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You Won't Be Able To Get The Motown Version Of 'Shake It Off' Out Of Your Head

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 10.07.2014 | Entertainment

You can't listen to T-Swift's "Shake It Off" just once. It's a song you end up playing on repeat too many times. But that's not your fault, and there'...

'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.

Dear Governor Cuomo: A Conversation with Natalie Merchant, Plus Catching Up with Freda Payne

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Natalie Merchant: "We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing."

From Eagles to Jersey Boys: Interviews With Irving Azoff and Bob Gaudio, Plus a John Mark Nelson Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The current "History of the Eagles'" tour -- via music and anecdotes -- traces the various chapters of this important American band, journaling its climb from salad days to huge international success.

Music Legends Ask Congress For A Little 'Respect'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy & Christine Conetta | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The sounds of Motown legend Martha Reeves singing, "Everybody, pass this bill," could be heard Thursday echoing through the halls of the...

It's Carbon and Monoxide the Ol' Detroit Perfume

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.07.2014 | Detroit
Joel Epstein

An Angeleno urbanist jonesing for the sort of brick and mortar one is hard pressed to find in most parts of Los Angeles, I was excited to be heading back to a place I'd been fascinated with since taking a course at the University of Michigan on urban development in the American rustbelt.

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.

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?

Detroit Is Better Than Any Other U.S. City And Here's Proof

Ryan Nickum | Posted 04.29.2014 | Detroit
Ryan Nickum

Take a deep breath, Detroit. Enjoy all that oxygen because in Philadelphia they're choking on air pollution. According to the American Lung Association, Philadelphia is one of the most polluted cities in the country.

WATCH: One Direction's 'Story of My Life' Infused With Motown Soul

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Postmodern Jukebox is back with a very special cover of a pop hit that includes the powerhouse singing addition of Miche Braden. The modern song made ...

From Motown to Notown

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Images of the city play like a science fiction movie narrating the end of America's successful experiment with diversity in a robust urban life style. Detroit has gone from 'Motown' to 'Notown.'

Mandala

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

With the world's noses pressed against apartheid's steel glass western corporate puppeteers, he was perceived as a terrorist who would not stop. They were right. Nelson Mandela's vision threatened hatred, exploitation.

Dancing in the Streets: A Short Interview With Motown's Saycon Sengbloh

Danny Groner | Posted 02.13.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

In addition to offering a host of new songs to go alongside the nostalgia, the show gives a wonderful glimpse into the ups and downs of Berry Gordy's quest to make this "black music" transcend and be accepted by audiences of all races, ages, and locations.

What Detroit Needs To Do To Recover

modeld | Keith Owens | Posted 12.07.2013 | Black Voices

This story originally appeared in Model D, a weekly online magazine that tells stories about Detroit's development. Detroit is not an easy town f...

Why High School Was Pretty Much A Bust For Our Generation

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

In my own utterly unscientific random sampling of my generation, I have concluded that high school was pretty much a bust; if not a total disaster, then potentially the most annoying time ever, with angst and insecurity as much of the daily routine as was the cafeteria food served on plastic trays.

'Kinky Boots' Smashes Records In Wake Of Macy's Day Parade Controversy

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 12.02.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving was rough on turkeys but pretty good for Broadway theaters — several shows broke records over the holiday weekend, in...

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.

Listen to This Book: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

Tom Semioli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tom Semioli

Thomas infuses his passion for the music, poetry, and recorded rhetoric with a weighty reverence for the events and attitudes that shaped a generation. His mission started out quite innocently.

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...

Motown's Chief Of Charm Dies

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment

DETROIT -- DETROIT (AP) — Maxine Powell, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' artists during the Detroit...

Movie Review: Muscle Shoals

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Either the title of the documentary Muscle Shoals resonates with you -- in which case it resonates hard -- or you have no idea what it means. But you should -- or you should find out by watching the movie, one of the year's most entertaining and enriching nonfiction films.

Not Stopping That United Sound: Highway Threatens Detroit's Motown Studio

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 11.11.2013 | Detroit
National Trust for Historic Preservation

United Sound System: it's where Detroit got its Motown sound. One of the first independent recording studios in the U.S., United Sound was where Berry Gordy Jr. first produced his Motown record and Aretha Franklin recorded the vocals to "Freeway of Love."