All Articles Tagged "Diana Ross"
Not every woman is interested in dropping her last name after marriage or even taking their husband’s name at all and quite a few leading ladies had no problem keeping their maiden name entirely. There was no hyphenation or dropping of anything, because the name they were born with was perfectly fine. Unlike these women who kept their husband’s last name after divorce, these women didn’t bother making the change to begin with.
The diva of all divas, Diana Ross, has been married twice and kept her last name during both marriages. She married music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, which led to divorce in 1977. She remarried billionaire shipping magnate Arne Naess, Jr. in 1986 and divorced in 2000. The last name Ross rings bells across the world so it makes perfect sense that she hasn’t changed it.
I have to first say that Ms. Patti LaBelle is the embodiment of all things talent, fabulous and diva wrapped into one body. People often compare her to the mainstream equivalent of a consummate performer and artist…someone like a Madonna. And that’s true, to an extent. With eccentric hairstyles and innovative costumes, she was like a pre-Madonna. But, and I mean this with absolutely no shade intended, Madonna, and really no one since, has a voice like Patti’s. No.One.
So, considering that me (and my mama) are borderline Patti stans, I was geeked to learn that Patti LaBelle’s Next Chapter interview will appear on OWN this Sunday.
The two legends sat down at the Apollo Theater to discuss a career that’s spanned over five decades. She also spoke more personally about her battle with Type 2 diabetes, working with her son as her manager, the feud between she and Diana Ross and the hardest life lesson she’s had to learn.
Check out a clip from the upcoming episode below.
Will you watch?
Patti’s Next Chapter interview with Oprah will air this Sunday, November 3 at 9pm on OWN.
Kanye always said ”And when you get on he leave your A$$ for a white girl” in regards to black men, but he never mentioned black women.There are quite a few black women that have gained great success through music, acting and sports, but aren’t seen with black men romantically. Check out 15 women that love to date white men exclusively, or so it seems.
After Berry Gordy, Diana Ross hasn’t seemed to find another black man to date or marry. She married Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, the same year her oldest daughter was born. Although her real father was Berry Gordy, Diana failed to reveal that information until years later. She then divorced Silberstein in 1977 and married billionaire Arne Naess, Jr.
Although they may have started out as a cohesive group, fame, fortune and/or conflict drove a wedge within these musical acts and they were forced to carry on the torch after losing a member.
Boys II Men
Four young men in matching sweater vests and striped ties from the city of brotherly love emerged on the music scene bringing back that old Motown sound of acapella harmonies and emotional ballads in the ’90s. Co-signed by New Edition’s Michael Bivins, Boyz II Men dominated the R&B airwaves with their hits “I’ll make Love To You,” “Water Runs Dry” and “End of The Road,” which stayed at the number one spot on the Billboard charts for 13 straight weeks, breaking the record previously held by Elvis Presley. Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockton, Wanya Morris and Michael McCary would record six albums together until McCary left the group in 2003 due to his battle with scoliosis. After a brief hiatus, the three remaining members re-emerged on an independent label and continued to release more music but never reached their previous height of success. McCary tried to rejoin the group in 2011 for their 20th anniversary but negotiations broke down. Boyz II Men went on the road with boy bands New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees as part of The Package Tour in 2013.
In our world, we can never get too much of Tracee Ellis Ross. While we secretly cross our fingers for her to reprise her role as Joan Clayton on “Girlfriends”, we’re equally inspired by her beauty and style off the big screen. Which is why we’re drooling over the actress’s clothes, shoes and accessories that’s featured on The Coveteur. From vintage Walter Steiger pumps to a breezy Yohji Yamamoto dress, Tracee has an amazing eye for fashion (something we believe she picked up from her legendary mom, Diana Ross, and her years as a fashion editor). Check out what she had to say about organizing her closet and acting, plus our favorite images from the shoot.
On her experience as an editor and how she organizes her own closet:
“I was spoiled when I worked in the magazine world. Fashion closets are heaven and I seem to model my organization after a fashion closet. Plus, I love to SEE everything. Once it gets put in a drawer it is less likely for me to grab for it. Although, I have a clear knowledge of ALL my things and where they are. I am not a gal to lose track of something and remember it a couple of months later and not be able to find it. I love order. Open any of my drawers and you will think you are in a store.”
