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Hollywood Walk of Fame...
06/19/2021

Hollywood Walk of Fame...

Congratulations: MARTHA R E E V E S !

The Hollywood Walk of Fame’s Class of 2022 was announced Thursday, and among the celebrities set to have stars dedicated to them are Martha Reeves , married former Fifth Dimension members Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., and funk legend George Clinton.

Reeves and Clinton are among the honorees in the Recording category, while McCoo and Davis are being recognized in the Live Theatre/Live Performance category.

A total of 38 new celebrities will receive a Walk of Fame star, including music acts Black Eyed Peas, DJ Khaled, Avril Lavigne and the late Nipsey Hussle.

Other honorees in various categories include Francis Ford Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Helen Hunt, Ray Liotta, Macaulay Culkin, Byron Allen, Ewan McGregor, Jason Momoa, Kenan Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Tracee Ellis Ross, Norman Reedus, Michael Strahan, Jean Smart, Ricky Gervais and the late Carrie Fisher.

The exact day each artist’s unveiling ceremony will be held will be announced at a later date. The honorees or their representatives are given two years to schedule a ceremony.

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Taken by SOUL photographer Bobby Holland.
06/18/2021

Taken by SOUL photographer Bobby Holland.

Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, and Tony Williams live at The Roxy in Los Angeles 1977. Photo © 1978 Bobby Holland Terms and Conditions

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06/07/2021
IN MEMORIAM: Iconic Actor Clarence Williams III Dead at 81 | BlackPressUSA

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NNPA NEWSWIRE — His role as “Linc” on “The Mod Squad” in the 1970s, catapulted Williams into the mainstream. But some of his best work came on the big screen, particularly as Prince’s father in the 1984 hit, “Purple Rain,” and nine years later in the Wesley Snipes drama, “Sugar Hil...

Celebrate Black Music Month!
06/03/2021

Celebrate Black Music Month!

June is Black Music Month, a meaningful celebration for Stax, because many of the artists who recorded on the label inspired, moved and gave voice to the black community in Memphis and far beyond.

This year, Stax celebrates Black Music Month by launching an editorial series, The Innovators: Stax Artist Spotlights, to tell the stories, honor the music and recognize the impact of Stax trailblazers like The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding and Booker T. & The M.G.'s, to name a few. Stax artists will be featured in weekly editorials hosted on the Stax website. The first Spotlight launched this week with The Staple Singers.

From their earliest days on the gospel circuit to their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Staple Singers forged a unique and influential path in music history. Uniting fans of all colors in a starkly divided era, The Staple Singers delivered powerful anthems of equality, wrapped in rich—and deliciously catchy— melodies. Today, more than half a century later, the Staple Singers’ empowering music continues to resonate with music fans and activists alike.

Visit the Stax website to enjoy the full feature dedicated to The Staple Singers: https://found.ee/theinnovators-staplesingers-g

#BlackMusicMonth

Interested in the history of Black Music? Watch and learn about Indiana University and Dr. Portia Maultsby, who created ...
05/31/2021
Portia Maultsby: A Renaissance Woman | AAAMC Speaks

Interested in the history of Black Music? Watch and learn about Indiana University and Dr. Portia Maultsby, who created the first curriculum. Portia worked to acquire the SOUL Legacy Collection for years and we became friends. She's tireless and endearing. At the end I decided to keep SOUL close by where it began, in Los Angeles. Thus it is stored at UCLA, partly because of Susan Anderson, who also has become a friend. These pioneer women concerned and spending their lives preserving OUR history are to be saluted. Check out this You Tube video about Portia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xofRqM2jds

Episode 4 of "AAAMC Speaks," hosted by the Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) Director Dr. Tyron Cooper and featuring Dr. Portia Maultsby...

05/29/2021

HAPPY 72nd BIRTHDAY Pamela Suzette Grier, actress. She became known in the early 1970s for starring in a string of women in prison and blaxploitation films such as The Big Bird Cage, Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Sheba, Baby. She starred in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She has also been nominated for a SAG Award, as well as a Satellite Award for her performance in Jackie Brown. Grier is also known for her work on television; for six seasons, she portrayed Kate 'Kit' Porter on the television series The L Word. She received an Emmy nomination for her work in the animated program Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child. Rotten Tomatoes has ranked her as the second-greatest female action heroine in film history. Director Tarantino remarked that she may have been cinema's first female action star.

