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Come election season, Punjab parties turn 'starry-eyed'

Chandigarh, Feb 14 (IANS) Major political players in Punjab have literally become ‘starry-eyed’ ahead of next year’s assembly polls in the state. Actors, singers, comedians and other celebrities are out to be wooed by four major political parties on Punjab’s electoral front.

The latest entrants into the political fold are Punjabi comedian-actor Gurpreet Ghuggi who joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while singer-actor Balkar Sidhu, who had earlier been part of the AAP, joined hands with the Congress.

These two are not the only ones. With assembly polls in Punjab one year away, more celebrities are likely to take on political colours.

For AAP, getting a celebrity face in Punjab is nothing new.

Its candidate, comedian-actor and singer Bhagwant Mann, won the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat with the highest margin in the entire state in the 2014 general election. He defeated ruling Shiromani Akali Dal stalwart and former union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa by over 200,000 votes.

Mann, who had earlier aligned with the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) floated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s estranged nephew and former Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal in 2011, is now a prominent face of the AAP in Punjab despite controversies over his public behaviour and allegations of coming drunk to events.

“Ghuggi joining AAP will be an asset to the party. We will utilise his services for the party’s campaigning,” Mann said here after Ghuggi, a stand-up comedian and actor, joined the AAP.

The AAP, which was routed in the rest of the country in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, won four parliamentary seats from Punjab alone.

Balkar Sidhu, a friend of Bhagwant Mann, was earlier part of the AAP and has now joined the Congress. He was given the AAP ticket for the Talwandi Sabo by-election in 2014 but it was withdrawn later due to his name being involved in controversies related to human trafficking and eulogising of the gun-culture through his songs.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the AAP had fielded singer Jassi Jasraj for the high-profile Bathinda parliamentary seat poll. He finished third.

In the 2012 assembly polls, the Congress fielded popular singer Mohammed Sadiq for the Bhadaur reserved assembly seat. He won the election, but that has been challenged in court.

In 2013, Punjabi singing sensation Miss Pooja joined the BJP for a brief period. She has not been politically active lately.

In the past, the BJP, which is an alliance partner of the Akali Dal in Punjab, had fielded two celebrities - actor Vinod Khanna and cricketer-turned-TV celebrity Navjot Singh Sidhu for the Gurdaspur and Amritsar Lok Sabha seats. While Khanna has won the Gurdaspur seat four times and lost once (2009), Sidhu got elected from Amritsar thrice (2004, 2007 (bypoll) and 2009). The BJP dumped Sidhu in the 2014 elections, opting for senior leader Arun Jaitley, who is now the country’s finance minister, for the Amritsar seat.

Jaitley lost the election, his first foray into electoral politics, by a margin of over 100,000 votes to senior Congress leader and former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the Akali Dal fielded well-known Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans for the Jalandhar parliamentary seat. Hans continued singing paeans for the Akali Dal leadership till 2014 before quietly exiting the political scene.

In the 2014 general election, the BJP fielded Bollywood actress Kirron Kher while the AAP trusted another actress, Gul Panag, for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. Kher, who is known for her motherly roles in big-ticket Bollywood movies, was elected as the MP of Chandigarh.

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Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Best Actress, Beasts of the Southern Wild, 2012) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York. But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

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I'm not American so I've really little knowledge on American Politics. What does the death of Justice Scalia mean is something bad or good?(is this even appropriate to say??)

There are 9 justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, which issues the most important legal decisions, particularly about interpreting the Constitution. The appointments are for life, so a new position only becomes available when a justice dies or retires. The President nominates a new candidate, and then the Senate must approve them. Because the 9 justices are appointed under different presidents over time, some are more liberal (usually appointed by Democratic presidents) and some more conservative (usually appointed by Republican presidents).

Justice Scalia was appointed by Pres. Reagan in 1986 and since then has been a very vocal and consistent conservative. He was probably the most conservative justice and had served as a sort of unofficial head of conservative legal thought for decades. His opinions and even his dissents were often well argued and persuasive. He was anti-reproductive rights, anti-same sex marriage, and was a devout Catholic.

With his death, Pres. Obama will now be able to nominate a much more liberal/progressive candidate to the court. This is important because many Supreme Court decisions are very close. On some of the most controversial issues, the Court often splits 5-4. Replacing Scalia with a more progressive justice will move one of the votes to the more liberal side (sometimes at least). It could change the path of the Supreme Court for decades to come, just as Scalia’s appointment in 1986 pushed the Court towards the conservative side for several decades.


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And because you combine people’s names like that when they are sort of known to be inseparable, cohorts, partners in crime, compadres, very close, joined at the hip, best buds, an item, etc. etc. etc. But, thanks for playing, Mark.

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Exclusive: Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds Gets Candid About New Album, Regrets and Craziest Thing He’s Done for Love


Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is pen goals. An R&B powerhouse with a superior discography and quality-rich chart toppers since the mid-80s too vast to count, that are now classics, the music mainstay reeks of magnificent staying power.

You know the second a track blazes if it’s been blessed with the Babyface touch. His honey-toned voice is cleverly mastered, the lyrics are soothing, the beats are intricately refined with unmatched songwriting ability, including 1995’s seven times platinum Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, written and produced (except for one track) solely by the man himself.

