Category Archives: Detroit News

The Genna Sapia-Ruffin Story: Before, During & After David Ruffin Of The Temptations

Written By: Genna Sapia-Ruffin

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source: Genna Sapia-Ruffin

Photo Credit: Genna Sapia-Ruffin

Posted: Friday August 18, 2017 @ 5:30 p.m PST




Joy Jenna Sapia (pka Genna Sapia-Ruffin) is a baby boomer who was born in and went to school in Maryland. Her abusive and chaotic childhood was far from idyllic, but was nothing compared to what lay ahead for her in Detroit, Michigan. It may have been Baltimore where she was born and educated, but it was in Detroit that she was raised and schooled.

Born as Genevieve into a broken family in the ’40’s, she learned early to “roll with the punches”. Never taken to church as a child, she was taught nothing about The Father, The Son or the Holy Spirit. She never saw a Bible in the family home, and it didn’t occur to her to ask or wonder why.

In June of 1964 she met David Ruffin–“the love of her life”. For her, love equaled pain, so she didn’t recognize the early signs that should have warned her that he was an abuser too. Ultimately, one of the things that Genna’s relationship with David–an abused child himself—soon taught her was that two wounded people do not equal one healthy one!

Tragically, David died young in 1991; Genna managed to keep putting one foot in front of the other one, and the hard days inevitably turned into years. Meanwhile, gathering her strength and years of journals, she began to create that which would eventually become her autobiography entitled “A Memoir: David Ruffin—My Temptation”. After years of difficult work, it was finally published in early 2003. Then late in 2003, she miraculously began to be pulled out of the cult she’d been in for over thirty years and began to be pulled to the lap of Father God and to the feet of Jesus Christ! In 2004, she was re-born and dumped the mess of her life at the foot of Jesus’ cross.

With multiple nudges from the Holy Spirit, she then went on to publish in 2010, “Delivered From Temptation”, the sequel to her first book. She now has peace in knowing that her life, first as the abused and then as the survivor, was meant to be her platform with which to bring others to Jesus. Her experiences are being used by God to share words of encouragement to those in similar circumstances, and she is honored to be working for the Kingdom of God in this way. She feels led to public speaking and ministry in prisons, universities, churches, high schools and middle schools in hopes of saving someone from the death and destruction that poor choices can bring—and the joy in the Lord that good choices can bring!

A year after David’s death, she moved from Detroit and did some further traveling before settling down in a warm and more peaceful climate. Here she continues to write, and spends time learning about The Bible, Jesus and what it means to live as His follower. Website:

Her autobiography, “Delivered From Temptation (From Temptation to Salvation)”, is available on online book stores, including, where it was a #1 seller.

GENNA SAPIA-RUFFIN’S BOOK – “Delivered From Temptation–From Temptation to Salvation” 

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Big Sean (Detroit Rapper) “Hall of Fame” Hits Big

Reblogged By: De De Tillman;  International Celebrity Blogger

Source: detroit news

Media: Detroit News

Posted: Sunday September 8, 2013 @ 5:03 p.m PST



Big Sean’s second album “Hall of Fame” debuts at No. 3 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan sales figures released Wednesday.

The set sold 72,000 copies its first week in stores, 15,000 fewer copies than his debut album “Finally Famous” sold its first week in 2011. “Finally Famous” also debuted at No. 3 on the chart.

From The Detroit News:

B.A.P “BADMAN” Lyrics By Bang Yongguk Filmed In Detroit, Michigan

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Source: Koreaboo

Media: Koreaboo

Posted: Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 2:52 p.m PST



B.A.P has released the music video and 3rd mini-album for “BADMAN.” The “BADMAN” mini-album features a total of six songs, including the title track of the same name. T

he title track, “BADMAN” with lyrics by leader Bang Yongguk, aims to reach out to the youthful generation, setting a message to not ignore the unfortunate events in the world, but instead to stand strong for a change.

Filmed in Detroit, the music video appropriately shows a chaotic riot reflecting the distress in the world.

Casey James To Perform In Detroit Michigan At The 2013 Downtown Hoedown

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source:wcyd –  @anaperfoncio

Posted: Friday May 10, 2013 @6:46 p.m PST




The 31st Anniversary of the WYCD Downtown Hoedown is three days of fantastic entertainment by over 40 artists on three stages, to be held on May 31, June 1 and June 2, on the grounds surrounding Comerica Park!

Country superstar Casey James is among the lineup. You may follow Casey James on Twitter @caseyjames


Plain White T’s ( Band) To Perform Sunday June 2, 2013

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source:The Detroit News

Source: Plain White T’s On Wikipedia

Posted: Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 5:27 p.m PST



The Plain White T’s will perform Sunday June 2 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, officials announced Thursday.

The Grammy-nominated rock band will perform at 2 p.m. on the MotorCity Casino Hotel stage after the first race of the day and prior to the final IndyCar Series race. The race will air live on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7).

