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Nichelle Nichols Releases New Single to Coincide With Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 07.25.2016 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

First Lady of Outer Space (and much more) Nichelle Nichols has beamed down to San Diego Comic Con this week, surprising us all with her smashing new single, "Fly Me to the Moon." The grand dame of sci-fi, who originated the role of Lieutenant Uhura on the original series of Star Trek 50 years ago, arrived Wednesday night to grace the world première extravaganza of Star Trek Beyond.

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...

The Top 5 Summer Jazz Festivals Across the Northeast

ZEALnyc | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts

The Newport Jazz Festival By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, June 23, 2016 When the sun boldly arrives after the winter turns into a tentative...

Smokey Robinson Thought Marvin Gaye's Murder Was A Morbid April Fool's Joke

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 03.31.2016 | OWN

To most people, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye were known as Motown legends, but to each other, the two men felt like family. They collaborated profe...

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 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 ...

Wheelchair Wisdom: Dance With Me!

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Living with MS, a progressive illness, has forced me to accept sudden changes in life that are not always easy or pleasant to deal with. Accepting and loving myself -- overcoming fear, embarrassment and self-consciousness -- was a significant milestone for me.

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.

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.

My Conversation With Smokey Robinson

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.11.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Smokey has been writing, producing and recording hits for almost 50 years. He's won multiple Grammys and has been inducted into every Hall of Fame the music world offers.

Cruisin' with Jesse J & Smokey Robinson, Plus Chatting with Kandace Springs, Steve Arrington and AJ Croce

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Jessie J is such a powerhouse as a performer," says Smokey. "She gave an amazing take on 'Cruisin' for Smokey & Friends, and it was an absolute pleasure to have her join me on stage to perform it live in Edinburgh.

Music Industry Executive Meets Social Advocate: Chatting with Lava Records CEO Jason Flom

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jason Flom: "I think it was really for the general work that I do. I haven't done a ton of work on the arts side, but I have been involved for over 20 years trying to reform the criminal justice system."

Smokey Robinson Offers His Thoughts On Detroit's Struggling Economy

Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices

--Legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson urges Detroit developers to increase employment in an effort to save the city. (MOJO Magazine) More N...

Friends, Rain Plans, Love Songs & Lullabies: Conversations with Smokey Robinson, Israel Nash & Darryl Tookes

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Smokey Robinson: "When I sit down to write a song, every time I try to write a song, I'm trying to write a song that people would've sung 50 years ago, now, and 50 years from now."

5,178 Gigs: The Tracks of My Tears

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Glenn Paul Manion

My volunteer gigs with Musicians On Call present a unique challenge in song selection. I am escorted to a hospital room occupied by one or more patients. I need to size up the situation quickly and select the one song that might go over best.

Smokey Robinson Talks New Duets Album

Associated Press | RYAN PEARSON | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like "My Girl" and "Tears of a Clo...

Wayne Brady Hosts Special Apollo Theater Gala In Style

Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices

Last night the Apollo Theater commemorated its 80th anniversary with a special revamped iteration of its prestigious spring gala. Hosted by Emmy Aw...

Smokey Robinson Sued By Law Firm | Posted 05.14.2014 | Celebrity

Smokey Robinson's gonna need new lawyers to help him fight off his old ones ... who've filed a lawsuit claiming the singer is six-figures in the hole ...

Apollo Theater Revamps Annual Event Into Birthday Celebration

Posted 05.02.2014 | Black Voices

As this year marks the 80th anniversary of the prestigious Apollo Theater, the iconic venue has decided to revamp its annual Spring Gala into a star-s...

Wanted: James Gadson's Drums

Susan Sisko Carter | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Susan Sisko Carter

Some nights he takes medication to sleep. Because he lies awake, trying to figure out who took his drums, his mics. Who took a part of him?

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.

Text To End Kidney Disease: On The Vine Events Builds Momentum After Its Music Festival Success

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 11.06.2013 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

Summer on Martha's Vineyard ended on a fun-filled, philanthropic note with the successful launch of the annual On The Vine music festival, a benefit concert series in support of kidney disease research.

The Melodies Linger On (Part I)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Jan Swafford's essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favori...