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If anyone was wondering how Marvin Gaye’s fellow musical icons feel about the festering legal dispute between Robin Thicke and Marvin’s family, you’re certainly about to find out. In case you’ve been living under some kind of rock, for the past few months, the relatives of Marvin Gaye and Robin Thicke have been duking it out in what appears to be the beginning of a copyright infringement lawsuit. Marvin’s children believe that Robin’s sultry summer hit “Blurred Lines” is a derivative of their dad’s 1976 funk track, “Got To Give It Up.” TMZ recently caught up with the legendary Stevie Wonder and asked about the case. His response was rather surprising.
“No, I don’t think it’s a steal from Marvin Gaye,” Stevie said of the 2013 summer anthem.
“No [I don't hear 'Got To Give It Up' in it]. Let me say this to you. Do you really want me to tell the truth about how I feel? I think objectively, because I’ve been through lawsuits for songs and all of that, I think that the groove is very similar. You gotta remember he [Robin] is a big fan of Marvin Gaye’s, so that’s okay,” the 63-year-old musical genius continued.
Stevie went on to say that the Gayes are making a huge mistake by dragging Robin to court.
“It’s not the same song.”
“The family should hear this: Don’t let your lawyer or whomever convince you to lose money over something that’s not worth it,” he added before walking away.”
Watch Stevie’s interview on page two. Do you agree with him?
“The Way My Life Is Set Up, I Don’t Have The Liberty To Boycott Anything:” Lil’ Mo Speaks On Stevie Wonder Shade
As you know from our recent reports on the R&B Divas franchise, TV One is winning and their new spin-off, R&B Divas LA, has been receiving great ratings! This morning we were able to speak to the diva who let us know we can have love “4ever” with that “S” on our “Superwoman” chest, Lil Mo! During our live chat with her, Lil Mo revealed how she feels about her reality castmates and what we should expect from her musically in the future. She also addressed that massive shade she threw at Stevie Wonder a couple of weeks ago when she disagreed with his decision to boycott Florida over the Trayvon Martin verdict and remarked that he wouldn’t know if he was in Florida anyway. When asked what all that comment was about, she told us:
“To sum it up, basically, the way my life is set up, I don’t have the liberty to boycott anything that hasn’t banned me. I don’t have to bring money to the vicinity, but I can still make sure that any contractual obligations are fulfilled on my business end. It wasn’t even against the aforementioned [Stevie Wonder], but of course tweets will have me looking crazy.
“I’m just more vocal in my movement, but I don’t let everyone now what I’m not gonna do. That’s how the enemy throws a monkey wrench in yo plan. Sorta like a fast. You not supposed to tell people. You just do it. But in all, I totally respect ANY artists decision to do whatever they want or don’t want to do. Their choice.”
Check out the rest of our chat below.
Lots of folks are planning on boycotting Florida.
First there is Stevie Wonder, who announced that he would not be playing in the Sunshine State until it repealed its Stand Your Ground law. There is also members of the California Legislative Black Caucus, who recently introduced a resolution also calling for a boycott of Florida. Then on MoveOn.org, an online petition has been launched in support of boycotting all business and tourism to Florida, not only until SYG is repealed, but also “so that an armed person killing an unarmed person cannot use self defense as a legal justification.” Even outside of the political and entertainment realms, there are ordinary citizens vowing to forgo their daily glasses of orange juice and family vacations to Disney World until Florida does the right thing.
Yet there are 25 states total that have adopted some variations of Stand Your Ground laws, which allow for the usage of deadly force in self defense. And we’re not talking only against home intruders, but thanks to this new expansive definition (championed by the National Rifle Association), crimes committed in public. And if we are being honest here, the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was only slightly related to SYG laws to begin with. What I mean is that by focusing solely on SYG, we ignore what is truly the elephant in the room: there is a strong anti-black sentiment in this country and that sentiment likely aided Zimmerman more than any law we have on the books.
