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TRANSITIONS | Wanda Young, of Motown’s First Girl Group, The Marvelettes, Dead at 78

Young sang backup on the classic “Please Mr. Postman” and lead on hits like “Don’t Mess With Bill” and “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game”

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Wanda was born and raised in Inkster, Michigan. Originally aspiring to be a nurse, Young’s professional music career started after fellow Inkster High School classmate Gladys Horton asked her to audition for a spot left by original Marvels member Georgia Dobbins. After a successful audition, Young joined the group and the quintet, which had auditioned for a deal with Motown earlier, returned with a song written by Dobbins titled “Please Mr. Postman“.

Impressed with the group’s sound, they were immediately signed and had their name changed to the Marvelettes and after the song was remastered, the song was released and became Motown’s first #1 Pop single in late 1961—it also held the top slot for seven weeks on Billboard’s R&B chart. Young sang lead on the B-side of the single on a ballad, “So Long, Baby”.While Young did occasionally sing leads on Marvelettes’ album cuts, Horton was the main vocalist of the group for singles. Young sang co-lead on Marvelettes’ songs, including singles “Locking Up My Heart” and “Too Many Fish in the Sea”. In 1964, she sang her first (solo) lead on a Marvelettes’ single, “You’re My Remedy”, which didn’t translate as successfully to sales or charts figures.The first hit single to feature her on lead was the dance hit, “I’ll Keep Holding On”.

From then on until the Marvelettes’ departure, Young would be the main lead vocalist of the group. She went on to sing lead on several classics such as “Don’t Mess with Bill” (a million-selling gold 45) “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game”, “When You’re Young and in Love” and “My Baby Must Be a Magician”.

On December 18, 1963, Young married her longtime boyfriend Bobby Rogers, a member of the Miracles, in Detroit and became known professionally as Wanda Rogers. The Marvelettes’ hit making days had waned by the end of the 1960s and in 1970 the group disbanded.

Wanda pictured here circa 1966 with husband, Bobby Rogers of the Miracles

In 1970, Wanda recorded a solo album with Smokey Robinson serving as her producer. Sensing marketing value as a Marvelettes release, Motown released the album as The Return of the Marvelettes. The other Marvelettes refused to participate for the album cover and the album flopped. Young left the label in 1972 when the Motown label relocated from Detroit to Los Angeles.

Young and Rogers divorced in 1975 after 12 years of marriage, and she reverted back to being known as Wanda Young. She re-emerged in the late 1980s after accepting an offer from Motorcity Records’ Ian Levine to record new songs and revised versions of her classics with the Marvelettes. She made a brief return to performing in the early 1990s but without Marvelettes members Gladys Horton and Katherine Anderson. Katherine retired from show business after the Marvelettes’ breakup though both Horton and Young collaborated on a Marvelettes recording for Motorcity Records. They released an album called “The Marvelettes Now!”, the artwork of which was modeled after their pink, 1967 album, and featured both Young and Horton on the cover.

As of 2016, Young lives with her daughter in the Detroit suburb of Westland, Michigan. Her divorce from Bobby Rogers was finalized in 1975, he died in 2013. In 2002, Kanye West sampled Young’s version of the Miracles’ “After All” for Jay-Z’s rap duet, “Poppin’ Tags” from The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse album, which featured Killer Mike, Big Boi and Twista.

The Marvelettes were nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013 and again 2015.

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Los Angeles District Attorney Will Not File Felony Charges Against The Man Who Attacked Dave Chappelle At Comedy Show

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Comedian Dave Chappelle’ lawyer says the comedian is unhappy with Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s decision not to file felony charges against the man who allegedly attacked him on stage.

“It’s a travesty of justice that Gascón is refusing to prosecute this case as a felony,” Gabriel Colwell told the New York Post on Friday. “The city attorney, who filed the case, is doing his job but DA Gascón should also do his job and charge this as a felony.

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“… Entertainers in LA need to know this is a justice system that will protect them. There is no question here that when someone is violently assaulted by another in possession of a deadly weapon that it should be charged as a felony.”

Colwell echoed those comments to Rolling Stone magazine, telling the publication: “This is what Mr. Chappelle wants. Mr. Chappelle wants this case charged as a felony. … Ten thousand people saw Dave Chappelle assaulted on stage at the Hollywood Bowl last Tuesday night, and the assailant had a deadly weapon on him. The fact that this isn’t charged as a felony case by the DA is insane.”

Isaiah Lee, 23, was charged Thursday by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with single misdemeanor charge of battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays an event or interferes with a performer. He appeared in court Tuesday for a bail review hearing during which bail remained set at $30,000.

