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Da Rumor Mill
By Tenisha Renee Miller
      What up doe! Da Rumor Mills’ wheels are rotated and is hittin’ the streets.
   When it comes to hittin’, word has it that Pepa, Sandy Denton of the 80s rap group Salt N Pepa, may have to duck and dive to avoid being hit by a punch. The 51-year-old rapper allegedly stole the husband of a woman, who was pregnant with twins. Jordyn Taylor, a teacher and TV personality, has reportedly accused Pep of stealing her man, Deaundre Dean. She said the straw that broke the camel’s back was when the rapper bragged about it on social media and convinced Deaundre to leave his family. Jordyn’s twins were born about two months ago. Let’s hope that Jordyn doesn’t catch a case, when she catches up to Pep. Of course, she could always blame her actions on post partum depression. 
   Speaking of marriage, rumor has it that Matthew Knowles will reportedly be celebrating his 5-year wedding anniversary on June 30th. He married former model Gena Charmaine Avery in 2013. Knowles' divorced Beyonce and Solange's mother, Tina, in 2011 after 31 years of marriage. Despite of cheatin’ on Tina, word has it that the couple is still experiencing marital bliss and support each other’s businesses. They were recently seen vacationing in Italy. I guess time will tell, if he’s truly changed from his cheatin’ ways.
  When it comes to time, rapper 2Chainz takes it slow. It may have taken 20 years and 3 kids, but 2 Chainz finally popped the question to his long-time girlfriend, Nakisha, on the steps at the Met Gala. The couple has been dating since 1988. 
   Chris Brown may reportedly be facing time, if he is charged and convicted of raping a woman at his house. The woman claims that she was raped by one of the singer’s friends and was forced to perform oral sex on another woman, who was on her cycle. The woman filed a suit as Jane Doe and claims she was invited to a party the singer’s house in February 2017. Cocaine, molly and weed were dished out at the party. The woman says that she was forced into the bedroom and was prevented from leaving. A couch blocked the door. The woman was forced to have sex with Chris and another man, named Lowell Grissom. She was raped several times. The woman hired attorney Gloria Allred, who reportedly said this was "one of the most horrific sexual assault cases" she has ever seen.
   And, on that note, we’re bustin’ outta here. Peace out!

Supremes keep us hangin' on

PRNewswire/ -- On June 15, in anticipation of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Motown — a.k.a. Hitsville U.S.A. — and inspired by the album's own recent 51th anniversary, Motown/UMe is releasing a 2-CD Expanded Edition of The Supremes' tenth studio effort, the chart-topping The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland. A whopping 52 tracks magnify the scope of a seminal album that made history, including 28 tracks that are heard here for the first time via a number of updated mixes and alternate versions, as well as a score of electrifying live performances captured at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City in May 1967, the last recorded performance of the original trio: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard.
  The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland, originally released in January 1967, further cemented the group's chart prowess and vocal harmonizing skills. The original album, inspired by the production team who along with the group had come to define the "Motown Sound" – producers Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier and lyricist Edward Holland Jr. – spawned a pair of universally loved No. 1 singles, the forever-pleading "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and the heartbreakingly dramatic "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone." The LP also went to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart, their fourth album to do so up to that point, while peaking at no. 6 Pop.
   Formed in Detroit as The Primettes in 1959, The Supremes were Motown's most successful act of the 1960s, scoring 12 No. 1 singles. They also continue to reign as America's most successful vocal group to date. Their influence not only carries on in contemporary R&B, soul and pop, they also helped pave the way for mainstream success by African-American artists across all genres.
   The expanded The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland includes the original album in both its original mono and stereo mixes – with the mono album on CD for the first time – plus several rare and new mixes created exclusively for this expanded edition, including alternate versions and alternate mixes of the hits; the original film version of the No. 1 hit "The Happening," which was re-cut for the single version; a version of "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" with a vocal previously available only on a Japanese release; a once-in-a-lifetime "duet" version of "You're Gone (But Always In My Heart)," that includes lead vocals by Diana Ross and Gladys Knight; and a Motown mashup of the H-D-H classics "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" and "Where Did Our Love Go." Rounding out this collection is a rare recording from the Copacabana in New York, in May 1967, one of the last performances of the group with Florence Ballard. 
   This spirited show is a masterful blend of Supremes hits and show tunes, the epitome of Motown founder Berry Gordy's vision for his Detroit-based company. And included in the package is a 32-page booklet with rare and never-before-seen photos plus an interview with Lamont Dozier. Also included is a bonus 24-page booklet that recreates The Supremes' 1967 souvenir tour booklet. 
   Fifty-plus years on, The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland receives a well-deserved remastered expansion, produced by the team responsible for previous expanded editions, Andrew Skurow and George Solomon, and remastered by Universal Music's Kevin Reeves. These collections continue to keep us hangin' on to the most intuitive and most indelible blend of perfect harmonizing and majestic songwriting of the very best artists and creative teams Motown had to offer.
   For more information, visit classic.motown.com/artist/the-supremes, facebook.com/Supremes, twitter.com/ClassicMotown