As noted by this article in Slate, many folks, in spite of color, have a hard time empathizing with black folks’ pain – or even believing that black folks are capable of feeling pain at all. I think this phenomenon is best demonstrated by Juror B37, who recently appeared anonymously on Anderson Cooper to discuss her now-defunct book deal. Besides her belief that race did not play a role in what transpired the night Martin was killed, she goes on to say about Zimmerman that, “I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong…” Throughout the interview, the juror expressed more sympathy and compassion for Zimmerman’s assumptions about Martin than she did for the reality of who Martin really was and what he was actually doing that night (which was a kid, rather innocently coming back from a junk food run from the store). He was profiled and murdered.
What this empathy gap suggests to me is that if it hadn’t been Stand Your Ground, at least for Juror B37, she would have found some other justification to latch her preconceived prejudices on. That sort of subtle racism can’t be undone by protesting and boycotting – at least not just protesting and boycotting Florida. And that’s because Florida is not the lone boogeyman in this fight, as there are also the 24 other states with SYG-like laws. And there is also stop-and-frisk and other legalized racial profiling tactics being used by major cities like New York City all across America. And then there are the racial disparages in the applications of the laws themselves including SYG, which saw less convictions applied when the victim just so happened to be black. At this point, Boycott Florida might have to turn into Boycott America.
I don’t want to discourage anyone who is actively boycotting Florida. More than anything else, it sends a powerful message about the force of our black dollars, especially if instead spent at black-owned businesses. But after we finish boycotting Florida we should be asking where to take this movement next, so that we can prevent Trayvon Martins from happening in the future.
Here She Goes! Lil Mo Questions How Stevie Wonder Would Know Whether Or Not He’s Performing In Florida
While many people are proud of artists like Stevie Wonder and Mary Mary taking a stand by choosing to no longer perform in Florida until the “Stand Your Ground” laws are changed, there are those – one, in particular – who question their actions.
On Friday night, Lil Mo, took to her Twitter page to “call out” Stevie Wonder for his stance and as usual, she threw some shade:
Oh yes, the woman went there about Stevie’s team possibly booking a show for him in Florida anyway and him not finding out the truth because he’s blind. She added that his team has basically dedicated their lives to his career and for him to make that decision, it takes money out of their pockets. Of course, she must have forgotten that Stevie Wonder performs at seemingly every event around the world so not performing in Florida may not kill anyone’s pockets as much as she’d like to believe.
Mo, on the other hand, does not really like to turn down a dollar. If any of you have been watching R&B Divas: Los Angeles, you know that she is very clear on doing almost anything she can just to make some money. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that she might not be a person in this position. As it stands, she can’t be in that position because…well, when was the last time promoters in Florida were booking Lil Mo left and right to perform there?
Girl, I guess.
What do you think about Mo’s take on the Boycott in Florida? What’s yours?
Several days have passed since George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges brought against him in relation to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but people everywhere are refusing to just lay down and accept this great injustice. A couple of days ago, we told you that legendary musician Stevie Wonder announced that he would not perform in Florida until “Stand Your Ground” laws are abolished. Today, gospel music duo Mary Mary announced on Facebook that they will also be boycotting performances in the state.
“We will stand with Stevie Wonder & boycott Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is changed! We love our fans but we MUST do something. We understand that a No from us isn’t as big as a ‘No’ from Stevie Wonder, but if all our voices join together we can REALLY change things,” the post read.
Fans wasted no time chiming in and praising the ladies for their decision.
“Thank you Mary, Mary for being courageous enough to STAND UP! love you!” said one fan.
“Go Tina and Erica and Stevie!!!! Your stand isn’t against color it’s against what’s right!!! I am a fan of all of you guys and I support u to the fullest!!!!” added another.
As to be expected, the announcement also garnered an abundance of negative responses, including one fan who promised to burn all of their CDs and refused to buy another album.
What do you think of their decision?
From The Grio
Florida fans of Stevie Wonder who want to see the legend sing are going to have to go on a road trip for the near future. During a performance in Quebec City, Canada, on Sunday, the Grammy-winning performer spoke out about the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman and announced he would boycott the state.
