The new season of TV One’s Unsung starts on Monday June 25. The new season includes such artists as Sly & The Family Stone, Con Funk Shun, The Marvelettes, Angela Bofill, Kool Moe Dee, Gerald Levert, Lou Rawls and Arrested Development. I’m really looking forward to watching Sly & The Family Stone and Angela Bofill.
Tv One usually asks Unsung fans who they would like to see in future episodes. One person that always gets mentioned is Stephanie Mills. Well wouldn’t you know it, Huffington Post has an interview with Stephanie and she states why she will not let Unsung do an episode on her career.
Stephanie Mills, R&B Diva, Refuses To Do TV One’s ‘Unsung’ Series
Since its debut in 2008, TV One’s hour-long music series, “Unsung,” has been one of the network’s crown jewels, covering the sometimes tragic careers of an array of celebrated music acts such as Teddy Pendergrass, DeBarge, Teena Marie, Melba Moore, Alexander O’Neal, Minnie Ripperton and Phyllis Hyman. Earlier this year the NAACP Image Award-winning series earned its highest rated, most successful season to date as it started airing in 27 percent more homes via various cable carriers.
Though the African-American targeted network is set to premiere the show’s sixth season with Sly and the Family Stone on June 25, one veteran music act who viewers will never see on the series is Stephanie Mills.
The Brooklyn-bred songstress, who catapulted to the top of music charts in the 1980s and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Michael Jackson and Pendergrass after acclaimed stints on Broadway in “The Wiz” and “Maggie Flynn,” seems to have a story that’s ripe for “Unsung,” which is often considered “the black version of ‘Behind The Music’ — VH1’s longtime biographical series.” But according to the sometimes reclusive Mills, the retrospective show is just not her cup of tea.
“I don’t like that show,” the Grammy Award winner revealed in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “They have approached me quite a few times, but I [won’t] do that show.”
“I’ve always been very private and at 55 I don’t want to open up my life to that,” the “Never Knew Love Like This Before” belter continued. “They’ve done Angela Winbush and they even wanted me to say something about her on that show, and I love Angela, we’re sisters. But I had to tell her, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ … I’m not that girl.”
You can check out the entire article here.
Last year the Washington Post had a very interesting article about Angela Bofill.
Jazz singer Angela Bofill makes a comeback without voice that made her famous
By DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 31, 2011
Angela Bofill waits in a plain, beige dressing room at the Birchmere, preparing to go onstage without something she has lost.
It’s not a small thing. Most people, says one fan of the ’80s R&B balladeer, would shut down, would be content to live out their lives offstage, out of the spotlight, wherever it is that old singers go to fade away. The music business demands perfection. A certain look.
At the least, it demands a voice.
“I love perform,” says Bofill, 56, her syntax fractured, her rhythm stop-and-start. She’s illuminated by bright lights but not an ounce of glitter or sequins. Instead, she wears a black-print blazer. A cane leans against the dressing table.
“I used to study opera. Used to teach voice. Used to have perfect pitch. Now, no pitch. Bad pitch. Frustrated – little bit. Half my life, singing. First time. No sing.”
She says she sounds like an old movie. “Me, Tarzan. You, Jane,” she jokes.
Outside in the dark, cold parking lot, a sold-out crowd lines up for Sunday night’s show: “The Angela Bofill Experience.” After two strokes and a five-year absence from the stage, Bofill’s name is again on the marquee. Fans have come from as far away as New Jersey, some cradling Bofill’s original albums, which show an absolutely gorgeous woman.
You can read the entire article about Angela Bofill here.