BCH@BING: Diana Ross: The Wiz

NEW YORK - 1978:  The cast of "The Wiz" (L-R Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Diana Ross and Ted Ross) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1978: The cast of "The Wiz" (L-R Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Diana Ross and Ted Ross) pose for a publicity shot in 1978 in New York, New York. The movie was directed by Sidney Lumet and produced by Universal Studios. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

The BCH@BING Diana Ross: Boss series culminates this week with a sing-along, outdoor presentation of The Wiz (Sidney Lumet, 1978). For many of us, this is the original. Diana, Michael, Nipsey, Ted and Toto ease down a Congoleum yellow brick road through the Blackest fantasy space ever rendered on film. Grab your lawn chair, warm up your singing voice, and join us at the Muffler Shop (corner of 55th and King Dr) at sunset to ease on down that road!

Performer, musical theater director and arts educator Shakila Grigler will guest host tonight’s event and lead the sing-along.

As we sip our Lemonade this summer, let’s not forget Queen D. Supreme Diva Diana Ross evolved from her ground-breaking 1960s girl group to a solo superstardom that surpassed all expectations of what Black women could achieve in the entertainment industry. Cinema was central to the vision that Ross and Svengali Berry Gordy developed for her career, and for Motown. This month BCH@BING takes a look at the films of Diana Ross, all cult classics beloved for the outrageous alchemy of Ross’ fabulousness combined with eclectic production design, unforgettable music, and a host of co-starring Black luminaries.