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Rihanna and Chris The Truth……

Yesterday’s episode of Law and Order SUV , was life intimadating art. The story was  based on Chris Brown and Rihanna’s relationship. But theirs never been a news outlet to tell the truth about what really took place on that night 4yrs ago. The explosive fight started over Rihanna receiving a text message from rapper Kanye West. West whom was engaged to fiancee Alex Phiefer at the time, was also seeing Rihanna on the side as well. Brown was enraged at the thought of Rihanna sleeping with west, to the point he wanted to scare her for life. There was no need for an overabundance of evidence, the mental, physical, and emotional scarring was enough to convict Brown on felony assault. This was not the first time they have engaged in a domestic altercation, Rihanna is known for having a short temper as well, but on February 11, 2009 Brown got the best of her, and made sure she paid for disrespecting him, in his eyes. Once a abuser, always a abuser, it never stops.

FIRST BLACK WOMEN TO OWN RECORD LABEL

Johnnie Mae Matthews (December 31, 1922 – January 6, 2002) was an American blues and R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer from Bessemer, Alabama. Known as the “Godmother of Detroit Soul” and as the first African American female to own and operate her own record label (Northern Recording Company) she was an early influence on the careers of many of the now-famous recording stars who began their careers in Detroit, Michigan such as Otis Williams, David Ruffin, and Richard Street of the Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin, Joe Hunter of the Funk Brothers Band, Richard Wylie, Norman Whitfield, Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, Timmy Shaw, Barbara Lewis, Bettye LaVette and many more.

Johnnie Mae Matthews was born December 31, 1922, in Bessemer, Alabama. She learned to sing in her church choir, and also performed with her mother at military bases throughout the Deep South. When she was twelve years old, the family relocated to New Jersey, and in 1947 Matthews left her parents home and moved to Detroit, Michigan where she married and started her own family. In 1957 she joined a local quintet called the Five Dapps, assuming lead vocals on “You’re So Unfaithful,” which was the B-side of their 1958 debut single, “Do Wop a Do”. The Instrumental backing on the record was done by pianist Joe Hunter, who would frequently collaborate with Matthews in the years to follow, and later led Motown’s famed studio band, the Funk Brothers 1950s.

In 1958, Matthews formed her own record label, dubbed the “Northern Recording Company”. Headquartered in an office at 2608 Blaine in Detroit, just a few blocks from her home, she used $85 borrowed from her husband’s paycheck to become the first African-American woman to own and operate her own label. With sessions typically recorded at either nearby “Special Studio” or at radio station WCHB, Northern Recording Company was largely used as a vehicle to launch her own solo recording career. Her first release, “Dreamer”, in 1959, was credited to “Johnnie Mae Matthews & the Daps”. Her follow-up single, “Mr. Fine”, featured on its B-side, a song named “Someday”, which was a solo tune by local singer Chet Oliver.

Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy has often credited Matthews with teaching him the ropes of the recording industry. He acknowledged her assistance in helping land a distribution deal with “Chess Records” for “The Miracles” 1959 hit “Bad Girl“. Matthews also fostered the early careers of such future Motown stars as David and Jimmy Ruffin. Some say that she is the un-credited author of Mary Wells’ breakthrough hit, “Bye Bye Baby.” It’s impossible to know how differently Matthews’ own recording career might have turned out had she accepted any of invitations of Berry Gordy to record for Motown, particularly during the mid-’60s, when she was delivering some of her finest material, most notably “Lonely You’ll Be” and “Cut Me Loose,” in 1967, the latter of which was subsequently licensed for national distribution on the Atco Records label.[6]

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In her 1960 tune, “So Lonely,” Matthews dropped the Dapps altogether. She then, quickly followed up with her second solo, “Ooh Wee Baby.” On both of these recordings she was backed by a band called the “Groovers”, a group that was led by Joe Hunter, and also included bassist James Jamerson, guitarist Eddie Willis, saxophonist Eli Fontaine, and drummer Uriel Jones, all of who would become staples of Motown‘s greatest sessions as members of the, now famous, Funk Brothers Band. Northern also nurtured the early career of Richard Wylie whose backup group, the Mohawks, included Norman Whitfield who later became one of Motown’s most visionary songwriters and producers.

