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 R&B group of all time?”
KEM – I gotta say The Gap Band
DEREK LUKE – (Hawthorne) New Edition
LANCE GROSS – (House of Payne) Jodeci
HAROLD WHEELER – (Dancing With the Stars) Earth Wind & Fire
DEBBIE ALLEN – (Fame/Twist) Temptations/Supremes
TEVIN CAMPBELL – (R&B artist) The Temptations
KAREN MALINA WHITE – (Cosby/Malcolm & Eddie) The Isley Brothers
BLAIR UNDERWOOD – (The Event) The Jacksons
ISAIAH MUSTAFA – (Old Spice/Madea) The Jacksons, that’s easy. I know everything there is to know about the Jacksons.
LORETTA DEVINE – (Grey’s Anatomy/Jumping the Broom) I don’t have a group, but I like Beyonce, Ledisi and Adele
TASHA SMITH – (Jumping the Broom) The Isley Bros.
POOCH HALL – (The Game) New Edition
PAULA PATTON – (Jumping the Broom) Supremes
MALIK YOBA – (Alphas/Why Did I Get Married Too?) The Commodores with Lionel Richie
TESSA THOMPSON - (For Colored Girls) James Brown & The JBs
NICOLE ARI PARKER – (Soul Food/ 35 & Ticking) Commodores and Boyz II Men
DAWNN LEWIS – (A Different World) Earth Wind & Fire
CLIFTON POWELL – (Ray/Norbit) Temptations and Delfonics
SALLY RICHARDSON WHITFIELD – (I Am Legend/I Will Follow/Eureka) Earth Wind & Fire
SALLI RICHARDSON WHITFIELD
DONDRE WHITFIELD – (35 & Ticking/Two Can Play That Game) Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5
VANESSA WILLIAMS – (Soul Food) Michael Jackson and Earth Wind and Fire
GBENGA AKINNAGBE - (The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie) – Mint Condition
ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH - (Juan and John/Mooz-Lum) Bob Marley and the Wailers
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QASIM BASIR - (Mooz-Lum director) Boyz II Men
DORIAN MISSICK - (The Cape) Earth, Wind & Fire
JB SMOOVE - (Hall Pass) Jodeci
KYM WHITLEY - (I Love You, Man/Along Came Polly) Surface
VIVICA FOX - (Kill Bill, Vol. 1/Independence Day) Jodeci
AVANT - (R&B singer) The Temptations. They know what it took to sell that brand. My uncle got me turned on to music.
JENIFER LEWIS - (Strong Medicine/The Princess and the Frog) The O’Jays or Spinners. The songs were great. Everything is great about them. They had the colors and the levels. The songs struck your soul. Mighty Love and Sadie, Stairway to Heaven. Whoo!
NATE PARKER - (The Great Debaters/The Secret Life of Bees) New Edition
JAMES EARL JELKS - (The Break of Noon) I’m a Charlie Wilson fan, so The Gap Band. Burn Rubber is something else.
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.