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Heirs Of Marvin Gaye's Songwriting Partner Could See Millions In Song Theft Lawsuit Against Ed Sheeran

The family of Ed Townsend, songwriting partner of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, believes that singer Ed Sheeran stole music from one of the duo’s biggest hits.

Shanique Yates

Apr 25, 2023

While Its Replica Fetched $15.3M, Eddie Murphy Reveals He Paid $50K For The Original 'Sugar Shack' Painting

The iconic painting from “Good Times” is owned by one of the culture’s favorite comedians, and you’ll never believe how much he paid for it.

Shanique Yates

Feb 2, 2023

How Wally Amos Lost His Famous Amos Company Then Persevered To Become A Muffin Mogul

The Famous Amos cookie company is an American cultural icon. Each year, millions of delicious confections made by the company founded by Wally Amos are sold in stores nationwide. But despite early investments from his celebrity friends — including a soul legend — Wally Amos couldn’t keep Famous Amos afloat. Amos was an experienced Hollywood talent broker, but he didn’t know his way around the corporate world. What’s more, Amos — known for his perpetually sunny, upbeat demeanor — has no regrets about how it all went down. “If you sit around starting to feel sorry for yourself, and blaming everyone else for your position in life, it is like being in quicksand,” he said to the New York Times. “In quicksand, if you start flailing all about and panicking with each movement you go in deeper, but if you just stay calm and look about, chances are you’ll see a twig or something you can reach to pull yourself out. Or, if you stay there long enough someone will come and rescue you.” Let’s take...

Did You Know Marvin Gaye Is Part Of The Reason That Famous Amos Cookies Exist?

Marvin Gaye is one of the greatest lyricists of all time. As part of the legendary Motown lineup, Gaye made songs that your grandparents love to this very day. From “Sexual Healing” to “What’s Going On,” he was truly the soulful voice of a generation. And his passing in 1984 shook the world on every level. And while he — like many celebrities — faced some financial difficulties along the way, his legacy is secured and cannot be denied. But did you know that Marvin Gaye is also partially responsible for the existence of Famous Amos cookies? That’s right: before celebrities made headlines for investing in companies that would then go on to achieve unicorn status, Gaye was helping out a longtime friend by investing in his then-fledgling cookie company. The R&B legend’s investment was even featured in History’s hit television series, “The Food That Built America.” Now, with the news that Famous Amos is paying that initial investment forward by giving $150,000 to three Black...

The Late Ernie Barnes Breaks Record As His Iconic 'Sugar Shack' Painting Sells For $15.3M At New York Auction

Maybe you remember seeing a replica of the painting in your grandmother’s house or the image flashing during the opening credits of “Good Times.” No matter the reference point, “Sugar Shack,” by legendary artist Ernie Barnes, just sold for $15.3 million. The iconic painting, which was recently up for auction, was used as the cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 album; “I Want You.”

Josh Rodgers

May 16, 2022