In the midst of Aretha Franklin lying corpse is another deceased icon’s 60th birthday. Today is Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday As much as I liked Aretha’s music, I really LOVED Michael Jackson’s music/videos. Michael’s music affected thousands of other artists even to this day. I can’t tell you how many times I stayed up to midnight to be one of the first to purchase his latest cd. Today’s offering is a compilation of some of his songs. It’s still hard to believe that he’s gone. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!!!


Today is the birthday of DIANA ROSS. Born on March 26, 1944 Ross is 72 years old. As a child, I fell for MISS Ross when I first saw her singing with the Supremes. I then watched her as she evolved into a solo artist. She has so many memorable songs. She was the first artist who I saw in concert. I saw her show in the round in Charlotte NC in the late 70’s. She definitely put on a show. I then worked one of her concerts when I was a police officer. One of the memorable things about that particular concert is that typically several officers are assigned posts in the inner area and the outer arena when an artist performs. For the Diana Ross concert, we were told that they did not want any officers present in the inner arena. BUT…another officer and I were assigned to posts in the inner arena. We were told that we could not wear our police hats inside this concert. At one point one of the concert-goers came to me and advised me that someone was in his seat. I went and determined that the individual did not have a ticket. I escorted the person out. When I returned, some of Diana Ross’ people came to me and let me know that if I was seen again up and around, I would be escorted out. To this day, I find that extremely amusing.

In the above tribute, Diana Ross sings songs from the 1973 DIANA ROSS’ album ” LADY SINGS THE BLUES.” It reached the # 1 in the USA Billboard album charts and remained on the charts for 54 weeks!


I couldn’t wait any longer to post this song. I think I post it every year around Christmas. This song is the jam!!! It’s called “Hallelujah! – From Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration.” This song certainly gets me in the mood for Christmas (not that I need any reason other than the celebration of Jesus’ birth.) With 15 more days to go until Christmas, I just as thrilled as a child at Christmas. I hope each of you enjoy your weekend and I trust you are planning a wonderful Christmas celebration with your family. ‘Tis the season……..to celebrate the BIRTH OF CHRIST!!!


Happy Birthday to the Boss… Miss Ross.
Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes.
I remember seeing her on Oprah talking about how she made sure that she was home every morning so she could cook her children breakfast and see them off to school. The kids even talked about how great a mother she was to them.
Children: Evan Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chudney Ross, Ross Naess.
I saw her live twice. The first time I saw her in Charlotte, NC and the 2nd time, I saw her perform in Greensboro, NC. She really knows how to put on a show. Here she is singing “Missing You”.


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Today is the 25th birthday of pop singer Rihanna. She was born in 1988.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty, known by her stage name Rihanna, is a Barbadian recording artist, actress, and fashion designer.
RiRi is gracing the cover of Vogue for the 3rd time in 4 years. She is appearing on the March 2014 cover.
Her latest video ‘Can’t Remember to Forget You’ with Shakira is indeed controversial but I’ll post it anyway. You be the judge on what you think. She’s hot and extremely talented. Happy Birthday RiRi!!!


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On this day in history Rosa Parks, a civil rights icon, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama.
On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery,
Ala., bus and was arrested. Her courageous stand against racial injustice inspired a
boycott of the Montgomery bus system that lasted one year, and would serve as the
catalyst for the civil rights movement. Parks, who died in Oct. 2005, dedicated her
life to activism and stood as a symbol of freedom for all. She was honored with some
43 honorary doctorates and many prestigious awards, including the Martin Luther King Jr.
Non-Violent Peace Prize. In 1996, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential
Medal of Freedom award, the highest award given to an American civilian. Parks died
of natural causes at the age of 92 on October 24, 2005.


Today is the 60th birthday of Oprah Winfrey, truly an icon. Just in case you don’t know who she is, you’ve apparently been living under a rock on Mars. When she turned 50, she had a big televised black-tie affair. According to sources, the billionaire (with an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion) will have a low-key 60th birthday at home in California on Wednesday.
For years, I have watched her administer her own brand of magic on this world. She is electrifying, poignant, inspirational, and funny all at the same time. She runs her own cable TV channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), in partnership with Discovery Communications Inc. She has been a mentor and a support system to many over the years including the likes of Tyra Banks and even President Obama. Though I have been inspired by Oprah over the years, I want you to hear her tell of how she was inspired and who it was that inspired her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY OPRAH!!!


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There are many activities that will happen today around the nation to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are speeches and programs scheduled. In and around the Atlanta area, there are many celebrations including a parade in McDonough, GA. Many people have the day off work. As has been said in the past: Instead of making this a day off, make it a day on for service to mankind. There are many things that one can do to serve others like… donating time at a local Boys and Girls Club, helping the elderly, feeding the homeless, etc.
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ATLANTA (AP) — The nation will pause to remember Martin Luther King Jr. with parades, marches and service projects.

King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January. In Atlanta, a service will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was pastor. In Memphis, Tenn., where King was assassinated, an audio recording of an interview with King will be played at the National Civil Rights Museum. The recording sheds new light on a phone call President John F. Kennedy made to King’s wife more than 50 years ago.

Historians generally agree Kennedy’s phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband’s arrest in October 1960 – and Robert Kennedy’s work behind the scenes to get King released – helped JFK win the White House.



Today is the 50th birthday of Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama’s fashion sense has set the fashion world on fire for many years. In more ways that can be imagined, she is arguably one of the most talked about First Lady ever. Born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, she later became an attorney, Chicago city administrator, and a community outreach worker. And of course, now the First Lady of the United States- wife of President Barak Obama. Today we celebrate not only her accomplishments but her 50th birthday as well.