Category Archives: Motown Legend

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

Written By: Genna Sapia-Ruffin

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

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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: http://www.gennaruffin.com

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

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

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I LOVE YOU GENNA AND DAVID JR – De De Tillman

 

Mary Wilson {The Supremes} To Perform Saturday, July 8 At Cache Creek

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Source: Cache Creek – Mary Wilson

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Posted: Friday June 30, 2017 @6:35 p.m PST

 

Mary Wilson of The Supremes

Mary Wilson
of The Supremes

Saturday, July 8
Showtime 8 p.m

 

Mary Wilson is best known as a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio, The Supremes, who recorded 12 No. 1 hits from 1964 to 1969. The legendary singer’s career continues to soar to untold heights.
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14455 Highway 16 (at the corner of Wintun Road)
Brooks, California 9560

 

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Diana Ross In San Francisco August 6, 2013

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Posted: Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 9:33 p.m PST

 

 

Diana Ross live 

Tuesday 06 August 2013

Diana Ross

Venue

Golden Gate Theatre 1 Taylor St 94102 San Francisco, CA, US

 

Diana Ross live

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DIANA ROSS AT THE GOLDEN GATE THEATRE

 

 

 

 

Richard Street (Former Temptations) Has Died In Las Vegas, Age, 70

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Source:Chicago Tribune

Posted: Thursday February 28, 2013 @7:43 p.m PST

 

Richard Street, the former vocalist for the groundbreaking and best-selling R&B act The Temptations, died Wednesday. He was 70.

Street sang on many of the group’s most popular singles, including “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are),” “Heavenly” and “Hey Girl (I Like Your Style).”

He died from a blood clot in his lung at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas, according to his widow, Cindy Street. According to, Chicago Tribune.

Damon Harris (The Temptations) Died February 18, 2013 Age, 62

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Source: Wikipedia

Posted: Saturday February 23, 2013 4:32 p.m PST

 

 

Otis Robert Harris, Jr. was born July 17, 1950,  Harris was born  in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a member of The Temptations from 1971 to 1975.

When he joined the Temptations, Otis Harris changed his name to Damon Harris, because, in his words, “the group already had an Otis.”

At the age of 47, Harris was diagnosed with prostate cancer. On February 18, 2013, Harris died at the age of 62

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.

 

 

Stevie Wonder Ends Marriage To Kai Millard Morris

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Source: Wikipedia

Posted: Friday August 3, 2012 @ 4:00 p.m PST

 

According to,  Wikipedia entertainer legend Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950 as Stevland Hardaway Judkins best known as “Stevie Wonder” calls it quit to his wife Kai Millard Morris.

.Wonder has been married twice: to Motown singer Syreeta Wright from 1970 until their divorce in 1972; and since 2001, to f Millard Morris. He has seven children from his two marriages and several relationships.

Wonder filed for divorce from Millard, agreeing to pay Millard for both spousal and child support children.

Wonder and his wife had been separated since October 2009. Stevie met Yolanda Simmons when she applied for a job as his secretary for his publishing company.

Simmons gave birth to a  daughter on February 2, 1975 naming her “Aisha” According to Stevie, the name Aisha is “African for strength and intelligence”.

After Aisha was born, Stevie said “she was the one thing that I needed in my life and in my music for a long time.

Smokey Robinson In Concert Saturday, August 11, 2012

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Source: Thunder Valley Entertainment

Media Credit: Thunder Valley Entertainment

Posted: Tuesday July 17, 2012 @ 8:59 p.m PST

 

According to Thunder Valley Entertainment,  legendary Smokey Robinson will be in concert Saturday,  August 11, 2012.  Time: 8PM at Thunder Valley Resort.
Tickets: $29.50, $37.50, $49.50, $67.50 and $77.50 (plus taxes & fees) 

To purchase concert tickets:
Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visit our Rewards Center inside the casino.  

