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The Spann Report (Episode 106) “I Don’t Like That Shit”

On Episode 106 of #TSRP Spann talks family! TV One premiered a new episode of the show “Unsung” featuring Mr. Spann’s grandfather, Soul Singer Johnnie Taylor. We’ll discuss what impression the episode made. Jordan Brand has re-released another set of retro model Air Jordans. Lines form across the country to pick up the new shoe, and finger wagging ensued. Donald Trump has picked up some pretty interesting endorsements for his Presidential bid, did it hurt, or help his chances? Lord Jamar spoke up on the Future/Ciara situation in only the way that Lord Jamar can. Actor, City Councilman, real life Homicide Detective, and champion of the City of Detroit, Gil Hill passed away. Malcolm Jamal Warner went full Hotep this week during an appearance on the talk show, “The Real.” We’ve got listener feedback and more, this week on The Spann Report!

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TV One Profiles Johnnie Taylor on “Unsung”

One of the weird things about having Johnnie Taylor as my Grandfather, is that I find out about his life through means like this. Tonight at 8:00 PM EST TV One will feature Johnnie Taylor on their biographical series Unsung.

I’ll definitely be watching. And if you were a fan of my Grandfather, you should too.

Estranged Daughter Of Johnnie Taylor Mulling Lawsuit Against The Family Of Marvin Gaye

Fonda Bryant of Charlotte, North Carolina, is the daughter of famed R&B Legend Johnnie Taylor. Bryant never had a relationship with her father, acknowledging on an episode of The Will: Family Secrets Revealed on the Discovery ID network, that she only spoke to her father over the phone once as an adult. It was later determined after a bitter lawsuit, and DNA testing after Taylor’s death, that Fonda Bryant was indeed the daughter of Johnnie Taylor in 2002. Fast forward to 2015, and the Gaye Family estate, successfully sues Singers Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and rapper T.I. for copying Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit song, Got To Give It Up with their smash hit, Blurred Lines in 2013. In 2015, a jury awarded Nona, Marvin III, and Frankie Gaye $7.4 Million dollars in damages for copyright infringement. Which brings us back to Fonda Bryant. Bryant’s claim is that Gaye’s Got To Give It Up was inspired by Johnnie Taylor’s 1976 #1 hit Disco Lady. Bryant is mulling over the possibility of suing the Gaye family for damages, as Marvin Gaye acknowledged in his biography that Disco Lady was an influence for his song. – Columbia, South Carolina

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