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Stephanie Mills says she should have married Michael Jackson to protect him from music industry influences.

Stephanie, 64, posted a photo of herself with Black Michael. The image is one of many photos taken of the friends together.

Stephanie captioned the image: "Michael and I should have married. I would have protected the beautiful one."

There were rumors that Stephanie had a crush on the late pop icon in the 1980s, but they were never romantically involved, according to insiders.

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Stephanie was 17 when she gained international fame for her electrifying performance as Dorothy in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Wiz from 1974 to 1979.

Stephanie's song "Home" from The Wiz soundtrack was a Number 1 U.S. R&B hit for her. The song was performed by Diana Ross in the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz.

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Even though Stephanie never got to first base with Michael, she did marry singer/dancer Jeffrey Daniel, of Shalamar and Soul Train fame.

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Jeffrey, pictured with Jackie Jackson of The Jacksons in 1982, is credited with teaching Michael Jackson the Moonwalk.

Stephanie and Jeffrey, 64, divorced in 1983 after three years of marriage.

Stephanie later married Dino Meminger: (1989–1991) and Michael Saunders (1993–2001).
 

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Phylicia Rashad is fighting to keep her position as dean at Howard University. Rashad, 73, was heavily criticized after she showed support for her TV husband, Bill Cosby, in an exuberant tweet.

Cosby, 83, was released from prison last week after serving three years of a 3- to 10-year sentence for alleged sexual assault.

Rashad, who starred with the comedian on the TV sitcom "The Cosby Show", tweeted:

"FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"

After facing furious public backlash, Rashad deleted her tweet and backtracked, saying "I fully support survivors of sexual assault".

Liberal officials at woke Howard University pressured Rashad to apologize again after students called for her termination.

Rashad hastily released a lengthy statement, saying her "remarks were in no way directed toward survivors of sexual assault."

Rashad received overwhelming support from her celebrity friends, including singer Stephanie Mills who urged Howard U. to "give back the millions" Cosby donated to the school.

The 64-year-old "Home" singer took to Instagram and wrote:

"I love you @phyliciarashad [heart emojis]. If it's true that Howard University wants to terminate her Position because they feel her comments about Mr. Cosby were insensitive, then they should give back the millions of dollars that he donated to the university."

Mills referred to the millions Cosby donated to Howard in return for an honorary college degree in 1989.

Cosby also donated millions to the all-women Spelman college in Atlanta, Ga.

The former Broadway star is best known for her hit singles "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love", "I Feel Good All Over", "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me" and "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)".

She won a Grammy Award for "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (watch her sing live below).
 

 

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The cast of "The Wiz LIVE!" made an appearance on the Today Show in NYC on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The cast includes singer/songwriter Ne-Yo (the Tin-Man), pictured left; actress Shanice Williams (Dorothy), pictured right; actor/comedian David Alan Grier (The Cowardly Lion); and Elijah Kelley (Scarecrow).

Directed by Kenny Leon, The Wiz LIVE! revives the 1975 Broadway musical "The Wiz", starring Stephanie Mills as Dorothy in an all black cast. "The Wiz LIVE!" TV special also stars Mills (as Auntie Em), Queen Latifah (as The Wiz), Mary J. Blige, rapper Common, and Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba (as Glenda the good witch).

"The Wiz LIVE!" airs on NBC TV on Dec. 3.

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