Darryll King is the host on two Crawford Broadcasting Stations, WYCA REJOICE 102.3 FM and WSRB SOUL 106.3 FM. The King’s Highway Morning Show
is a four-hour power and praise packed music show with moments of ministry.
The show can be heard on WYCA REJOICE 102.3 FM Monday through Friday
from 6:00am to 10:00am and is one of the most listened-to morning drive
time shows in the Chicagoland area. Sunday Morning Glory is a six-hour live
remote broadcast heard on Soul 106.3 FM Every Sunday from 6am – 12pm
Darryll King and The Soul Patrol Broadcast Live From a different church every Sunday morning.
The shows feature and is hosted by Darryll King. She is one of the most respected
hosts across America as evidenced by her recent accomplishments of
receiving “The Gospel Announcer of the Year” honors from the National Stellar Awards
in 2004. She was also nominated for the Chicago Hip-Hop Announcer of the Year in 2004.
Darryll was also a recipient for the Sisters in the Spirit award in 2005. Darryll was the host
of Different Drummers on CBS Television Network for 2 and a half years and she hosts her
own television show on Chicago Cable Network Channel 25 entitled The Cutting Edge with
Darryll King since 1998. You may find Darryll hosting numerous events in and around the
Chicago land area. Darryll King is intelligent, hard working and energetic, but most of all, she loves the Lord. You can connect with Darryll King on Facebook! Become a fan:
Award winning author, poet and phenomenal woman Dr. Maya Angelou has died at age 86.
The civil rights activist was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning. She was reportedly
battling health problems and had recently canceled a scheduled appearance at a special event to
be held in her honor. As this is a developing story, we’ll keep you updated with the latest.
It was an emotional morning at Atlanta's oldest African-American church. After more than 150 years,
Friendship Baptist held its final service before moving to make way for the stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.
For a full century...and half of another... these walls have listened and watched. They've witnessed church members
comforting of those in need. On this Sunday, there were three times the number of people who typically flock to this
historic building - here to see one last baptism, one final sermon before these walls come down. The legacy stretches
back to 1862, in a building that gave birth to Spellman College.
The first classes were held in the church basement. Rev. William Guy was pastor here for thirty-seven years.
Some long time church members have struggled with the idea of abandoning history to make room for a new
stadium. The church has already found a temporary home while members negotiate for a permanent place to
rebuild. The church bells and stained glass from this historic building will be used for the new Friendship Baptist.
While even the most strategic writers often find it hard to complete their first book, 13-year-old Angela Content,
a talented young writer from Mill Basin, Brooklyn, is the published author of two books.
Angela’s mother, Marie Content,said she knew her ambitious daughter wanted to share her stories with the world.
‘Mommy, I’m going to write a book. I’m writing my own book.’ I said, ‘OK.’ She said, ‘I’m going to publish it.’ I said, ‘OK,’” she recalled.
But Angela’s mother was shocked when it actually happened. “And then finally one day she said:
‘Mommy, my book is going to publish. I already transmitted everything — it’s going to take 24 hours,
they’re going to review it. I said, ‘OK,’” Marie Content said, still treating her daughter’s determination rather nonchalantly.
“And then the next day, I heard it’s on Amazon. I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’” Through the website CreateSpace, the
determined eighth grader published two books – her sci-fi fantasy “Awake and Alive,” and her romance
novel “Shattered.” They are now on sale on several sites, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
“I was just excited,” Angela said. “I was like, ‘I’m so glad it’s over with.’ It was really, really hard.”
It takes Angela about three months to finish a book. Her latest work is more than 200 pages –
and she always writes by hand because she says it helps her stories to flow. “Whatever pops in my head,
I just continue writing it,” Angela said. “It just flows on paper. On the computer, I just kind of get stuck. The
strict house rules laid down by Angela’s mother of very limited TV watching and Internet surfing helped her
daughter fall in love with books and writing. “I wish all the parents can do the same — keep the electronic stuff
away from the kids and talk to them more; hear what they have to say,” Marie content said.
