Grapevine: Chaka Khan and sister enter rehab

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Chaka Khan enters rehab

Singer Chaka Khan told the Associated Press that she’s canceling some concerts and that she and her sister Yvonne Stevens will enter rehab for their prescription pill addictions. The Grammy-winner cited the recent death of Prince as part of their decision to get help. “The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities,” Khan said in a statement. “We knew it was time to take action to save our lives. My sister and I would like to thank everyone for their support, love and prayers.” In 1984 Khan covered Prince’s tune “I Feel for You,” which won them the Grammy for Best R&B Song. Chaka Khan plans to be back on the road in August.

Martha Reeves hosts 75th birthday party in Detroit

Motown legend Martha Reeves will celebrate her 75th birthday July 18 with a party at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre in Eastern Market. The event is open to the public and boasts a dance contest, karaoke, raffle prizes and a live band. Guests are asked to come in 1960s attire for the costume contest. Tickets, $15, are available at

Mary Wilson talks police relations with TMZ

A TMZ reporter caught up with original Supremes member Mary Wilson to talk about police brutality as she was leaving a restaurant in West Hollywood. When asked how today’s relations between police and African Americans compared to back in the Motown days she said “it doesn’t even compare.” “We were not even (considered) citizens (back then).” She says things were less violent before the civil rights movements, because “we as black people knew our it wasn’t until Martin Luther King and the civil rights (movement) when things started changing and we started standing up for the rights.” Regarding the current issues, she says things don’t change overnight. “It takes times. Things are bad before it gets better, I think that’s maybe where we are now. I think we all need to, like my mother says, pray for peace and happiness.”

Canadian artist launches van Gogh look-alike project

Canadian artist Douglas Coupland has launched a website to find the world’s closest Vincent van Gogh doppelganger. The winner gets €5,000 and a trip to Vancouver. Local musician Mike Anton is one of 1,000 hopefuls and has more than 100 votes. The current top vote-getter is Petter Samuelson of Sweden who has more than 20,000 votes.


■New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter and swimsuit model Hannah Davis got married Saturday in St. Helena, California, People magazine reports.

■On Friday actress Liv Tyler gave birth to her third child, daughter Lula Rose Gardner. This is her second child with fiancé David Gardner.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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