Natalie Cole was remembered as a loyal friend, "the best and bossiest big sister," and a worthy successor to her famous father's legacy in a joyous and music-filled funeral highlighting her Baptist faith.
The two-hour, 50-minute service Monday at West Angeles Church of God in Christ was filled with affection for the daughter of crooner Nat King Cole who carved out her own Grammy Award-winning legacy during a 40-year career. Known for such hits as "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and "Our Love," she died New Year's Eve at age 65 of pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure.
Among the several hundred mourners were singers Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, along with Cole's frequent producer David Foster, actress Angela Bassett and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Book awards honor Mpls. publisher
Carolrhoda Books, a division of Minneapolis-based Lerner Publishing Group, Inc., picked up two honorable mentions at the American Library Association's annual awards on Monday. "The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore," illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, was given one of two King Illustrator Honor Book awards. The young-adult novel "Out of Darkness" by Ashley Hope Pérez, published by Carolrhoda Lab, was named one of two Printz Honor Books. This year's Newbery for children's literature went to "Last Stop on Market Street" written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson. The Caldecott picture-book prize went to "Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear," illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick. The nearly 20 Minnesota nominees this year included three-time Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo, National Book Award winners William Alexander and Pete Hautman, Shannon Gibney and Rebecca Hahn.
concert news: One of David Bowie's most worthy disciples of late, Florence Welch and her group Florence + the Machine, announced a June 2 concert at Xcel Energy Center on Monday morning as news of Bowie's death rocked the music world. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $30.50-$80.50 through Ticketmaster and the arena's box office. Buzzing Canadian singer Grimes will open. It will only be Welch and her London-reared band's third time in town.