And Angela has advice for other kids.
“Continue to follow your dreams,” she said. “You’re going to feel great once you actually
accomplish what you set your mind to.” Already, Angela is working on two more books, which she hopes to
have published by this summer. While Angela plans to keep writing, she has another goal to become a financial
planner – as a backup. So far, Angela said she has made a few hundred dollars from book sales, and that money
goes straight to her college fund.
Are you a preacher's kid and addicted to reality television?
Well why not merge the two? LIFETIME reality docu-series
follows the lives of four preachers' families after the church doors have been shut
and are now they are looking for new cast-mates.
They say you never now the hour or the time.Well rapper Fabolous (real name John David Jackson)
is breathing a sigh of relief. Early this morning (May 21st), the rapper was in a car accident in Queens,New York.
Fab was shaken up after the incident, so much so that he posted a photo of the after-math.
He shared the following message on Instagram.
As viewed on KLTV KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News Charity Anne Johnson, 31, was enrolled at New Life Christian School in Longview as a sophomore. Longview police say Johnson was arrested Tuesday at an apartment in the 400 block of S. High Street. Residents told officers they had reason to believe she was lying about her age and wanted assistance in making her leave.
SOURCE: Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a Head Start and Yale Law School graduate, Cornell William Brooks calls himself a direct beneficiary of Brown v. Board Education. Now the lawyer and activist is taking over as the next national president and CEO of the NAACP, whose legal arm brought that landmark legal case challenging segregation in public schools. On the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that said separating black and white children was unconstitutional, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization announced Brooks’ selection. The NAACP’s board made the final decision Friday night, and chair Roslyn Brock told The Associated Press about Brooks’ new position on Saturday morning. Brooks will be formally presented to the Baltimore-based organization’s members at its national convention in Las Vegas in July. “I am a beneficiary, an heir and a grandson, if you will, of Brown versus Board of Education,” Brooks told the AP. “My life is the direct product, if you will, of the legacy of the blood, sweat and tears of the NAACP and so today I’m particularly mindful that the NAACP has made America what it is, and certainly made my life possible and we are all grateful heirs of that legacy.” Brooks, 53, of Annandale, New Jersey, will become the NAACP’s 18th national president, replacing interim leader Lorraine Miller. Miller has served in that position since Benjamin Jealous ended his five-year tenure last year. “I am deeply humbled and honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to lead this powerful historic organization,” Brooks said in an interview. “In our fight to ensure voting rights, economic equality, health equity, and ending racial discrimination for all people, there is indeed much work to be done.” Brooks, a minister, is originally from Georgetown, South Carolina. He currently is president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, a Newark, New Jersey-based urban research and advocacy organization. He graduated from Jackson State University, received a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology and got his law degree from Yale. Brooks has worked as a lawyer for the Federal Communication Commission and the Justice Department. He also ran for Congress as a Democrat in Virginia in 1998. He still owns a home in Woodbridge, Virginia. “Mr. Brooks is a pioneering lawyer and civil rights leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the association,” Brock said. “We look forward to leveraging his legal prowess, vision and leadership as we tackle the pressing civil rights issues of the 21st century.” The organization had hired The Hollins Group Inc., of Chicago to lead its search for a new CEO, and Brooks was selected from more than 450 applications, Brock said. The organization held more than 30 interviews, she said. Brooks said he would start talking to and listening to the NAACP’s membership to plan for the organization’s future. He said he would present his vision for the NAACP at the organization’s convention after he’s held conversations with the members. “As long as America continues to be a great, but imperfect nation, there will be a need for the NAACP,” Brooks said. Jealous called Brooks’ selection “the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for the NAACP.”
