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Al Green:Kennedy Center Awards recipient

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Al Green for being chosen by President Obama as one of this year’s Kennedy Center Awards recipients!!!!

Al Green, Lily Tomlin, Tom Hanks, Sting and Patricia McBride will be the 2014 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors

Phyllis Linda Hyman (July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995)

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Today marks the 19th Anniversary of the tragic death of Legendary singer/model Ms. Phyliss Hyman. Legends never die….

The Supremes:Throwback Thursday!

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In 1967, at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas. Florence was sent home during this gig and Cindy Birdsong, who had been secretly rehearsing with Diana & Mary, stepped in. Florence would never return to the stage as a Supreme.

Three years later the group would record their final performance on January 14, 1970 at The Frontier Hotel. “Farewell,” a double-lp, is the rare Motown live album that is great from start to finish. Listening to it, it’s hard to believe they were barely speaking to each other at this point.

Josephine Baker:Bronze Godless!

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Stevie Wonder: This Day In Music

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This day in music Stevie Wonder released his first album, “The 12 Year Old Genius.” It would become Motown’s first #1  in 1963!

Christopher Wallace Jr: Class Of 2014

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Faith Evans and Christopher Wallace Jr. @ his high school graduation

This Day In Music: The Supremes

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May 30, 1965 The Number One Cut On The R&B Chart was, “Back In My Arms Again”, by The Supremes. It was their 5th number one (pop) song to date.

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928- May 28, 2014)

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Poet Maya Angelou dies at age 86Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist and actress whose work defied description under a simple label, has died, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.
She died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Brann said.

A professor, singer and dancer, Angelou’s work spans several professions. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
She spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco, but dropped out at age 14, instead becoming the city’s first African-American female cable car conductor.
Angelou later returned to high school to finish her diploma and gave birth a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she acquired a passion for music and dance, and toured Europe in
the mid-1950s in the opera production “Porgy and Bess.” In 1957, she recorded her first album, “Calypso Lady.” In 1958, Angelou become a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and also played a queen in “The Blacks,” an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.
Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. She has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
“I created myself,” she has said. “I have taught myself so much.”
Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up between St. Louis and the then-racially-segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas.
The famous poet got into writing after a childhood tragedy that stunned her into silence for years. When she was 7, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him.
“My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him, so I stopped speaking for almost six years,” she said. From the silence, a louder voice was born.
Her list of friends is as impressive as her illustrious career. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey referred to her as “sister friend.” She counted Martin Luther King Jr., with whom she worked during the Civil Rights movement, among her friends. King was assassinated on her birthday.
Angelou spoke at least six languages, and worked at one time as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. During that period, she wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” launching the first in a series of autobiographical books.
“I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine … before she realizes she’s reading,” Angelou said.
She was also one of the first black women film directors. Her work on Broadway has been nominated for Tony Awards.
Before making it big, the 6-foot-tall wordsmith also worked as a cook and sang with a traveling road show. “Look where we’ve all come from … coming out of darkness, moving toward the light,” she once said. “It is a long journey, but a sweet one, bittersweet.”

Charlayne Hunter Gault:Pioneer Of Education

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Charlayne Hunter was born in South Carolina in 1942. Due to her father’s career in the military, her family moved around a lot. However, she and her younger brothers eventually settled in Atlanta, where they were primarily raised by her mother and maternal grandmother. She credits her grandmother for inspiring her early interest in reading and the newspaper.

In 1959, she applied to the University of Georgia, but was denied admittance, so she attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. However, every semester she would submit her application the University of Georgia with the help of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund.

In early 1961, Judge William Bootle ruled that Hunter “qualified for… immediate enrollment at the University of Georgia”. Along with Hamilton Holmes, Hunter was one of the two first African-American students to enroll at the University of Georgia. Hunter was often the object of much hostility and aggression. However in 1963, she graduated and married fellow student Walter Stovall, a white man. They had a daughter, Susan, but divorced nine years later.

She would later go on to become an award-winning broadcast journalist, working in both broadcast and print journalism. Hunter worked for such esteemed journalism outlets as the New Yorker, New York Times, NPR, and CNN. Her work garnered her two Emmy awards as well as two Peabody awards. She currently lives in South Africa with her husband, Robert Gault. She has two children: Susan from her first marriage and Chuma from her second.

(Sources: Wikipedia and New Georgia Encyclopedia)


Lupita Nyong’o: 2014 Cannes Debut

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dress by Calvin Klein

Stevie Wonder: This Day In Music

 

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On This Day In Music: In 1971, On his twenty-first birthday Stevie Wonder received his childhood earnings. He received $1 million.

In addition, Stevie Wonder independently recorded two albums, which he used as a bargaining tool while negotiating with Motown. Eventually the label agreed to his demands for full creative control (at that time the only artists to have that) and the rights to his own songs.

The 120-page contract was a precedent at Motown and gave Wonder a much higher royalty rate and a stipulation that stated, if Motown was to ever be sold that he gets to keep his publishing’s and he would have to approve the buyers). Stevie Wonder is one of the only artists that never recorded for anyone but Motown.

Rick Springfield:Hollywood Walk Of Fame

 

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Yesterday was a bitter sweet moment as we finally got to witness Rick Springfield be honored at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A big thank you to all those fans who came to the events yesterday and are sticking around through the weekend for the Santa Monica show. You know how to represent!

LL COOL J: Proud Parent

 

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So lucky to share this day with my daughter…‪#‎proud‬ ‪#‎grateful‬ ‪#‎NU

LL Cool J was presented with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Northeastern University at the same time that his own daughter was graduating.

Michael Jackson: Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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The Legendary Michael Jackson standing on a car at his Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony 1984.

This Day In R&B Music History

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This Day In R&B Music History: On April 23, 1971 The Number One cut on the R&B Chart was “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye (5 weeks at #1).

Esther Gordy Edwards: Community Day.

 

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Today the Motown Museum celebrates the 3rd annual Esther Gordy Edwards Community Day in honored of our founder. Ms. Edwards would have been 94 years old this Friday – April 25. She was a Motown executive and the visionary who recognized the importance of preserving our history and legacy. Through her efforts she founded the Museum in 1985.

As part of this celebration the Museum is offering half-off admission to everyone today – April 23, 2014. For today only Adults pay $5.00 per person and Children under 12 yrs. old are $4.00 each. Please join us to commemorative Ms. Edwards and enjoy the Motown Experience.

 

Nas & Lauren Hill: 20th Anniversary

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Legendary Rapper/ Actress Lauren Hill joins Rapper Nas at Coachella yesterday to perform there Hip Hop Classic, if I ruled the world.

Diana Ross: 50th Anniversary (1964-2014)

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Documentary celebrating the career of Motown legend Ms. Diana Ross 50th Anniversary in the music business!

http://youtu.be/QMy7oUb0E4g

Motown Records: This Day In History

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Berry Gordy Jr. originally set up two nominally separate labels (Tamla Records and Motown Records) in 1959, in order to avoid accusations of payola should DJs play too many records from one label. The two labels featured the same writers, producers and artists, and they were both formally incorporated together as Motown Record Corporation (commonly referred to simply as “Motown”) ON APRIL 14TH 1960

Sidney Poitier: 50th Anniversary!

 

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On April 13, 1964 Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for “Lilies of the Field.”

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