Motown Bandleader Cornelius Grant Turns 80!

Motown legend Cornelius Grant had no qualms about announcing his 80th birthday, which was just celebrated with an eclectic mix of family, old schoolmates, Motown cohorts, and business partners. The private party of about 50 invited guests was held at the City Club in downtown Los Angeles on April 27th.

Barbara Morrison: Still a Performer at the Center of Hearts

One year after revered songstress, vocal teacher and community activist Barbara Morrison’s passing at age 72, her legacy is humming along in full swing. The City of Los Angeles has renamed the corner of 43rd Street and Degnan (where the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center has stood for the past 14 years) “Barbara Morrison Square.” It was dedicated on the singer’s birthday last year, September 10, which also marked the date of the First Annual Barbara Morrison Jazz and Blues Festival.

Grammy Award Winner Stephanie Mills Releases New Music Decrying Racial Injustice, Police Violence

Music lovers, prepare yourself for one of the most anticipated comebacks in history. The legendary Grammy Award winner Stephanie Mills has announced her new single, “Let’s Do the Right Thing,” an anthem not unlike Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” of 50 years ago. Her long-awaited new music drops appropriately on Saturday, June 19 – Juneteenth. “It’s all me. I am not doing this through a record label,” Mills told the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) in an exclusive interview. The NNPA is the trade association that represents the hundreds of African American-owned newspapers and media companies that comprise the

IN MEMORIAM: Keeping the Legacy of Legendary Supremes Star Mary Wilson Alive

“I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes,” Motown founder Berry Gordy wrote in a statement emailed to NNPA Newswire shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday. “The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown.’ Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s.