Ever since “Whip Appeal,” the songwriter has been a pillar of R&B royalty, with nostalgic songs hogtied to music lover’s memories of old, notably “Soon As I Get Home,” “Never Keeping Secrets” and 1993’s “When Can I See You,” when R&B possessed sensational production value and meaning as vocal art.

A time before social media reigned, followers and “Likes” were a validating mark of approval and iTunes was a millennial idea, Babyface made his mark on music as a whole, staying afloat with minimal tabloid drama and headlines. Releasing his 10th solo studio album last December, Return of the Tender Lover, a long-awaited sequel to his 1989 album, Tender Lover, the Indianapolis native stays true to form, sans trends, pumping out tracks that satisfies emotions, stroking R&B lovers delight.

Despite 11 Grammy Awards and a legion of other musical nods, the cucumber cool producer admits he still doesn’t exactly know the key to longevity: “I don’t know that I know what the secret is other than trying to always write things that are honest and hopefully touch an emotion in people.”

Elegant. Universal. Regal. Babyface is a quiet storm, despite time. The bar has been set, excruciatingly high. Artistry refined, the 56-year-old discovered the formula to vocal satisfaction decades ago, an uneasy feat. How he flirts with textures, word-play and fluidity, conscious of what the R&B lovers truly desire, Babyface is R&B, personified.

The Source caught up with the crooner, just before his string of Valentine’s Day weekend of Midwest concerts, as he dished on his music new and old, Toni Braxton‘s Lifetime biopic, his biggest regret in the music industry and more.

The Source: What was it like releasing a solo project after a seven year hiatus?

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds: It was business as usual, I guess. I don’t think it felt any different because whenever I’d do any kind of record whether for me or for someone else it’s one of those things; you work on it, put the music out and cross your fingers that it works for people. And you go on.

Do you still cross your fingers after you release material after a three decade career?

Well you know, if it feels good to you than it’ll feel good to people as well, that you’ve touched someone with it and that’s all you could ever hope for.

What’s your song writing process like?

It varies, but sometimes I’ll get up early in the morning and write or I’ll have an idea that I’ll hum down then put it to the side then one day get to it. For the most part I kind of just make the move to sit in the studio and start brainstorming ideas.

Do you have a favorite song of yours you’ve performed or written for others?

That’s a little hard to say. I’m still trying to write that favorite song for myself, I guess. As it relates to writing for other folks it varies, it depends on what I’m listening to at the time. I’ll hear things I haven’t heard that I wrote in a long time and I’ll go, “Wow, that’s a really nice record!” If I turn on the radio and hear something after a long time, it’s nice in that way.

How did your duet album, Love, Marriage & Divorce, with Toni Braxton come about?

Toni was thinking about retiring and not doing music anymore. Long story short, I called her and said let’s do something together and we had nice success with it—won a Grammy. And actually we’ve been in talks about doing another duets record together.

You sing and write a lot about love, what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

In eighth grade, I ran away from home for love.

Wow, she must have been really special!

Yeah, I was pretty heart broken and I blamed it on my mom and I ran away from home. It’s a long story!

What happened at the end?

I got over it and came back home!

You’ve been in the game for over 30 years, in an industry full of one hit wonders and projects that never see the light of day. What’s the key to longevity?

I don’t know that I know what the secret is other than trying to always write things that are honest and hopefully touch an emotion in people. Love is a universal subject, so it’s always a safer route to go down. And love always seem to survive any kind of trend. No matter what, somebody somewhere is always going to want to hear a love song.

In your career, what has brought you the biggest disappointment?

That’s interesting. It’s kind of how I look at disappointment. Maybe certain songs didn’t go as high as I wanted them to or sell as many as I wanted to. But I don’t let disappointments bring me down, it’s a part of the journey and a part of the lessons you learn. So if something was disappointing, then you try to figure out what didn’t work about it, what did I miss on it and you use that as a positive to do better the next turn around. And that should be how you look at everything in life.

I just don’t dwell on disappointments so it’s hard to name the biggest one.

As you look back over your career, do you have any regrets, anything that you would do differently?

I regret I didn’t take pictures with people when I should have been taking pictures with all of the people I’ve worked with, so it just doesn’t have to stay in my head, and those memories I can actually look at in photographs. I was always respectful of people and their time thinking, “Oh, I’m not going to be a fan,” when I was clearly a fan. I didn’t take those moments like, ‘Hey, let’s take a picture or let’s video this,” because I thought of myself as a private person and thought of them as private, too and just didn’t push it. But in hindsight I wish I would’ve been like, “Nah, I’m taking the picture!”

You produced Lifetime’s Toni Braxton biopic, Unbreak My Heart, how did you think it all turned out?

I was quite impressed with the kid who played me (Gavin Houston) but I realize I got to work out a little more for him to play me (laughs), but he was very good. And nothing is ever exact, but the essence of the story was good.

Who would play you in a Babyface biopic?

Probably the same kid. I thought he was pretty good; pretty on it.

What’s one thing your fans would be surprised to know about you?

I watch everything on TV from Walking Dead to Vampire Diaries, I’m a big fan of Gossip Girl, so I can go from serious things to very not so serious.

So what’s next for you?

More of the same; doing some music for movies and some TV shows. Going back on the road as well.

Would you ever do reality TV?

I’ve guest starred on several shows, but I would never do a series all about me and my life. That’s not my thing.

Stopping in New Jersey, Chicago and Indianapolis for Valentine’s Day weekend, click here to see Babyface live!

Photo credit: Randee St Nicholas

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