Motown great Diana Ross has released the following statement about Maxine Powell, the company's famed finishing and etiquette coach, who passed away Monday, Oct. 14, from natural causes at the age of 89...
"Girls growing up in underprivileged areas, need to know their worth and their value.
I was born in the Brewster housing project and meeting Maxine Powell showed me that there was the possibility of beauty, grace, integrity and meaning to my life.
The wisdom she shared with me and all of the young artists at Motown will never be forgotten.
She was the true example of a mentor and coach and just someone who cared about us.
I also hope to be such an example as I live my life.