Stephanie Mills
American musician
Stephanie Mills
For the TV series character, see Stephanie Mills. Stephanie MillsBirth name Stephanie Dorthea MillsBorn Template:Safesubst:March 22, 1957 (1957-03-22) (age 55)Template:Safesubst:Died Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Occupations SingerYears active 1968–present Stephanie Dorthea Mills (born March 22, 1957) is an American R&B and soul singer, and a former Broadway star.
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These T. Rex Engagement Photos Are The Pick-Me-Up We Need Right Now
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Love is not extinct, folks. A pair of lovey-dovey dinosaurs took their engagement photos in Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley, Washington on Sunday with photographers (and couple) Greg Basel and Maria Adams behind the lens.  Sadly, the T. Rexes are not an item in real life; Maria’s cousin, Stephanie Mills, and her friend Marian put on the dino suits for the just-for-fun photo shoot.  And they did a stellar job. I mean, check out these romantic pics:  Greg told The Huffington Post that this is one of four T. Rex photo shoots they have planned. In part two, the dinos will be making a return as bride and groom for a spring wedding shoot.  Below, more photos to sink your razor-sharp dinosaur teeth into:  H/T KHQ -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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AARP Reveals How Different Generations Take Their Vacations
Yahoo News - about 1 year
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new AARP survey of 2016 travel trends finds that nearly all Americans, regardless of age, are planning to take a trip for leisure in the coming year. AARP Travel (http://travel.aarp.org), a useful resource for America's 76 million Baby Boomers who spend over $120 billion annually on leisure travel, indicates that the three generations deviate on a wide array of trip details, including their booking method, their lodging arrangements and even what they choose to pack. "This new survey shows that there is a clear generation gap among Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials when it comes to taking a vacation, from planning to trip experiences to sharing memories," said Stephanie Miles, VP, Products & Platforms, AARP.
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Why 2015 was One of the Most Outstanding Years of Anticipated, Appreciated and Awarded African-American Artistic Achievement in the History of the United States
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Kendrick Lamar drops number #1 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Considered a genre bending, crown achievement for hip-hop music, Kendrick's 2015 album opened the doors for the possibility of the rebirth of classic hip hop albums filled with conceptually intricate songs, knocking beats, voracious rhymes and virtuosic performances by incredible musicians. With a formula 1/3 G- Funk and Funkadelic , 1/3 Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron and 1/3 NWA and Nas, Kendrick's dynamic presence in the marketplace thrilled Grammy voters to the tune of 11 Grammy nominations including Best Album. His album not only titillated and inspired his fans while challenging also them to love themselves on the song "I", the words for another also became an anthem for youthful protest in America as the chant "We Gon' Be Alright" was used often as the battle cry for civil and human rights. Kendrick's "Alright" was the first protest chant or song to be used nationwide since 'We Shall Overcome', essentially celebrating ...
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Why Black Twitter Didn't Hate the Music From The Wiz Live!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
First let me say I have an emotional and personal connection to The Wiz. Like most people that were going to watch it that night, I love The Wiz! It's a classic whether you are talking about the Broadway show or the film. Also, my father (Harvey Mason, Sr.) played drums on the original film score and soundtrack alongside one of my idols, producer Quincy Jones, so I felt the pressure to get the music right. The songs from The Wiz are woven into our DNA so if you are going to remake or re-sing "Home" or "You Can't Win", you better deliver, just like there is no excuse to sing Whitney's "The Greatest Love Of All" if you don't have the chops (Sexual Chocolate anyone?!) So as it was getting near show time I was initially nervous. I'd been working with the cast all week so I felt pretty confident but Black Twitter was waiting to see how Mary, Amber, NE-YO, David, Elijah, Queen Latifah and newcomer Shanice would bring our beloved characters to life (poor Elijah had to compete wi ...
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'The Wiz Live!' Sparkles as Bright as the Emerald City!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I clicked my heels three times and prayed that this year's NBC live musical would be a winner. There is a God! Or in this case, a wizard! There were rumors that Disney had planned to remake The Wiz for television after the success of Bette Midler's hit, Gypsy in 1994. Nearly some 21 years later, NBC has done it, No, I mean they really have done it! For Reuse c/o NBC Universal It would take a tornado to blow that certain special someone into the audition hall and convince the producers that she has what it takes to "ease on down the road". Clearly this twister dropped a power house on the heads of the show's producers. Shanice Williams copy right NBC Universal With Shanice Williams as Dorothy Gale, a star is born! Miss Williams has the essential ingredients to embody the young girl from Kansas. How in the world do you fill the ruby slippers of Judy Garland who will forever be identified as THE Dorothy Gale or fill those silver slippers of the great Stephanie Mills w ...
