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May 6, 2015

Baltimore Rising: How the Fight of an Abandoned City Is Challenging America's Integrity

Despite poetic mantras championing the American Dream and romanticized ideas of equality regarding race, gender and sexuality -- laws were not instituted to protect or factor morality.

Officer Charged In Freddie Gray's Death Contends Arrest Was Legal

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Obama's Approval Rating Gets A Bump

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Loretta Lynch Promises Police Reform In Baltimore

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Jamie Foxx Admits Parts Of His National Anthem Rendition Were 'A Little Off'

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Who Is This Objectively Badass Attorney Running The Freddie Gray Investigation?

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10 Ways Women's Lives Have Changed For The Better Since 2005

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Obama Says He'll Continue To Work On Racial Equality After He Leaves Office

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15 Images Of Mothers And Daughters Around The World Show That Daughterhood Is Universal

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This Tiny Town Near St. Louis Is Making Minor-Crime Arrests At 100 Times The National Average

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John Lewis Honors The Freedom Riders 54 Years Later

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As many know; a who's who of big-named music acts including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson The Supremes, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston and Mary J. Blige have recorded songs by the hit-making duo.

Even last year's top Grammy Award winner Amy Winehouse gave them props; the single 'Tears Dry On Their Own' (from her 'Back to Black' album) is based on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 Motown classic hit 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough.'

They, themselves, have had a string of hits including 'It Seems To Hang On,' 'High-Rise,' 'Street Corner,' 'Found A Cure,' 'Is it Still Good To You' and 'Send It,' among others.

And on Jan. 27, Burgundy Records/Sony will release a definitive collection of their greatest hits titled 'The Real Thing.' It's the very first-ever live in-concert audio and video recordings of performances by the duo.

Now that you see what Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson are up to, check out the amazing Now & Then stories of Motown's biggest stars below.







2008 Deaths

    Odetta Holmes
    "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" was a singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter and activist.
    December 31 1930 - December 2 2008.

    Ray Tamarra , Getty

    Bernie Mac
    Comedian, Actor
    Oct. 5, 1957 - Aug. 9, 2008.

    AP

    Isaac Hayes
    Singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and actor.
    August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008

    Reuters

    Miriam Makeba, "Mama Africa"
    South African folk singer and anti-apartheid activist.
    March 4, 1932 - November 10, 2008.

    Reuters

    Jennifer Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were killed in 2008.

    AP

    Shakir Stewart
    The Island Def Jam executive who became head of the legendary rap label following Jay-Z's departure, killed himself on Nov. 1. He was 34 years old.

    Getty

    George Carlin
    Stand-up comedian, actor and author.
    May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008

    Getty Images

    Madelyn Dunham
    Barack Obama's grandmother
    October 26, 1922 - Nov 3, 2008.

    Getty Images

    Levi Stubbs
    Oct. 17: The iconic lead singer, second from left, who gave voice to Four Tops classics like "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Baby I Need Your Loving" died at 72 from complications of cancer and a stroke. Abdul Fakir, far left, is now the sole living member of the original quartet.

    Corbis

    Dee Dee Warwick
    Oct. 18: The soul songstress died after months of declining health. Warwick, the sister of soul legend Dionne, also achieved a great deal of success, both as a solo artist as well as with her sister.

    Corbis



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