Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday Thirteen - 199 - 13 Ways to Admire Lenny Kravitz

1 ...Lenny...

There's no better way to celebrate African Heritage Month than with the HAWTness known as Lenny Kravitz.

Let's open with one of my favorite songs evah.

CLICK HERE to watch the video for Are You Gonna Go My Way?

2 - Currently promoting his upcoming album Black and White America.

5' 8"

Eyes - Black

Hair - Black

Type - Athletic / Mid 40's

He works as a singer / musician / composer / music producer / actor / interior designer / clothing designer

3 - Rock god Lenny Kravitz grew up in the heart of New York City, then switched coasts at age ten when his mother starred on The Jeffersons. His father was film and television news producer Sy Kravitz. His mother was TV news reporter and actress Roxie Roker.

4 - Lenny's musical leanings began early. He learned to play the drums first, but soon moved on to acquire guitar, bass and keyboard.

5 - He's written and produced songs for other artists, including Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Madonna and French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis.

Next photo is straying into Not Safe For Work territory...

6 - Keeping in tip-top shape carries a price.

On one trip to the gym, Lenny was stopped by Miami police and held as a robbery suspect. This event occurred after his sixth album release and after he'd won four Grammys.

"They told me the assailant's description fit mine," Lenny said. "Green pants, white T-shirt, five o'clock shadow and an afro. I was cuffed and thrown against the car. They wouldn't let me go until the bank teller came and identified me.

And all the time they're f---ing with me, the guy who did it is getting away. Made off with $1,500. That's not to say I wouldn't rob a bank. And let me tell you, I would have gotten a lot more than $1,500 - believe me!"
- 6stringheaven

7 - Lenny currently holds the record for most consecutive Grammy wins in a single category - which for him was Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, four years in a row (1999-2002.)

8 - Lenny runs Kravitz Design, which has a number of interiors to its credit, including private residences and commercial spaces.

"I had the regular kid room your mother makes for you with the nice shelves and everything is nice and matchy," Lenny said. "Then I got into putting lighting behind things. In my environments, lighting is always very important. It's either going to bring out what you've done, or it's going to ruin it.

I'll bump into women on the Upper East Side who might not know me for my music. But they know me for my style."
- New York Times

9 - Lenny is an acknowledged style icon. Aside from his interior design work, Lenny is active in the fashion world, and had a twenty-outfit collaboration with Gucci designer Frida Giannini and his 2008 world tour. Lenny wore her designs for the duration of the tour, cross promoting music and fashion.

10 - Lenny has taken part in a few acting projects, most notably with his role as a male nurse in Precious.

CLICK HERE to watch the clip of Precious

11 - Lenny has a slight reputation as a bit of a ladies' man.

His daughter Zoe Kravitz is currently the only woman in his life - she currently has a role on Californication.

12 - The Lenny we know and love is the culmination of a rich mix of cultural heritages, including Russian Jewish ancestry, Bahamian descent and the Cherokee nation.

13 - You can catch Lenny this summer as the opening act for U2's west coast dates in June:

Seattle - June 4th
Oakland - June 7th
Anaheim - June 17th and 18th


Melissa Bradley said...

OMG I worship at the altar of Lenny. He is perfection in the looks department no doubt and I love his mind. His interviews are always so interesting.

Michelle Helliwell said...

Thanks for setting my day up so wonderfully, Julia. He's incredibly awesome, isn't he? ;)

Xakara said...

I have yet to sleep for the day and you've made sure the dreams will be spectacular!


Happy TT,

13 Things

Akelamalu said...

Some of those photos brought me out in a cold, cold sweat! **Phew**

M. said...

Eye candy indeed. The only thing I knew about him was that he used to be married to that girl from the Cosby show. But how cool it is to find out about his wide-ranging descent!

Belgie said...

This is the best musical surprise I have witnessed in the past 5 years. The album is a cross between the old Megadeth feel with a modern polished sound, which forms a perfect mesh. For full disclosure, I don't think there are any bad Megadeth albums out there, but in the post Youthanasia era there has been a clear drop in the level of authentic Mustaine emotion. The whole album has this perfect rolling sound without any breaks or low points. It is rare that I like an album on the first attempt, but this has been the case here. If you are a weathered Deth enthusiast, you obviously need to hear the final versions of New World Order and Millenium of the Blind.