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Diana Ross Speaks Fondly About Son Evan’s “Perfect” Wedding To Ashlee Simpson, Which She Sang At And Officiated

September 3rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Diana Ross was hands-on when it came to planning and executing her son Evan’s wedding to Ashlee Simpson. Not only did the musical legend sing “Endless Love” at the couple’s reception,which was a surprise to the couple, but according to Us Weekly, she also officiated the service for her Evan, 26 and Ashlee, 29, which took place at her home in Connecticut. In an exclusive chat with the magazine, Ross said that the wedding was “perfect,” and that she wishes nothing but love and happiness for her son and his new bride.

“The wedding went perfectly. We had a beautiful rainbow surrounding us, loving family and friends, great music, and great speeches from loving and caring friends, and joyful children dancing the night away.

I thank everyone who supported us on the spectacular day and our neighbors who were kind enough to let us have fun. We had great friends that traveled from Norway, London, Switzerland, and from all over the world. Wishing Evan and Ashlee congratulations. I want only love, happiness, and joy for my son and his bride.”

The wedding was attended by 200 guests, and the women in the ceremony wore white while men donned white tuxedo jackets and black pants. A source told People that when Ross performed, it was actually a surprise to the guests.

“When Diana got up to sing at the reception, she surprised everyone, even her kids! She was the only one on the dance floor and everyone rushed to see her.”

It makes sense that Ross went all out for Evan’s nuptials, he is her last born! Congrats again to the couple! Check out first pics from their big day over at The Daily Mail.

 

 

And Another One! Ashlee Simpson And Evan Ross Tie The Knot At Diana Ross’ Home

September 1st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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So love has been all up in the air this Labor Day weekend! Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade tied the knot, and on Sunday afternoon, Ashlee Simpson (sister to Jessica) and Evan Ross (brother to Tracee Ellis) made their love official with a ceremony at the home of Evan’s mother, and musical legend, Diana Ross.

According to Us Weekly, the couple were set to say “I Do” at the Greenwich, Connecticut home of Diana, who Evan said played a big part in planning the nuptials. Diana and Stevie Wonder were both on hand to sing, with Wonder performing at the reception, and Ross reportedly at the wedding, according to Perez Hilton.

Also according to Us, Simpson, 29, was walked down the aisle by her son Bronx (her 5-year-old son from her first marriage to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz), and her sister, Jessica Simpson was the matron of honor. Both of Jessica’s kids, son Ace and daughter Maxwell, served as the ring bearer and flower girl for the ceremony.

This is, as previously mentioned, the second marriage for Ashlee, and the first for Evan, who popped the question back in January. The couple started dating last July.

And Evan’s family seems to love Ashlee. Tracee Ellis Ross was “over the moon” for her brother when she found out they were engaged. And just last week she said “I’m so excited for you and Ashlee and I’m just so blessed to have you in my life!!!” while sending her bro birthday wishes. How sweet! One thing the couple has in common? Definitely some powerful families.

Congrats to Evan and Ashlee on their marriage! Once we can get our hands on pics of from their big day, we’ll be sure to update this happy story.

Take Them To The Big Screen: 10 Black Women Who Deserve A Biopic

August 4th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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I’m going to be straight up and ask an honest question here: Where are all the good biography films pictures on black women?

I’m not trying to start nothing – actually I’m okay and cool with starting stuff – but I have to say I’m not really impressed with the selection of biopics lately. The TLC, while full of gossipy tidbits, was ultimately a huge dud. So was the Winnie Mandela biopic entitled Winnie (which is available on Netflix but I would skip it). And excuse me for being presumptuous but I don’t have high hopes for either of the proposed Aaliyah projects. And I certainly won’t be supporting the Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone travesty, if ever that sees the light of day.

Perhaps it is the subject or the productions themselves, but Hollywood (inclusive of Black Hollywood too) really doesn’t attempt to immortalize Black women as it does Black men. This is particularly true of the big screen productions. In fact, it seems the majority of biopics on Black women are actually made for television, and by default, have all the cheese and camp of a film made for television.

As such, I have created a list of ten women, who would make awesome subjects for a well-produced and funded film production. Also so Hollywood doesn’t go casting Madonna as Rosa Parks, I’ll also include a list of women, who I believe would good fits for the roles.

Saaaang Chile! Secular Singers Who Started In The Church

July 8th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There has always been a connection between gospel and secular music and some of the most popular artists have gotten their start singing in the church choir before making a name for themselves in mainstream music. For more on the black church, check out the new Moguldom Studios documentary “Black Church Inc.” available on iTunes and Google Play now.

