Today’s Dope Queen is Diana Ross! She is a singer, and actress best known as the lead singer of The Supremes. Born March 24th 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, as a teenager Ross began singing in a group called the Primettes with friends Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard. They attracted the attention of Motown records founder Barry Gordy who signed them in 1961. He renamed the group “The Supremes” and they had their first hit with “Where Did Our Love Go” the same year.
The Supremes skyrocketed to fame with hits such as “Baby Love” and “Stop in the Name of Love”. They were the first US group to have 5 number 1 hits in a row. In 1969 Ross embarked on a solo career, scoring hits with “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand, and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. She branched into acting starting in “Lady Sings the Blues in 1972 and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for her portrayal of a Billie Holiday inspired singer. In 1978 she starred as Dorothy in a film adaptation of the musical “The Wiz”.
Ross was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Supremes in 1988 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2007. In 2016 she received a Presidential Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama. She still performs and tours, and has been an inspiration to generations of performers all over the world. #blackgirlmagic #womenshistory