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10 Things I Loved About 'Motown the Musical'

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

Oprah Channels Diana And We Love It!

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices

There aren't enough reasons to love Oprah. She's a media-mogul, a bona-fide boss and an all-around saint. But she has just done something that has mad...

Brennan Williams

How The Man Behind 'American Idol' Went From Harlem To Hollywood

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

Keyboardist and orchestral arranger Ray Chew has been a key figure on some of television's most watched shows, serving as music director and/or compos...

The Original 'Dreamgirl' Recalls Dramatic Run-In With Diana Ross

OWN | Posted 07.08.2014 | OWN

Back in the '80s, the production "Dreamgirls" was taking Broadway by storm. It sold out theaters, produced chart-topping singles and earned 13 Tony Aw...

Managing Michael Jackson and More: A Chat with Ron Weisner, Plus William Beckett and Noel Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ron Weisner: "When you're involved in the music world that I've been involved with, I was in the record end of it first and then the management next, then the television live concert world, and each relates to each other in a different way."

Music Lives, Live: Montreal Jazz Festival

Steve Schonberg | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

This week marks the start of the 35th Montreal Jazz Festival, an annual celebration of music that despite its name, really elevates a range of styles to an international stage for 11 days in Montreal.

A Member Of The Supremes Speaks Out About The Group's Gay Following

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices

Decades after topping the charts, the iconic group The Supremes still has a massive gay cult following -- but what was the trio's relationship like wi...

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.

Why Drake's OVO Label Will be the Modern Day Motown

Dennis Williams II | Posted 06.07.2014 | Entertainment
Dennis Williams II

Drake assumes the role of the present day Berry Gordy Jr., behind his label he has assimilated a team of heavy hitters that do it all in-house.

11 Songs That Prove We Can't Get Enough Of These Fabulous Divas

Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices

This week marked an annual occurrence of epic proportions. We celebrated the birth of not one but four dynamic divas that have all made a major impact...

Ashlee Simpson's Engagement Party Was A Sight To Be Seen

Posted 03.27.2014 | Celebrity

Ashlee Simpson and fiancé Evan Ross celebrated their engagement with a party for their friends and family on Wednesday night, March 26. As expect...

Happy 70th Birthday, Diana Ross!

Posted 03.26.2014 | Celebrity

Today, March 26, is Diana Ross' 70th birthday! Ross reigned supreme over the budding world of Detroit's Motown music in the 1960s, paving the way f...

Diana Ross' Diva Style Hasn't Changed A Bit

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Black Voices

There are several dazzling divas celebrating birthdays this week--Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Mariah Carey. And while we don't want to...

11 Afros That Make It Impossible Not To Love Black Hair

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.21.2014 | Black Voices

The afro is a legendary hair style, the pinnacle of natural black hair that has graced the craniums of entertainers, athletes, historical and politica...

10 Black Love Films To Watch With Or Without A Boo

Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices

Love is in the air this week as we approach cupid’s annual holiday of Valentine’s Day. And though, some parts of the country are currently experie...

'I Will Be Cancer-Free In 2014'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Valisia LeKae has a New Year's resolution that has nothing to do with weight loss, money or watching less TV. "I will be cancer-fre...

The Best 80s Singles That Never Made the Top 40 (Part 1)

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

As a teenager in the 1980s, I amassed a large, eclectic collection of that decade's vinyl. In going through it all, I find myself listening more often to the hits less travelled, and after some research, I discovered an array of brilliant singles that failed altogether to grace Casey Kasem's countdown.

The Stories Behind The Broadway Stars Playing Pop Music Legends

Karu F. Daniels, Playbill Magazine | Posted 12.06.2013 | Black Voices

Playbill.com chats with Valisia LeKae, Jessie Mueller and NaTasha Yvette Williams about taking on the roles of iconic women on the Broadway stage....

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.

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.

First Nighter: Dee Dee Bridgewater Is Billie Holiday in Lady Day; Clint Holmes Is Himself in Stop This Train

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Sometime in the winter of 1958, I had the chance to hear Billie Holiday on her closing night at Boston's venerated Storyville. For reasons I can't recall, I chose not to go. She died less than a year later, at 44, and that was that for me and Billie Holiday live.

What Inspires Me: Jet Set Escapism on the Athenian Riviera

Napoleon Perdis | Posted 12.02.2013 | Style
Napoleon Perdis

For decades, the glamorous stars of film, music, politics and the society set have traveled to Vouliagmeni, Greece to experience the calm and serenity of this elegant hideaway.

Weeklings: The Best Bad Movies for Gay Men (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-09-13-Screenshot20130913at2.51.42PM.pngI'm listing the most lovable turkeys/albatrosses/flaming chupacabras in gay cinema. These are horrid movies, and we should be thankful.

Meeting Diana Ross -- An Artist Entrepreneur

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.07.2013 | Entertainment
Steve Mariotti

In the late '50s, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records and discovered Diana Ross, the lead singer for The Supremes. Little did I know, that 30 years later after she had sold millions of her albums, this legendary artist would reinvent herself and become a very successful entrepreneur.

Ashlee Simpson Was Introduced To Her Boyfriend's Supremely Famous Mother

Posted 08.06.2013 | Celebrity

Talk about getting serious! Ashlee Simpson and the new man in her life, Evan Ross, have been going strong for a few months now and Ross has even in...