To sum it up for any people who don't know Motown, it is the first black owned record label, started in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan.

The Civil Rights Movement is on and poppin, black oppression is finally starting to make the news, and at the same time, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and The Supremes with Diana Ross are giving us bops that are popular across the country and building a cultural renaissance while our people were caught on photo and video being hosed down.

The Supremes are black women who are also the top charting female group in US history. And this comes from Motown history.

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If you've heard

"My Girl" by the Temptations
"Stop in the name of love" by the Supremes
"Respect" by Aretha Franklin
"I'm coming out" by Diana Ross
"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder

That's Motown.

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One of my earliest primary school memories was my black music teacher doing a giant lesson on Motown so that our predominately black class could learn and appreciate our culture and history. Since black contributions to music aren't usually taught.

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@guerrillarain i'm not a music historian so i can't say 'most if not all black musicians went through motown' but i know a whole lot did. isley bros. twist and shout. beatles covered that one. tainted love? motown song.

@guerrillarain somebody's watching me
that's berry gordy's son
lmfao, party rock anthem
also berry gordy's son

@guerrillarain just fyi this toot sent me on a Motown discovery journey, so thanks for that! :blob_rave:

@guerrillarain I thought knowing Stevie Wonder was one of the essential foundations you had to have before becoming an adult!

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