Motown star Marvin Gaye had a lot of dark secrets, we will discuss one. In 1963 Gaye married the elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Anna Gordy (17 years older than Gaye). During his marriage to Gordy, Gaye impregnated Gordy’s then 16 year old niece Denise. A few days after her 17th birthday, Denise gave birth to her and Gaye’s son Marvin Gaye III. During Denise’s pregnancy, Anna Gordy pretended to be pregnant and adopted the baby passing it off as her own. What a coverup! There is also a blind item rumor that Gaye was a serial killer and this was covered up by Motown as well. Sheesh!
In 2014 Cameron Brooks shook the internet with his soulful voice while proposing to his then girlfriend Brittney.
Today Cameron and Brittney are happily married with two beautiful children. They recently started a youtube channel The Life of Cam and Britt and already have over 1000 subscribers. Their channel is full of pranks, challenges and gives us a look into their home life. Cameron also caters soul food in his area of Fort Wayne Indiana.
Last month, Sara announced that she is pregnant with her 4th child. Now known as Sara Rivers, she is married to professional gamer Fashun Rivers her second husband. At 43, Rivers decided to blog her pregnancy in her upcoming youtube channel. In addition, Rivers is the owner of her health and beauty line SaraFina.
Wishing Sara and her family the best!
On his birthday (in late January) Jola Huguely proposed to his girlfriend of 4 years Genevieve Jackson. Jackson is the daughter of Randy and Alejandra Jackson. Last week the couple celebrated with a special engagement party in Los Angeles. The event was star studded and included Austin Brown, longtime family friend Shari Headley, LaToya Jackson, Paris Jackson, TJ Jackson, Randy Jackson and many more. Huguely comes from an affluent two parent household and has a brand called Trunk Boi. The brand is a contrast of people that claim to be from the “hood”. His brand glorifies being a product of a great upbringing. Wishing these two a great future together.
In 2006, Oprah Winfrey invited Priscilla Dunstan on her show because she claimed to have unlocked the code of “baby language”… New mothers, let us know if this works!
The Florence Ballard movie casts its first main character. Elexis Jenkins was hand picked to play Diana Ross in the upcoming Ball Out Films production In The Name of Love the Florence Ballard story. All main cast members have to be approved by the Ballard Family. The movie will hold open auditions on August 6th in Detroit.
Garcelle Beauvais is best known for her role as Francesca “Fancy” Monroe on the television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, which ran from 1996 to 2001. Today she is currently co host of Hollywood Today Live.
In 1991 Beauvais married producer Daniel Saunders. During the same year she gave birth to their son Oliver Saunders. Beauvais and Saunders divorced in 2000, and in 2001 she married agent Mike Nilon. Twins Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas Nilon were products of that marriage. In 2011 the Beauvais/Nilon divorce was finalized.
Today, eldest son Oliver Saunders goes by the stage name Jayson Rose and is a rapper! On his website he reveals that he was a troubled youth and was kicked out of five high schools. As a result of his behavior, he was sent to the Valley Wilderness Camp in Colorado. At this time he spent 5 months reassessing his life and dreams. During that time of deep thought and solitude, he decided to follow his passion, picked up a pen, started to write and has never looked back. His music became his solace, his focus, his meditation his life.
Malcolm Jamal Warner is always super private with his personal life. He recently posted an Instagram pic of him and his newborn. Not much is known about the mother of the child except that she is an attorney in Connecticut. Are we feeling his nipple ring?
Founding member Florence “Flo” Ballard Chapman of the legendary group The Supremes is finally getting her just due. From an early age, Ballard aspired to be a singer and agreed to audition for a spot on a sister group of the local Detroit attraction, the Primes, who were managed by Milton Jenkins. After she was accepted, Ballard recruited Mary Wilson to join Jenkins’ group.Wilson, in turn, enlisted another neighbor, Diana Ross. The group ultimately became The Supremes. In 1967 Ballard was fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.
For years, Ballards grandson Dejuan “Apple” Chapman (son of Nicole Ballard Chapman) has been lobbying to have a movie made in his late grandmothers honor.
“My grandmother, Florence Ballard, founded The Supremes. She’s the reason Diana Ross is who she is. Not saying she didn’t have talent. She didn’t have the heart. I feel like Berry [Gordy] wanted my grandmother to be some kind of puppet he could control. How you gone change the lead singer?! You wasn’t in the group, they was singing before the deal and Diana was wrong for agreeing to do it. In my grandmother’s YouTube interviews, she said she wanted to share the lead spot, not have it for herself… Says a lot about folks’ character, don’t it?” Chapman told Don Diva Magazine. “My grandmother took a few drinks, had twins and was kicked out the group, but if they were “Berry’s twins,” she would have been lead singer, huh? And to top it off, they all know my mom and aunt are still in the hood. They go make Dreamgirls and make Jennifer Hudson play her, with a different name. Soooo disrespectful, so fuck them! They took too much from my family. It ends now. Now, the tables turn. The people will know and see the truth…. The truth about Florence Ballard’s life and how she helped change music forever” he added.
On Sunday Ballout Boy Films announce that they will be making a fil about Ballard titled In The Name of Love. The movie is in the casting phase and no release date is set. Ballards family is in support of the movie.
On October 13, 2017 Apple will release his first single “Yesterday” off of his album album 7 Miles From The Struggle. The single features his late grandmother.
On February 21, 1976, Ballard entered Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, complaining of numbness in her extremities. She died at 10:05 the next morning from cardiac arrest caused by a coronary thrombosis (a blood clot in one of her coronary arteries), at the age of 32. At the time of her death, Ballard was on welfare. All of Ballards family still resides in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan.
Wishing nothing but the best for the Ballard-Chapman family
Florence Ballard and Husband Tommy Chapman
Dejuan Apple Chapman
Nicole Ballard Chapman