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  • Future uncertain, 1st Mariner Arena thrives

    Future uncertain, 1st Mariner Arena thrives
    Frank Remesch's mission was clear, if daunting. Somehow, he had to convince people that the hulking, cavernous 1st Mariner Arena, a 1960s relic that civic leaders had been talking about razing for years, was still a player — could still attract big-...
  • A Remembrance: Teena Marie

    A Remembrance: Teena Marie
    Long before she became an '80s funk-pop infanta, or Rick James' protégé and lover, Teena Marie was a Motown-enamored schoolgirl in one of L.A.'s last historic black enclaves. The singer-songwriter, who died Sunday at her Pasadena home at age 54, grew...
  • Teena Marie,'The Ivory Queen of Soul,' made R&B colorless

    Teena Marie,'The Ivory Queen of Soul,' made R&B colorless
    It's impossible to lend an ear to today's crop of R&B divas without hearing just a little bit of Teena Marie. Though she never had the blockbuster commercial success or universal household appeal of some of her peers ( Patti Labelle, Anita Baker and...
  • Gladys Horton dies at 65; 'Please Mr. Postman' singer with the Marvelettes

    Gladys Horton dies at 65; 'Please Mr. Postman' singer with the Marvelettes
    When a record label's female vocal groups include the Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas, it's easy to see why the Marvelettes are often relegated to footnote status. But the Detroit group has a unique distinction in the saga of Motown Records —...
  • The soul power of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

    The soul power of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
    Note: Due to weather, this year's Silopanna Music Festival has been canceled. Judging by the charts in recent years, it seems as though America has rediscovered soul and funk. Cee Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars — even Grace Potter and Fitz...
  • Esther Gordy Edwards dies at 91; sister of Motown Records founder

    Esther Gordy Edwards dies at 91; sister of Motown Records founder
    When Berry Gordy Jr. wanted to borrow $800 from his family to found Motown Records in 1959, he knew that the most formidable resistance would come from his oldest sister, Esther. "You're 29 years old and what have you done with your life?" his sister...
  • This time, it's Barbara Morrison's turn for a favor

    This time, it's Barbara Morrison's turn for a favor
    Sitting in the hall that she operates in Leimert Park on a recent afternoon, Barbara Morrison is uncharacteristically sedentary. She recently lost a leg to diabetes. While she speaks with customary grace and cheer, the jazz vocalist is in a period of...
  • Interview: 'American Idol' finalist Haley Reinhart coming home for the holidays

    Interview: 'American Idol' finalist Haley Reinhart coming home for the holidays
    Haley Reinhart would like to apologize to the fans who waited for her outside of the Allstate Arena in August. The Wheeling native — who hasn’t been home much since finishing third on Fox’s “American Idol” in May —...
  • Ex-Baltimorean went 'Searching for Sugar Man'

    Ex-Baltimorean went 'Searching for Sugar Man'
    "And now you hear the music, but the words don't sound too clear …" "Inner City Blues" by Sixto Rodriguez Former Baltimorean Craig Strydom has spent more than two decades searching for Sugar Man. And even though the music journalist tracked his...
  • Daring 'Gaye' delivers stories and songs

    Daring 'Gaye' delivers stories and songs
    When Black Ensemble Theatre opened its beautiful new building in November, it did so with a show, "The Jackie Wilson Story," that not only was under-rehearsed but was merely a pro forma remount of a hit from the past. The second, far more successful...
  • March 21: Midday Fix - Human Nature

    March 21: Midday Fix - Human Nature
    Human Nature Hailing from Sydney, the high school classmates who would go on to become Human Nature – brothers Andrew and Mike Tierny, Phil Burton and Toby Allen – were captivated by the harmonies of soul, gospel and R&B. Since forming Human Nature,...