Also in 1960 the label issued “Come On,” the debut single by “The Distants” who were later renamed “The Temptations”. In time, Northern spun off a series of sister labels, most notably “Reel”, which was the label of several of Ms. Matthews’ singles, such as “Oh, Baby”, “No One Can Love Me the Way You Do”, “The Headshrinker”, and “Come Home”, all of which were released in 1961. In 1963 Reel issued “I Don’t Want Your Love”, a duet that paired Matthews and Timmy Shaw, her longtime songwriting collaborator who is best known for his 1964 solo effort “Gonna Send You Back to walking”, a song which was later recorded by “The Animals” and a few other artists. However, Matthews’ biggest hit, “My Special Angel”, in 1962, appeared, not on her own labels, but rather, on the New York-based “Sue Records” label.

In 1963 she hired manager Ollie McLaughlin, who had previously launched the career of “Barbara Lewis”. McLaughlin brought Matthews to the attention of Mercury Records’ new Blue Rock subsidiary, where he eventually produced both of her singles for that label, “Baby, What’s Wrong”, and “My Man (The Sweetest Man in the World)”. He also produced her lone “Spokane” label effort, “Worried About You”.During the late ’60s Matthews also cut a series of excellent singles for her “Big Hit” label, including “I Have No Choice”, “My Momma Didn’t Lie”, and “Don’t Be Discouraged”.

 1970s

However, as the decade of the sixties came to a close, so did Northern Recording Company and all of her subsidiaries, and as the 1970s were being ushered in, Matthews turned her attention to “Black Nasty” an up and coming funk group that featured two of her children, Artwell and Aubrey. In 1973, Matthews produced the band’s only album, “Talking to the People”, which was released on the “Stax” record label.
“Black Nasty” was later renamed “The ADC Band” and the group resurfaced in 1978 with the R&B smash “Long Stroke”. Encouraged by their success, Matthews revived Northern Recording Company around this time, with the ADC Band supplying the musical backing on the disco-inspired tune “It’s Good”, which was later re-issued on the “Cotillion Records” label for national distribution. After one final Northern effort, 1980s “I Can Feel It,” she closed the label for good, effectively ending her recording career.[

 Death
Matthews died after a long bout with cancer on January 6, 2002. She was 79 years old.

Richard Street

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Richard Street of the Temptation’s passed away at the age of 70yrs old he’s the 11th Temptation to pass away in the 53yrs of the group, the second this month, Damon Harris, and the 4th in the passed 4yrs. RIP Richard.

Started From the bottom

Detroit neo-soul artist KEM was homeless and drug addicted prior to being a award-winning artist. Selling mix-tapes on Detroit’s West side Midland and Fenkill area, that was hit heavly by the crack cocaine epidemic. It didn’t deture his dreams or incariate him, it modavated him to achieve musical success and fame.

Christette Michele

Singer Chrisette Michele hospitalzed in New York City (Feb 19) with a raptured appendix. she was scheduled to open up for Keyshia Cole tonight on Cole’s Women to Women tonight in nyc. Lets pray for a speedy recovery.

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Happy Birthday Smokey!

William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the popular Motown vocal group The Miracles, for which he also served as the group’s chief songwriter and producer.SMOKEY GOLD

DAMON HARRIS

 

 

 

 

 

Damon Harris (July 17, 1950 – February 18, 2013) was born Otis Robert Harris, Jr. in Baltimore, Maryland and was a three-time Grammy Award-winning African-American soul and R&B singer. He was most notable as a member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975. Twenty years old when he joined the group, Harris was the youngest member of The Temptations during his tenure in the group. As a teenager Harris had formed a Temptations tribute band named The Young Tempts (aka The Young Vandals). The group had charted singles released on T-Neck Records, and later had a few minor hits under the name Impact.

He also was instrumental in his former singing group partner, Billy Griffin, getting the opportunity to replace Smokey Robinson in The Miracles. Harris later founded and CEO of The Damon Harris Cancer Foundation dedicated to promoting the awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer.He finally succumbed to that disease on February 18, 2013 at 7:17 p.m Damon is the youngest, and the 11th Tempatation to pass in the last 40 years of the 53yrs of the groups lifetime.

The Real little Walter

Little Walter, born Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), was an American blues harmonica player, whose revolutionary approach to his instrument has earned him comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix,[1] for innovation and impact on succeeding generations. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners’ expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica.[2] Little Walter was inducted to the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 in the “sideman” category[3][4] making him the first and only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a harmonica player.

