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By L'Oreal Thompson | February 7, 2013
It's "Diva Week" at William McKinley High School, where we learn a diva is "not a trick ass hoe," according to Urban Dictionary. Please read that quote in Emma Pillsbury's voice. Thank you. So first up is Beyoncé's "Diva. " After this week's epic Super Bowl halftime show (during which my beloved Ravens WON!), I don't think anyone should sing Beyoncé but Beyoncé. I do, however, love Marley's purple sequined leotard...I NEED that in my life. Meanwhile, Kurt confesses that sometimes Rachel's singing can be insufferable.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
What do you get when you post videos of your spot-on diva impressions? A boatload of page views. Singer and actress Christina Bianco has made a viral splash with a series of hilarious -- and uncanny -- videos where she honors everything from the dramatic rendering of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to Adele and Idina Menzel. Bianco will be featured on the program when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Broadway Standing Ovations," which celebrates some of the best musicals on Broadway.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 27, 2000
Dinah Washington called herself "the Queen of the Blues," and her spirit will be holding court at Arena Stage in Washington beginning tomorrow in Oliver Goldstick's off-Broadway hit musical "Dinah Was." Under the direction of David Petrarca, E. Faye Butler plays the late singer, who began as a gospel singer, was discovered by Lionel Hampton and went on to become the first black woman to headline in Las Vegas. The score includes such favorites as "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" and "Come Rain or Come Shine."
SPORTS
By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Celeste Bonin, formerly known as Kaitlyn in WWE, is making an appearance at Maryland Championship Wrestling's Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup 14 on Saturday night in Joppa. I had a chance to talk to her about her departure from the WWE in January, her thoughts on the WWE divas division, why Baltimore is a memorable city for her and more. Ring Posts: You left the WWE in January. What has your life been like for the past six months? Celeste Bonin: When I retired, it was a bit of a last-minute decision.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nicholas Page | October 4, 2012
Sometimes I forget the "X Factor" is a reality show. The first minute was just erratic scenes of contestants crying and arguing in beautiful scenery like the beach. If I didn't know any better I would think that I had accidentally recorded my grandma's daytime soap opera. That said, I think they should rename the show "As The Factor Turns"; because in this episode we got more than our share of drama. We also got another killer performance by Maryland's David Correy. All the contestants made their way to Miami ready to live out their dream.
NEWS
February 13, 1994
The dismissal last week of superstar soprano Kathleen Battle from the Metropolitan Opera Company for "unprofessional conduct" is sure to ignite lively controversy among fiercely partisan devotees. Ms. Battle, 45, is one of the classical music world's biggest stars, right up there with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. Observers are rightly comparing her tiff with Met General Manager Joseph Volpe to the famous rift that developed between diva Maria Callas and Met boss Rudolph Bing more than a quarter-century ago.Ms.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | February 9, 1994
In the popular imagination, opera stars are presumed to be temperamental. So it wasn't entirely shocking to the opera fans who learned yesterday that the Metropolitan Opera had fired superstar soprano Kathleen Battle on Monday for "unprofessional actions" during rehearsals for a production of Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment."The unprofessional behavior included rude behavior to colleagues; showing up late for rehearsals; repeatedly changing her mind about whether she liked her costume and flying into a new rage with every change; ordering cast members not to look at her when she was singing; and demanding that the director of "The Daughter" change the production so that all her exits and entrances were on the side of the stage closest to her dressing room.
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By ELIZABETH TEACHOUT and ELIZABETH TEACHOUT,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 6, 1998
"Diva: The New Generation," by Helena Matheopoulos. Northeastern University Press. 372 pages. $29.95.There has to be something unusual as well as competent about a diva," says Sir Charles Mackerras. "Something compelling about her personality, whether you like it or not, whether it be charming or repellent - and I can think of some with the latter quality - or both at the same time!"Helena Matheopoulos includes this quote by the celebrated conductor in the introduction of "Diva: The New Generation," her fourth book of interviews with famous singers and conductors in a decade.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 15, 1999
"Double Platinum" is an urban fairy tale.Once upon a time in a poor part of an old city in the South, a young singer (Diana Ross) abandoned her husband and baby. This was hard, but the singer had to "follow her dream."She went to the big, magical city of New York and, sure enough, she became a star. In fact, she's now the queen of all divas, bigger even than Whitney Houston.But she also found it "lonely at the top" and now, 18 years later, returns to find the daughter she left behind (Brandy)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | October 17, 1999
Perhaps you're a Gen-X pop icon. You may dance to the beat of a psycho-techno-maven. Or maybe you believe in the surreal cyber-Zeitgeist of our times.If so, you've succumbed to the lexicon of chic speak, stringing together vacuous terms that may have originated anywhere from Douglas Coupland to Wayne Campbell to the Taco Bell chihuahua.If "diva" is your derivative term of choice, you learned not from an "E! True Life Story," but Bellini.Bellini is not pasta. He was a composer. Circa 1831, Vincenzo Bellini wrote the aria "Casta Diva" (chaste goddess)
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By Arda Ocal | October 28, 2013
I had a chance to speak with WWE superstar Fandango over the phone recently. Our conversation is posted below. Going into the interview, I didn't know what to expect - I had seen interviews with the former Johnny Curtis before and most were in character - understandably so, it makes sense that Fandango stay as Fandango during many media engagements.  The big tell-all moment for me was in the initial back and forth - there I would know what...