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NBC Finally Gets It Right with The Wiz
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photos Courtesy NBC Talk about a tough audience: Thursday, Dec. 3rd NBC television's live production of The Wiz couldn't have fallen on more cynical eyes; mine. I'm a 53-year-old-musical-theatre-loving-gay man that grew up in Long Beach, CA. As a child I sat with wonder in front of my Saturday morning TV show, one of the best, Wonderama ( a talk show that treated kids as grownups but with lots of fun) watching one of Broadway's youngest stars, Stephanie Mills, sing Home from a play all the way from New York called The Wiz. I remember her performance to this day, can tell you what she was wearing, and I was a pre-teen. She was perfection. I HAD to do that. Cut to the young entertainment reporter writing for huge music publications like Billboard attending a premiere at the Cinerama Dome Theatre on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood of Diana Ross' latest film, that same play. I loved Diana Ross, still do. And while she was terribly miscast in the role, the movie still was a thing of camp a ...
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8 Renditions Of 'Home' From 'The Wiz' Sure To Bring You To Tears
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If you didn't tune into "The Wiz Live!" Thursday night on NBC, you missed some stellar performances. Shanice Williams' rendition of the original film's iconic song "Home," which was originally sang by Stephanie Mills, was amazing. However, long before Williams' performance, it was performed first by Diana Ross, Amber Riley, Whitney Houston, young Beyoncé and even Pam from "Martin." The song, written by Charlie Smalls, is beyond beautiful -- it's magical.  Watch eight versions of this classic number, sang by some of our favorite artists below!   Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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A Sneak Peek At The Fabulous Costumes Of 'The Wiz Live!'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"The Wiz Live!" airs in two weeks but we have phenomenal costumes to admire in the meantime.  NBC will air the "The Wiz Live!" on Dec. 3, as part of their one-night-only live musical events.  The upcoming musical is a revival of the original 1975 Broadway production of the "The Wiz" that became a film in 1978 that featured Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor, among other stars.   "The Wiz Live!" will tap memories from the original musical with songs like, "Ease on Down the Road," and with cast member Stephanie Mills -- the original Dorothy on Broadway, now playing Auntie Em.  The cast including, Common as Bouncer, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Mary J. Blige as Evilene (Wicked Witch of the West), Ne-Yo as Tin Man, Uzo Aduba as Glinda and David Alan Grier as Cowardly Lion -- are already decked out in costume and we're loving it!  Check them out! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It ...
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Watch Ne-Yo, Amber Riley and Stephanie Mills Belt Out 'Ease on Down the Road' - BET
Google News - over 1 year
BET Watch Ne-Yo, Amber Riley and Stephanie Mills Belt Out 'Ease on Down the Road' BET One of the biggest holiday treats we are looking forward to is The Wiz Live!, NBC's reimagining of the classic musical that is set to go live on the airwaves on December 3 at 8PM. The network has dropped sneak peeks at the gorgeous costumes and ... Yes! NBC Releases Another Clip from The Wiz Live!seattlepi.com all 32 news articles »
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Shanice Williams And Stephanie Mills Kill It Performing 'Home' From 'The Wiz Live'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A remake of the iconic musical "The Wiz" will debut on Dec. 3, on NBC. "The Wiz Live" features broadway veteran Stephanie Mills along with newcomer Shanice Williams, and the two have just given us a sneak peek at what we can expect.  Williams, cast as Dorothy, is joined by Mills, who played Dorothy in the original 1975 production, for a jaw-dropping performance of "Home." Check it out below:   Incredible! Job well done, ladies.  Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Shanice Williams And Stephanie Mills Kill It Performing 'Home' From 'The Wiz Live'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A remake of the iconic musical "The Wiz" will debut on Dec. 3, on NBC. "The Wiz Live" features broadway veteran Stephanie Mills along with newcomer Shanice Williams, and the two have just given us a sneak peek at what we can expect.  Williams, cast as Dorothy, is joined by Mills, who played Dorothy in the original 1975 production, for a jaw-dropping performance of "Home." Check it out below:   Incredible! Job well done, ladies.  Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stephanie Mills
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 57
    In 2015, Mills was cast as Aunt Em in the NBC live musical production of The Wiz, forty years after her initial Broadway run in the show.
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  • 2012
    Age 54
    Her track, "Yesterday", is available for download on iTunes. Towards the end of 2012, Mills released a new single "So In Love This Christmas", available for download.
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    Mills performed prior to Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York on April 20, 2008.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    Mills made an appearance in the 2007 gospel TV series Sunday Best and was recently featured in a live interview on The Yolanda Adams Morning Show, where she mentioned that she now has her own record label (JM Records).
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  • 2004
    Age 46
    She made a comeback in independently-releasing Born For This (released on Expansion Records in the UK) on 3 August 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Her first single in over a decade, "Can't Let Him Go", garnered buzz at urban contemporary radio. Mills is currently touring. A 2-disc, career-spanning greatest hits compilation entitled Gold was released by Hip-O/Universal Music earlier last year. Mills just finished production of a live DVD recorded at BB Kings in New York which will be sold online and at her shows.