The Jackson 5 were one of the biggest phenomenons in pop music during the early '70s, and
the last great group to come out of the Motown hitmaking machine before Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder
shifted the label's focus to more individual visions. The Jackson 5's infectious brand of funky pop-soul was a
definite departure from the typically smooth, elegant Motown sound, as befitting the group's youth and the
dawn of a new decade. That youth, coupled with the merchandising juggernaut that sprang up behind them,
inevitably got them tagged a bubblegum group. But they were far more talented musically than that label would
suggest, especially lead singer Michael, and their material, while sunny and upbeat, didn't pander to its audience.
Solo careers and overexposure gradually weakened The Jackson 5, but their best music still holds up
surprisingly well as some of the most vibrant mainstream pop/R&B of its era. Originally, The Jackson 5
were composed of brothers Jackie (born Sigmund Jackson, May 4, 1951), Tito (guitar, born Toriano Jackson,
October 15, 1953), Jermaine (bass, lead vocals, born December 11, 1954), Marlon (born March 12, 1957),
and Michael (lead vocals, born August 29, 1958). By all accounts, the Jackson family's upbringing in Gary, IN,
was strict; their mother Katherine was a devout Jehovah's Witness, and their father Joe was a stern, temperamental disciplinarian.
Allowed few outside interests, the boys gravitated to music, which was in their blood -- prior to his job
as a crane operator for a steel company, Joe had played guitar in an R&B group called the Falcons
(not the same group that launched Wilson Pickett's career). One night, Joe discovered that Jackie, Tito,
and Jermaine had been playing his treasured old guitar without permission; though initially furious, he
quickly discovered that his sons had genuine talent, and began to conceive of a family singing group that
might eventually get them out of their tough working-class life in Gary. The eldest three sons began performing
around the area together in 1962, teamed with two cousins (Johnny Jackson and Ronnie Rancifer), who were
replaced by Marlon and five-year-old Michael. Supervised by Joe, who became their manager and began working
only part-time, the group practiced and rehearsed often, and improved as dancers, singers, and instrumentalists
at a rapid rate.
In particular, Michael proved himself a dynamic performer, soon replacing Jermaine as the featured lead vocalist,
and establishing himself as a nimble dancer able to mimic talents like James Brown. At first, the group was known
as Ripples & Waves Plus Michael, then the Jackson Brothers, and finally The Jackson 5. In 1966, The Jackson 5
won an important local talent competition with a Michael-led rendition of the Temptations' "My Girl." Their father,
who had been chauffeuring them to out-of-state performances, also booked their first paid professional gigs that
In 1967, the group won an amateur talent competition at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater, where they
earned an influential fan in Gladys Knight (probably the first person to recommend the group to Motown).
At the end of the year, The Jackson 5 made their first studio recordings for the small Gary-based Steeltown
label, and their single "Big Boy" became something of a local hit. Championed again to Motown by Bobby Taylor,
a member of the Vancouvers who'd seen the group in Chicago, and Diana Ross, The Jackson 5 finally got a chance
to audition for the label in the summer of 1968. Desperately needing new blood, an impressed Berry Gordy signed the
group and flew them out to his new headquarters in Los Angeles, where he and his assistants groomed them to be the
label's next breakout stars. Having lost his famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Gordy formed a new partnership
with Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, and Deke Richards dubbed the Corporation, which set about crafting material for the group.
Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 In August 1969, shortly before Michael turned 11, The Jackson 5 opened for Diana Ross at the L.A. Forum, and in December, they issued their debut album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5.
On October 7, 1969, The Jackson 5 released their first single, "I Want You Back," a Corporation composition that had originally been intended for Gladys Knight. It was an instant smash, hitting number one on both the pop and R&B charts. So did their next two singles, "ABC" and "The Love You Save" (both from their second album, ABC), which solidified the group's so-called bubblegum-soul sound and certified them as pop sensations. Third Album was released before year's end, spawning the hit ballad "I'll Be There," which not only proved that the group (and lead singer Michael) were more mature and versatile than their bright, bouncy initial singles let on, but also made them the first group in pop history to have their first four singles hit number one. It also became the best-selling single in Motown history, spending a stellar five weeks at number one. And it had still been less than a year since the group's national debut. A virtual Jackson 5 cottage industry sprang up in the wake of their success, producing everything from dolls to a cartoon show on -- what else? -- the ABC network (during the summer of 1971).
Younger and younger listeners were brought into the fold, adding to an already broad appeal that transcended color lines, and the record label that once billed itself as "the Sound of Young America" could once again lay legitimate claim to the title. Meanwhile, following their four straight number ones, The Jackson 5 opened 1971 with a pair of number two hits, "Mama's Pearl" and the ballad "Never Can Say Goodbye"; "Maybe Tomorrow" was their first single not to make the pop Top Ten, though it still reached the R&B Top Five. That year, Motown executives began grooming Michael and Jermaine for solo careers that would run concurrently with The Jackson 5. Michael was the first to debut on his own (toward the end of 1971), and was an instant success; his first two singles, "Got to Be There" and "Rockin' Robin," both made the Top Five, and later in 1972 he scored his first pop number one with "Ben."
Jermaine debuted at the end of 1972, and his first single, "Daddy's Home," reached the Top Ten, though the follow-ups didn't sustain the momentum as well as Michael. In the meantime, the fantastically hyped Jackson 5 craze was beginning to cool down. Their prolific LP release schedule slowed a bit, and while their singles continued to perform reliably well on the R&B charts, they were no longer a sure-fire bet for the pop Top Ten. After a relatively lengthy drought, The Jackson 5 scored what would be their last major smash for Motown, the 1974 number two hit "Dancing Machine," a nod to the emerging sound of disco (it also topped the R&B charts).
The group's frustrations with Motown had been building -- not only did the label seem less interested in their career, but they still refused to allow the Jacksons to write or choose their own material, or play their own instruments on their records. Finally, in early 1976, they left Motown to sign with Epic. When the legal battles finally ended, Motown won a breach-of-contract settlement and retained rights to the Jackson 5 name, forcing the group to become the Jacksons.
They also lost Jermaine, whose marriage to Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel made it extremely impractical for him to join his brothers. He was replaced by younger brother Randy (born Steven Randall Jackson, October 29, 1961), who had been appearing (unofficially) with the group as a percussionist for some time. Destiny the Jacksons' first few records on Epic were somewhat erratic affairs produced by Philly soul legends Gamble & Huff. However, the group truly assumed control over their music and hit full stride on 1978's Destiny, which most regard as the strongest studio LP the Jacksons recorded together in any incarnation. Destiny was self-produced and largely self-written, and its success helped encourage Michael to return to solo work. 1979's brilliant Off the Wall made him a star in his own right, signifying his arrival as a mature adult artist, but he remained with his brothers for the time being, helping them record a Grammy-nominated follow-up to Destiny in 1980's Triumph. The staggering success of Michael's next solo album, Thriller, signaled the beginning of the end for the Jacksons, but not quite yet; Jermaine rejoined the group for 1984's Victory, the only album to feature all six brothers.
The single "State of Shock," which featured guest vocalist Mick Jagger, hit number three that year, and the group's ensuing tour was a blockbuster success, despite expensive (for the time) ticket prices. Michael and Marlon both left the Jacksons, the latter trying out an unsuccessful solo career; Randy, Tito, and Jackie appeared as the Jacksons on the soundtrack of Burglar, and subsequently became highly regarded session musicians. the Jacksons reconvened in 1989 for the album 2300 Jackson Street, which featured every Jackson sibling save LaToya on the title cut. However, it wasn't as successful as hoped, and to date there have been no further reunions on record. In 1997, The Jackson 5 were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
They say you have not lived until you've died. Well last night the King Of Pop proved
his immortality at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, when audience members at the
MGM Grand Garden Arena were treated to a performance by the late Michael Jackson,
via a hologram projection of the iconic pop star, who died in June 2009.