Must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Guests ages 13 through 20, however, may attend if accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

DIRECTIONS & LOCATION:THUNDER VALLEY TRANSPORTATION – ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS

 

SMOKEY ROBINSON

 

 

 

Motown “The Musical” On Broadway Spring 2013

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Source & Story Credit: Detroit Free Press

Posted: Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m PST

According to Detroit Free Press,  Motown’ s founder Berry Gordy announced “The Musical”  on the way to Broadway.

BERRY GORDY MOTOWN MUSICAL ON THE WAY TO BROADWAY

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) RIP

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Source: De De Tillman / Wikipedia / Behind The Mask Projet Fan Made

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Posted: Monday June 25, 2012 @ 5:09 p.m PST

 

 

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)  This is too painful to blog.  I had the most extreme honor of meeting the Late Super Forever Great

Michael Joseph Jackson.  RIP Micheal You Are So Loved And Missed, You Will Never Be Forgotten. Thanks For Being So Sweet To Me – De De Tillman

Ola Ray (Michael Jackson -Thriller Girlfriend) Then & Now

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Source & Credit:  Yahoo Music/Billy Johnson, Jr.

Posted: Saturday June 23, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m  PST

 

Have you ever wondered what happened to the beautiful woman who played Michael Jackson’s “Thriller?”  Her name is Ola Ray.

OLA RAY WHO PLAYED MICHAEL JACKSON’S GIRLFRIEND IN THRILLER THEN AND NOW

Stevie Wonder Nephew Alpha Lorenzo Walker 38, Extorting Wonder For 50,000

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Source & Story Credit: L.A Now/Los Angeles Times

Posted: Tuesday June 19, 2012 @ 6:57 p.m PST

 

According to LA Times,  Singer Stevie Wonder’s nephew Alpha Lorenzo Walker 38 and his girlfriend Tamara Eileen Diaz is in court on extorting the singer.

 

STEVIE WONDER NEPHEW AND GIRLFRIEND IN COURT FOR EXTORTION

Marvin Gaye-The Four Tops-Jimmy McFarland “Lonely Lover” (Videos) POLL

Blogged By: De De Tillman; Celebrity Blogger

Source: YouTube – Celebrity Blogger; De De Tillman

Video Credit: YouTube – Marvin Gaye (TheSoulshrine) The Four Tops (SOULINTEGRITY)  Jimmy McFarland (Greazza)

Posted: Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 2:35 p.m PST

 

Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and Jimmy McFarland,  3 amazing artists who recorded a beautiful song called ” Lonely Lover.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vesta Williams-Freddie Jackson-David Ruffin On”Unsung” (Untold Stories 1/1/12) Video

Blogged By: De De Tillman; Celebrity Blogger

Blog Source: TV One

Video Credit: TV One

Posted: Monday December 26, 2011 @4:55 pm PST

Topic: Vesta Williams – Freddie Jackson – David Ruffin & More

TV One  “Unsung”  premieres Mon. Jan. 2 at 10pm with the untold story of R&B sensation Vesta Williams. Others to appear are Freddie Jackson, David Ruffin & More.

VESTA WILLIAMS-FREDDIE JACKSON & DAVID RUFFIN

Mary Wilson Speaks Out (The Supremes) (Q & A Link – Video)

Blogged By: Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman

Blog Source: New York Times – Culture – CHRISTOPHER PETKANAS

Posted: Tuesday August 23, 2011 @ 12:02 am PST

Topic: Mary Wilson – The Supremes

Mary Wilson of The Supremes gave a candid Q & A on her views of what happened to The Supremes, Motown, Tours with Diana Ross and most of all she spoke on wanting her gowns back  and much more.  A video and photos will be found in the below link.

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Mary Wilson Questions And Answers Article Link:http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/asked-and-answered-mary-wilson/?WT.mc_id=TM-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M215-ROS-0811-PH&WT.mc_ev=click

Michael Jackson: 8/29/58 – 6/25/09 Fans Tribute (Behind The Mask Video)

Written By: Celebrity Blogger De De Tillman

Source:michaeljacksonVEVO / De De Tillman / Motown

Video By: michaeljacksonVEVO-Michael Jackson’s Fans All Over The World

Posted: Saturday June 25, 20011 @12:01 am PST

King Of Pop Michael Jackson: Fans Will Always Remember The Royal Mask

King Of Pop Michael Joseph Jackson was born August 29, 1958 and Dr. Conrad Murray took him from us June 25, 2009.