Lee is due back in court May 20 after pleading not guilty to the four misdemeanor counts.

Earlier Thursday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that it would not file any felony charges against Lee.

“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct,” according to a statement from the District Attorney’s Office.

The office opted to refer the case to the City Attorney’s Office, which handles misdemeanor prosecutions.


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​Hip-Hop’s Queen Latifah Breaks Ground On Community-Driven Real Estate Project In Newark

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Queen Latifah returned home to Newark on Tuesday, warmly welcomed by fans, family and public officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for a mixed-use project she is partnering with local developers to build on a block with a troubled past.

“I was born here, St. Michael’s Hospital, so this is definitely my home,” said Latifah, 52, who spent some of her early years in neighboring East Orange and Irvington. But getting back to Newark, she added, “This is where Sarah Vaughn is from, so I’m proud to be from here.”

Latifah, an award-winning rapper, singer, and actor who stars in “The Equalizer” on CBS, appeared before a crowd of about 150 people gathered at the site of the RISE mixed-use project between Springfield and 19th Avenues, west of 16th Street, near the boundary of Central and West wards.

The project will include 60 two- and three-bedroom market-rate apartments in four townhouse clusters, and 16 affordable units in a separate building. It will also have space for healthcare or other professional offices and nonprofit organizations.

Rent for the market-rate units will start at around $1,800 a month, said officials of GonSosa Development, the company headed by Alberto and Yacinda Goncalves and Ricardo Sosa that is partnering with Latifah’s development company, Blue Sugar, on the project. Blue Sugar’s CEO is her longtime friend and fellow Newarker Tammy Hammond.

Construction began this winter on the first phase of the project, a dozen market-rate apartments in a three-story building designed to look like a townhouse cluster, which is expected to be completed this summer. Additional phases will be finished gradually, including the affordable units sometime in 2023, with the entire project done by early 2024.

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One Person shot outside DaBaby’s North Carolina home, police say

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 One person was reportedly shot and wounded outside the North Carolina home of rapper DaBaby, according to police, in a statement Thursday. but it was unclear if he himself was involved or hurt.

According to reports, DaBaby and at least one other person were at the home when the shooting happened Wednesday evening (4/13), Troutman Police Chief Josh Watson told The Associated Press. But he wouldn’t divulge who was shot or who did the shooting, citing an ongoing investigation. He said the injuries of the unidentified wounded person were not life-threatening. It has since been reported, the person was shot in the leg.

A spokesperson for the rapper didn’t immediately respond to RhythmNations email request for comment on Thursday.

Troutman, located in Iredell County, is 35 miles north of Charlotte.



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Snoop’s Death Row Records Mulling A Collab With Bad Boy Records Founder, P. Diddy?

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Vibe.Com reports that a possible future collaboration may take place in the near future between new Death Row Records owner, Snoop Dogg, and Bad Boy Records founder P. Diddy.

Per Vibe, in a new short film, Bac on Death Row, which was released a few days after the Super Bowl LVI HalfTime Show, where Snoop performed. The two music icons teased at the potential collaboration in a conversation at one point in the film while discussing their respective legacies and the gravity of the moment.

“Congratulations, King. Great move,” Diddy said while giving Snoop a round of applause via a FaceTime chat.

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Kirk Franklin’s Son, Kerrion, Under Arrest In Connection To Murder Of Missing Woman

the woman who has accused singer Chris Brown of drugging and raping her on a yacht in late December 2020. In text messages between Brown and the accuser which was exclusively obtained by Radar, Jane Doe, the woman is seen courting Brown in lewd language and bare-naked selfies almost immediately after the alleged rape took place.

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After publicly feuding with his father on multiple occasions, gospel icon Kirk Franklin’s son, 33 year old Kerrion, now apparently needs his dads help after being recently arrested by Beverly Hills, California police while driving the car of a woman who is allegedly ‘missing.’ franklin was reportedly also in possession of a gun when stopped and is reportedly currently being held on “no Bond.”

In a call the Bad Boys Club star reportedly made from inside the L.A County jail to the Larry Reid Live Podcast, where Franklin stated that he was arrested by 8 cars of police, and that it was a wrongful arrest that stemmed from a busted tail light. franklin also addressed the llegedly mising woman stating “whoever sol him the car was alive when he bought it, noting how he had owned the vehicle in question for almost a year.

Among other topics shared with the podcast host, the musician and film producer also stated he believed that his legal woes stemmed from his inner circle “changing.”

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