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22Aug
2011
6

Soul Legend Nick Ashford Of Ashford & Simpson Fame Dead At 69

Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson File Photo
Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson File Photo

Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson File Photo

Soul legend Nick Ashford, who wrote the songs "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough, has died.  He was 69 years old.  Nick had been suffering from throat cancer for a while.

Ashford teamed with his wife, Valerie Simpson, to become the duo Ashford & Simpson and recorded "Solid" a huge soul hit back in the 80's.  They formed in the 60s' but did not have break out success until the late 70's.  Nick & Valerie also wrote "Let's Get Stoned" for Ray Charles back in the 1960's and Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" a soul anthem, back in the 70's as well.

Nick stood tall in life and when he was fighting throat cancer.  His career in soul music and as a songwriter will always be "Solid" even in death.

Our condolences go to Valerie Simpson and Ashford's family at this time.-Dr.FB

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24Jun
2009
12

Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Michelle Obama & Tina Turner Grace Cover Of Ebony

Alicia Keys On The Cover Of Ebony.  Photo: EbonyJet.com
Alicia Keys On The Cover Of Ebony.  Photo: EbonyJet.com

Alicia Keys On The Cover Of Ebony. Photo: EbonyJet.com

The black woman comes in many beautiful shapes, styles, sizes, and obviously, color. Four of the most beautiful and strong black women are on the cover of Ebony magazine this summer. 

Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Tina Turner grace the cover of Ebony.

Halle Berry On Ebony Cover.  Photo: Ebonyjet.com

Halle Berry On Ebony Cover. Photo: Ebonyjet.com

For a list of all 25 black women who make us sit up and take notice,>>

19May
2009
1

Follow Ashanti Down The Yellow Brick Road

Ashanti Getty Image
Ashanti Getty Image

Ashanti Getty Image

Starting June 12th, Ashanti will be strutting her fab curves down the yellow brick road in New York. Ashanti is set to play Dorothy in 'The Wiz', at the New York City Center.  Although she still has a few weeks before she hits the stage, she is excited and can't wait to sing "Home" night after night.

Ashanti is no stranger to wonderful land of Oz, she has played along with the cheerful Muppets in their version of 'The Wizard of Oz', and has played the 'Wicked Witch of  The West' for a charity production of 'Wicked'.

Will she be wearing Diana Ross's red slippers?