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Deitrick Haddon and Michelle Williams are bringing gospel music to the masses with their new Oxygen reality show Fix My Choir. The series so much more than just a show about fixing the vocals of gospel choirs across the country; it also tackles issues of leadership and interpersonal conflicts amongst members. In an interview with […]

The 2014 Soul Train Awards will be held November 7th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas The event will be hosted by Wendy Williams, with air on Centric and BET on November 30th The entire list can be seen on the BET website Best Gospel/Inspirational Song Nominees: Help – Erica Campbell feat. Lecrae I Can […]

Ruby Dee was memorialized in poetry and song on Saturday as the actress and civil rights activist was remembered by a large group of performers and notables. As CBS 2’s Larry Langford reported for TV 10/55, the star-studded memorial featured songs and poems celebrating Dee’s career, which was nothing short of extraordinary. Alicia Keys, Audra McDonald, and Angela […]

Journalist Mark Whitaker, author of the new book Cosby: His Life and Times, talks with The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. in a wide-ranging interview. Whitaker says comedian Bill Cosby became an accidental role model for him at a critical point in his childhood after his father left his family. He recalls embarking on […]

JULY 23, 1984 — 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant’s history, after Penthouse magazine announces plans to publish nude photos of the beauty queen in its September issue.    She had already made history becoming the first African American to win the title. More history was […]

1940 – James E Clyburn – Congressman D-South Carolina was born in Sumter, South Carolina. The Highest Ranked Black in the U.S. Congress House of Representatives.  James Enos “Jim” Clyburn  is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district, serving since 1993, and the Assistant Democratic Leader since 2011.   He was previously House Majority Whip, serving in that post from […]

JULY 16, 1947 — ALEXIS HERMAN — 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor was born in Mobile, Alabama. Alexis Margaret Herman (born July 16, 1947) is an American politician who served as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor, serving under President Bill Clinton. Prior to her appointment, she was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public […]

JULY 15, 1968 — American comedian was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Edward “Eddie” Rubin Griffin (born July 15, 1968) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his role as Eddie Sherman on the sitcom Malcolm & Eddie, along with co-star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and his role as the title character in the 2002 comedy film Undercover Brother. Griffin […]

JULY 11, 2010 — The Gospel  World mourned the death of one of the world’s greatest singers — Bishop Walter Hawkins. Walter Hawkins was the brother of Edwin Hawkins, Daniel Hawkins (Marcia), Feddie Hawkins Smith, Carol Hawkins Kemp and Lynette Hawkins-Stephens. Bishop Hawkins was married toTramaine Hawkins, they had two children, a son Walter “Jamie” Hawkins, […]

JULY 1,  2005 – Luther Vandross — American singer, dies at 54. Luther Ronzoni Vandross (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists includingChaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He later became […]