Tickets for the Grand Prix, $15-$155, are on sale now at

From The Detroit News:

Michael Winans Jr,30 (Winans Gospel Family) Scam Caused Bankruptcies & Foreclosures

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source: Click On Detroit

Posted: Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 6:55 p.m PST


Prosecutors say Winans sold fake Saudi Arabian oil bonds to more than 1,000 investors in 2007 and 2008. He promised 100 percent returns in two months, then used the money for his personal expenses or to pay off earlier investors. About 600 people are still owed $5 million.



Kelly Parker Of Detroit Battling Brain & Lung Cancer Facing Eviction & Has Children

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Posted: Wednesday September 12, 2012 @12:01 a.m PST


According to My Fox detroit, Kelly Parker of Detroit, Michigan is facing eviction from her home. Parker is battling brain & lung cancer and has children.

Parker said “Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer and it’s to the point where they want to do brain surgery tomorrow, and I just found all this out.  So them trying to evict me out of my house and sell my house, I’m not going anywhere.”



Martha Reeves “Queen Of Motown” In Concert October 9-14, 2012

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Source:The Examiner / Wikipedia

Media Credit: The Examiner

Posted: Thursday August 30, 2012 @1:00 p.m PST



Drop dead gorgeous Legendary “Queen Of Motown”  Martha Reeves will be in concert October 9TH – 14TH at The Rrazz Room 222 Mason Street San Francisco, CA. 94102.  Ticket & Information 1-800-380-3095

Martha Rose Reeves  was born July 18, 1941 in  Eufaula, Alabama. Reeves is an American R&B /Pop singer and former politician, she was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas, they scored over a dozen hit singles, including “Nowhere to Run”, “Jimmy Mack”, and their signature “Dancing In The Street”. From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected Councilwoman for the city of Detroit, Michigan.



Detroit Pistons Team Roster 2012-2013

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source: ESPN NBA

Source: Wikipedia

Posted: Saturday August 11, 2012 @ 5:31 p.m PST


Get to know The Detroit Pistons Players. Coach is Lawrence Frank, Joe Dumars General Manager.





The Spinners (Soul Music Group) In Concert Saturday, July 14

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source & Credit: Cache Creek Club 88 / Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Cache Creek

Posted: Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 5:18 a.m PST



The legendary Spinners will be in concert Saturday July 14, 2012 at Cache Creek Club 88 according to Cache Creek Entertainment.

The Spinners is a soul music vocal group, active for over 50 years, and with a long run of pop and R&B hits especially during the 1970s. The group, originating from Detroit, still tours regularly.

The band is also listed occasionally as Detroit Spinners, or Motown Spinners (for their 1960s recordings with the Detroit label). These group names were used in the UK to avoid confusion with a British folk group also called “The Spinners'”  According to Wikipedia
Purchase Tickets by Phone:
Call at (800) 225-2277 Customer Service questions (800) 352-0212

Venue Box Office Numbers:
Main Hotel: (530) 796-3118 or 1-(800) 77-CACHE

General Rule

Children Rules:
Club 88 is a 21 and over venue. (No minors allowed at anytime)


Aretha Franklin “Undisputed Queen Of Soul” To Perform In Detroit

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source: The Detroit News

Creator:  StubhubAre

Posted: Friday June 15, 2012 @7:07 p.m PST


According to The Detroit News, ” The Undisputed Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin will be at  The Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Friday, June 22 8:00 p.m

Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-6611

Ben Wallace NBA Detroit Pistons Center Arrested

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger – De De Tillman

Blog Source: Yahoo Sports – Corey Williams

Posted: Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 6:20 pm PST

Topic: Ben Wallace

According to Yahoo Sports,  NBA Star Ben Wallace was arrested for a DUI and in possession with a gun in Michigan. Wallace is a center for The Detroit Pistons.

Wallace was arrested at about 3 a.m. in Bloomfield Township a Detroit suburb.  Wallace was driving a Cadillac Escalade erratically with an unloaded pistol  in a backpack.

Wallace’s blood-alcohol content was at 0.14 percent, which is well above Michigan’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

He pleaded guilty  to misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. The maximum penalty would have been 93 days in jail.

Wallace helped The Detroit Pistons win the 2004 NBA title.

Texana Hollis:101-Old Woman From Detroit Evicted In Foreclosure (Video Link) Good News Update:

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger -De De Tillman

Blog Source: Yahoo – AP – ABC News

Video Credit: AP –  ABC News

Posted: Wednesday September 14, 2011 @ 12:40 pm PST

Updated: Friday September 16, 2011 @ 11:17 pm PST

Topic: Texana Hollis 101 Year Old Evicted From Here Detroit Home

Mrs. Texana Hollis, a 101-year old woman from Detroit, Michigan has been evicted from her home.  I pray that celebrities in Detroit will reach out and help Mrs. Hollis, this is one heartbreaking story.  I have family history  in Detroit, this should have never happened.  I have to find out what I can do myself to help Mrs. Hollis.  So Sad!

GOOD NEWS. Mrs. Hollis will be able to move back into her home!  I am so happy. Her taxes has been paid and she can live there as long as she wish.  The sad thing is, she is in the hospital not feeling well.  I send her my love.