Monday, June 17, 2024

The Little Boy Who Introduced Diana Ross May Rule the World One Day: His Other Grandparent is Berry Gordy


That little boy who introduced Diana Ross on the Grammys last night was her grandson, Raif Kendrick. At 9 years old he already has the poise to host the whole show! Raif has the genes. His grandfather is Berry Gordy, founder of Motown. He already looks like a combo of Ross and Gordy. Raif’s mom is Diana’s singer daughter, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, was also raised by Diana’s then husband, former music manager Robert Ellis Silberstein. The whole gang has turned into a big, blended family over the years. Diana and Bob’s daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, is a big star (“Blackish,” among other things. They were all sitting together last night. Diana has a public reputation as a diva, but in private she’s a hell of a mom. No one believes she’s 75, she looks like a kid!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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