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Jimmy Ruffin: Rest In Peace


Legendary Motown singer, and brother of the late great, David Ruffin has passed away  at the age of 78, Wednesday morning from a long illness, he died in Las Vegas NV, Wednesday says a close family member, details about the upcoming funeral arraignments have yet to be announced.



Dr. Ossian H.Sweet: Detroit History Maker



Dr. Ossian H.Sweet, a prominent Detroit doctor, moved into his house September 8, 1925, in an all-white neighborhood. Sweet was arrested the next night on murder charges after shots were fired into a mob of approximately 1,000 whites who gathered in front of Sweet home in an effort to force him out of the all-white neighborhood.

He was later acquitted of all charges. The Sweet home at 2905 Garland St. was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1975 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The Temptations: 45th Anniversary!



Today we’re celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Temptations‘ #1 hit “I Can’t Get Next to You.”

Jack White: First Pitch!



Jack is honored to announce that he will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday night, July 29th. Additionally, the Third Man Rolling Record Store will be parked at Columbia Plaza at Comerica Park from 4pm – 7pm.


BREAKING NEWS: This is an issue of GENTRIFICATION! Plain and simple, Detroit is in a land grab. The Blacks are being flushed out….literally.

Black Press Radio joins Congressman John Conyers in calling on Michigan native Floyd Mayweather and President Obama, others to help restore water to over 150,000 of Detroit’s poorest residents. While American are being distracted by illegal child immigrants, American citizens are living in third world poverty conditions without any sign of relief. Press conference being held on Monday, July 7, 2014 in Detroit.

A FAMILY of five with no water for two weeks who were embarrassed to ask friends if they could bathe at their house. A woman excited about purchasing a home who learned she would be held responsible for the previous owner’s delinquent water bill: all $8,000 of it. A 90-year-old woman with bedsores and no water available to clean them. Something has to be done – nationwide – to address the privatization of American water systems.

The Temptations:Dennis Edwards Era





                                                                                                                     Dennis Edwards Era. !968 to 1977. Dennis would return two more times,1980–1984, and 1987–1989.

On June 28, 1968 Dennis Edwards, a singer formerly of the Contours was hired to take Ruffin’s place. The addition of Dennis Edwards to the Temptations coincided with the adoption of a new sound for the group by producer Norman Whitfield, and in the fall of 1968, Whitfield began producing psychedelic-based material for the Temptations, derived primarily from the sound of funk band Sly & the Family Stone.

This new style, which debuted with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968, was a marked departure from the David Ruffin-era ballads. The instrumentation was funkier, the beat was hard-driving, and all five Temptations traded lead vocals, similar to Sly & the Family Stone. “Cloud Nine”, the centerpiece of the group’s landmark Cloud Nine LP, was a Top 10 hit and won Motown its first Grammy Award, for Best R&B Vocal Group Performance of 1969.

The blending of the Motown sound and psychedelic rock sound resulted in a new subgenre of music called “psychedelic soul”, also evident in the work of Diana Ross and the Supremes (“Reflections”, “Love Child”), Marvin Gaye’s version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and the music of The 5th Dimension, The Undisputed Truth, and The Friends of Distinction.

More Temptations psychedelic soul singles would follow in 1969 and 1970, among them “Runaway Child, Running Wild” (a number-one R&B hit), “I Can’t Get Next to You” (a number-one pop hit), “Psychedelic Shack”, and “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”, but the formula began to wear thin when “Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World)”, only went to #33 Pop in the fall of 1970. The group’s other important albums from this period included Puzzle People (1969) and Psychedelic Shack (1970).

Before Kendricks officially left the Temptations, he and Paul Williams recorded the lead vocals for “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, a ballad that became Kendricks’ final single with the group. Included on the Sky’s the Limit LP along with the original album version of “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, “Just My Imagination” was released as a single in January 1971, and the song began steadily climbing the U.S. pop singles chart, peaking at #1 two months later. By the time “Just My Imagination” topped the charts, Kendricks had negotiated his release from the group and signed a solo deal with Motown’s Tamla label.

David Ruffin (January 18,1941-June 1,1991)



David Ruffin (January 18,1941-June 1,1991) Gone But never forgotten.





Stevie Wonder: This Day In Music

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

This Day In Music: The Supremes


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.

Black Is Beautiful: Beauty Supply Industry



Nationwide — The beauty industry involves black women from all corners of the world as customers, stylists, clinicians, models, manufacturers, spokespersons and more. The ethnic beauty business is a $15 billion business that consists of a 96% African-American customer base, but roughly only 3% of the retailers are African-American.

