NEW YORK, N.Y.—Vanity Fair celebrates the 50th anniversary of Motown with an oral history and portfolio, presenting stories and images from Hitsville, USA told by people who were there. Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy Jr., Lionel Richie, Martha Reeves, Otis Williams (the lone surviving original member of the Temptations), Abdul “Duke” Fakir (the lone surviving member of the Four Tops), Suzanne de Passe (former creative assistant to Berry Gordy, Oscar nominee for screenplay for Lady Sings the Blues, Emmy winner for Motown 25) and others separate myth from reality, and discuss the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson, the inaccuracies in Dreamgirls, racism, life on the road, what inspired Gordy, the Motown family, and how their music changed the world.
Daily Archives: November 17, 2008
Los Angeles, California – November 17, 2008 – Born from the ashes of gangsta rap the Inglewood, Cali rap duo U-N-I has loaded up on accolades over the past 2 years– being named “Best Breakout LA Artist” at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, featured in URB Magazine’s “NEXT 1000,” XXL Magazine’s “New Kids in Town,” Billboard Magazine’s “Acts to Watch,” The Source Magazine’s “Unsigned Hype,” ending up on the “SoundBoard” of The Los Angeles Times and serving as the inaugural artists for Scheme Magazine’s Schemer series–on the strength of their observant, life-affirming rhymes that revolve around everything from limited-edition sneakers to cosmic existentialism and old-school video games to down-home musings on life, declaring their love for music while appreciating plus-size ladies and enjoying lap dances.
Los Angeles, CA – A social architect, activist and visionary, Cleo Manago has always dreamed a world. A world where every man and every woman could live and love without being judged or disdained. Never one to mince his words, he originally coined the term “same gender loving” to embrace, describe and culturally affirm the relationship of his Black “gay” brothers and sisters.