“Do you remember the 21st night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders,” the song goes.
You can’t help but to two-step and vibe to the mix of funk and jazz from the iconic group. But two other days of September are to be remember – the 12th and 13th, because music and movies brought the world three famous figures who changed the minds of pretender fans: Barry White, Jennifer Hudson, and Tyler Perry.
The late White is a Grammy Award–winning singer known best for his smooth and deep voice, producing soulful hits like "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe,” I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby," "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up," and "You're The First, The Last, My Everything." He was born on September 12, 1944 in Galveston, Texas, but was raised in Los Angeles, California. He grew up singing gospel songs with his mother and taught himself how to play the piano.
White died of kidney failure on July 4, 2003.
Hudson is a powerhouse. Born September 12, 1981, Hudson became known as "The Princess of Soul.” She rose to stardom in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, placing seventh. She made her film debut as Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006), receiving an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She released her self-titled debut studio album in 2008, which was certified gold in the United States, sold over a million copies worldwide, and received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Hudson received her second Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2017 as a cast member on The Color Purple.
In March 2020, Hudson collaborated with Bono, Will.i.am, and Yoshiki to create "#SING4LIFE", a song written and compiled remotely by the four musicians to lift spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Perry, 51, owns the entirety of his creative output, including 1,200 episodes of television, most noticeably, The House of Payne. He owns 22 feature films and at least two dozen stage plays, as well as a 330-acre studio lot at the edge of Atlanta’s southern limits. Perry used his studio to control a deal with ViacomCBS that pays him $150 million a year for new content and gives him an equity stake in BET+, the streaming service it debuted last September. Forbes estimates his net worth at $1 billion.
Inspirational quotes from each star:
“It doesn’t matter if a million people tell you what you can’t do, or if ten million people tell you no. If you get one yes from God, that’s all you need.” – Tyler Perry
“Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you from getting where you want to be.” – Jennifer Hudson
“I never learned to read or write music. Never wanted to fool with scales. That was boring, forced. The music I heard was free - flowing.” – Barry White
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