Hope this is a "Sold Out" event!Probably should not share this until I get my tickets.I miss Mary. And I haven't seen Th...
05/23/2021

Hope this is a "Sold Out" event!
Probably should not share this until I get my tickets.
I miss Mary. And I haven't seen Thelma in a few years. And Marilyn and Billy it's been much too long.
Sending so much love to all three of you and all that are making this happen. Regina

I’m so excited to be back on stage with my longtime friends Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. (Official Fan Page) at the Pasadena Pops on Sat. July 10th, 2021 outdoors. The talented Michael Feinstein is the MD of the orchestra! Here’s the ticket link: Www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org

James Brown R.I.P.
05/22/2021

James Brown R.I.P.

Have you visited the James Brown statue in Augusta, Georgia? Comment below if you have! 👇

Paul Mooney R.I.P.
05/20/2021

Paul Mooney R.I.P.

Paul Mooney, one of the funniest, smartest comedians and the only “Real” comedian who I thought was funny! Rest In Peace. We were so lucky to have had you for a short while! Thelma Houston #comedian #paulmooney #RIP

The memories keep coming. Celebrating your birthday, you playing the drums with H.B. Barnum, me taking photos of you and...
05/13/2021

The memories keep coming. Celebrating your birthday, you playing the drums with H.B. Barnum, me taking photos of you and and you giving me your beautiful smile. You always available for SOUL whatever we asked of you. Wishing you Happy each and every day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVIE! Celebrating 71 today and almost catching up to me. Remembering you recording "Secret Life of Plan...
05/13/2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVIE! Celebrating 71 today and almost catching up to me. Remembering you recording "Secret Life of Plants", at Studio in the Country, across that long bridge from New Orleans. You visiting SOUL and my hanging ferns almost hitting you in the head and you gifting me with a Bang & Olufson system. Late night after closing interview at Roscoe's Hollywood and you and Leonard Pitts, Jr., talking for what felt like forever. So many memories of you flooding back right now and how big your love, laughter and heart have always been. I pray that you are feeling well and happy today and every day. Love, Regina

Lloyd Price R.I.P.
05/09/2021

Lloyd Price R.I.P.

Lost another dear dear dear darling friend… Rest in heaven Lloyd. Us guys still down here have started missing you a bunch. Love and strength to Jackie.

05/07/2021

BLACE LOVE on OWN, Check out Keith & Dionne on May 14th.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACKIE!SOUL Behind the scenes: L to R - Regina Jones, Joe Jackson, Michael, Judy Spiegelman, Jackie, Jerm...
05/04/2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACKIE!

SOUL Behind the scenes: L to R - Regina Jones, Joe Jackson, Michael, Judy Spiegelman, Jackie, Jermaine, and Tito. Trying my best to remember where we were with an Angela Davis poster on the wall behind Joe and I.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACKIE!

SOUL Behind the scenes: L to R - Regina Jones, Joe Jackson, Michael, Judy Spiegelman, Jackie, Jermaine, and Tito. Trying my best to remember where we were with an Angela Davis poster on the wall behind Joe and I.

Happy Birthday Jackie! Thought of you as a child back in the SOUL days and only realized hearing you on Brad Johnson's C...
05/04/2021

Happy Birthday Jackie! Thought of you as a child back in the SOUL days and only realized hearing you on Brad Johnson's Corner Table podcast a few weeks ago that I'm not even one decade older than you. You were always kind, soft spoken, a great listener, and a great big brother. Wishing you much happiness today and every day. Regina

Happy 70th Birthday to JACKIE JACKSON!!

Merry Clayton singing and recording again five years after being given her life and loosing her legs.
04/27/2021
Merry Clayton's inspiring gift to the world

Merry Clayton singing and recording again five years after being given her life and loosing her legs.

The gospel, rock and soul singer, renowned as a backup artist for some of the world's leading musical acts, got some long-overdue public awareness from the 2...

I am sorry to hear about Fayne's passing in a story online shared by my friend Rudy Calvo. Fayne and I would check in wi...
04/27/2021
Lithofayne Pridgon: Jimi Hendrix’s original ‘foxy lady’

I am sorry to hear about Fayne's passing in a story online shared by my friend Rudy Calvo. Fayne and I would check in with one another two or three times a year. She was a good friend always reminding me to write my story. She would even say a few lines about me and make me laugh. I knew she was sick but she was always up and laughing when we talked. R.I.P. Lithofayne Pridgon.

Sam Cooke, Sly Stone and Little Willie fought for her attention. Jimi Hendrix loved her so much he wrote songs about her. In a rare interview Lithofayne Pridgon tells Chris Campion the unvarnished story of Harlem’s wildest music scene – and how she came to be Hendrix’s greatest muse

Truly a Jazz Master and a kind and loving man.
04/23/2021
NEA Jazz Masters: Tribute to Albert "Tootie" Heath

Truly a Jazz Master and a kind and loving man.