Jacobs was born in Marksville, Louisiana and raised in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, where he first learned to play the harmonica. After quitting school by the age of 12, Jacobs left rural Louisiana and travelled around working odd jobs and busking on the streets of New Orleans, Memphis, Helena, Arkansas and St. Louis. He honed his musical skills on harmonica and guitar performing with much older bluesmen such as Sonny Boy Williamson II, Sunnyland Slim, Honeyboy Edwards and others.
Arriving in Chicago in 1945, he occasionally found work as a guitarist but garnered more attention for his already highly developed harmonica work. According to fellow Chicago bluesman Floyd Jones, Little Walter’s first recording was an unreleased demo recorded soon after he arrived in Chicago on which Walter played guitar backing Jones.[5] Jacobs reportedly grew frustrated with having his harmonica drowned out by electric guitarists, and adopted a simple, but previously little-used method: He cupped a small microphone in his hands along with his harmonica, and plugged the microphone into a public address system or guitar amplifier.

He could thus compete with any guitarist’s volume. However, unlike other contemporary blues harp players such as Sonny Boy Williamson I and Snooky Pryor, who like many other harmonica players had also begun using the newly available amplifier technology around the same time solely for added volume, Little Walter purposely pushed his amplifiers beyond their intended technical limitations, using the amplification to explore and develop radical new timbres and sonic effects previously unheard from a harmonica, or any other instrument.[1] Madison Deniro wrote a small biographical piece on Little Walter stating that “He was the first musician of any kind to purposely use electronic distortion.”[6]

Jacobs had put his career as a bandleader on hold when he joined Muddy’s band, but stepped back out front once and for all when he recorded as a bandleader for Chess’s subsidiary label Checker Records on 12 May 1952. The first completed take of the first song attempted at his debut session became his first hit, spending eight weeks in the number-one position on the Billboard R&B chart – the song was “Juke“, and it is still the only harmonica instrumental ever to become a number-one hit on the Billboard R&B. (Three other harmonica instrumentals by Little Walter also reached the Billboard R&B top 10: “Off the Wall” reached number eight, “Roller Coaster” achieved number six, and “Sad Hours” reached the number-two position while Juke was still on the charts.) “Juke” was the biggest hit to date for Chess and its affiliated labels, and one of the biggest national R&B hits of 1952, securing Walter’s position on the Chess artist roster for the next decade.[1]

Little Walter scored fourteen top-ten hits on the Billboard R&B charts between 1952 and 1958, including two number-one hits (the second being “My Babe” in 1955), a level of commercial success never achieved by his former boss Waters, nor by his fellow Chess blues artists Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Following the pattern of “Juke”, most of Little Walter’s single releases in the 1950s featured a vocal performance on one side, and a harmonica instrumental on the other. Many of Walter’s vocal numbers were originals which he or Chess A&R man Willie Dixon wrote or adapted and updated from earlier blues themes. In general, his sound was more modern and uptempo than the popular Chicago blues of the day, with a jazzier conception and less rhythmically rigid approach than other contemporary blues harmonica players.

Upon his departure from Muddy Waters‘ band in 1952, he recruited a young band that was already working steadily in Chicago backing Junior Wells, The Aces, as his new backing band. The Aces consisted of brothers David Myers and Louis Myers on guitars, and drummer Fred Below, and were re-christened “The Jukes” on most of the Little Walter records on which they appeared. By 1955 the members of The Aces / Jukes had each left Little Walter to pursue other opportunities, initially replaced by guitarists Robert “Junior” Lockwood and Luther Tucker, and drummer Odie Payne. Jr. Others who worked in Little Walter’s recording and touring bands in the ’50s included guitarists Jimmie Lee Robinson and Freddie Robinson. Little Walter also occasionally included saxophone players in his touring bands during this period, among them a young Albert Ayler, and even Ray Charles on one early tour. By the late 1950s, Little Walter no longer employed a regular full-time band, instead hiring various players as needed from the large pool of local blues musicians in Chicago.[1]

Jacobs was frequently utilized on records as a harmonica accompanist behind others in the Chess stable of artists, including Jimmy Rogers, John Brim, Rocky Fuller, Memphis Minnie, The Coronets, Johnny Shines, Floyd Jones, Bo Diddley, and Shel Silverstein, and on other record labels backing Otis Rush, Johnny Young, and Robert Nighthawk.[1]

Jacobs suffered from alcoholism and had a notoriously short temper, which in late 1950s led to a series of violent altercations, minor scrapes with the law, and increasingly irresponsible behavior. This led to a decline in his fame and fortunes beginning in the late 1950s, although he did tour Europe twice, in 1964 and 1967. (The long-circulated story that he toured the United Kingdom with The Rolling Stones in 1964 has since been refuted by Keith Richards). The 1967 European tour, as part of the American Folk Blues Festival, resulted in the only film/video footage of Little Walter performing that is known to exist. Footage of Little Walter backing Hound Dog Taylor and Koko Taylor on a television program in Copenhagen, Denmark on 11 October 1967 was released on DVD in 2004.