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Whitney Houston

Dubbed “The Voice,” Whitney Houston’s powerful pipes helped her become one of the best-selling singers of all time. But before she conquered the world of R&B and crossed over to become an international pop icon, the “I Will Always Love You” singer honed her natural talents at the church. She first stood in the spotlight singing in the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey where her mother was the choir director. After suddenly passing away in 2012, Houston returned to her childhood church for her homegoing service.

From The Mic To On-Screen: Celebrity Singers Turned Actors

June 12th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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June is Black Music Month and to pay homage to the melodic contributions of some of our favorite artists we’re taking a look at a few of our favorite celebrity singers turned actors who make it tough to decide which role we like them in best. For more on the artists here, head over to XFINITY CelebrateBlackTV.com. From The Wiz to Dreamgirls, check out great films with even better soundtracks, plus interviews, music videos and more all month long.

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Jamie Foxx

When he put on a dress, blonde wig, fishnet stockings and pursed up his lips as In Living Color’s ugly Wanda, he stole the show. The character helped launchJamie Foxx’s career in Hollywood and he became so popular, he earned a show of his own. But before he became a household name as a bona fide actor, Foxx’s first love was singing. He began playing the piano at five years old and after he graduated from high school, the Texas native went to college on a scholarship to study classical music and composition. Foxx brought home an Oscar for his role playing legendary singer Ray Charles in the film Ray and he’s also released four albums dating all the way back to 1994.

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day! Celebs Who Were Teachers Before They Were Stars

May 6th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Teachers have one of the hardest jobs out there. We should always honor educators who chose to shape the minds of our youth but on this Teacher’s Appreciation Day, we take a look at some celebs who were teachers before they became stars.

Celebs Who Were Teachers Before They Were Stars

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Craig Robinson

He has starred in some of the funniest comedies released in the last several years. Craig Robinson cut his teeth as a stand-up comedian and took classes in acting and improv but before he went out west to Hollywood, the Chicago native was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School. Robinson’s second career took off after he became a regular on “The Office” as Darryl Philbin. Robinson is currently reprising his role as Nick for the follow up to 2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind the Making of “Lady Sings the Blues”

April 15th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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Lady Sings the Blues is one of the most critically acclaimed black films and biopics of all time — with five Academy-Award nominations. But have you ever wondered the back story of the successful film about Billie Holiday’s life and career? We got you!

Jay Weston is the man who started it all. Intrigued by Holiday’s life and telling her story,  he, at the time in 1959, was an aspiring movie producer and told Holiday’s agent, Joe Glaser, he wanted to make a film about her life after reading her autobiography. He payed her agent $5,000 a year to the have the option to make the film until 12 years later when the movie was finally made.

Below is a photo from Weston’s Huffington Post back story about the film. But in each slide we break down the story behind the scenes and what it took to make this musical biopic.

Jay Weston on set of the film with Diana Ross.

Jay Weston on set of the film with Diana Ross. Source: HuffPo

Happy 70th Birthday Miss Ross! Diana Ross’ Best Hair Moments Over The Years

March 26th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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Legendary musical diva Diana Ross turns 70 years young today! Known for her head-turning beauty just as much as her beautiful voice, we’ve decided to pay homage to the talented and gorgeous Ms. Ross by recapping 15 of her hottest hair styles over the years. Whether the famous star has the help of waist length extensions, wigs, or a pretty floral accent, she manages to make each look her own.

Click through to view  images that prove why Ms. Ross is indeed The Boss.

Get Your Popcorn Ready: The 13 Best Biopics About Women

March 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Over the years Hollywood has paid homage to some of the most influential, and sometimes controversial, women of our time and in honor of Women’s History month, we take a look at some of the best movies about these important figures.

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The Josephine Baker Story

Dancer/singer Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture film and become a world famous entertainer. Known for performing the banana dance, Baker would wear the fruit covering her bottom while remaining topless. She was also known for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement. Actress Lynn Whitfield stepped into the shoes of Baker for the 1991 HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story. Unlike most biographical films, this one dug as deep into Baker’s personal life as her public one. Whitfield took home an Emmy and an NAACP award for her role in the film.

I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T: Celebs Who Didn’t Take Their Husband’s Name After Marriage

December 13th, 2013 - By Meghan Reid
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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.

 

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Diana Ross

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.