  • 2002
    Age 44
    In 2002, Ebony magazine reported that Mills had been married in the 1980s for a brief period, to Jeffrey Daniel from the soul group Shalamar and again in the mid-1980s to Dino Meminger but that both marriages had ended in less than two years.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 39
    In 1997, Mills played the lead in a major production of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden in New Jersey, which Schwartz has called "the definitive production" of the show.
    More Details Hide Details Mills was heavily featured in the cast recording CD that resulted from this production. In 2008, Mills began a comeback with singles recorded with BeBe Winans and rapper DMX to name a few.
  • 1995
    Age 37
    Mills released a live gospel recording in 1995 on GospoCentric Records entitled Personal Inspirations.
    More Details Hide Details The set was produced by Donald Lawrence and featured a spiritualized retooling of her hit "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love". Thereafter, Mills took a break from recording to care for her son.
  • 1993
    Age 35
    In 1993, Mills married a third time to Charlotte, North Carolina radio program manager Michael Saunders.
    More Details Hide Details Minister Louis Farrakhan officiated the wedding ceremony. The couple divorced sometime later. Mills has a son with Down Syndrome.
    In 1993, she once again starred in the role of Dorothy in "The Wiz".
    More Details Hide Details This revival was also short lived, closing after 28 performances.
  • 1992
    Age 34
    Mills would record one more album (1992's Something Real) and a Christmas album before being released from her contract with MCA in 1992.
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  • 1989
    Age 31
    Mills's success continued with 1989's Home album.
    More Details Hide Details The hits from that album include "The Comfort of a Man", the title track, a cover of her old standard from The Wiz and another song penned by Winbush titled "Something in the Way You Make Me Feel". It became another platinum record for Mills.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 29
    Mills truly returned, however, with her next release, If I Were Your Woman in 1987 under MCA Records, which she was now signed.
    More Details Hide Details The hits from the album include the title track, originally a hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips in 1971; a three-week #1 R&B hit, "I Feel Good All Over" (a song her label mate Patti LaBelle did not wish to cover); and "You're Puttin' a Rush on Me", to name a few of the songs released. The album reached platinum status. That same year, she appeared in the NBC TV special, Motown: Merry Christmas along with other musical artists and actors, performing the song, "Christmas Everyday", which was written by actor/comedian Redd Foxx.
  • 1986
    Age 28
    Success for Mills had peaked until 1986, when her version of the Angela Winbush-penned "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love", hit #1 on the R&B singles chart.
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  • 1985
    Age 27
    In 1985, Mills's recording of "Bit by Bit (Theme from Fletch)" was featured in the Chevy Chase film, Fletch, and reached #52 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and #78 on The Billboard Hot 100.
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  • 1984
    Age 26
    On May 24, 1984, Mills returned to theater to star in a short-lived touring revival of The Wiz.
    More Details Hide Details The production closed on June 3, after 13 performances and 7 previews.
  • 1980
    Age 22
    The single became a #12 R&B and #6 Pop hit in 1980, as well as reaching #4 in the UK Singles Chart. 1981's Stephanie featured a top hit for her and Teddy Pendergrass entitled "Two Hearts", while her 1983 album, Merciless, featured her hit cover of Prince's "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore?", as well as the #3 dance chart hit "Pilot Error", which was her first dance hit in the U.S. In 1984, Mills had her third UK hit with "The Medicine Song" (#29), which also reached #1 on the U.S. dance chart.
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    She quickly followed the success with 1980's Sweet Sensation, which featured Mills's hit "Never Knew Love Like This Before".
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    Mills' 1980 song "Never Knew Love Like This Before" won a Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance.
    More Details Hide Details Mills was born in Brooklyn, New York City. As a child, she sang gospel music at Brooklyn's Cornerstone Baptist Church, and began her career at age 9, appearing in the Broadway musical Maggie Flynn. After winning Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater six weeks straight at age 11, she went on to become the opening act for the Isley Brothers.
  • 1979
    Age 21
    Commercial success in the music industry remained elusive until 1979, when she signed to the 20th Century Fox Records label.
    More Details Hide Details There, Mills found her niche in mainly disco music, recording songs such as "Put Your Body In It", "You Can Get Over", and "What Cha' Gonna Do With My Lovin'". The resulting album, What Cha' Gonna Do with My Lovin', was Mills's first gold record and the first major hit for the James Mtume-Reggie Lucas production team.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 18
    Her first two albums there failed to produce a hit, and she left the label in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Mills's career took a rise when she portrayed Dorothy in the Broadway musical The Wiz, a black American adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Her song "Home" from the show would become her signature tune for years, and would be covered later by Diana Ross for the movie adaptation three years later.
  • 1973
    Age 15
    In 1973, Mills was signed to Paramount records by Michael Barbiero, and her first single "I Knew It Was Love" was released.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on March 22, 1957.
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