed her face on a T-shirt. When Flack stopped to display her new, all-cotton wares during her early set Thursday night at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, it may have marked the first time ever a pop star hawked souvenirs from a stage and seemed charming instead of incredibly crass.
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