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Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 2/13/2014, 11:22 a.m.

The exhibition is presented by wealth management firm Northern Trust and produced in partnership with the Schomburg Center, “Motown the Musical” (which we’re all encouraged to see) and the Motown Museum. The Motown Museum was founded by Esther Gordy Edwards and is now run by Berry Gordy’s niece and Ester’s granddaughter Robin Terry, along with Allan Rawls, both of whom were in attendance at the evening’s event.

Rawls and Terry stated, “Motown Museum is both pleased and honored to co-curate this exhibit with the Schomburg Center. Both institutions represent so much as custodians of important achievements in African-American history. We are excited with the opportunity to broaden the narrative of the Motown story and place it in the context of the overall experiences and events that shape our culture—yesterday, today and forever.”

Exhibition-related programs at the Schomburg include a “Theater Talk” panel discussion with the cast of “Motown the Musical” on Feb. 24 and a conversation about Motown’s impact and legacy in the world of fashion, called “Motown + Fashion,” on April 17. Further event details can be found at www.schomburgcenter.org.

Remembering just how much of an impact music has on our lives and plays in our hearts, mind and souls, Drs. Jim and Ruby Malone renewed their vows to one another on their 50th wedding anniversary, and they went something like this. Ruby Malone began: “This is our lifetime. Life with you has been one great adventure after another, and I have never forgotten that you said all of the great love songs are made for me. My breath is your sigh. With ‘Every Beat of My Heart’ there’s a beat for you. ‘I only have eyes for you’ [Little Anthony and the Imperials]. You make me feel like ‘I’m every woman’ [Chaka Khan]. I’m yours to have and to hold until the end of time.”

Jim Malone replied, “My life with you mimics the Great American Songbook of and for romance, starting with ‘Ruby, My Dear’ [Thelonious Monk]. When we met, I felt my life begin. ‘I Love You For Sentimental Reasons’ [Nat King Cole] and because ‘You Make My Life Complete’ [Eddie Holman], I want to impress upon you these four little words … I ‘Love You Madly’ [Duke Ellington].

Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to kiss the one you love, hug the ones who are dear to you and smile to all those you meet. Think sweet thoughts, remember that the sun will come out tomorrow and stop to smell the roses along the way.

Until next week … kisses