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The Amazing Teacher Behind These Viral Motown Kid Videos

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.16.2017 | Parents

Third grade teacher Malinda Williams has a special way of inspiring her students. Williams, who has been an educator for 21 years, currently teaches a...

Jarran Muse and Motown: Still What's Going On

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 02.01.2017 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Jarran Muse, Courtesy Pantages Theatre Mother, mother There's too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There's far too many of you dying You ...

Superagent To Marilyn And Elvis: My Father

Joel Brokaw | Posted 12.08.2016 | Entertainment
Joel Brokaw

It has been more than a month since my father Norman Brokaw died at the age of 89. My father was beloved by so many in show business because he truly cared about people and treated clients, colleagues and even his competitors as family.

Amazon's Melody 1963: Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Chasing Dr. King's Dream

David Hinckley | Posted 10.20.2016 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

A new Amazon special called Melody 1963: Love Has To Win reminds us that with issues as all-important as human dignity, a simple morality play still h...

Sean Hayes Ineligible and Other Tony Awards Takeaways

Cara Joy David | Posted 10.19.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Last week the Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the first time this season and we received a release saying that the eligibility of Paramou...

Adam White's Motown Book Is A Stunner

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.19.2016 | Home
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.

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.

Smokey Robinson Heads To D.C. For Capitol Fourth Sounding -- And Looking -- Great

Steve Schonberg | Posted 07.01.2016 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Smokey Robinson / Promotional Photo "Motown the Musical" is returning to Broadway for a limited run, but on Monday even those who can't get to New Yo...

Smokey Robinson's Career Really Began In The First Grade

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 01.13.2016 | OWN

At 75, he's a true music legend. Smokey Robinson's entire adult life has been devoted to songwriting and selling hit records, but the Motown icon says...

Music Talk and Style Inspo from Up and Coming Singer, Katie Steel

Christina Scribner | Posted 01.10.2017 | Entertainment
Christina Scribner

A few weeks ago, Katie Steel was just the name of a pretty singer I was asked to interview. Today, I think of Katie Steel as the name of an unrivaled,...

Don't Say Michael Jackson. "Don't Say You Love Me" is B. Howard's Hit

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 12.15.2016 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf Lynn

It says enough that Beverly Hills pop artist Brandon "B." Howard has just released a single that's in the top 20 on Billboard magazine's dance song ch...

Kool & The Gang and The Floozies Release New Single

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.24.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Detroit was once hailed as the hub of funk and home of the famous Motown Records. It was where the auto industry changed the world and where Marshall Mathers changed hip hop. Over recent years, however, the great city of Detroit has fallen but in the wake of its recession has come its rebirth.

'Motown The Musical' Returning To Broadway

AP | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.16.2017 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- We've heard it through the grapevine - "Motown the Musical" is coming back to Broadway. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and produc...

Music Legend Opens Up About His Two-Year Drug Trip

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 11.02.2015 | OWN

Like many famous musicians, Smokey Robinson went through a period in his life when drugs became a central focus -- but for the Motown great, this desc...

The Reason Smokey Robinson Wrote 'My Girl' Had Nothing To Do With A Girl

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.30.2015 | OWN

It's almost impossible to think of the song "My Girl" without immediately humming those first few notes of its iconic opening riff. It was one of the ...

jessica Care moore Mixes Art + Activism 'Tea'

EBONY.com | Posted 10.29.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

A native daughter of Detroit, jessica Care moore first won hearts with her five-time winning streak on It's Showtime at the Apollo back in 1995, after newly transplanting herself to New York City at age 22 a year after her father's death.

WATCH: 4th Generation Business Thrives With Unbreakable Bond

HooplaHa | Posted 08.05.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

Tim Currie is a devoted family man, just like the two generations that came before him. He is the proud owner of Currie's Tires of Norwalk, CT, which ...

White Boy Gets the Blues

Tim Arnold | Posted 06.16.2016 | Entertainment
Tim Arnold

Everybody knew "What'd I Say," an early crossover hit, a basic 12-bar riff that I practiced on my guitar since I was 13 years old, but this was a live album, "Ray Charles in Person," recorded in Atlanta in May 1959.

Motown Gratitude A Legacy Of Love

Kyriaki Chonacas | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Kyriaki Chonacas

After being raised in the suburbs of Detroit and growing up on oldies but goodies, it made complete sense for the coolest manager in the world to ask me to go see Motown the Musical at the Pantages Theatre. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a must!

J. Drew Sheard: The Long Way Home

Kelsey Minor | Posted 05.26.2016 | Entertainment
Kelsey Minor

His famous last name automatically gets him recognized but J. Drew Sheard definitely holds his own in the music industry. The multi-talented singer and producer has dropped his second EP, appropriately titled "The Long Way Home," and if you have followed his career you can understand why that is the title of the project.

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.

Heart and Soul: Memphis Gets Its Mojo Back

Tim Arnold | Posted 05.01.2016 | Arts
Tim Arnold

One afternoon in the late '50s, a teenaged David Porter walks across the street from the grocery store he works at in Memphis and over to Satellite Records to see if, in addition to their country stuff, maybe they'd like to record some soul music.

Human Nature's Toby Allen's Coming Out Party: The Singer Opens Up About His Professional and Personal Life

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dustin Fitzharris

While much has been written about the group, little is known about the individuals who make up the soulful harmonies. In one of his first American, solo interviews, Toby Allen is opening up about his sexuality and his family.

CD Review: Good Boy by Nate Paladino

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

The EP is nostalgic, rife with powerful melodies, and provides the perfect vehicle for Paladino's sometimes snarky, sometimes growling voice. Listeners who long for the embryonic days of rock n' roll -- the 1950s and 1960s -- won't be disappointed.