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Cathy Hughes RSMS Interview

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A trailblazer with over 50 years in the entertainment industry, radio and TV personality, business executive, and the first African American woman to chair a publicly traded company and the founder of Urban One Cathy Hughes called into the Rickey Smiley Morning Show.  

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Miss Hughes wanted to make a special appearance to discuss the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday and some insight behind the creation of Stevie Wonder’s iconic ‘Happy Birthday’ song, it’s origin, backstory, and importance in today’s society.

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“Everyone sings the Stevie Wonder version of happy,” says Miss H, “The reality is that most people don’t know the lyrics. One of the realities is our obligation to teach our history to our children and our youth.”

According to NewsOne, “In 1981, Stevie Wonder wrote the song “Happy Birthday” as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a campaign for the establishment of a national holiday in honor of the civil rights icon.”

The lyrics of the first verse state:

You know it doesn’t make much sense, There ought to be a law against, Anyone who takes offense, At a day in your celebration, Cause we all know in our minds, That there ought to be a time, That we can set aside, To show just how much we love you. And I’m sure you would agree, It couldn’t fit more perfectly Than to have a world party on the day you came to be.

As the Grammy-award-winning singer sings in the bridge, “Why has there never been a holiday/Where peace is celebrated/All throughout the world” that was the biggest question: Isn’t it time to have a holiday to honor a man who fought for the civil rights of Black people and many others across the world?


Eventually, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law establishing the national holiday. The holiday was first observed in 1986 and is now observed every third Monday in January.

Being a national holiday, most people will have some time that evening after observing the holiday during the day, and Miss Hughes wants to remind everyone about TV One’s Urban Honors.

Stating that this is the “biggest show yet” and is set to celebrate the icons of the culture! This year’s honorees include; Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Bobby Brown, L. L. Cool J, Pharell Williams, Tamela Mann, and  David Mann.  Hitting the stage Marvin Sapp, Monie Love, Doug E. Fresh, and more!


Listen to Urban One founder Cathy Hughes break down the history behind Stevie Wonders’s song & why you must tune in on TV One and Cleo TV on January 16th!



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