Check out the performance below:
Jackson, performed "Slave to the Rhythm" midway through Sunday night's show with a five-piece
band and 16 dancers live onstage. Jackson appeared in gold jacket, white T-shirt and brick red trousers
on a set modeled on the art work for the album "Dangerous," an appropriate choice as the track was recorded
in 1991 with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the sessions for that album. Released this week on "XSCAPE," which
is neck-and-neck with the new Black Keys album for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, the track was produced
BBMA producers Dick Clark Productions built a special stage at the rear of the MGM Grand Arena
that was used only for the Jackson performance. Dancers moved through aisles as Jackson was seen rising from
a throne, walking down steps before going into several trademark routines, a moonwalk being one of the them.
Lasers, streams of flames and dancers in ancient costumes were part of the film.
As vieed on EURWEB, it has been reported the “Maybe I Deserve” crooner, Tank,accepted a private
message from a fan on Instagram —
only to find out it was a picture of the man’s penis.
Tank became more furious when he found out the man who sent the penis picture is a pastor!
He blasted the pastor (@TheBookOf_COGIC93) on social media for his actions.
Just to be clear, Tank doesn’t have a problem with gay people or homosexuality, but with the pastor’s actions.
“This man claims to be a minister and sends this to my DM. This is what’s wrong with the church now! Misrepresentation of God and who he really is. The devil is operating in our sacred place,” Tank wrote on Instagram.
Tank added, “I have no problem with homosexuals BUT I do have a problem with this! What message are you trying to send a straight man ‘minister?’ I hope your bishop and everyone in your congregation become aware of your actions.”
Tank called the pastor a “pervert” and said, “the devil is working and this is what it looks like.”
Image: New York Times
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times on Wednesday announced that executive editor Jill Abramson
is being replaced by managing editorDean Baquet after two and a half years on the job.
The company didn’t give a reason for the change. Abramson and Baquet had both been in their current
positions since September 2011.
Baquet, who would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper’s highest editorial position,
received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988. Baquet, 57, has worked for the Times since 2007.
In making the announcement, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher and chairman of its parent
company, called Baquet the best qualified journalist to take on the job in the Times’ newsroom.
“He is an exceptional reporter and editor with impeccable news judgment who
enjoys the confidence and support of his colleagues around the world and across the
organization,” Sulzberger said in a statement.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs may have a lot of names, but this one tops them all.
This past week during the celebration of Howard's 2014 Class, the school where he
started his dream provided him with an honorary Doctorate Degree.
Combs attended Howard until his sophmore year when he decided to leave due to him
getting a record deal with Clive Davis.
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Is the #BringBackOurGirls campaign doing more harm than good? Although the hashtag campaign
has been doing a good job of raising awareness surrounding the 200+ Nigerian girls who were kidnapped
from a school almost a month ago, the press that it is generating seems to be fueling the militant group
responsible for the kidnappings even more.
Our FLOTUS shows her support to help make political changes to save the Nigerian girls
Yesterday, Boko Haram (which is loosely translated as ‘Western education is forbidden” or
“Western education is sinful”), released a 17-minute video showing
less than half of the 264 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped back in April. In the video,
around 100 girls who were taken from a boarding school in the north-east of the country looked
stunned and scared, praying and wearing traditional Islamic veils. It is believed that they have
been forced to convert to Islam.
Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has also threatened to sell the remaining girls
“at the market” if the government doesn’t comply with his requests, and he claims that
as part of the girl’s “liberation,” they’ve all been converted to the Islamic faith. The video
was sent to the Nigerian government for negotiations, and the group claimed that they’ll
release the girls in exchange for the release of all Boko Haram prisoners, however, the government
rejected the offer.
Meanwhile, the U.S., Israel, France, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and many other countries
are joining forces to help locate the girls by using intelligence agencies and satellite technology.
