‘Black Is a Race’: Smokey Robinson Draws Mixed Reactions After Saying He ‘Resents’ Being Called ‘African American’
Smokey Robinson’s poem “A Black American” sparked a widespread discussion about racial identity following its original performance nearly 18 years ago during the season finale […]news.yahoo.com
Lehman Center celebrates 40th season serving the Bronx, NY
Over the last decade, the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts has served the Latino population in the Bronx by hosting stars including José Feliciano, Gilberto Santa Rosa and La India, while attracting a wider audience with acts like Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson.
New this week: 'Ice Age,' Kevin James and 'The Gilded Age'
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from the legendary group The Temptations, the latest addition to the animated “Ice Age” franchise and a new series on HBO by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes called “The Gilded Age” and starring Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.
Rolling Stone picks Smokey Robinson and the Miracles track as greatest Motown song
To commemorate the legendary song, and the legacy of Detroit’s Motown Records in general, Rolling Stone released a list of the “100 Greatest Motown Songs” on Tuesday. The choice, according to a panel of Rolling Stone, writers? “The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965. “The genius of Smokey Robinson, perfectly captured in three minutes,” Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield wrote. A national treasure, then and now and forever.”You can see the complete Rolling Stone countdown here.mlive.com
Smokey Robinson's mispronunciation of "Chanukah" in this video for a mom has gone viral
Motown legend Smokey Robinson has gone viral — but not for his music. It all started when Jeff Jacobson and his brother decided to get a video greeting from Robinson as a gift for their mom. Please DM me your mother's phone number so we can try this again — Smokey Robinson (@smokeyrobinson) December 15, 2020"Nice talking to you again, I guess," Robinson laughs. "He is a true legend whose music has been with me since birth," Jacobson tweeted, tagging Robinson. Happy Chanukah (however you choose to pronounce it) and Happy Holidays," he tweeted.cbsnews.com
Smokey Robinson's mispronunciation of Chanukah has gone viral
Smokey Robinson's mispronunciation of Chanukah has gone viral Smokey Robinson was asked to record a holiday greeting for a woman who used to live on his street in Detroit. The woman's sons wanted the video to be a gift for Chanukah, so Robinson sent her well wishes for the holiday - accept he mispronounced one crucial word. Now, Robinson's confusion over "Chanookah" has gone viral.cbsnews.com
Smokey Robinson Cameo video goes viral after he badly flubs Chanukah
A Cameo customer paid nearly $400 for a video of Smokey Robinson wishing his mother Happy Chanukah. However, as you can see in the video below, Robinson badly mispronounced Chanukah and also said he didn’t even know what the Jewish holiday was. I have no idea what Chanukah is, but Happy Chanukah, because they said so. God Bless you babe and have a Happy Chanukah,” Robinson said at the end of the video. Happy Chanukah (however you choose to pronounce it) and Happy Holidays.mlive.com
AP's song of the year: Keedron Bryant's 'I Just Wanna Live'
This cover image released by Warner Records shows "I Just Wanna Live," by Keedron Bryant. Bryant's song was named one of the top 10 of the year by the Associated Press. Keedron Bryant, “I Just Wanna Live": During times of turmoil and unrest, people respond differently. She asked her son, then 12-year-old Keedron Bryant, to sing the song and the rest is for the history books. The song not only helped Keedron Bryant land a record deal, it helped heal the world at a time when music is a language that unites us all.
Local singer Rio Souma “cruises” on ‘The Voice’
But, where you’re good, you’re good! One Detroiter recently showed exactly how good he is when he performed Smokey Robinson’s classic song “Cruisin” during the blind auditions on “The Voice”. Rio Souma joined Tati Amare to discuss his show-stopping performance that literally turned the heads of three of the show’s coaches. Souma also shared some of his musical background, including his time at Cass Technical High School and being a member of the Detroit Mosaic Youth Theater. Watch the video above to learn more about Rio Souma
WATCH: Detroit autoworker lands John Legend on ‘The Voice’ with Motown cover
A Detroit autoworker wowed judges on NBC’s “The Voice” during blind auditions this week -- while bringing the Motown flavor to the stage. Rio Souma, a 28-year-old singer and songwriter from Detroit who doubles as an automotive assembly plant worker for FCA, performed a cover of the Smokey Robinson classic, “Cruisin,” winning over three judges almost immediately, including John Legend. Souma picked Legend as his “Voice” coach and he’ll be moving forward in the show. We’re rooting for you, Rio! Watch his performance below: