Dionne does Detroit

By |2017-10-31T06:37:03-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Her career has spanned four decades and her amazing catalogue of classics has earned her half a dozen Grammy awards and the admiration of millions across the globe. Dionne Warwick is truly legendary and she returns to Detroit April 17 with a show at the Music Hall.
For her gay fans, Warwick is known almost as much for her activism as she is for her music. She was one of the first recording artists to publicly lend her support to the AIDS crisis and helped raise millions for the cause with “That’s What Friends Are For,” her hit duet with Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.
“I lost my valet to AIDS,” Warwick shared during her last interview with Between The Lines in 2003. “[That] was long before there was a name for it. He had been in the Vietnam War. We thought he had cancer É so Marvin, really, was the criteria for me becoming involved in the situation.”
In December, Warwick made a generous donation to metro Detroit’s annual Christmas AIDS service, which allowed all the proceeds to be donated directly to charity. Detroit activist Dave Krause, a member of Warwick’s staff and longtime friend, says Warwick has already pledged her support to this year’s service as well.
Sunday’s concert is a wonderful way for Detroiters to show their appreciation to Warwick, not that she ever asks for anything in return for her efforts. In both her music and her activism, it’s simply Warwick’s style to give her all.
“I happen to love what I’m doing and that has a lot to do with it,” she said. “And as most people know once they meet me and get to know me, what they see is what they get, 100 percent of the time. Nothing changes aside from the attire. Everything else remains the same. I’m Dionne Warwick 100 percent of the time.”

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.