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Jamaica was too short but it was surely sweet. Once back on the ship, it was time to get ready for the night’s events, which included the Big Event: “An Evening With Anita Baker,” presented by Denny’s. But before you could get to the Lido Deck to see the show, you had to break out your best White Night outfit. If you know about Black folks and a White Party, then you know you had to have it right and tight. And we must say, some of you know how to do white right. There is a rare Black men who looks bad in white and a rare Black woman who can’t find a way to make a white outfit accentuate all their best features.

On to Anita Baker. Let us just say, Ms. Baker is beloved by her fans. She went through all of her many hits and left people wanting for more – even deep album cuts. When the appreciative crowd heard the intros to her song, they started singing Baker’s verses before she could even begin the songs, surprising Anita herself.

While she certainly had the Detroit faithful on her side, anyone who’s a fan of real singing and real music could appreciate her hour plus long set with musical director Ray Chew. And there were surprises – Taj and Lelee of SWV came up onstage to pay homage to Ms. Baker, but didn’t sing. Baker acknowledged Lalah Hathaway who did sing, at Baker’s request, showcasing her jazz scatting skills.

 

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