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Lionel Richie June 4, 2009

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Lionel Richie, aka Mr. Walk on the Ceiling, originally started as a member of The Commodores.  He started his solo career in 1981 with the self-title debut album that produced three number 1 hits.  Feel free to comment on your favorite tracks.  And be sure to check out postings throughout the month.

All Night Long

Truly

Say You, Say Me

Xtra Xtra: Black Oscar Gold February 16, 2009

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The 81st Annual Academy Awards will be televised on Feb. 22.  Keeping the Black History Month celebration going, here’s a list of African Americans who won the Oscar.  Tune in to see if Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) or Viola Davis (“Doubt”) will win for Best Supporting Actress.

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Halle Berry – 2001 – Best Actress, “Monster’s Ball”
Jamie Foxx – 2004 – Best Actor, “Ray”
Morgan Freeman – 2004 – Best Supporting Actor, “Million Dollar Baby”
Whoppi Goldberg – 1990 – Best Supporting Actress, “Ghost”
Cuba Gooding, Jr – 1996 – Best Supporting Actor, “Jerry Maguire”
Isaac Hayes – 1971 – Best Original Song, “Shaft Theme Song” from “Shaft”
Jennifer Hudson – 2008 – Best Supporting Actress, “Dreamgirls”
Quincy Jones – 1994 – Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Hattie McDaniel – 1940 – Best Supporting Actress, “Gone With the Wind”
Sidney Poitier – 1958 – Best Actor, “Lillies of the Field”
Prince – 1984 – Best Original Song, “Purple Rain” from “Purple Rain”
Lionel Richie – 1986 – Best Original Song, “Say You, Say Me” from “White Nights”
Three 6 Mafia – 2006, Best Original Song, “It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp” from “Hustle & Flow”
Denzel Washington – 1990 – Best Supporting Actor, “Glory” & 2001 – Best Actor, “Training Day”
Forrest Whitaker – 2006 – Best Actor, “The Last King of Scotland”
Stevie Wonder – 1985 – Best Original Song, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from “The Woman In Red”

Motown 50 January 13, 2009

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motown50Motown Records celebrated 50 years on January 12.  The record label was founded by Berry Gordy in Detroit, Michigan in 1959 as Tamla Records.  It was the first record label to be owned by and African-American and feature African-American singers and musicians who acheived crossover sucesss.  Legendary acts signed to the label include The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Gladys Knight, and the Commodores.

Many of the early hits known as the “Motown sound” were written by Holland-Dozier-Holland (Eddie & Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier) and were backed by a group of studio musicians known as “The Funk Brothers.”  It’s first #1 hit was The Miracles’ “Shop Around.”  The label had 110 Top Ten hits from 1961 to 1971.

By the 1970s Motown shifted its operations to Los Angeles and branched out to include movie production.  Films released through Motown Productions include Lady Sings the Blues, Mahagony, and The Wiz.

Motown will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary throughout the year.  Check out the official Motown Classic website.  And if you’re missing any Motown albums visit Amazon’s Motown page.