Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike (aka RBRM) Is the Lemonade We Get From New Edition’s Lemons

The Temptations are one of my favorite groups of all time. But I have to caveat that: The version of the Temptations that features the “Death Lineup” (no pun intended, seriously) of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams is my favorite. Even though that lineup is my favorite,…

Did Bobby Brown Make Don’t Be Cruel, or Did Don’t Be Cruel Make Bobby Brown?

I’m a Bobby Brown fan. I’m not sure I’m at stan levels, but I did shell out the money to buy the hardback copy of his autobiography (written with the assistance of Nick Chiles—it’s painfully obvious where Bobby either had help or didn’t write at all) and read it immediately in one sitting.

Unique Views, Episode 37: Can Johnny Gill and His Vocal Talent Win a Grammy Already?!

The reason I allow my pod mate, Stephen A. Crockett Jr. the third, to write the posts for The Root’s podcast episodes is that I literally do everything else. But, then I got the chance to read said posts. And though I’m not shocked that Crockett has been dragging my beautiful name through the mud, I am exhausted by…

The Members of New Edition Made Sure BET’s Biopic Came Correct With Their Story

In one of the most poignant scenes in the BET miniseries The New Edition Story, the young Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ralph Tresvant are fresh off their first major world tour. The tour bus, painted with the group’s name in graffiti letters on the side, pulls in slowly to drop the singers…