The youngest of the three Heath Brothers, Albert “Tootie” Heath is the consummate jazz drummer, playing with seemingly everyone from John Coltrane to Ethan I...

Did you immediately know that this is Josephine Baker? Do you know anything about her? We all should know the basics:htt...
04/20/2021

Did you immediately know that this is Josephine Baker? Do you know anything about her?
We all should know the basics:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Baker

Josephine Baker was an 🇺🇸 entertainer who used her voice off the stage to right wrongs in France and the US.

Originally from St. Louis, she became a 🇫🇷 national in 1937, stating, “I have two loves, my country and Paris.” Her love translated into action, and she aided the French Resistance during WWII–an act of service that earned her the Legion d'Honneur 🎖.

Wearing this decoration, Baker flew to the US to speak at the 1963 March on Washington, the demonstration where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream" speech. There, she spoke about her escape to France, saying, “I have walked into palaces of kings and queens and into the houses of presidents … but I could not walk into a hotel in America and get a cup of coffee.”

MLK wrote to Baker after the event, stating, “We were all inspired by your presence … You are certainly doing a most dedicated service for mankind. Your genuine good will, your deep humanitarian concern, and your unswerving devotion to the cause of freedom and human dignity will remain an inspiration to generations.”

#BlackHistoryMonth #JosephineBaker #MarchonWashington

Amazing SOUL Newspaper cover. March 2, 1967 featuring Tammi Terrell! Photo by Earl Fowler.⁠Reprints and posters now avai...
04/19/2021

Amazing SOUL Newspaper cover. March 2, 1967 featuring Tammi Terrell! Photo by Earl Fowler.⁠
Reprints and posters now available on our site. soulnewspaperstore.com

Amazing SOUL Newspaper cover. March 2, 1967 featuring Tammi Terrell! Photo by Earl Fowler.⁠
Reprints and posters now available on our site. soulnewspaperstore.com

Jackie Jackson of the The Jackson 5, talks with Brad Johnson, most recently known for Post & Beam restaurant in Los Ange...
04/18/2021
Corner Table Talk Podcast

Jackie Jackson of the The Jackson 5, talks with Brad Johnson, most recently known for Post & Beam restaurant in Los Angeles, about food, life, and values during the time of COVID-19.
https://open.spotify.com/show/7iUK9NV7MAls8rvgEkj1N8

Listen to Corner Table Talk Podcast on Spotify. Pull up a chair to the Corner Table for a conversation with well-known restaurateur Brad Johnson from acareer insider's view; no reservations needed. As the country faces political turmoil, restaurant ownersand operators struggle to navigate the effect...

