Pasadena, Dec 29 (AP/UNB) — If Chaka Khan were a flower, she'd be a perennial.
"Because I go dormant and then I..." Khan stops and gracefully lifts her arms together, then slowly brings her hands apart, like a tulip emerging in spring.
"I've done it many, many times," explained the singer, perhaps best known for her multimillion selling 1984 cover of Prince's "I Feel For You."
On the brink of her first new album in a decade, and, on New Year's Day, serving as grand marshal at the Rose Parade, Chaka Khan is in bloom again.
After receiving the call from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the term "grand marshal" had the 65-year-old Khan's mind running wild.
"I'll tell you what I visualized," Khan recalled. "I imagined myself with a baton, marching in the front. 'I'm leading the whole parade.' That's what I thought."
Not even close.
Instead, Khan will be seated on a comfy bench in the back seat of a classic convertible, which will slowly make its way past the thousands along the 5.5-mile parade route. (The parade will also be seen by millions more on TV.)
"This is all new for me," the 65-year-old Khan commented. "I love challenges. And I love new stuff."
Khan will also open parade festivities with a performance. Publicists were unable to confirm whether the grand marshal-performer double duty is a Rose Parade first, but they did note it was the first time in recent memory. Khan said she would sing two songs: "I Feel for You," as well as "Hello Happiness," the second single from the new album.
The new song is not a political statement — unless you want it to be.
"I think we need a shot of just not taking the little things so seriously," Khan said of the "Happiness" lyrics. "Little things are important. It's about the little things, but just flow."
The new album, expected by the end of 2019, is her first since the well-received 2007 "Funk This."
So, why take such a long break between the two releases?
Khan said she never stopped recording from 2008-2018, she simply stopped releasing material. She also took care of herself physically and made up for all those lonely years on the road by spending time with family and friends.
She also needed time to pull herself together after the April 2016 passing of old friend Prince, who died of a drug overdose. About six months later, Khan entered rehab to deal with her own prescription-drug addiction.
"You cover up and rethink your whole life," Khan commented. "You've got to rethink yourself."
At last, for Khan, it is time to bloom again. And this parade, with its roses in winter, seems the perfect place for a perennial to make her return.
Khan even has her regal wave ready the masses.
"It's just that," she said, raising her arm, cupping her hand and moving it back and forth ever so slightly. "You use as little energy as necessary. You know, the Queen is very stingy with her energy."
Los Angeles, Dec 27 (AP/UNB) — Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth appear to have tied the knot amid reports the couple got married in a secret wedding ceremony.
Cyrus posted three black-and-white photos of her and Hemsworth on the singer's Instagram and Twitter accounts on Wednesday. She captioned her photos writing "10 years later ..." and "12.23.18," possibly indicating the day they exchanged vows.
The 26-year-old Cyrus shared another photo of her and Hemsworth kissing. He also posted a photo of them with words "My love."
In each picture, Cyrus is dressed in all-white while the 28-year-old actor is wearing a tuxedo with white shoes.
Cyrus and Hemsworth's representatives did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.
The couple reconnected in 2015 after an on-and-off relationship. They both starred in the 2010 romantic drama "The Last Song."
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) - The exhibition titled "East Coast Group Bangladesh International Salon 2018" organized by ‘Phoenix Photographic Society’ began at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.
The inaugural ceremony of the exhibition was held on Wednesday.
Pathbreaking photographer Sayeeda Khanam graced the occasion as the chief guest. Eminent photographer Chanchal Mahmood also attended the event as special guest.
Internationally recognised by organisations like Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) and Photographic Society of America (PSA), "East Coast Group Bangladesh International Salon 2018" is a photography contest organised by Phoenix Photographic Society.
The competition will remain open for submissions till November 22, 2018 to photographers of all skill levels and backgrounds. The theme of this event remained open. World renowned photo organization like, FIAP, PSA, GPU, ICS, FI & BPS have participated with their respective patronages.100 awarded images of 100 photographers are in display the exhibition.
A workshop on ‘Basic Photography’ conducted by eminent photographer Rafiqul Islam will be held on Friday.
The exhibition will be open to all till December 28, 2018 at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.
Visiting Hours: Monday to Thursday from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday (9:00am to12:00 noon and 5:00pm to 8:00pm). Closed on Sunday.