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29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #12. Never a Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Music, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, List this, Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #13. Charley Pride: I'm Just Me

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Music, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #14. Mariah Carey Is Christmas: The Story of "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Mariah Carey, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #15 'The Black Godfather'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #16 'Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #17 'Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Travis Scott, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #18 Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Otis Redding, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #19 Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Jay Hawkins, Screamin' Jay Hawkins




GM's first female CFO explains how she's made it her mission to 'slay complexity' at the largest US automaker (GM)

Dhivya Suryadevara, 40, is the first female CFO of a major US automaker. She joins Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, as one half of the only all-women C-suite team in the business. Suryadevara was born in India, came to the US to attend Harvard Business School, and worked on Wall Street before joining GM. With Barra and the GM leadership team, Suryadevara is working to transform a 111-year-old company with vast global operations and $150 billion in annual revenue. Visit Business Insider's hom...
Tags: Japan, New York, Wall Street, China, India, Softbank, US, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Gotham, Mary Barra, Gm, Ubs, Manhattan, Ohio


‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.

Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television division, along with Capitol Music Group, Motown Records and Fulwell 73 announced today that “Hitville: The Making of Motown” has been acquired by Showtime for release in North America with plans for a fall premiere, and Altitude for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland. The feature-length […]
Tags: UK, News, Showtime, North America, Hitsville, Universal Music Group, Motown, Fulwell, Polygram Entertainment Universal Music Group, Showtime for U S, Capitol Music Group Motown Records


Soul Serenade: The 8th Day, “She’s Not Just Another Woman”

After nine years and well over 400 columns, I’ve decided to change Soul Serenade from a weekly to an occasional column. Obviously, there are more than enough classic soul records to fuel a column like this for a lifetime but the truth is that while the column’s title mentions a specific song what I’ve really been doing is telling the stories of the artists behind the songs. And while many artists had multiple hits, how many times can you tell the same story? Are there artists who I’ve never cove...
Tags: Music, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Ken Shane, Soul Serenade, Wilson, Berry Gordy, Berry Gordy Jr, Motown, Holland Dozier Holland, Gordy, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Michael Anthony, Levi Stubbs, Eddie Holland, Invictus


Detroit’s New Shinola Hotel

Accommodation, shopping, drinking and dining at the Detroit-based brand's new space The vibrant terra cotta façade of the new Shinola Hotel rises up from Woodward Avenue in the center of downtown Detroit. It’s part of an ambitious redevelopment plan that is revitalizing once-grand buildings, in hopes of attracting new businesses and residents—and to show the world, once again, that the Motor City is back. Enter …
Tags: Travel, Design, Shopping, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Drinking, Dining, Detroit, Shops, Shinola, Motor City, Motown, Woodward Avenue, Accomodations, Shinola Hotel


Powerhouse Execs Ethiopia Habtemariam and Jacqueline Saturn Rise Above the Noise

Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam and Caroline President Jacqueline Saturn came together for an insightful conversation at the Music Biz conference in Nashville today (May 8). The two spoke of their illustrious careers and the successful partnership between the Capitol Music Group labels they each head. Spending more than a decade working in music publishing […]
Tags: News, Nashville, Motown records, Caroline, Universal Music Group, Motown, Capitol Music Group, Jacqueline Saturn, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Jacqueline Saturn Rise




Gener8tor, Motown Team to Launch Summer Music Accelerators in Detroit

Name a genre of music and there’s probably a Detroiter who innovated it. Punk rock? Death, Iggy Pop, and the MC5. Hip-hop? J Dilla. Techno? The Belleville Three. Blues? John Lee Hooker. Rock? The White Stripes. Gospel? Aretha Franklin. And, of course, where would modern R&B and pop be without Motown?Detroit has always been fertile ground for musicians, and that’s why Gener8tor says it wanted to launch two music accelerators here in partnership with the Motown Museum, Capital Music Group, and Te...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Tech, Innovation, Detroit, Startup Incubators, Iggy Pop, Franklin, Motown, Capitol Music Group, National blog main, National top stories, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories, Wisconsin blog main


TV Review: ‘Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration’

If nothing else, CBS’ “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” special alerted America to the continued vitality of Smokey Robinson as a contemporary performer. Ten months from turning 80, the singer’s performances were focused and controlled as he weaved his sultry vocals through classics he wrote — the ballads “The Tracks of My Tears” and “Ooh Baby Baby,” chief among them. Producers […]
Tags: Reviews, America, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Cbs, Motown, Ooh Baby Baby


Album Review: Marvin Gaye’s ‘You’re the Man’

With 1971’s “What’s Going On,” Marvin Gaye proved that he could make and bake his own cake, and eat it, too… that he could trade his suave, lover-man pose and debonair devil-may-care attitude for lyrical activism and righteous indignation… and that he could take the smooth, soulful voice that made him a pop superstar and […]
Tags: News, Marvin Gaye, Motown


How Motown and ‘The Big Chill’ Revolutionized the Music and Advertising Industries

Motown Records stumbled into the 1980s from the ‘70s, watching its greatest hitmakers return to the charts via other labels — Diana Ross at RCA, Marvin Gaye at Columbia and, of course, Michael Jackson and his brothers at Epic. Its fortunes perked up a bit in 1982 with hits from Lionel Richie and DeBarge, but […]
Tags: News, Lionel Richie, Motown records, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Columbia, Berry Gordy, Motown, Debarge, The Big Chill, Advertising Industries


Motown — Busier Than Ever in 2019? TV Specials, Broadway Musicals Reload the Jukebox

