Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin (Photo credit: Gwendolyn Quinn Public Relations)
*It looks like Detroit came out an took over BET’s chief honcho, Debra Lee‘s annual BET Honors Dinner and Gala at the National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington, DC.
Pictured above are this year’s BET Honors recipients Aretha Franklin and Berry Gordy, along with guest Smokey Robinson.
So why is Smokey in the middle instead of Aretha?
In any event, the BET Honors will premiere on February 24, 2014 on BET.
Anthony Marx (President of the New York Public Library), Motown Founder Berry Gordy,Dr. Khalil Muhammad (Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), Kevin McCollum (Photo by Terrence Jennings)
*On Monday, February 3, 2014, a special exhibit premiere for Motown: The Truth is a Hit opened at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, New York.
The acclaimed exhibit which is Schomburg Center’s first exhibition of 2014 chronicles Motown The Musical creator and legendary Motown record label founder Berry Gordy and the Motown institution as one of the most important record labels in American music history.
The multi-showcase exhibition features items that highlight Motown’s incomparable founder and the institution’s most matchless musical acts. The presentation which was in the Langston Hughes Auditorium featured a special performance by the cast of the smash Broadway hit Motown The Musical.
Anna Gordy Gaye and Berry Gordy
Earlier today (01-31-14), it was announced that Anna Gordy Gaye, former wife of Marvin Gaye and sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, passed away at the age of 92.
The official statement on her death from Mr. Gordy was forwarded to us by Ron Brewington, VP/Motown Alumni Association (MAA):
*“Motown: The Musical” star Valisia LeKae has chosen to depart the Broadway production upon discovering she has ovarian cancer.
According to reports, the Tony Award-nominated entertainer, who originally broke the news of her departure on Facebook, was six months into her run in the play when she learned of her diagnosis.