There has been talk in salons, on talk shows, at events and classrooms on what should be done about the disparities and discriminations in the industry. Some say boycott hair products, while others say boycott Asian-owned stores. However, there has been another group of individuals who have decided to take a more bold approach.


Real Estate investor, Princess Hill, and award-winning competition and master stylist, Kelly Williams, who are long-time friends and Detroit natives decided to open their own beauty supply store in Detroit, Michigan, a city that has been hit harshly by the downsizing of the auto industry and the political scandal of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Hill and Williams contacted Beauty Supply Institute (, a company founded by economic activist Devin Robinson, who opened 3 of his own stores within 18 months almost 10 years ago (after being chased out of one by a golf-club-holding Korean owner for what turned out to be a case false accusation). Robinson also staged a one-week boycott in 2009 against non-black-owned beauty supply stores. Since that time, Beauty Supply Institute has opened almost 70 stores for other black women in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean and have helped to generate over $13,000,000 in gross revenues for urban communities.

Koreans (and Middle Easterners) continue to have a dominant presence in the beauty market. When we asked the Detroit store owners why, they said, “Their communities teach their children from young how to become great merchants. We may know more of the products but they know more about the retail business. This is why we were pleased once we began working with Beauty Supply Institute. They focus so much on running the retail business and it made us extremely prepared to be successful and profitable.”

They went on to say, “No black beauty business owner is immune to the industry disparities and lockouts. Kizure felt it and now we see Carol’s Daughter undergoing a bankruptcy restructuring. But this industry is constantly growing so I doubt these companies will close their doors for good. They are run by smart people and we should ensure we stand behind them as they re-emerge. We are in this business for the long-haul so you can expect to see us pop up more and more stores across the country.”

Hill and Williams are already working on their second store in Maryland.

Devin Robinson (, along with George Fraser of Frasernet (, and others will be featured panelist at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on May 19th, 2014 discussing issues in the beauty industry (; an event organized by, trichologist and master educator Connie Judge, the founder of the National Trichology Training Institute in Stockbridge, Georgia.

The Beauty Supply Institute will hold its 5th annual Beauty Supply Store Start-Up Summer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on August 16-17, 2014. The keynote speaker will be nationally syndicated radio host, Michael Baisden.

For media inquiries, contact Roschel Davis at or call 404-551-4398.


Stevie Wonder: This Day In Music



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.

Motown Records:Hits Ville USA


2648 West Grand Blvd Detroit MI,  48208

2648 West Grand Blvd Detroit MI, 48208

Despite the passage of time since Motown Records’ establishment in 1959 by Berry Gordy, tens of thousands of visitors pass through Hitsville U.S.A., home to the Motown Museum, each year. Their presence is a testimony to Motown’s legacy and to the charisma, talent and staying power of the music and those who made it.The Motown Museum, which was founded by Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985, is one of Southeast Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations. Visitors come from across America and throughout the world to stand in Studio A, where their favorite artists and groups recorded much-loved music, and to view the restored upper flat where Berry Gordy lived with his young family during the company’s earliest days.

Home to an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia, the Museum’s mission, which is presented below, is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Company and to educate and motivate people, especially youth.

A nonprofit 501c(3), the Motown Museum tells the story of how a man’s vision turned into one of the largest, most successful record companies of all time and how the music—the Motown Sound —captured the hearts of young people, not only in America, but across the globe.

Motown Museum Mission: To preserve the history and legacy of Motown Records Corporation through the conservation of Motown’s original site on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. To educate and motivate people, especially youth, through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship. To build awareness of the global impact of Motown and its artistic contributions to entertainment.

Esther Gordy Edwards: Community Day.



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.


The Ladies Of Motown


Cindy Birdsong, Rosalind Lee Holmes, Sandra Lois Reeves Jackson, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilsonn, and Diana Ross.

Diana Ross: 50th Anniversary (1964-2014)



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

Motown Records: This Day In History


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

Diana Ross: Pink Diva!


Eminem: “Detroit vs. Everybody”



Eminem recruits Spike Lee for his ‘Headlights’ video in Detroit.

Aretha Franklin; This Day In Music


This Day In R&B History: On April 5, 1967 The Number One Record On The R&B Charts was I Never Loved A Man (the way I love you) by Aretha Franklin (7 weeks at #1).

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