Diana Ross! She deserves respect and you better call her Miss Ross because she's sold more than 100 million records worldwide, with a career total of 18 Number #1's. In 1976, Billboard Magazine named her the Female Entertainer of the Century, and her career has lasted a record five decades. She has earned eight AMA's, and twelve Grammy nominations. She is an Oscar nominated actress, an Emmy nominee and the recipient of a Golden Globe, a Tony Award and an Image Award. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that seem minuscule when you consider that she is a permanent fixture where stars, goddesses, and legends reside. In 2007, she recieved a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Award. Diana Ross is an Icon for the Ages!
She can do (and probably has done) it all but the one thing that she is the most proud of is her family. Diana Ross is the mother of five children - and is now a grandmother. She will be the first to tell you that they are her most glorious contributions, her greatest achievements, and her endless loves.
The accolades and awards Miss Ross has received in her stellar career are staggering, but motherhood may turn out to be her greatest reward because nobody can deny - Miss Ross RAISED them chirren'.
Nobody's perfect on this earth, but so far there's no public foolishness, no scandal, and no sex tapes, and I don't think there's going to be. They seem to be accomplished and well-adjusted in life. They look like a fun bunch! Today, on Miss Ross's 67th birthday, I believe in giving credit where credit is due.....
Rhonda Ross-Kendrick was born August 14,1971, and has always been a dead ringer for her mother, and her biological father, Berry Gordy Jr. She has inherited her mother's mega-watt smile, and luminous eyes. She is an actress and singer in her own right, and is married to jazz musician Rodney Kendrick. Their 2002 CD, Rhonda Ross Live (featuring Rodney Kendrick) is an underground collectible. The Kendricks' reside in Harlem, and in August 2009, they became the grateful parents of Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick. Miss Ross-Kendrick is a graduate of Brown University, and is a Daytime Emmy Award nominee for her portrayal of Toni Burrell in the soap opera Another World (1997-1999). She is currently creating a one-woman show, writing a memoir, developing a talk show for working mothers, and functions as the owner of Ross Realty International, an upscale NYC real estate company.
Tracy Ellis Ross was born October 29, 1972. Like Rhonda, she is also a graduate of Brown University with a theatre degree. Having inherited her mother's infectious spirit, Tracy is best known for her comedic skills and portrayal of lawyer Joan Clayton on the UPN/CW series, Girlfriends. For her brilliant efforts, she earned eight NAACP Image Award nominations, with two wins in the category, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Tracy has appeared in a few Tyler Perry films, and with Queen Latifah (and brother Evan Ross) in the HBO movie, Life Support. If this Miss Ross never does another thing, she has already trademarked her role as the dramatic, neurotic Joan. But that is not likely to happen. Ross will next produce and star in Reed Between The Lines, opposite Malcolm Jamal Warner on BET.
Apparently, Chudney (November 4, 1975) does not sing, dance nor act. However, she is much like her mother as they both love children. Chudney Ross has an awesome background mentoring underprivileged children in reading and writing. She is a former preschool and elementary school teacher, and has just opened her first business, Books and Cookies - a children's bookstore, bakery and enrichment center in Santa Monica, CA. The youngest Miss Ross recently completed an edgy new children's book series, Bean's Books, which is slated to be published by Harper Collins in the summer of 2012. Former music business manager, Bob Ellis Silberstein, is Tracy and Chudney's father.
The handwriting is on the wall! This young man is going to be HUGE! Evan Ross, born Evan Olav Naess (August 26, 1988) is on steady simmer right now, but one day he's going to turn up the heat to FULL BLAST! Only 22, he has an impressive body of work that includes his debut as "Ant" in ATL with rappers, T.I. and Big Boi. His was a harrowing portrayal of a gay teen suffering with HIV in Life Support, and as a neighborhood menace in Life is Hot in Cracktown with Kerry Washington. Mr. Ross currently has a jaw-dropping 21 film projects in various stages of production, and can now be seen with Danny Glover and Nia Long in Mooz-Lum, a limited-release film about a sheltered young man finding his independence in a Muslim family. Heavily influenced by his mother and Michael Jackson, he just released the single, Yes Me, from his first CD, a collection of R&B and Pop songs. The best is yet to come!
Of the two sons, Ross is the oldest and most reserved. He was born October 7, 1987 and is the epitome of quiet dignity. Or so it would appear! Suave and classically handsome, it is said Ross Arne Naess was most influenced by his father, Nowegian shipping tycoon, Arne Naess.
With a passion for photography, he is a world traveler with a wicked eye for unusual landscapes, exotic animals and moments caught in exotic places.
Happy Birthday, Miss Ross! And congratulations on your most crowning achievement - Rhonda, Tracy, Chudney, Evan and Ross. The proverbial apples never fall far from the tree!