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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?
“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