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Diana Ross: Vintage Beauty!

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The King, Queen & Joker!

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MJ, Coretta Scott King and Redd Foxx.

Debbie & Physlicia: Sister, Sister!

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The Jones Girls: Flash Back Friday!

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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.

Muhammad Ali:The Great White Hope

 

Muhammad Ali outside the Alvin Theater where James Earl Jones was starring in the play The Great White Hope, New York, 1968.

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.

The Jacksons: Studio Session

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter vs. George Benton

 

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter vs. George Benton May 25, 1963, at Madison Square Garden.

Mimi Faust & Ice Cube: Flash Back Friday!

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Muhammad Ali:Above The Ring!

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The Ladies Of Motown

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

Bullucks Department Store: Wilshire Blvd

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Bullock’s was founded in 1907 at Seventh & Broadway in downtown Los Angeles by John G. Bullock, with the support of The Broadway Department Store owner Arthur Letts. In 1923, Bullock and business partner P.G. Winnett bought out Letts’ interest after his death and the companies became completely separated. In 1929 Bullock & Winnett opened a luxury branch on Wilshire Boulevard, named Bullock’s Wilshire.

In 1944 Bullock’s acquired I. Magnin & Co., a venerable, San Francisco-based upscale specialty chain. This was followed by the acquisition of the then public-owned Bullock’s/I. Magnin organization in 1964 by Federated Department Stores, much to the dismay of surviving founder P.G. Winnett, who publicly lambasted the deal (which was initiated by his own son-in-law, Bullock’s President Walter W. Candy Jr.). In the 1970s, to differentiate itself from the full-line Bullock’s stores, the very exclusive Wilshire location dropped its apostrophe, became Bullocks Wilshire, and began its own expansion.

Bullock’s, Bullocks Wilshire, and I. Magnin retained their autonomy under Federated, as well as their carriage-trade niche, with I. Magnin expanding into the Chicago and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas and Bullock’s opening stores in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Northern California. In 1983 however, Federated shuttered the Bullock’s North division and sold most of its locations to a Seattle, Washington upstart: Nordstrom. In 1988, after an ugly takeover battle between Robert Campeau and Macy’s for Federated, Bullock’s and I. Magnin were sold by Campeau to Macy’s as a consolation prize for one billion dollars, which plunged Macy’s into debt. The new owners responded by dismantling Bullock’s Los Angeles corporate offices, merging Bullocks Wilshire into I. Magnin, and Bullock’s into its Macy’s South division, thus sending what had been Federated’s most profitable division into a precipitous decline and alienating the local customers.

The end came quickly for Bullock’s after Macy’s filed for bankruptcy protection in 1992, with the Bullocks Wilshire stores being renamed I. Magnin two years before. I. Magnin and Bullock’s were pruned of their underperforming branches, and I. Magnin itself was dissolved in January 1995 once Federated Department Stores reappeared on the scene and acquired Macy’s. In 1996—following the acquisition of Broadway Stores, Inc.—Federated consolidated all its traditional department-store business in California under the Macy’s nameplate, ending 89 years of Bullock’s.

the Bullocks Wilshire stores was deemed the most exclusive, the full-line Bullock’s stores offered upscale designers such as Giorgio Armani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Missoni, Krizia, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Byblos, Hugo Boss and Gieves & Hawkes. Under Federated, the 22 Bullock’s stores offered consistent assortments in each location, a key to the company’s profit and success (exceptions were the Lakewood, West Covina, Carlsbad and Grossmont, CA locations.)

Under the corporate oversight of Macy’s South in Atlanta, the 22 Bullock’s stores were divided into 3 competing regions: merchant offices with extremely limited control were established in Santa Ana, Sherman Oaks and the existing 800 S. Hope Street building. Macy’s, now under tremendous debt, national economic issues and having alienated customers with swift and usually reactive changes to the Bullock’s brand, focused and relied on South Coast Plaza, Sherman Oaks and Beverly Center to retain an upscale clientele.

 

Debbie Allen & Co

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Marilyn Monroe: Beauty in Black & White!

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Jody Watley: Throw Back Thursday!

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#‎TBT‬ ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ 1987 in the studio with  George Michael recording our duet “Learn to Say No” produced by legendary CHIC bassist, writer producer Bernard Edwards (RIP).  Get the latest Jody Watley News, Updates and More: http://www.jodywatley.net  – Lots of Love. Happy First Day of Spring!!! Keep growing, blooming and blossoming!!

Barry White, Michael Jackson, and Jermaine Jackson: Three Kings!

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Ike & Tina: International Stars!

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Vanessa Del Rio: Classic Beauty!

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Muhammid Ali: The First Money Team!

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