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Beverly Johnson: I Was the First Model of Color to Do a Vogue Cover—but Didn’t Have Enough Bread to Buy the Mag!

CAPTION: Beverly: Good genes. Empty jeans.

Beverly: She's got the genes. It was her jeans that lacked.

It’s been exactly 35 years since Beverly Johnson made history as the first African American woman to grace the cover of Vogue.

Still, she recalls that moment like it was yesterday—particularly the part about not being able to pay for her own ravishing image.

“It’s as exciting today as it was then. And that most certainly has to be—after the birth of my daughter— one of the most exciting things Continue reading

SoundBits: Mutha Knows Best

For those of you who’ve yet to sample Mutha Knows, be warned that the show is highly addictive. Moments after we first tuned in, host Mutha’s voice was emblazoned in our mind forever, which is not at all a bad thing. Couple that inimitable timbre with Mutha’s smokin’-hot lineup of musical guests – from Montell Jordan to Stephanie Mills to Lisa-Lisa to Teena Marie – and you’ve got a winning combination from the man who makes his home in Philadelphia. Or should we say, The City of Bruthaly Love?

Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?

The Mutha Knows show is crazy, informative and a guilty musical pleasure. We specialize in the best R&B. And, of course, you never know what celebrity will drop by to hang with Mutha.

Mutha: Say "cheesesteak."

Mutha: Say "cheesesteak."

Tell us two things listen- ers would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m very quiet and I love peace.

Who’s your broadcasting hero?

NYC DJ Wendy Williams – who’s also host of the nationally-syndicated Wendy Williams TV show – and Tashara Jones, another NYC DJ, who most recently authored Have You Met Miss Jones? The Life and Loves of Radio’s Most Controversial Diva.

If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?

Oprah Winfrey and Mary J.Blige, two huge names who’d be firsts for my show, and for BlogTalkRadio. I have tremendous respect for both ladies.

As we speak, what are you wearing?

A T-shirt, blue jeans and slippers.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?

I once took the show out with me and stopped at a 7-Eleven, where I had the cashier give me a “Mutha knows” shout-out. He spoke perfect Arabic – but terrible English – so it was hilarious.

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Salt-N-Pepa DJ Spinderella: ‘Pepa Will Have You Forgettin’ Anything About Me’

Sounds like Pepa has left a bitter taste in Spinderella’s mouth.

Interviewed on Mutha Knows, the iconic Salt-N-Pepa DJ, born Deidra “Dee Dee” Roper, says she had to scratch up a storm for the respect she deserved from Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Cheryl “Salt” James.

CAPTION “I had to stand up to that,” Spinderella tells us of not being spotlighted by Salt and Pepa.

“I had to stand up to that,” Spinderella tells us of not being spotlighted by Salt and Pepa.

“Because my name is not Salt or Pepa does not mean that I do not do the majority of everything that you guys do,” Dee Dee tells host Mutha she told her bandmates during the Grammy-winning hip- hop trio’s heyday in the ‘90s.

“I was kind of like the kid that’s born into something. They inherit the situation,” continues Dee Dee, who joined Salt-N-Pepa in 1987, before the group recorded its second album, A Salt with a Deadly Pepa.

“It took them years to actually stand up and go, ‘Yea. Spin’s here.’”

When Mutha says he’s hoping to book Sandra on his show and call her on the carpet for not giving Dee Dee her props, the DJ cracks:

“Pepa has a charm about her – and she’ll have you totally forgettin’ anything about Spinderella.”

Despite the apparent lack of mutual respect, the Push It singers are scheduled for a reunion concert next month at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

And Dee Dee, who currently hosts the synciadted terrestrial radio show The Backspin Mix, says more tour dates will soon be announced.

She also discusses how she got into the biz.

CAPTION: Showstoppers: With Salt (center) and Pepa (right).

Showstoppers: Spin with Salt (center) and Pepa (right).

I was DJ’ing just as a hobby. I wasn’t tryin’ to be in no group. My high school boy- friend, he was the local DJ. He was doing a lot of the parties in the neighborhood. I used to help him carry his records,” says the Brooklyn, N.Y., native.

“One day I was at his place.  We weren’t doing anything. I was just touching his turntables. And he was like, ‘Do that again!’

“And I did it again and he started showing me different techniques for scratching, and back-spinning itself. And that’s where it all started.”

To hear Dee Dee’s full interview, click here.


Stephanie Mills: I Did Michael Jackson’s Laundry (and He Used Tide)

“I was determined to be his girlfriend. He didn’t know it, but I was,” Stephanie (above) tells us.

“I was determined to be his girlfriend. He didn’t know it, but I was,” Stephanie (above) tells us.

Back in the day, Stephanie Mills wanted to be startin’ something with Michael Jackson – like easin’ on down the aisle.

Interviewed on Mutha Knows, the Never Knew Love Like This Before singer spills details of her trysting time with the King of Pop, while she was starring in The Wiz on Broadway.

“I thought I was gonna marry Michael. I was so in love with Michael,” Stephanie, now 52, tells host Mutha.

“This was during the time when he was doing The Wiz movie [in 1977], and before that. I knew Michael because he used to come to the show all the time and hang out backstage with me.

“Michael was really, really shy. But back then, I was aggressive.”

Stephanie did indeed get cozy with the Gloved One, so much so that she performed more than one wifely duty.

The way you make me feel: With you know who in the summer of ‘77.

The way you make me feel: With you know who in the summer of ‘77.

“When he had his place on Sutton Place [in Manhattan], I would spend the night and I would do his laundry.

“It was Tide. I should do a Tide commercial, huh?

“And I even cooked for him – even though I couldn’t cook. But you know what? Even as bad as it was, Michael was such a gentleman, he still ate it.”

To hear Stephanie’s full interview – including how Jermaine Jackson brought her to Motown – click here.