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Marvin Gaye

Makes Me Wanna Holler (Or, When the Music Is the Message)

Robert Ross | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Robert Ross

In the aftermath of the Ferguson tragedy, the messages of Marvin Gaye's music, the youthful spoken word poets, and the shooting demise of young Michael Brown yielded a powerful mix of music and a gut-wrenching reminder of how far our society must go.

10 Reasons Why I'm a Tamartian

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.25.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

When I first started watching "Braxton Family Values" I was a big Toni Braxton fan, I thought she was the most talented, at least vocally of the Braxton sisters.

What Now? Sad Songs, Standards and Sweet Sixteens

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Sam Cooke's lament -- "Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody" -- summed up my social situation after, for reasons known only to my unconscious. I'd blown the Sweet 16 by ignoring my friendly good-looking date in favor of a sarcastic snob at the next table.

Robin Thicke Reportedly Admits To Drug Use And Lying (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment

UPDATE: Robin Thicke's camp gave HuffPost Entertainment a statement on the depositions obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. On behalf of Thicke, Howard...

FLASHBACK: Marvin Gaye Delivers Iconic Anthem At 1983 NBA All-Star Game

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports

There will never be another Marvin Gaye. There is only one "The Star-Spangled Banner." When these two American originals crossed paths, the result was...

Daily Meditation: Only Love Can Conquer Hate

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

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.

Amerigo Gazaway: For Love of Hip Hop

Craig Carpenter | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Music has a funny way of imprinting a time period in the listener's head. And maybe that's why we like it. As a work of both art and performance, listening to music becomes more than a passive experience.

Chats With Ivan Neville and The Berman Brothers, Plus Exclusives by Geneviéve Bellemare, Home Video and Dream Alive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ivan Neville: "I've bleen doing a little bit of this, a little bit of that, you know. I'm playing with my band Dumpstaphunk and doing other stuff, a few recording sessions here and there."

Music and Movements: The Tradition Continues

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.

Happy Maurice Cheeks Day!

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.27.2014 | Sports
Robert J. Elisberg

As I prepared to write about an act of uncommon decency by a professional athlete, I realized that calling it that was unfair, that it diminishes what happened, because this was simply an act of uncommon decency, period.

Billy Valentine's Brit Eyed Soul

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Brit Eyed Soul, Billy Valentine's forthcoming album of songs by British rockers inspired by the American soul music of the '50s and '60s, hearkens bac...

Chats with Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio and The Wild Feathers' Ricky Young, Plus Arc Iris and The Boston Boys' Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.18.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I think it's super pop. I think it's pop, I think it's modern, I think it's current and it fits right in today with all of these danceable tunes. It does all of those things, it's drivable in the car. That's always the test."

Gravitas: Talking with Asia's John Wetton, Geoff Downes & Carl Palmer, Plus Noah Chenfeld's 'I'm Just A Soul'

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Tobias Campbell shoots and edits Noan Chenfeld's video "I'm Just A Soul" just like a pro, employing the teen singer-songwriter's emotional delivery and bipedalism to make use of Central Park's beautiful snowed-under bleakness.

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...

Marvin Gaye's 1964 Passport Discovered In Record Purchased At Estate Sale

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment

How sweet it was for this Motown fan to find a hidden treasure like this: one lucky memorabilia collector spent 50 cents on an old record, only to hav...

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...

Settlement Reached In 'Blurred Lines' Dispute

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Marvin Gaye's children have settled claims against a music company owned by Sony over Robin Thicke's Grammy-nominated hit song "Blur...

The Top 15 Black Entertainment News Stories Of 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that 2013 had its share of exciting and heartbreaking entertainment news. From the good news like Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony...

Singing the American Mythology with Soul

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Blackness is the story of my life and I will not allow the story of black people to be buried," Donnie wrote in response to one of the questions I forwarded him through email.

Marvin Gaye Makes You Want to Be Gay

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

The controversy over whether Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is inappropriate appropriation of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up," has naturally brought...

Marvin Gaye's Son Suffering Kidney Failure, Seeking Organ Donation

AP | Posted 11.26.2013 | Celebrity

LOS ANGELES — Marvin Gaye III is suffering from kidney failure and is seeking a donated organ for transplant. The son of late singer Marvin Gay...

Tropic of Marvin

Francis Levy | Posted 11.23.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Oedipus killed his father and married his mother. The myth was adapted by Freud because it made practical sense. It's really Darwinian when you come t...

FIRST LOOK: Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' Biopic

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Despite controversy surrounding the development of Marvin Gaye’s forthcoming biopic, “Sexual Healing,” today a four minute teaser has surfaced o...

Is Drake The Next Marvin Gaye?

Posted 09.11.2013 | Black Voices

This week Drake took to his Twitter account to reveal the tracklisting to his forthcoming September 24 album, “Nothing Was The Same.” In addition...