This blog is extremely difficult for me to do because I had the honors of meeting Michael Jackson talked to him and shook his hand. I have also met and had a long talk with his youngest brother Randy Jackson.  They were the only two that I was able to talk with, however, I did see the other members in person.  Mr. Joe Jackson, Janet, Marlon, Tito, and Jackie were in a Hollywood Parade and I was there.

Later, I saw Janet and  her then husband Rene and sister La Toya outside their Encino Compound on Hayvenhurst in Encino, California and then I saw Janet again at the Kids Choice Awards.

Growing up in Gary Indiana as a little boy Michael embraced a mouse and gave it a name (Ben) .  Michael was dancing and singing to the music of James Brown at such a tender age.  Mr. Joseph Jackson entered his sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Micheal in contests around the Gary Indiana area and later they met Motown’s founder Berry Gordy and the Jackson 5 were born.

The Jackson 5 had hits after hits leaving young girls screaming all over the world. Jermaine married Berry Gordy’s daughter Hazel Joy Gordy and together they have 3 Children.  Joseph wanted his sons to have more control over their music and when Motown did not grant his wish,  Mr. Jackson moved his sons from Motown to another record company which caused Jermaine to remain with Berry Gordy since he was married to the boss’s daughter.

Motown had ownership of the name (The Jackson5, The Jackson Five) so the group was not able to use that name anymore. Mr. Joseph Jackson did not care because Motown could have the (5 -Five) but they could not take away the name (Jackson) .

A new name was introduced on the market which became THE JACKSONS. After a few years of working with his brothers Michael wanted more, he wanted to go where he and his brothers had never gone in music. The Jacksons consist of Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Randy.

Micheal hit another galaxy when (Off The Wall) was released and later with his next highest selling chartbuster blockbuster album (Thriller).

Fans from all over the world paid a tribute video to Michael Jackson and I know he is smiling down from heaven probably saying they did it with love.  He would always say “With Love” and ” I Love You More.”

Michael was preparing to go on his This Is It Tour, then on June 25, 2009 the world became double numb with the news of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett passing away on the same day.

DR. CONRAD MURRAY I PRAY JUSTICE IS SERVED.

DEAR BELOVED MICHAEL: IT WAS AN HONOR TO HAVE MET YOU,  YOUR FANS LOVE YOU AND WE WILL NEVER EVER FORGET YOU…

FANS WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE ROYAL MASK (BY: ENTERTAINER LA TRAY)

BEHIND THE MASK MUSIC VIDEO:

Marvin Gaye April 1, 1939-April 2, 1984 (Video)

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Blog Source: De De Tillman

Photo Credit: Google Images – Tower.com

Video Credit: YouTube – Gilach

Posted: April 3 2011 @ 7:12 am PST

Updated: Friday October 28, 2011 @ 7:20 pm PST

Topic: Marvin Gaye

The Late Super Great Crooner Marvin Gaye was born “Marvin Pentz Gay”  He later added an “E” to his last name because,  he was teased by it.  Gaye  was shot and killed 27 years ago by his own father,  Gaye was shot April 1, 1984 one day before his birthday which would have been today had he lived.

I was in San Monica when I heard the news,   I called my buddy Damita Jo Freeman of “Soul Train and told her what had happened,  Freeman thought since it was April Fool’s Day that someone was playing an awful trick on Marvin…

The world stopped once again when we found out it was true,  the man who bought Gaye into the world took him out!   In the end Marvin Sr.  died of brain complication.   Gaye was with Motown for many years as a matter of fact Gaye married Berry Gordy’s sister Anna Gordy,  Gordy was 17 years older than Marvin.  Marvin later married Janis, whom was linked the late Teddy Pendergrass,  Gaye’ s music will last forever, he and The Late Tammi Terrell will be in our hearts and Minds forever!