The Associated Press reports Gerald Levert’s sendoff in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday (November 17) was tearful — and exuberant. “When I came here, I expected to mourn,” Usher told thousands of fans who filled most of Public Hall for Friday’s three-hour memorial service for Levert, who died Nov. 10. Instead, he said: “I actually cried tears of joy.” Check out pictures from WireImage.
Gerald Levert, a rhythm and blues talent known for his fiery voice, is dead at 40. The Cleveland-based performer was the son of O’Jays singer Eddie Levert. NPR’s Jacki Lyden has a remembrance for ‘All Things Considered’. Listen to the segment via NPR.org below.
Hollywood funny woman Kym Whitley gives Jawn Murray the skinny on her relationship with Gerald Levert in this week’s BV Buzz. There also news on Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore, Boris Kodjoe, Yolanda Adams, Kel Mitchell, Terri J. Vaughn and Nikko Smith of ‘American Idol.’ Plus, guess who’s the culprit in the hip-hop hit and run. Check it out here.
Boyz II Men, Gerald LeVert, Harry Belafonte, and Vanessa L. Williams were on hand for the Apollo 2005 Spring Benefit on June 20th in Harlem, New York. Check out pictures from WireImage and FilmMagic.
Billboard.com reports that Gerald Levert will not face assault charges for his confrontation with police in Cleveland on Friday. Prosecutor Anthony Jordan said that there was no evidence the singer caused serious physical harm to patrolmen Ronald W. Ross and Daniel Lentz.
The Levert family is to R&B as the Wayans brothers are to Hollywood. Both have created their own respective legacies in their fields: the Wayans have contributed their trademark comedy to films, while the Leverts have consistently brought quality soul music to black couples. In an open conversation with BallerStatus.net, Gerald reflects on the past, evaluates the present, and prepares for the future. Read more.
The less-flashy Gerald Levert has often struggled to earn the attention of neo-soul artists such as Maxwell and Erykah Badu, despite the similarities in their sounds, and he commented on the situation in an interview with Dan Leroy of The Cleveland Scene. “Neo-soul, to me, is just people who got dreadlocks and African garb, and don’t wear no shoes,” Levert said with a hint of annoyance creeping into his good-natured tone. “They makin’ good records, but at the end of the day, they still gonna be in the R&B section with all the other black folks.” The full story at clevescene.com has since been removed.
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Gerald Levert was on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Tuesday (November 30) to promote his new album ‘Do I Speak for the World’. They joked a bit about his home state of Ohio screwing up the election to get Bush to win, then talked about the political issues on the record, his single mom anthem ‘So What’, touring, and more. Audio at reachm.wmod.llnwd.net has since been removed.
Gerald Levert’s Styling Session occured on Wednesday (November 17) at Nu America’s Agency Office in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Gerald Levert is out with the video to his new single ‘One Million Times’, from his album ‘Do I Speak for the World’, which is out on November 30th. Watch it via Yahoo! Music below.