On her favorite acting role:
“Most memorable for me was the Lyricist Lounge Show for MTV. It was a hip hop sketch comedy show. I LOVED doing sketch and characters and laughing and playing all day long. Just dreamy. Thought I had died and gone to heaven. Also, my role on CSI playing Laurence Fishburne’s ex-wife. It was a VERY dark and twisted story line. But, it was fun for me to do drama and work with Laurence. Also working with Nora and Delia Ephron on their play “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” I love being on stage and I loved working with those ladies. Smart, smart, smart and funny women. Nothing better.”
See what is in Tracee’s closet at StyleBlazer.com
Have you noticed that black folk are quick to tell you who can and cannot sing? Many of us, who’ve never taken a vocal lesson, will swiftly let you know when someone can’t blow. We are an unauthorized authority on the subject. And any vocal connoisseur will tell you that there are people who are completely tone deaf, people who can hold a note, people who can sing and then there are people who can sang. For those who don’t know the word “sang” used in this context is not poor grammar; instead it’s a word used to emphasize the width and breadth of a person’s vocal ability. We all know who the sangers are, they’re the people with soul. The people who can take you from the Slore house to the church house and back again. You know them: Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle & Luther Vandross of the old school and Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia of the new. (That’s just to name a few.) But just because a person can’t sang like some of the greats, doesn’t mean they don’t have talent and can’t make good music. Don’t believe me? Find out who I’m talking about.
A remake of the 1975 Diana Ross film “Mahogany” is reportedly in the works from former Motown executive and producer Suzanne de Passe, reports BET.
Motown founder Berry Gordy directed the original, which starred Ross as Tracy, a Chicago native who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Her rising international fame takes her to Rome, where she becomes torn between maintaining her relationship with hometown boyfriend Brian (Billy Dee Williams) or pursuing her burgeoning career.
Read more at EurWeb.com.
Well, isn’t this interesting.
According to an EURweb report, a high school in Syracuse, NY will be performing their version of The Wiz but the problem is all the lead characters are…white.
Parents spoke to the NBC and CBS affiliates in upstate New York and they are outraged that the musical will not be more diverse, mixing all races that embody the school.
One parent, Letice Titus, whose daughter was cast in an ensemble role rather than a lead, says that the school should recast the play or acknowledge the elephant in the room:
“They have black talented kids at the school, but they chose to put them at the ensemble because they’re not theater kids. They should have made a collaborative effort based on diversity, cultural awareness, [and] sensitivity. How are the black kids going to feel when they see a play?”
As just about everyone knows, The Wiz, which starred Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in the movie and Stephanie Mills in the actual Broadway musical, was created as a more “soulful” version of the original The Wizard of Oz. Many have argued that it is the “better” version.
North Central Syracuse superintendent Kim Dyce Faucette says that while she can relate as an African-American woman, she is not willing to pull the card on the play just yet. Instead, she is going to do some further investigation and then she will make a more informed decision.
Hopefully, the school will come to their senses before the superintendent makes up her mind and diversifies the lead characters.
There was a time when Motown Records owned and ran the music scene. You couldn’t turn on a radio without hearing the collaborative harmonies of The Temptations or the fabulosity of Diana Ross. These artists made you shake your hips and groove before it was even acceptable. You’ll also be surprised that some of these artists weren’t even conceived when the famous record company was at its height. Check out the 15 best artists in Motown’s history!
He had good looks, sex appeal and music that made you think and want to make love all at the same time. With hits like “What’s Going On?” and “Sexual Healing,” Mr. Gaye helped Motown remain at the top.
Making it in the music industry as a solo artist is hard enough but when there are two or more people in a group, tensions are bound to arise because mo’ money plus mo’ people equal mo’ problems. Although they made beautiful music together, these 15 popular rap and R&B groups just couldn’t set aside their differences in the long run.
Afrocentric alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development became very popular in the early 90′s. Founded by Speech and his former best friend, DJ Headliner, along with Dionne Farris and spiritual leader Baba Oje, they are best known for their song “Everyday People.” In 1993 the group won Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance. They were also tapped by Spike Lee to record a song for his “Malcolm X” biopic that same year. However, Arrested Development never eclipsed the success they had with their debut album. Their sophomore album was panned by critics and shortly after that the group broke up due to “creative differences.” The band patched things up four years later but things were never the same as they struggled to reclaim their popularity in the U.S. Today, the group continues to tour internationally and released their 10th album in 2012.