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Adam White's Motown Book Is A Stunner

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.19.2016 | Books
Michael Sigman

Adam White's stunning new coffee-table book Motown: The Sound of Young America (Thames & Hudson) is a 400-page non-stop heat wave of compelling narrat...

Rhonda Ross Marches To Her Own Drumbeat Of Life

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 08.18.2016 | Entertainment
Dustin Fitzharris

Rhonda Ross just wrapped up a summer tour which brought her to large, iconic festivals in Aspen and Chicago and to smaller venues dotting America's heartland.

Debbie Allen's 'Freeze Frame' Promotes Non-Violence

Catherine Bauknight | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
Catherine Bauknight

Debbie Allen is the writer, Director and Choreographer of Freeze Frame, a multimedia production. She is an accomplished dancer, actress, producer, and...

Motown the Musical Closes, But Allison Semmes Continues To 'Reach Out And Touch'

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 08.03.2016 | Entertainment
Dustin Fitzharris

The Times Square subway station was packed. With the steamy July heat, tensions were high. It was a daunting obstacle course just to reach the steps to exit. I was anxious to get to the air conditioned coffee shop to meet with Broadway star Allison Semmes. Agitated and a bit fatigued, I made my way to the sidewalk. That's when I glanced to my left and there she was, dressed in a red romper with flowing sleeves.

Motown: Under It All, It's Still the Music That Shines

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.05.2016 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

Some nights of theatre are pure magic. Whether it's the performance, the material, the audience, the theatre, a mix of all of the above, some nights are special and you know you're having a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Billie Holiday Would Be 100 Today!

Jay Weston | Posted 06.04.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Last night on Tavis Smiley's PBS TV show, a singer named Cassandra Wilson was talking about her new album in which she 'interpreted' some of the songs familiarized by the legendary Billie Holiday.

What A Childhood Newspaper Job Taught Berry Gordy About Race

OWN | Posted 02.24.2015 | OWN

As the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy is -- and always has been -- an entrepreneur. From the time he was a young boy selling newspapers, Gordy was alw...

Shaping a Show One Pixel at a Time

George Heymont | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

As a musical sampling of the sounds that emerged from Motown, one can't do better than starting with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Bye Bye Baby," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," and moving on through the catalog to "I'll Be There," "What's Going On," and "You Are The Sunshine of My Life."

My Conversation With Berry Gordy and Suzanne de Passe

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight on PBS, I talk with Berry Gordy, the legendary founder of Motown, and Suzanne de Passe, the executive who moved the label into television and movie production, resulting in a slew of awards, including Emmys, Oscar nominations and a Peabody.

'Motown' Says Goodbye To Broadway

Associated Press | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway. Producers said Friday the $18 million show will play its final performance a...

10 Things I Loved About 'Motown the Musical'

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.19.2014 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

On "press night," August 19, I saw Motown the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. I like musicals so I was prepared to like it but not love it.

Grammy and Tony Award Nominated Brandon Victor Dixon is on Broadway in MOTOWN: The Musical

Ilana Rapp | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Don't ask Brandon Victor Dixon what sleep is, because he doesn't know the answer. In 2013, Brandon formed WalkRunFly Productions with friend Warren Adams.

11 Remarkable Ways Detroit Changed The World For The Better

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow and Ashley Woods | Posted 04.17.2014 | Good News

This post is part of HuffPost's Good News USA series, which showcases both past and present ways cities across the country have created a positive imp...

22 Lost Motown Classics That Deserve To Be Rediscovered

The Huffington Post | Ashley Woods | Posted 06.20.2014 | Black Voices

When it comes to songs about first love, true love and heartbreak, we go back, again and again, to a record label that took its heart and soul from De...

Anna Gordy Gaye, Marvin Gaye's Ex-Wife, Dies At 92

Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices

Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and ex-wife of the late singer Marvin Gaye, has died. She was 92. According to TMZ, sourc...

The Grammy-Winning Album That Almost Never Happened

OWN | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN

As the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy knows a hit when he hears one. The music legend has produced and released many Billboard chart-toppers and Gramm...

Berry Gordy Backs Oprah After Golden Globes Diss

NY Post | Posted 01.09.2014 | Black Voices

Berry Gordy has been privately sticking up for Oprah Winfrey in Hollywood since she was snubbed by the Golden Globes....

Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson Saluted at First Grammy Museum Gala, Architects of Sound: Motown

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

hese men got the whole world dancing, swaying, singing along (and they still do). Mr. Robinson's angelic vibrato may sing words, but in attempts to define it, it defies them! And words cannot convey the beauty and import of this event. But for you, I'll give it a go.

LOOK: Stars Dazzle At The Ebony 100 Gala

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Black Voices

The Ebony 100 Gala took place Monday night in New York City, and as you can imagine the red carpet was filled with tons of bold and beautiful black fo...

Really Got a Hold on His Dreams: Charl Brown on Becoming Smokey Robinson, Never Giving Up and Beyoncé

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dustin Fitzharris

Charl Brown had to postpone his birthday trip by a few days because he had to audition once again for the role of Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical. Bright and early on the day after Memorial Day, Brown received the call that he had landed his first starring role on Broadway.

The Day 'Dancing In The Street' Made Martha Reeves A Worldwide Star

Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices

Summer's here, and the time is right.. When Martha Reeves joined Motown Records, it wasn't because owner Berry Gordy thought she had the chops ...

Whose God Bless America Is It, Anyway?

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.23.2013 | Media
Michael Sigman

News that George Zimmerman (a "white Latino") got away with shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, a black teenager armed with nothing more than a bag o...

WATCH: How The Motown Empire Began With Just $800

OWN | Posted 07.02.2013 | OWN

By 1959, Berry Gordy had become known for his songwriting talent, helping churn out hit after hit for popular performer Jackie Wilson. But Gordy had h...

WATCH: A Rare Look Inside Motown's Private Meetings

OWN | Posted 06.18.2013 | OWN

As the legendary founder of Motown, Berry Gordy is the mastermind behind some of music's biggest names and hit records -- but he didn't do it all on h...

WATCH: Berry Gordy Describes Fateful Moment In Relationship With Diana Ross

OWN | Posted 06.15.2013 | OWN

Berry Gordy and Diana Ross appeared to be an unstoppable pairing during the Supremes' rise to fame through Gordy's legendary Motown record label. As R...