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Stevie Wonder Set To Produce Underground Railroad Miniseries And Broadway Show Based On Love Stories
Stevie Wonder is working with NBC Networks to launch a miniseries and Broadway musical about the Underground Railroad. TIME says the miniseries will run for eight hours and be based on literature such as Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad, which was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Betty DeRamus. Wonder will serve as the executive producer for the miniseries/Broadway show.
The book is based on the stories of men and women who risked their lives (and even limbs) in order to be together, says Google Books. And NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt says Wonder may write the music for the production.
Greenblatt also shared, via The Hollywood Reporter:
“We’re increasingly looking for projects that qualify as television events and these harrowing true stories of courageous young men and women who found love, in spite of the heinousness of slavery, certainly does that. Furthermore, the idea of also developing this into a Broadway musical with Stevie Wonder is very exciting as we look to expand the scope of our live stage business. We’re thrilled that these producers wanted to bring this important project to us.”
NBC’s Entertainment President Jennifer Salke also noted:
“These unforgettable moments in history, which have never been told on television before, are both incredibly painful and heartwarming and need to be presented to the world. We’re honored to be adapting this emotionally affecting book in a television event.”
No date has been set yet for when the miniseries will air, but we’ll be on the lookout for you.
Stevie Wonder, 64, and his fiancée, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, recently welcomed a baby girl, Us Weekly reports.
The couple named their little bundle Nia. News that the couple was expecting first made headlines after rumors began circulating that Tomeeka was pregnant with triplets. Stevie eventually confirmed during an appearance on “The View” that Tomeeka was, in fact, with child, but shot down reports that they were expecting triplets.
“I got, how many, 22 kids?” he joked. “It’s not true. The truth is we’re going to have a wonderful daughter, born in December, [and her] name is going to be Nia, which is ‘purpose.'”
Prior to his engagement to Tomeeka, Stevie married Syreeta Wright in 1970 and Karen “Kai” Millard Morris in 2001. As of October 2014, the musician and Karen were still legally separated, but had not finalized their divorce. Nia is Stevie’s ninth child.
Last month, the National Enquirer did a story claiming that Stevie Wonder and alleged fiancée, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, 40, are expecting triplets. At the age of 64, and still technically married, the idea of the musician expecting another child with another woman, let alone triplets, seemed like a joke. But when Wonder’s estranged wife, Kai Millard Morris, decided to speak out on the rumors and didn’t say they were false, we didn’t know what to think:
While addressing news of Stevie Wonder and fiancée Tameeka [sic] Robyn Bracy expecting, Kai Milla says that she has no opinions on Stevie’s life or what his choices are. They are legally separated, and he has his own life. She adds that she is not judging Stevie and that they have an amicable relationship in regards to their two sons, Kailand and Mandla. She wishes Stevie well in life.
So what really is going on?
Wonder finally spoke on the rumors that he’s expecting three more kids in his brood while visiting “The View” earlier today. And when Whoopi Goldberg asked him about it, he joked, saying “I got, how many, 22 kids?”
According to USA Today, this is what he had to say:
“It’s not true. The truth is we’re going to have a wonderful daughter, born in December, name is going to be Nia, which is ‘purpose.’
Rumors spread, and like I said in the song “Superstition”: When you believe in things you don’t understand, you suffer.”
So to wrap, Wonder is expecting his eighth child (with his 40-year-old girlfriend, not a 25-year-old fiancée), not his 11th…”That’s a bunch of bull!”
Though Stevie Wonder filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Kai Millard Morris, in 2012, nothing has been finalized. So they’re technically still married. This, of course, makes reports that Stevie may be expecting triplets with his 25-year-old fianceé even messier.
For whatever reason, Kai felt compelled to comment on the rumors. According to a statement released by her publicist, she isn’t very concerned with what her estranged husband (and father to her sons) chooses to do with his life. Her statement reads:
“While addressing news of Stevie Wonder and fiancée Tameeka Robyn Bracy expecting, Kai Milla says that she has no opinions on Stevie’s life or what his choices are. They are legally separated, and he has his own life. She adds that she is not judging Stevie and that they have an amicable relationship in regards to their two sons, Kailand and Mandla. She wishes Stevie well in life.
At this time, Kai Milla is focused on her fashion design and is in the midst of preparing for the launch of her clothing line in June of 2015. She is a fabulous designer who recently attended LA Fashion Week as a guest designer. Kai Milla has designed for First Lady Michelle Obama, Salma Hayek, and many more.”
It’s also interesting to note that Kai did not formally confirm or deny the rumors, which leads us to believe that she may be in the dark (just like the rest of) regarding whether or not there is any truth to these reports.
Is Stevie Wonder expecting triplets?
According to DailyMail and the National Enquirer, Stevie Wonder and his fiancee Tomeekah Robyn Bracy are expecting triplets. Also, the two already have a daughter that was born last year that no one knew about!
The 25-year-old Tomeekah, yes 25, has been spotted on several occasions sporting a baby bump and engagement ring from Wonder. Stevie moved in with Tomeekah after his divorce in 2012. The legend lost $110 million of his fortune to his ex-wife Kai Millard Morris. The two were married for 11 years and had two children together. Kai divorced Stevie due to his constant infidelity.
If the rumors are true, this will make 11 children for Wonder. He has 5 from previous relationships, 2 from Kai, 1 from Bracy already and the triplets will make 11. Tomeekah has two other children as well. She also lost another son after he fell to his death from her apartment window in 2004.
This handsome young man is the oldest child of Stevie Wonder and wife Kai Killard Morris (he filed for divorce from Morris in 2012, but their split still hasn’t been finalized), and his name is Kailand Obasi Morris. The couple have two children together out of Stevie’s seven.
The 13-year-old is already making a name for himself with his charitable contributions, and recently hosted his 2nd annual Hoop Life FriendRaiser over the weekend (yes, this kid has his own annual fundraiser event, how cool is that?). The fundraiser, which was a basketball tournament, was to benefit the All It Takes foundation. All It Takes focuses on youth leadership and encourages young people to work to effect positive change in the world. Kailand is a youth ambassador for the foundation. Aside from a few celebrities there to show support, including comedian J.B. Smooth and former NBA player Mark Jackson, Kailand’s famous father was present at the fundraiser too, along with the singer’s other sons Kwame and Mandla (his youngest child). We’re sure Stevie was proud!
When you look in his face, you can totally see Kailand’s resemblance to his legendary father, and it’s clear that Kailand is inspired by Stevie to do great things in the world. Check out more images of Wonder and his son below.
Last night I was watching NBC’s “The Voice” and one of the contestants on Usher’s team decided to sing “Tell Me Something Good” for his selection that night. He said one of the reasons he chose it was because Stevie Wonder wrote it and Stevie was one of his favorite artists. Who knew?! I mean, it’s no secret that Stevie Wonder has penned some classics for his own catalog. But his contributions to the careers of others is nothing to snuff at either. Check out the list of hit songs.
Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.
Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.
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We know that artists often collaborate with each other to make music – but not all collabos are as well known as others. Check out our list of 15 celebs whose guest appearances and background vocals in songs were a major surprise.
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?