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Why Drake's OVO Label Will be the Modern Day Motown

Dennis Williams II | Posted 04.07.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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."

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 ...

Detroit: Touring the Renaissance City With Charles Annenberg Weingarten

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.06.2013 | Detroit
Gregory Weinkauf

Detroit -- I have discovered through my research -- is in Michigan. Quoth current Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: "I know many will see this as a low point in the city's history. If so, I think it will also be the foundation of the city's future." Good perspective.

Rediscovering Detroit

Michael Hammett | Posted 09.29.2013 | Detroit
Michael Hammett

Whenever I say that I'm taking a trip to Detroit I get that same puzzled look and then the question: "Visiting family?" or "Work trip?" -- as if there is no other reason to go. I get it. But that's not because there's no there there. There definitely is plenty there.

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...

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...

Problems in Motown

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Emergency Mayor of Detroit is considering selling off a large portion of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art to pay off the city's $15 billion debt. Kevyn Orr has said he is investigating whether the collection could be sold to help ease the city's burden of debt.

Grammy Winner Allee Willis Unites Detroit in Song With 'The D'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 07.20.2013 | Detroit
Xaque Gruber

Reinvention and constantly shifting one's perspective to stay inspired is at the heart of Willis' philosophy of creativity. This philosophy has served her as a successful music maker, and she notes, "reinvention is as vital for places as it is for people."