One Single Rose: Bringing Out the Soul in Detroit Spoken Word

Soul-infused words bouncing off of the walls of Hitsville U.S.A is what Motown Mic encompasses. It’s no surprise that the first-ever winner of the series, Rosemarie “One Single Rose” Wilson, is an artist who personifies soul through her artistry, presence but most of all her words. One Single Rose’s spoken word career was launched aftercontinue reading…

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A Life Changing Experience: Tamyra Rene Opens Up about Winning Motown Mic 2015

  For the past three years, spoken word artists have a mic with their name on it at Hitsville U.S.A. This month, our Motown Mic series will continue to attract dozens of poets and guests from all over metro-Detroit. The Series honors Motown’s historic Black Forum Label by allowing spoken word artists of today tocontinue reading…

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Black Forum Fridays: Honoring Motown’s Hidden Gem

Imagine yourself listening to the voices of greats like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Langston Hughes in the vibrant Motown Museum gallery. Our Black Forum Fridays event series made that a reality. Every Friday during Black History Month, the Museum paid homage to Motown’s historic Black Forum Label, which was active from 1970 to 1973.continue reading…

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Addictive Lyrics and an Unforgettable Beat: Grammy-Worthy Motown Songs

With the Grammy Awards airing this Monday, now is a perfect time to recollect Motown songs that have been inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame. Motown had a way of producing hit songs with addictive lyrics and an unforgettable beat. So, it’s with no surprise dozens of Motown songs, including those recorded on subsidiarycontinue reading…

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A Broader Story, A Bigger Vision: Motown Museum CEO’s Message for 2016

Like most people entering this new year, I have been very reflective over the last few weeks. Being the granddaughter of Esther Gordy Edwards, the founder of Motown Museum, has always given me great pride. Since I took on this role in 2002, it has been my mission to continue my grandmother’s work of presentingcontinue reading…

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