February 10, 2004 |
Diana Ross was convicted Monday of driving under the influence and ordered to spend two days in jail. The 59-year-old singer, who telephoned into the Tucson court hearing from New York, pleaded no contest to DUI. Two related charges were dropped. Tucson Magistrate T. Jay Cranshaw found Ross guilty of DUI and sentenced her to serve 48 hours in jail before March 9. She also was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation. Tucson police arrested her Dec.
September 7, 2003
I knew it was only a matter of time before I heard Aretha Franklin's name mentioned in the same sentence as one of today's media-hyped R&B singers ("Lost and Found," Aug. 24). Alan Light is probably aware that Mary J. Blige and Aretha have recently collaborated on a song. This is probably what made his remark convenient. I propose that perhaps Aretha, her manager, agent and label concluded it was time for her to "connect" with a younger audience and Mary J. was handy. While I'm pleased Ms. Blige is sober, happy and in love, what's next?
January 4, 2003 |
A judge has temporarily prevented police from releasing video shot during singer Diana Ross' drunk- driving arrest in Tucson, Ariz., earlier this week. Ross' attorney, Greg Davis, argued the video isn't public record because it wasn't made by the police officer who made the traffic stop. Davis said the officer who shot it did so only after learning the driver was Ross. Davis also said releasing the video would irreparably damage Ross' right to a fair trial.
January 1, 2003 |
Singer Diana Ross was pulled over and charged with drunk driving in Arizona early Monday after her car was seen swerving in the Catalina Foothills, police said. Tucson police spokeswoman Sgt. Judy Altieri said that, according to a Breathalyzer test taken at the scene, the former frontwoman for the Supremes had a blood alcohol reading of 0.20%, more than double the legal threshold. She's due in court Jan.
July 12, 2000 |
Where did their love go? In its concept stages, the reunion tour of the Supremes was seen as a sparkling opportunity to reassemble the most celebrated girl group in pop history. They would wear those dresses again, sing those songs again, and, they just knew, they would fill all those arenas again. Instead, the "Return to Love" tour is a supreme flop, pronounced dead in mid-tour on Monday by its biggest star.
April 11, 2000 |
Viewers of the two-hour "VH1 Divas 2000: A Tribute to Diana Ross" tonight on VH1 will be spared the not-so-exquisite torture of sitting through the five hours it took to cobble together the program in front of a live audience on Sunday night, but this reviewer has never sat through another show that long with less music in all his born days. It's not possible to assess the concert as a live performance, inasmuch as it was performed for videotape and shot out of sequence.
April 10, 2000
Is Diana Ross interested in revisiting some glory days--or is her newest enterprise just a Supreme insult? The first tickets go on sale this week for the "Return to Love" tour by Ross and the Supremes, but it's hardly the exciting reunion that had been eagerly awaited by fans. That's because it doesn't include Mary Wilson, the only other surviving member of the original Supremes (Florence Ballard died in 1976), or Cindy Birdsong, who performed in the group before Ross went solo in 1970.
April 2, 2000
Regarding the race between Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli as 1972's best actress ("A Long, Strange History for Your Consideration," by Damien Bona, March 19): Yes, Motown and Berry Gordy staged an aggressive campaign for "Lady Sings the Blues," not too dissimilar to the wondrous Miramax marketing machine of today. Still, when you lay the cards on the table, Ross' race and Gordy and Motown's freshman entrance into the Hollywood game must also be considered. Minnelli gave a wonderful performance in "Cabaret" but also had sentimentality on her side, while Ross gave a wonderful performance and had her heritage as a major wall against her. This is very sad and still very alive today.
February 6, 2000 |
Ross or Roth? "Stop! In the Name of Love" or "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"? The summer's hottest pop concert tickets--or overpriced bombs? When the nation's top concert promoters met this past week in Las Vegas for the annual Concert Industry Consortium convention, that question generated a lot of the buzz as they considered the merits of expected reunions of Diana Ross & the Supremes and Van Halen with singer David Lee Roth.