Chaka Khan received the 2,440th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring her career that has spanned more than 40 years and has earned her ten Grammy Awards. The R&B visited the ‘Good Day LA’ set before heading to the ceremony, talking about her hits, how the audience reaction makes performing her hits from long ago a lot easier, being there at the start of Whitney Houston’s career, and her Chaka Khan Foundation. Watch it below.
Chaka Khan visited ‘Good Morning America’ on Friday (July 4) in New York City, where the veteran singer talked about being “really honored” to work with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on her new album, winning two Grammy Awards on the disc to put her total at ten, and working on Broadway in ‘The Color Purple’. Watch the brief interview at abcnews.go.com.
Chaka Khan checked in with her MySpace friends (@officialchakakhan) on Monday (December 31) with the following bulletin:
To All of My Friends on MySpace,
With a new year, comes a new chance to live the “Super Life” you’ve dreamed of. Be fearless, be beautiful, be creative and most of all, be loving.
Make this your banner year!
Chaka Khan checked in with her MySpace friends (@officialchakakhan) on Monday (December 24) with the following bulletin:
To all of my wonderful friends here on MySpace, I wish you love, laughter, and peace during this holiday and all the seasons to ever come.
I am humbled by the outpouring of love that everyone has given me through beautiful messages and comments. I try to communicate with as many of you as time allows so please don’t take it personally if I don’t get back to you.
There’s a lot of pain out there that needs love’s healing touch. I challenge each and every one of you to be more proactive in showing love to one another and having compassion for each other’s situations, no matter how little in common you think there is between you and your fellow man/woman.
My Love and Gratitude Always,
Chaka Khan sent out the following bulletin to her MySpace friends (@officialchakakhan) on Sunday (November 25):
To All My MySpace Friends,
I hope that everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and I truly appreciate all the well wishes. Peace and blessings to each and every one of you for supporting my artistry through the years!
Singer Chaka Khan talked with Russ Mitchell about what her music has meant to her over the years, and how she participated in the Chicago chapter of the Black Panthers. “They mostly had me, because I was a young chick, I was in high school, so they didn’t bestow really heavy duty stuff on me,” Khan said about her involvement in her younger days as a member of the Black Panthers. “I could sell papers. I started a free breakfast for children program. I did that every morning before I went to school. I’d usually miss my first class. But we were feeding those kids breakfast every morning and just loving it.” Video of the interview at CBS.com has since been removed.
In an interview with Franklin Paul of Reuters, Chaka Khan talked about how her new CD ‘Funk This’ has been hailed as a throwback to her early days. “I worked with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and I wanted to make a funk album,” the 54 year old said. “I fell in love with my voice all over again. This project had a lot of live musicians … and it was reminiscent of Arif Mardin and I – it reminds me of that kind of stuff.” Read more.
R&B acts on television this week include:
Chaka Khan, who performs on ‘Tavis Smiley’ on Wednesday
Rihanna, who guest co-hosts ‘Total Request Live’ on Thursday
Babyface, who discusses his divorce on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on Thursday
Jill Scott, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Thursday
Alicia Keys, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Friday
R&B acts on television this week include Queen Latifah, who performs on ‘Today’ on Tuesday, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Wednesday and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Friday; Chaka Khan, who performs on ‘Today’ on Wednesday; Keyshia Cole, who visits ‘The Sauce’ on Thursday; Raul Midon, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Thursday and ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Friday; Ciara, who performs on ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ on Friday; and Alicia Keys, who visits ‘106 & Park’ at an unspecified date this week.