Many are beginning to criticize the “#BringBackOurGirls” movement going viral, saying it may be hurting
more than helping the victims. It is believed that all of the publicity is showing Boko Haram that kidnapping
children can be profitable. Because it’s a global phenomenon and so many countries are involved,
they now have more fame for their cause, but without spreading awareness, no one would have even
known that these girls had even disappeared in a horrifying mass abduction to begin with.
In light of the news being reported about The Carters and Solange Knowles, it raises the question of family.
From the video released by TMZ we do not know exactly what happen that caused Solange to act so violently. But
it is clear that there has been things going on in this family prior to this video coming out. This video also shows
that celebrities are people too who have issues in their families just like you and I.
So my question is, how do you handle family disputes?
If your husband and sister gets into an argument who do you side with?
Prayer is important but you still have to ACT on that prayer.
View the video and lend your thoughts.
According to our sources, it all went down at a Met Gala after party last week at the Standard Hotel in NYC.
In the video ... Jay Z, Beyonce and Solange step into the elevator ... and then Solange goes crazy, screaming at
Jay before unleashing a violent attack. A large man -- who appears to be a bodyguard -- attempts to hold Solange
back, but she manages to connect at least 3 times. At one point Solange throws a kick and Jay grabs her foot, but
never attempts to strike her. Beyonce stands by without getting physically involved
The Four Tops were one of soul music’s most popular and long-lived vocal groups. This quartet from Detroit
endured for more than 40 years without a single change in personnel. Moreover, they charted hits at every
stage in their lengthy career. Although they’re best remembered for the records they made at Motown in the
Sixties, the Four Tops also had substantial success at such labels as ABC, Casablanca and Arista in
subsequent decades. They even returned twice to Motown later in their career. All the while they remained
a solid draw on the touring circuit, performing 100 shows per year.
The Four Tops consisted of lead singer Levi Stubbs, first tenor Abdul “Duke” Fakir, second tenor
Lawrence Payton, and baritone Renaldo “Obie” Benson. Working closely with the in-house songwriting
and production team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, the Four Tops cut some of
Motown’s most memorable singles during the label’s mid-Sixties zenith. The list of classics recorded
by the Four Tops during this fruitful period includes “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself,”
“It’s the Same Old Song,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love” and “Bernadette.”
Between 1964 and 1988, the Four Tops made Billboard’s Hot 100 chart 45 times and its R&B chart 52 times.
Twenty-four of their singles made the Top 40, and seven of those entered the Top 10.
All four members of the group began their careers together while they were high school students
in Detroit. At the insistence of their friends, Pershing High students Levi Stubbs and Abdul "Duke" Fakir
performed with Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton from Northern High at a local birthday party.
The quartet decided to remain together and christened themselves The Four Aims. With the help of Payton's
songwriter cousin Roquel Davis, The Aims signed to Chess Records in 1956, changing their name to Four Tops
to avoid confusion with The Ames Brothers. Over the next seven years, The Tops endured unsuccessful tenures
at Chess, Red Top, Riverside Records and Columbia Records. Without any hit records to their name, The Tops
toured frequently, developing a polished stage presence and an experienced supper club act, as well as supporting
Billy Eckstine. In 1963, Berry Gordy, Jr., who had worked with Roquel Davis as a songwriter in the late-1950s,
convinced The Tops to join the roster of his growing Motown record company.
After scoring their first #1 hit, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" in June 1965, the Four Tops
began a long series of successful hit singles. Among the first wave of these hits were the Top 10
"It's the Same Old Song", "Something About You", "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)", and
"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever". Four Tops records often represented the epitome of the
Motown Sound: simple distinctive melodies and rhymes, call-and-response lyrics, and the musical
contributions of studio band, The Funk Brothers.
Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote most of Levi Stubbs' vocals in a tenor range, near the top
of his range, in order to get a sense of strained urgency in his gospelpreacher-inspired leads.
In addition, H-D-H used additional background vocals from female background vocalists, The Andantes on many of the songs, to add a high end to the low-voiced harmony of The Tops.
