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Berry Gordy

Shaping a Show One Pixel at a Time

George Heymont | Posted 11.24.2014 | 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 ...

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...

2014 BET Honorees Announced

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

ATLANTA (AP) — Legendary singer Aretha Franklin and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be honored at the 2014 BET Honors. The network announced Thursd...

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.

Gordy Remembers The Jackson 5 When They Were Just 'Rowdy Kids'

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 11.06.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Motown founder Berry Gordy recalls that when he first signed The Jackson 5, he sent them to live in a house in Californi...

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.

Major Motown Honor In The Works

AP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Ebony magazine's celebration of its "Power 100" list will have a Motown vibe — Berry Gordy is being honored with a lif...

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...

WATCH: Berry Gordy On Signing Michael Jackson To Motown: 'I Couldn't Make Up My Mind'

OWN | Posted 06.13.2013 | OWN

As the legendary founder of Motown, Berry Gordy Jr. signed many now-iconic music stars to his 1960s record label -- Diana Ross and the Supremes, The T...

Berry Gordy Memoir Reissued As E-book

AP | Posted 08.06.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- The Berry Gordy memoir which inspired the Broadway hit "Motown: The Musical" is being reissued as an e-book. Gordy's "To Be Loved," first...

Drawing Motown the Musical and The Nance

Ken Fallin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Ken Fallin

I started the week with a big drawing of the new musical, Motown. This is a show about the life of record producer/songwriter, Berry Gordy. It is already a big hit, with the winning formula of a score of very popular Motown hits.

Theater: Motown: The Musical a Missed Opportunity

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Who wants to see the ugly backside of a record label? The book by Berry Gordy -- based on his own, self-serving memoir -- is filled with deals and contracts. What you don't see is the artistic birth of a song, the famous molding of acts or singers coming into their own.