Motown has almost certainly never had more ancillary projects happening at once in the realms of TV and theater than it does in 2019. Among the offshoots keeping the catalog alive in multiple media: — The Ken Ehrlich-produced “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” airs on CBS April 21, after being filmed while the stars aligned […]
Tags: News, Cbs, The Temptations, Motown, Ken Ehrlich


Broadway Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’

In the wake of the long-running “Jersey Boys” and the short-lived “Summer,” director Des McAnuff is back on Broadway with another show built around the song catalog of a music act — and although “Ain’t Too Proud” has all the right sounds and slick moves, this bio-musical of the R&B vocal group the Temptations is […]
Tags: Reviews, Broadway, The Temptations, Jersey Boys, Motown, Des McAnuff, Jeremy Pope, Ain't Too Proud


Smokey Robinson Defends J.Lo, Says Motown’s Music Isn’t “Just for Black People”

For those of you who didn’t enjoy Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Smokey Robinson wants you to have several seats and stop being a hater because you’re clearly missing the point of Motown. WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance On Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 12), at least two days removed from the Grammys, Smokey said in a lengthy statement (via Instagram) that those protesting J.Lo’s performance are “trying to set us back a hu...
Tags: Music, Celebs, Instagram, Smokey Robinson, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Michael Jackson, Grammys, Diana Ross, Don, Jennifer, J Lo, Motown, Smokey, Gordy


WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance

When Jennifer Lopez was announced as the headlining performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, folks naturally scratched their heads and collectively asked: “How Sway?!?”When she finally took the stage Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to perform, she did her thing, yet, something was still… missing. Twitter took notice and basically said, “Nah, sis, that wasn’t it” as they roasted the hell out of her for “Jentrifying” a Motown tribute.Maybe it was the fac...
Tags: Videos, Music, Celebs, Television, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Chile, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Mary J Blige, Grammys, Jlo, Jenny


Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys

Jennifer Lopez’s presence alone just about guarantees a solid, show-stopping performance at any show, but that doesn’t make it an appropriate choice, especially when Motown is involved. She’s received hefty criticism as the choice performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, in which she sang “My Girl,” alongside Smokey Robinson, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” with … Continue reading "Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys" The post Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings...
Tags: Music, Religion, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Grammys, Jlo, Motown, The Grammys, Grammys Motown, Rollin Stone


Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »
Tags: Music, Kacey Musgraves, Aretha Franklin, List, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ne-yo, Grammys, St. Vincent, Diana Ross


Twitter Was Not Having Jennifer Lopez’s Motown Tribute

Jennifer Lopez paid tribute to some of Motown’s biggest names Sunday night, but Twitter didn’t exactly want an encore. During a medley of classic Motown songs such as “Square Biz,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Dancing in the Street,” and “My Girl,” several Twitter users criticized Lopez’s appearance alongside Motown legend Smokey Robinson, arguing that a Black […]
Tags: News, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Grammys, Lopez, Motown


Visualizing the Bass Playing Style of Motown’s Iconic Bassist James Jamerson: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “For Once in My Life” & More

As part of Motown’s Funk Brothers house band, James Jamerson was the bubbling bass player behind hundreds of hit records from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and plenty more. His licks duck and dive and weave like Ali but never get in the way of the melody or the rest of the band. Paul McCartney was an early fan, but for the general public, Jamerson was not a household name for decades--Motown never listed the Wrecking Crew in its credits--until much l...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, Paul Mccartney, Marvin Gaye, Mccartney, Ali, Scott, Facebook Twitter, Motown, KCRW, Vandellas, Ted Mills, Jamerson, James Jamerson


Soul Serenade: The Capitols, “Cool Jerk”

  The summer of 1966. I spent it on the beach and Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Incredible music poured out of tinny sounding transistor radio speakers everywhere I went. The songs of that summer included “Paint It, Black” by the Rolling Stones, “Hanky Panky” by Tommy James and the Shondells, “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb, “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” by the Chiffons, “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the Temptations.” But the Tempts and their Motown colleagues were not th...
Tags: Music, Atlantic, Atlantic City, Detroit, Jerk, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Todd Rundgren, Berry Gordy Jr, Motown, McLaughlin, Percy Sledge, Shondells, Tommy James, Bootsy Collins, Samuel George, Bobby Hebb


Aretha Franklin: Context, Intersectionality, and the Rock Canon

None Let's face it, the established canon of popular music, especially from the mid-20th century on, is dominated by rock and white male artists: the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. How does Aretha Franklin fit into this canon, and what challenges can she pose to it, as one of the few women of color whom it has unequivocally embraced? Franklin fits within a prescribed framework of artists of color and female artists, as tied to specific contexts, including social mov...
Tags: Feature, Music, Aretha Franklin, Time, Beach Boys, US, Jerusalem, America, Jimi Hendrix, Atlantic, Bob Dylan, New York Times, Brian Wilson, Blues, Elvis Presley, R&B


Tucked Inside Detroit’s Wurlitzer Building: The Siren Hotel

Old world splendor at the center of the cultural resurgence Set in the renowned, and incredibly-refurbished, Wurlitzer Building in downtown Detroit, The Siren is a hotel draped in old-world pleasures, both sensory and indulgent. An ode to the Greek mythology that adorns the city’s most prominent architecture, those behind The Siren intend for this space to become a symbol of rejoice and recollection—of spirits and, most particularly, …
Tags: Travel, Design, Hotel, Detroit, Historic Buildings, Motown, Wurlitzer, ASH NYC, The Siren, Wurlitzer Building