Tag: motown

Ain’t No Diva Big Enough: Diana Ross’ Diamond Birthday Celebration Was Every Bit as Extra as We’d Expect

Diana Ross performs onstage at the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images for The Recording Academy) If Beyoncé sings you “Happy Birthday” (and she didn’t give birth to you), you’re probably a pretty big deal. However you may be feeling about Diana […]

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Exclusive: Diana Ross Speaks on the ‘Magic’ of Her Children and Her Most Famous Concert in Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy

Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy The date was March 26, 1944 when a true diva strutted into the world. Seventy-five years later and Ms. Diana Ross is not only a diva—she’s now a diamond diva. Celebrating her diamond anniversary, Ms. Ross and Fathom Events are presenting a special two-night screening of Diana Ross: […]

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Icon, Unfiltered: Stephanie Mills Talks Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and Why the Music Industry Doesn’t Honor Black Artists

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET Stephanie Mills has got opinions. Lots of ‘em. The Grammy-award winning singer and actress best known for playing Dorothy in the original Broadway production of The Wiz is not one for holding her tongue. She’s now a woman of a certain age—read: She has no time for the BS. […]

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Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute at the Grammys Gentrified the Genre

Jennifer Lopez (l) and Smokey Robinson perform at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images for The Recording Academy) During Black History Month 2019, the Recording Academy decided to gentrify Motown by having Jennifer “Don’t Be Fooled By the Rocks that I Got” Lopez do a tribute to an undeniably black-ass genre […]

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Fans Were Baffled By Jennifer Lopez’s Selection For The Motown Tribute At The 2019 Grammys

When Jennifer Lopez was announced as the Grammys‘ pick for the show’s Motown tribute performer, some music fans were skeptical about the selection, but for the most part, many viewers were unaware that she’d be delivering the performance. However, once she hit the stage, that skepticism exploded into full-blown befuddlement from viewers who didn’t understand […]

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Michelle Obama Speaks to Detroit Students About How to Deal With ‘Naysayers’

Former first lady Michelle Obama surprises students from Wayne State University during a discussion at the Motown Museum in Detroit, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Photo: Paul Sancya (AP Photo) Detroit—Accomplished lawyer? Check. First lady of the United States? Been there, done that. Bestselling author? Three million checks. With a resume like Michelle Obama’s, its sometimes […]

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In a New Interview, Smokey Robinson Says He Regrets Not Recording With Friend Aretha Franklin

Smokey Robinson (L); Aretha Franklin (R) backstage at Chene Park on July 8, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.Photo: Monica Morgan (Getty Images) They knew each other almost all their lives, but in the many decades that Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin shared a friendship and mutual admiration, they never made it into the studio to record. […]

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Is Otis Williams of The Temptations The Pettiest Man Alive? An Analysis

Photo: Andrew H. Walker (Getty Images) The Temptations is one of my all-time favorite singing groups. I’m especially a fan of the “Classic Five” lineup (I like to call it their ‘Death Lineup’ – no pun intended) of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams. Dennis Edwards replacing David Ruffin and […]

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