Writers’ Strike Hurts Hamilton

I was planning to blog today about Anthony Hamilton performing tonight on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. I interviewed the Charlotte native and R&B singer a few weeks ago for our December issue (which should begin hitting newsstands in less than two weeks) and he told me then about his scheduled performance. Well, all that changed when members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike yesterday morning after they and the major TV networks and movie studios couldn’t reach an agreement on their contract.

 

So the TV shows currently have no writers, and it’s the late-night talk shows that are immediately affected since their scripts are written daily. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Jon Stewart—they’re all great comedians, but they have people putting words in their mouths. All of their shows ditched their schedules and began airing reruns last night. Those close to the strike say this thing could drag on for a long time.

So there’s no Anthony Hamilton singing on Leno tonight. He was going to perform “Do You Feel Me,” one of two songs he has on the American Gangster soundtrack that arrived in stores today. The movie, which I’m sure you’ve heard about by now, opened Friday.

To hold you over, you can watch Hamilton’s video for the song. Click here. And in a couple of weeks, pick up our December issue to read about the guy who critics are saying just may win an Oscar for this song come February.