Stephanie Mills explains why she should have married Michael Jackson (photo)

Years before Michael Jackson exploded as a worldwide conquerer of popular culture, he dated his “chocolate drop” in the late 1970s — legendary R&B singer Stephanie Mills. More than a decade after the King of Pop passed away in 2009, Mills now admits that she let “the one” get away when she believes she had […]

Kimberly Motes’ singing passion fuels her to advance Minneapolis’ arts scene

Kimberly Motes is the managing director for the nation’s largest theater for young people, Children’s Theatre Company, where she leads all business aspects for the theater. She’s approaching her second anniversary in the role. Previously she served as the senior vice president for institutional advancement at the University of St. Thomas, vice president for institutional […]

Singer Cathy Rollins prepares for UK tour and invitation to ‘Sesame Street’

It has to be every performer’s delight to receive an invitation to guest star on the acclaimed television series “Sesame Street” and sing alongside the infamous characters and their adoring kid fans. For Atlanta-based singer Cathy Rollins, it’s actually on her bucket list. Having performed with the likes of Grammy Award-winning artists Michael Bublé and Jennifer Holliday, Rollins steps out […]

10 hilarious Internet reactions to ‘The Wiz Live!’

The 40th anniversary celebration of The Wiz Broadway musical aired yesterday in the form of a fantastic live broadcast. NBC’s third musical, The Wiz Live! aired Dec. 3 to great reviews. Not only did entertainment critics such as Variety call the program “polished” and “impressive,” but viewers also took to the Internet to express their […]

5 things we learned from NBC’s ‘The Wiz Live!’

The highly anticipated remake of The Wiz directed by Kenny Leon debuted on Thursday, Dec. 3 on NBC. Although the cast was laden with star power, the lead role of Dorothy was played by newcomer Shanice Williams. Williams was joined by Queen Latifah, Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Common,  Elijah Kelly and the Queen of Soul Mary J. Blige for […]

Stephanie Mills performs ‘Home’ and other hits at B.B. King’s

At B.B. King Blues Club and Grill Nov. 6, Stephanie Mills proved that after a music career spanning over 40 years, she is still a vocal powerhouse. The 58-year-old soul singer performed some of her most notable songs in the New York City club, including “Home,” the tune that jump-started her career when she performed […]

Stephanie Mills brings down the house at B.B. King’s

[jwplatform xYUCLeLP] Vocal powerhouse Stephanie Mills took the stage at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York Nov. 6. She performed “Home,” which has been a staple song in her career ever since she sang it in the 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz.

Common, Ne-Yo added to cast of NBC’s reboot of ‘The Wiz Live!’

It looks like NBC has every intention on making their upcoming live reboot of The Wiz a completely star-studded affair. Per a recent tweet by the network, the latest names added to the growing list of notables participating in the heavily anticipated live adaptation of the classic film are Hairspray actor Elijah Kelley, R&B star Ne-Yo, […]

‘The Wiz’ performed in Central Park for 40th anniversary of Broadway show

[jwplatform LnWoUkhL] An electrifying performance of The Wiz was staged Wednesday night in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Broadway show. Tony Award-winner George Faison gathered new and original cast members such as Phylicia Rashad (co-host) and Darlescia Cearcy (Dorothy) at Central Park’s SummerStage.

Black Music Month: best music moments in movies

As we close out another edition of Black Music Month, it is time to take a look back at the best musical moments in movies that left us spellbound over the years. Some of the best moments in music served as springboards to stardom for some artists while, most of the time, only expanding and […]

Movie musicals that don’t suck!

With the success of Les Miserables on Christmas Day, we pay homage to other musicals turned film, that were well worth the watch. Click to continue to for some of the most memorable musicals turned movies. – ruthie hawkins

Quincy Jones: The Black Millionaire Blueprint for Success

To the younger generation, Quincy Jones’ musical career really only began when he plucked a shy, skinny kid on the set on The Wiz named Michael Jackson and helped steer him towards megastardom. If this belief is true, that is a tragic error in thinking, because the man known as “Q” may have accomplished more […]

Lifetime to Remake ‘Steel Magnolias’ With an All-Black Cast

The most famous (or infamous, if you hated it) black remake of a classic mainstream (e.g. “white”) movie  has to be Sidney Lumet’s The Wiz starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. It was an up-tempo, hood-flavored version of the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz, complete with numbers runners, a factory filled with overworked laborers […]