Ivy Hunter's "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" was one of a few exceptions.
August 1966 brought the release of the Four Tops' all-time biggest hit and one of the most popular
Motown songs ever. "Reach Out I'll Be There" hit #1 on the U.S. pop and R&B charts and UK chart
and soon became The Tops' signature song. It was almost immediately followed by the
similar-sounding "Standing in the Shadows of Love"; its depiction of heartbreak reflecting the
opposite of the optimism in "Reach Out". It was another Top 10 hit for the Tops.
The Top 10 U.S. hit "Bernadette" centered around a man's all-consuming obsession with his lover,
continued the Four Tops' successful run into April 1967, followed by the Top 20 hits "7-Rooms of Gloom",
and "You Keep Running Away". By now, The Tops were the most successful male Motown act in the
United Kingdom (in the United States, they were second to The Temptations), and began experimenting
with more mainstream pop hits. They scored hits with their versions of Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter"
in late 1967 (mid-1968 in the U.S.) and the Left Banke's "Walk Away Renée" in early 1968. These singles
and the original "I'm In a Different World" were their last hits produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, who left
Motown in 1967 after disputes with Berry Gordy over royalties and ownership of company shares.
The Four Tops received The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 51st Annual
Grammy Awards on February 8, 2009.
From all indications it looks like Dr. Dre is about to become a billionaire and the rap/hip hop world’s first.
Sorry Diddy and Jay Z. That’s because Apple in talks to buy Dr Dre’s Beats Electronics for $3.2B!
Originally, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and New York Times, the deal could
be announced as early as next week. But a recent post on an Instagram page with Dre and singer Tyrese
in it has confirmation from the man himself that the deal is true!
Beats makes a variety of audio products, including a line of pricey but popular headphones.
It also recently launched a streaming music service similar to Spotify called Beats Music.
The company was founded by Dr. Dre and music magnate Jimmy Iovine. Their headphone products were
originally called “Beats by Dr. Dre.”
Observers say it’s an interesting move by Apple, a company not know for buying other businesses
with multibillion-dollar evaluations According to CNBC’s analysis of the proposed deal, Apple could use
the Beats Music streaming service as it attempts to figure out the streaming media space. Critics haven’t
been especially thrilled with iTunes radio, a streaming radio service similar to Pandora. It’s been panned
by critics for its poor track selection.
Interestingly, the headphones are very popular but they don’t get much
love from snooty audiophiles in reviews. CNBC also notes that Beats raised $500 million last year from
the Carlyle Group, giving it approximately a $1 billion valuation.
If Apple is willing to pay $3.2 billion, that means Beats has tripled its value in just a few months.
SOURCE: BET NEWS
Some people are just so disrespectful. The drama continues between Dwyane Wade
and his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches. The NBA player's ex claims Wade is refusing to
bring their two sons, of whom he has full custody, to see her on Mother's Day.
What?? Who does that?
"Anything Dwyane and his lawyers can do to make my client’s life a living hell, they do," Funches's lawyer, Lisa Macci, tells Gossip Extra. "They’ve announced their intention of denying her a court-ordered Mother’s Day visitation, so I’m filing an emergency motion to force them to hand her the children on Mother’s Day."
Wade's battle with Funches for custody of their two sons has gone from bad to worse since
their 2007 divorce. Though the judge presiding over the matter did award Wade full custody of
the boys, Funches scored a small victory when the court rejected Wade's request for a mental evaluation of his ex-wife.
Come on Wade. Out of all days, that is the worst day to be selfish. At least show enough respect to
the woman who blessed you with those children you love dearly.
Mother's Day is fastly approaching but it's never to early or too late to show your
mom how much you appreciate her.
The NBA confirmed Tuesday that Kevin Durant has been named the winner of the Maurice Podoloff
trophy as the 2013-2014 Kia NBA MVP. During the emotional news conference on Tuesday afternoon,
Durant thanked God, his teammates, his coach, the NBA, as well as Thunder fans for all believing he
could be a MVP player. After thanking his friends and family for their support, Durant brought the crowd
to tears when he said he believes the real MVP is his mom.