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” he told the audience. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”
Though the “stand your ground” law arguably was not a factor in Zimmerman’s acquittal, it was a much-discussed potential motivation for Zimmerman’s actions on the night of Feb. 26, 2012, when he and Martin had their deadly encounter.
Earlier in his over three-minute announcement, captured by a fan at the concert on YouTube, Wonder asked his fans to join him in the boycott.
“For those that we have lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back,” he said. “(What) we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”
See Stevie’s reaction to the Zimmerman trial at TheGrio.com
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From Mary J To Michael Bublé And…Raven-Symone? 10 Of The Best And Most Side-Eye Worthy Stevie Wonder Covers
As a musical icon who has been around since he was just a 13-year-old with a harmonica, Stevie Wonder has classics for days. And with any icon, eventually, people want to cover your jams. Such was the case with MJ and Prince, whom we covered already, but people have been trying to copy Stevie’s essence since the ’60s. The results have been good, but also sometimes questionable as hell. Here are 10 artists who tried to cover tracks from Stevie’s endless catalog of jams.
John Legend – Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
If you’ve seen the movie Hitch with Will Smith, then you probably have had the chance to hear this remake. Produced by will.i.am, the track definitely kept the essence of Stevie’s original with all the instrumentals in the back and the piano arrangement. And Legend also did a great job vocally. Still upbeat, still fun. Now if only Legend could have broke out in some impromptu Spanish like Stevie did just to show he knows how to have some fun…
Lauryn Hill Thanks Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder And Those Who Wrote Letters To The Judge In Her Case For A Lighter Sentence
It has been a few days since Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison for tax evasion, and since then, she has been mum so far on her thoughts about the whole situation. What we do know now is that Hill will have to report to prison on July 8. But before she was even sentenced, many of her fans, including a few celebrity ones, were pulling together to lobby for the singer to get a more lenient sentence. In a way, it seemed to work because Hill was facing a year each for three counts, and in the end, she only received three months, and she could possibly end up doing less depending on her behavior inside and considering other factors. But the singer took to her blog to thank the individuals who wrote on her behalf from around the world, including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder, and she says that she plans to share her thoughts on her situation soon:
I want to extend a sincere thank you to the following people, who wrote letters to the judge on my behalf:
Linda Banks, Edison, NJ
Binna Choi, Beijing, China
Hafiz Farid, East Orange, NJ
Miriam Anne Banks Farrakhan, Union, NJ
Vincent Gardner, New York, NY
Michael Green, Fair Bluff, NC
Elitta Harden, Ft Worth, TX
Mrs. Valarie Hill, South Orange, NJ
Maureen Hogan, Jersey City, NJ
Walter Jones, New York, NY
Elena Lau, Toronto, Canada
Jerald Miller, New York, NY
Tracy Morris, Jacksonville Beach, FL
Elise Munoz, France
Bunmi Olukoya, Laurel, MD
Jimmie Pierre, Trenton, NJ
Gabrielle Fulton Ponder, Atlanta, GA
Dominique Reese, Oakland, CA
Chris Schwartz, Philadelphia, PA
Ashley Scott, Brooklyn, NY
Derek Singletary, Astoria, NY
Dr. Sara Tai, Manchester, UK
Suzette Williams, Teaneck, NJ
Lisa Willis, Philadelphia, PA
Jonathan Wunderlich, Cabarete, DR
And thank you Jerald Miller, for taking the initiative to put this together.
I also want to thank all of my family, friends, business associates, and fans who have called, emailed, sent texts, and posted messages of concern, encouragement, and support. I appreciate the well wishes, and I thank you for your prayers.
Also, to anyone who may have written letters that we did not know about, thank you also, all of you.
I will have more to say soon, but did not want to further delay expressing my appreciation.
Thank you again,
Lauryn Hill has so much to offer the world with her talent, and it’s a shame that she’ll have to do any real time. But as she used to say, “big ups” to all the people who found the time to write the judge and stand by the singer during such a trying time. Can’t wait to hear what her thoughts are on everything currently happening in her life.