June is Black Music Month and what better time to celebrate its rich history.
For centuries, Black musicians, singers, writers and producers have made incredible contributions to the music industry.
This is the month set aside to pay homage to all those individuals who, through their music, have made us smile, laugh, cry, dance, tap our feet, clap our hands and swivel our hips.
I caught up with some celebrities and asked them, “Who is your favorite female R&B singer of all time?”
RUSSELL HORNSBY (Grimm) – Anita Baker
YVETTE NICOLE BROWN – CECE Winans
CHAD COLEMAN – Aretha Franklin. It’s her instrument. It’s a huge instrument and an incredible voice.
CESILI WILLIAMS (The Color Purple) - Without question, Rachelle Farrell
LATOYA LONDON (American Idol/The Color Purple) – Whitney Houston. She was my Idol.
FLAME (gospel singer) – Mary J Blige, Whitney Houston
MARIO VAN PEEBLES
MANDELA VAN PEEBLES (We The Party) – Aaliyah, Cassie and Alicia Keys
JERRY FERRARA (Entourage) - Whitney, Mary J there is something comforting about Mary.
Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, Black Meetings & Tourism, LA Watts Times, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Rhythm & Business, Billboard, Grammy, CYH, BlackVoices.com and more.