DIVA Round Up: Khan, Summer and Ross

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

First up, Chaka Khan has signed on to perform a tribute to her friend and fellow diva Whitney Houston at this year’s Apollo Theater gala and awards ceremony. According to the Huffington Post, the prestigious event will take place on June 4 and feature tributes to singer-songwriter Nick Ashford and television pioneer Don Cornelius. Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will also be inducted into the theaters Hall of Fame.

Next up is disco diva Donna Summer who passed away last Thursday after a long battle with lung cancer. According to the Huffington Post, her family released a statement through their publicist that Summer’s funeral will be private service.  Brian Edwards, the family publicist said that the while family appreciates the outreach from fans, the services will remain private. Details about when and where the services are being held we’re also not disclosed.  Summers, also known as the “Queen of Disco,” will be remembered for her definitive songs during the 70’s and 80’s and for her contributions to popular music.

Last but not least, Diana Ross’ infamous 1983 Central Park Concert is finally being released on DVD. The two day show was released recently through Shout Factory Presents, complete with new stories and commentary from the concert’s director Steve Binder. This monumental concert was slated to be a free show that would raise money for a children’s playground in New York’s Central Park. However, Diana’s performance was cut short due to extreme rain and hurricane force winds. Images of a soaked Ross made headlines around the world. But like a trooper, Ross resumed the show the next day and provided fans with one of the most memorable concerts of her career. DVDs are available now at

Here is Ross singing her classic tune, I’m Coming Out:

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Ray Cornelius is an entertainment news blogger and media personality. He is also the host of Jazz 91.9 WCLK's arts and entertainment show "UPFRONT." He lives in Atlanta.

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