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White House to Honor Motown Records

Post by Naturally Esq on 19th February 2011, 6:22 pm



White House To Honor Motown Records




via Clutch Magazine by Clutch on 2/17/11



The White House has announced it will be hosting a concert to honor
Motown records. The concert is part of President Barack Obama and
First Lady Michelle Obama’s celebration of Black History Month.


I’m not going to lie. Days like this make me love that our president is black.
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On February 24, stars including Jamie Foxx, John Legend, R&B
singer Ledisi, Seal, “Glee” stars Amber Riley and Mark Salling will
spend the evening recognizing the 50-year legacy of the record label.
Motown was executive Berry Gordy’s famed venture into producing a new
sound that would come to define the 1960s and beyond.


Started as an independent label, Motown was the first
African-American owned record label. The name Motown was Gordy’s way of
paying homage to Detroit, America’s motor city. Though it was not the
first label to feature primarily Black artists, the label did give us
some of our most prized recording artists including Marvin Gaye, Michael
Jackson, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Mary Wells, Eddie Kendricks,
Stephanie Mills, Erykah Badu, Teena Marie, Rick James, and Tammi Terrell
just to name a few.


The Obama’s choice of cultural events has brought a new life to the
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. From the First Lady’s Open Mic Night to
their (dare we say it?) promotion of this year’s Best New Artist, jazz
darling Esperanza Spalding. This time last year, Barack and Michelle
sat transfixed listening to Spalding’s cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Tell
Him.” We knew then like they did that we were listening to a woman
whose career had only just begun. With The Recording Academy co-signing
with this year’s Grammy award, we’d say the First Couple’s track record
on the arts is pretty stellar.


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The Motown tribute will be held in the East Room of the White House next week Thursday and broadcasted March 1 on PBS.


With the lineup for the Motown tribute still in the works, who do you think should perform at the White House next?



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Re: White House to Honor Motown Records

Post by Music8192 on 19th February 2011, 6:57 pm

Wooo nicee.. I gotta remember when they will show it on tv! Smile
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Re: White House to Honor Motown Records

Post by DvaAuNaturel on 21st February 2011, 2:32 am

I'd like to see Carolyn Malachi perform. Her sound, look, and music is unique. She's super talented and gorgeous to boot. I saw her perform on my local station right before the grammy's since she was nominated. I'm sure there are big things in store for her and her career.

http://carolynmalachi.com/fr_welcome.cfm
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