CeCe Peniston is a singer whose 1991 dance hit “Finally” made her a superstar. Appearing on her debut album of the same name, “Finally,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. She’s since gone on to release a string of albums and singles. Although her last proper album, “I’m Movin’ On,” came in 1996, CeCe Peniston continues to perform live, and she’s also segued into acting, appearing on stage and screen.
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Who is CeCe Peniston? Peniston was born Sept. 6, 1969, in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up in Phoenix, where her family moved when she was nine. Initially known more for her looks than for her voice, Peniston won Miss Black Arizona in 1989 and signed a record deal with A&M in the early part of the following decade. Released in 1991, the album “Finally” peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard 200, and while the title track remains its best known song—as well as one of the most enduring dance-pop tracks of the ‘90s—the disc also spawned the hits “We Got a Love Thang” and “Keep On Walking,” both Top 20 singles.
If you’d asked, “Who is CeCe Peniston?” in the ‘90s, most music fans would have been ready with a quick answer, as the singer kept busy through the middle of
the decade, dropping “Thought ‘Ya Knew” in 1994, “Good News in Hard Times”—a record made with Sisters of Glory—in 1995, and “I’m Movin’ On” in 1996. Following that album, CeCe Peniston toured with several plays, including “The Wiz” and “Treat Her Like a Lady.” Her most recent singles, “Celebrate” and “Dance With Me,” arrived in 2012.
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Who is CeCe Peniston, other than a ‘90s hitmaker with a sideline in acting? She’s a popular performer who’s still making the rounds, and according ton AllMusic writer Ron Wynn, she’s an artist who’s made her mark. “Not entirely part of the mainstream that brought her success in the early ’90s, Peniston’s work is remixed and remains a favorite in dance clubs around the world,” Wynn writes. Who is CeCe Peniston? She’s a dance icon who’s performed for such luminaries as Pop John Paul II, President Bill Clinton, and Aretha Franklin, and her signature song, “Finally,” should keep her in the limelight for decades to come.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
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5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
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"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
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Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
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18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"