People in the United States started celebrating National Teacher Day in 1953 when Eleanor Roosevelt
persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize educators. The origins of the idea for a day are unclear.
They date to the early 1940s. But some references cite the advocacy of a Wisconsin teacher and other
references credit the efforts of a teacher in Arkansas for first working to establish a teacher appreciation day.
One of these teachers is thought to have written to Eleanor Roosevelt, urging her to take up the cause.
It didn’t become a national day until March 7, 1980, after the National Education Association (NEA) along
with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City, Kan., local chapter lobbied Congress.
People continued to celebrate the day in March until 1984, when the National Parent Teacher Association
designated the first full week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week. The following year, the NEA voted to
make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day
Full Name: Mary Esther Wells
Born: May 13, 1943
Died: July 26, 1992
Founder of the world famous "Motown Sound," Mary Wells is considered not only one of the best female
singers in the music industry, but also a vital part of the success of the prestigious label. Wells' early years
were not easy. As a small child, she suffered a bout of spinal meningitis, which left her temporarily paralyzed,
with loss of hearing and partial blindness in one eye.
When she returned to good health, Wells suffered the hardship of learning to walk again. She was always
grateful, however, to regain her hearing and sight. As a talented teenager, Wells auditioned for Berry Gordy's
Tamla Records as a songwriter, but instead received a contract to be a performer. "Bye Bye Baby," a song written
by Wells, was recorded in Gordy's new label, Motown Records. In 1961, the song became a hit. Wells stayed with
Motown for five years.
During those years, and with the help of producer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, Wells made
several recordings. Her intimate and assertive voice, mixed with a soulful urgency, gave Wells a
distinctive sound. Three major singles, "The One Who Really Loves You" (no. 8, 1962), "You Beat Me to the Punch"
(no. 9, 1962) and "Two Lovers" (no. 7, 1962), as well as her tours of the U.S. and Europe, turned her into one of the
most popular singers in the Motown label.
In 1964, Wells' career reached a significant peak when her song, "My Guy," made it to No. 1 on the
pop chart and became one of the year's best recordings. She also sang duets with Marvin Gaye, includng "Once Upon a Time," which reached No. 17 in 1964. The Beatles declared Mary Wells their favorite American
singer, calling her "their sweetheart," and invited her to England to tour with them. Upon her return to the states,
the Beatles sent Wells several compositions to be released on their next album. In return, Mary recorded an album
called "Love Songs to The Beatles."
In 1990, Wells was diagnosed with larynx cancer, hindering her ability to sing. Despite her health condition,
Wells was always upbeat and courageous. She began taking long trips, including one to New York in which
she was the focus of a "Joan Rivers Show." Her tribute on the show included a warm and generous phone call
from Little Richard and a loving video dedication from Stevie Wonder, who, in her honor, sang "My Guy" rewritten
as "My Girl."
In early fall of 1991, Mary traveled to Washington D.C., where she testified before a Congressional
Committee concerning funding for cancer research. She said: "I'm here today to urge you to keep the faith.
I can't cheer you on with all my voice, but I can encourage, and I pray to motivate you with all my heart and
soul and whispers."
After a bout of pneumonia, Wells was hospitalized once more and spent her last days at the
Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital. On July 26, 1992, the First Lady of Motown died. Gone was the soft,
beautiful voice of Mary Wells.
From 1961 to 1964, she hit the Top 10 in the pop charts with "The One Who Really Loves You,"
"You Beat Me to the Punch," "Two Lovers" and her signature song, "My Guy," all written or co-written
by Mr. Robinson.
"In 1964, Mary Wells was our big, big artist," said Lucy Gordy Wakefield, Motown's first sales chief.
"I don't think there's any audience with an age of 30 through 50 that doesn't know the words to 'My Guy.