Dec 2, 2015
This IS TV herstory, and this installment is about one event, one woman, one team of technical personnel and the miracle that 800,000 concert-goers filed into and out of New York’s Central Park largely without incident. The added wonder is that it occurred in the dark, in heavy rain. Cable network Showtime's simulcast of it, around the world, exclusively captured it on film.
Diana Ross' performance took place on July 21st, 1983 and again on July 22nd. Torrential rain brought an early end to the first concert. Ross was at the height of her solo career. Her start with the Supremes, her work in the movies and a string of pop hits had kept her in the public eye, at this point, for 20 years. Talk about reinvention.
With every reinvention, Ross set records, she broke race barriers, she was often the only woman in the room, or for certain, the most powerful woman in the room. And on a humid stormy July evening in New York, she connected with her audience in the most powerful way imaginable.