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By John-John Williams IV and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
Stacy Keibler's zip slip wardrobe malfunction in Monaco hasn't affected her ability to work with famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier. Keibler, a diehard Ravens fan and Baltimore native, was recruited to model looks for the NFL's new ad campaign for the upcoming season, according to Women's Wear Daily . The campaign will help promote the league's women's apparel. Ms. Clooney - I mean - Keibler wore a Ravens shirt and Christian Dior pants for her shoot, which wrapped Wednesday at Milk Studios in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
By L'Oreal Thompson | February 7, 2013
It's "Diva Week" at William McKinley High School, where we learn a diva is "not a trick ass hoe," according to Urban Dictionary. Please read that quote in Emma Pillsbury's voice. Thank you. So first up is Beyoncé's "Diva. " After this week's epic Super Bowl halftime show (during which my beloved Ravens WON!), I don't think anyone should sing Beyoncé but Beyoncé. I do, however, love Marley's purple sequined leotard...I NEED that in my life. Meanwhile, Kurt confesses that sometimes Rachel's singing can be insufferable.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
Days after the deadly  Sandy Hook school shooting, the tragedy is still dominating news sites, social media and search traffic. The coverage is splintering a bit, but major trends include: last night's emotional speech by President Obama, the Westboro Baptist Church 's plans to protest the funerals of the victims, and more details about the ammunition and weapons that Adam Lanza used. Meanwhile, many other Americans sought to escape the grisly news and took refugee in escapist TV fare.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nicholas Page | October 4, 2012
Sometimes I forget the "X Factor" is a reality show. The first minute was just erratic scenes of contestants crying and arguing in beautiful scenery like the beach. If I didn't know any better I would think that I had accidentally recorded my grandma's daytime soap opera. That said, I think they should rename the show "As The Factor Turns"; because in this episode we got more than our share of drama. We also got another killer performance by Maryland's David Correy. All the contestants made their way to Miami ready to live out their dream.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown, For The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
When Renee Fleming appears Sept. 15 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the BSO's Gala Celebration, the appeal will be both sound and sight. The world-renowned soprano is famous not just for her voice, but for her gowns, designed for her by the likes of Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Oscar de la Renta, Douglas Hannant and Angel Sanchez. We chatted with her about some of her favorites. Is it fun to play dress-up in a way most of us just dream about?
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 17, 1998
Not for nothing do the jazz musicians of Diva refer to themselves as "No Man's Band."For, defying stereotypes, all of the 15 members of this New York-based, hard-swinging big band are women.Led by drummer Sherrie Maricle, Diva will bring its varied repertoire and zest for music to the Severna Park High School auditorium at 8 p.m. today under the auspices of the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association.The idea for this ensemble, which has been known to mix standards like "Caravan" and "Stardust" with novelties like "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead," came from Stanley Kay, a former manager and relief drummer for the Buddy Rich Big Band.
FEATURES
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | November 4, 1993
"Diva's the name, or at least that's what they call me," purrs Ultra Nate on the title tune from her new album, "One Woman's Insanity." "Categorize, stereotype and symbolize me as -- Diva. Some call me Susie, others call me Vixen. I guess it really just depends on what time of day it is." 'Cause I can play the role, you know."Can she ever. In the four years since "It's Over Now" lifted her out of Baltimore's dance music underground, Ultra Nate -- that's Nah-tay, by the way, with an accent on the "e" -- has become a major star on the club circuit."
NEWS
By Dave Rosenthal | February 11, 2012
Right on the heels of the death of journalist and author Jeffrey Zaslow, ("The Last Lecture" and "The Girls from Ames") at age 53, comes the news that Whitney Houston has died, at 48 . Both died much, much too young.  Houston was know for singing, rather than writing. But her roller-coaster life was the stuff of novels. And for readers of a certain age, her music brings back plenty of memories. As the Associated Press obituary noted: "Houston made her album debut in 1985 with 'Whitney Houston,' which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. 'Saving All My Love for You' brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ty Alexander | November 3, 2011
Thanks to Bravo, your Sunday evenings (via Twitter of course) are officially deemed as #IWishIWereAHouswife. Because clearly anyone can be one. It doesn't really matter that these excessively materialistic characters, who I've grown to love, aren't even housewives or even started out as such. What does matter is the amount of sheer entertainment, laughter and foolery that generally happens each week. Which is more than enough proof as to why we all should love "The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
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