Further video of another recently discovered TV appearance in Germany during this same tour, showing Little Walter performing his songs “My Babe”, “Mean Old World“, and others were released on DVD in Europe in January 2009, and is the only known footage of Little Walter singing. Other TV appearances in the UK (in 1964) and the Netherlands (in 1967) have been documented, but no footage of these has been uncovered. Jacobs recorded and toured only infrequently in the 1960s, playing mainly in and around Chicago.
In 1967 Chess released a studio album featuring Little Walter with Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters titled Super Blues.[

Death
A few months after returning from his second European tour, he was involved in a fight while taking a break from a performance at a nightclub on the South Side of Chicago. The relatively minor injuries sustained in this altercation aggravated and compounded damage he had suffered in previous violent encounters, and he died in his sleep at the apartment of a girlfriend at 209 E. 54th St. in Chicago early the following morning.

The official cause of death indicated on his death certificate was “coronary thrombosis” (a blood clot in the heart); evidence of external injuries was so insignificant that police reported that his death was of “unknown or natural causes”, and there were no external injuries noted on the death certificate. His body was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL on February 22, 1968. His grave remained unmarked until 1991, when fans Scott Dirks and Eomot Rasun had a marker designed and installed Legacy.

Music journalist Bill Dahl described Little Walter as “king of all post-war blues harpists”, who “took the humble mouth organ in dazzling amplified directions that were unimaginable prior to his ascendancy.” His legacy has been enormous: he is widely credited by blues historians as the artist primarily responsible for establishing the standard vocabulary for modern blues and blues rock harmonica players.[ His influence can be heard in varying degrees in virtually every modern blues harp player who came along in his wake, from blues greats such as Junior Wells, James Cotton,

George “Harmonica” Smith, Carey Bell, and Big Walter Horton, through modern-day masters Sugar Blue, Billy Branch, Kim Wilson, Rod Piazza, William Clarke, and Charlie Musselwhite, in addition to blues-rock crossover artists such as Paul Butterfield and John Popper of the band Blues Traveler.[1] Little Walter was portrayed in the 2008 film, Cadillac Records, by Columbus Short.
Little Walter’s daughter, Marion Diaz Reacco, has established the Little Walter Foundation in Chicago, to preserve the legacy and genius of Little Walter. The foundation aims to create programs for the creative arts, including music, animation and video.
Stephen King’s novel, Under the Dome, also features a character named Little Walter Bushey, based on Little Walter.

 Awards and recognition

  • 1986 – Blues Hall of Fame: “Juke” (Classics of Blues Recordings – Singles or Album Tracks category)[10]
  • 1991 – Blues Hall of Fame: Best of Little Walter (Classics of Blues Recordings – Albums category)[10]
  • 1995 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Juke” (500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll)[11]
  • 2003 – Rolling Stone: Best of Little Walter (#198 on list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time)[12]
  • 2008 – Grammy Awards: “Juke” (Grammy Hall of Fame Award)[13]
  • 2008 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Little Walter inducted (Sideman category)
  • 2008 – Blues Hall of Fame: “My Babe” (Classics of Blues Recordings – Singles or Album Tracks category)[10]
  • 2009 – Grammy Awards The Complete Chess Masters: 1950–1967 (Best Historical Album Winner

AMBER ALERT

Amber Rose is currently in labor!

Michael Jordan 50th Birthday Party

The legendary Michael Jordan Celebrated his 50th Birthday at the Museum of fine Arts in Houston Texas. This weekend, starting the All-Star weekend with a private affair, invite only celebration!Michael-Jordan-Championship-Rings1

Blue Ivy

Blue Ivy Carter makes her film debut on her mother’s Beyonce  Hbo documentary at the age of 13 months she’s a living doll!

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The Temptations Life time achievement award

A tribute to one of Motown’s most celebrated vocal group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

their name suggests, the Temptations’ music was hard to resist. It was so irresistible, they became arguably the most successful vocal group of the ’60s and one of the defining acts that made Detroit soul as important an export for the city as the cars produced by General Motors or Ford.
And the group’s collective talent allowed them equal success as a sweet soul group in the early ’60s, and as the makers of socially charged, muscular soul in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

The Temptations came together with the merger of two Motor City vocal groups: the Primes, led by Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams, and the Distants featuring Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. Originally called the Elgins, they quickly renamed themselves the Temptations, but one element was still missing. That proved to be tenor David Ruffin. Shortly after his addition, the group went into the studio with Smokey Robinson and emerged with their first Top 20 hit, 1964’s “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” The quintet followed in 1965 with their first No. 1 hit, “My Girl,” which was co-written by Robinson.