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Part 6 - Otis Williams on The Temptations’ classic wardrobe
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ms. Marla Gibbs from The Jeffersons and 227 fame, she left Chicago and came to Hollywood and made it BIG, In 2 hit sitcoms, she own a club back in the day called Marla's Memory Lane, i use to sing there, she was always nice to EVERYBODY. they should do a movie about her life, Here's wishing Ms. Gibbs nothing but The Best on her B-DAY.
Hey, Regina, the posts look terrific! Way to go! From one of your long-ago writers and long-term supporter, congratulations!
I knew Bill Withers was being honored by the HAL Awards and I brought my SOUL newspaper with me. Here is Bill holding that issue with lovely Mona Marie Holland. Photo by Manuel Esparza
Happy Happy Birthday to former SOUL writer and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Jr Pitts! (Photograph by Bruce Talamon from his new book).
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Releasing a very small number of original issues of SOUL Illustrated!
This is definitely a worthwhile page for up and coming singing / songwriting musicians, music producers, engineers, managers, agents.. all the puzzle pieces to the music business enigma.. and the blueprint for success. 😎
I wish we could get a copy of the one we did....
Hello My name is ; Sergio McGee I have a very inspirational and local ( I’m in a Dearborn heights nursing home ) story, that I feel is news worthy, I would like to be interviewed, to bring some much needed light to my amazing life story. Here’s a brief synopsis of my story. From Near Death to Life: A True Miracle Written by Sergio McGee Over six years ago I passed out while working at a job I had just started. The ambulance was called and when the paramedics arrived they put me onto a stretcher and into the ambulance. Once in the ambulance my vitals were taken and I had a temperature of 107.5 -I died in the ambulance. As the EMT was performing CPR on me I was being rushed to the nearest hospital, which wdas Providence Hospital in Novi, Michigan. When I got to the hospital, I was in a coma and all of my organs shut down, except my heart and brain. I remained in a coma for over three months and due to kidney failure my body was retaining fluid. I already weighed approximately four hundred pounds and gained an additional one hundred pounds. My family was told I only had a two percent chance to survive and if I survived I would be brain dead. My mother was advised several times by the doctors to remove me from life support and to start making funeral arrangements. While in a coma both of my eyes hemorrhaged and ulcers in my stomach burst and because my kidneys were not working, I developed yellow jaundice. I was told by members of my family that during the time I looked possessed. My eyes were blood shot red and my corneas could barely be seen. Because of the water retention and jaundice, I had yellowish fluid coming out of my skin all over my body. The doctors did several tests and antibiotics in the hospital, but nothing worked. The doctors told my family there is one more antibiotic they wanted to try and if it didn’t work, there is nothing more they could. After two weeks of getting the last antibiotic, my body started working. My bodily functions that came to a complete halt slowly started to return. The doctors indicated it was definitely a good sign my kidneys and liver were working, but I was still not out of the woods. I had a tracheostomy tube and a feeding tube for five months. I developed a decubitus ulcer at the base of my spine the size of my fore arm. I came out of my coma on December 1st, 2011. I woke up in a hospital bed, not knowing what had happened to me. The last thing I remembered was being at work and I woke to being in the hospital. When I came out of my coma, the only thing I could move was my eyes and I couldn't speak. While lying in the hospital bed I looked around the room and I counted seventeen machines hooked up to my body. A nurse came into the room; I couldn't talk to get the nurse attention, so I just followed her movement around the room with my eyes. Once the nurse noticed me following her, the nurse ran out of the room and about five minutes later the nurse and several doctors entered the room. The doctors started asking me questions and since I could not speak, the doctors asked me to blink my eyes to respond to their questions –blink twice for yes and once for no. After answering their questions, the doctors told me they were going to notify my family to let them know that I was no longer in a coma. About fifteen minutes later my mother and children came into my room. They surrounded my bed so I could see them. My mother began to tell me she always knew I wasn’t going to die and i would come out of the coma. As they talked to me, all I could do was cry. After about a month or so, I am moved to a private room. My friend and now my legal guardian, Allene said she knew I was going to make it and while I was in the hospital she signed me up for medical and disability insurance to make sure there would be insurance for my recovery. In February 2011, after being in the hospital for six months I was transported to a nursing home in Detroit. I remained in the nursing home until my bed sore became infected due to the neglect at the nursing home. The nurses and staff allowed me to sit in my own waste for hours even after I asked several times to be cleaned up. The waste got into my ulcer causing the infection, which could have entered my blood stream and killed me. Thankfully the would care nurse sent me back to Providence hospital where they cleaned up my wound, gave me pain medicine and an antibiotic and even showed my guardian what to look for if my wound ever became infected again. Before leaving Providence for the second time, Allene said to me “I can’t let you go back to that hell whole of a nursing home.” Allene found the nursing home that I'm in now, Imperial Healthcare in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. When I arrived here in April 2011, I was a total quadriplegic. I found myself questioning God and asking God why He would let me survive only to live like this. After several months of praying and not being able to do anything for myself I knew I had to try to do something to change my situation. So every day, a couple times day, I would try to move an arm or a leg. After several months of trying without any success, I was finally able to move my arm and leg a little. I was so excited I started crying because that is what I had been praying for, but it was also a sign for me to keep going. So everyday all day, I would try to move and within a year, I was able to move everything again. I kept it a secret that I was able to move. I waited a couple of weeks and when Allene was up to visit I told her I had something to her. Allene asked me what it was and so I began to move my arms and legs. Allene looked on in amazement and was excited for me. When I was done showing her I could move Allene asked me how long I had been able to move and who else knows? I told her for a couple of months and she was happy and a little bit mad at me for not telling her sooner. Allene said we need to let the therapy department know about this now so they can begin working with you. Allene told me that she's going to tell my nurse and leaves my room. About fifteen minutes later my nurse and someone from the physical therapy department comes into my room. The therapist says, “I heard that you can move now.” I said yes I can and they asked to see, so I began to move my arms and legs while they watched. The therapist said, “You’re definitely moving.” The therapist then said, “We need to see about getting you into the gym for therapy.” That is a brief synopsis of my story. I have written a book about my life titled “Blessed: The Life Story of Sergio McGee.” I really hope to publish my book soon! My church, People of the Light, has set up a GoFundMe account to help raise proceeds to self-publish my book. I also want to donate some of the proceeds from my book sales to a charity that works with the physically disabled. Please Donate & Share ! Gofoundme @ LifeOfSergio https://www.gofundme.com/LifeofSergio Thank you !