As the decade progressed, producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield took the reins in the studio and the husky-voiced Ruffin handled more leads. The result was a grittier urban sound on hits such as “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and “I Wish It Would Rain.”

After Ruffin’s departure in 1968, which led to the addition of Dennis Edwards, the Temptations segued into more politically aware songs. Hits such as “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” made them among the earliest Motown acts to make socially conscious music, likely influencing such label mates as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, who in the early ’70s would take their cue from colleagues such as the Temptations as well as the changing times to make explosively strong activist music.

Still working closely with Whitfield on songs he co-wrote with Barrett Strong, the Temptations scored other lasting hits such as “Cloud Nine,” “Run Away Child, Running Wild,” “Psychedelic Shack,” and “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone.” And just to prove they could still record perhaps the world’s greatest ballad, they also reached No. 1 with “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” during this period.

Nearly 40 Top 40 hits over a 50-plus-year career through various lineup changes is a glowing testament to a group that so defined, embodied and inhabited the role of the R&B vocal group, it might be tempting to call them the ultimate vocal group of all time. Don’t feel bad if you give in to that

There’s Something About Salli Pt. I

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It seems like the stories about actress Salli  Richardson is something out of a Hollywood tell all! Her strange, erotic, and extremely freaky sexual lifestyle has been the talk of Hollywood for the past 20yrs. From being Robert Deniro’s kept women, Will and Jade sex toy/ slave, turning Matthew McConaughey, dating Tupac and being Sugh Knights side piece at the same time, Jamie Foxx fuck buddy to her wild relationship with actor  Glenn Plummer. The one question I would like answered is what’s the difference between her any other beautiful female celebrity? Almost every female searching for fame in Hollywood uses sex to come up. Its age old tradition, the only difference is the skills that one possess versus who, and when you sleep with. The right person, right time, means the right position in Hollywood. “Either you Ho up”, or Blow up!”

Darine Stern

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History was made in October 1971 when Playboy Magazine published its first magazine cover with a model by the name of Darine Stern a Chicago native Stern was born November 16, 1947 her cover of playboy magazine is the most creative and memorable of all Playboy covers. Photographed by Richard Fegley, she was represented by Ford Models of Los Angeles ,Shirley Hamilton of Chicago, Nina Blanched, Ellen Hart agency Stern a Playboy playmate, a print and runway model lost her two-year battle with breast cancer on February 5, 2004.

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

Tracee Ellis Ross has launched her very own Beauty/Lifestyle/Fashion website! Its everything Tracee represents a classic beauty, well cultured individual,unique style, and a fashion sense all her own congratulations Tracee!

RICK JAMES: Happy 65th Birthday!

Happy 65th Birthday Rick!

Muhammad Ali

Is Muhammad Ali terminally ill? If so why is his brother telling the public , instead of allowing his sister-in-law to make a announcement  via press conference or realising a statement? Why does these so called relatives feel the need to disclose their families members private life?

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Wells Supper Club

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Before Harlem native Herb Hudson owner of  Roseco’s  made Chicken and Waffles made the combination popular on the West Coast, he was inspired by Wells Supper Club restaurant. Wells is a landmark in Harlem New York, opened in 1938 by Ann and Joseph T. Wells, The Wells Supper Club quickly became Harlem’s hottest and most popular spot to visit. Harlem’s Renaissance artist and figures frequent the restaurant after late nights of clubbing at The Cotton Club, The Apollo Theater, Savoy and The Harlem Club. The Wells started out with only 3 boots, and 5 stools, eventually having 250- seat restaurant.

The Wells Club quickly became the place to be seen after a night of late night club hopping! Wells Supper Club, offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The idea for Chicken and Waffles came about, when wells would have fried chicken left over from dinner service. Seeing the opportunity to boost sales, and reduced food waste, Wells started offering a late night, early morning menu featuring savory fried chicken, paired with delicious fluffy waffles. The combination became a Hugh hit, and other restaurants followed. Sadly the Wells Supper Club closed its doors in June 2012 after serving New York’s Harlem’s Greatest for 74 years.

First African American owned Record label

Before Berry Gory founded Motown Records, Broome Special Phonograph Records was the first ever owned and operated by African Americans formed in 1919  founded by George Wellington Broome located at 23 Clayton Avenue, Medford, MA the label was small and only 12 titles are known to ever exist on the label which closed in 1923.

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