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Apollo 2011 Spring Gala

The Apollo Theater. June 13, 2011. By Mickey Woods

Stevie Wonder is being honored tonight. Have you met him before? “I have, at this café in L.A. I went over to say hi, and he feels your hand—that’s how he can tell if you’re cute or if you’re not cute. So he was feeling the inside of my wrist, and I was like, Oh my gosh, please let this wrist feel pretty!” —SHERRI SHEPHERD

ANIKA NONI ROSE

What do you have to say about Stevie being honored tonight? “What took them so long?” —SPIKE LEE

WYCLEF JEAN

Have you seen Stevie in concert? “I saw him once in L.A., and he did, like, a 25-minute run. You know those runs where you’re just clownin’? That’s as good as it gets.” —SINBAD

JIMMY BUFFETT

Any memories of Stevie growing up? “Some awards show where he sang ‘Overjoyed’ with Mary J. Blige. I was like 12 or 13 years old, on my knees in front of the TV, just crying.” —GABOUREY SIDIBE

MELANIE FIONA

Favorite Stevie song? “There are too many. But ‘You and I’—we used to try to date girls in high school on that song. ” —REVEREND AL SHARPTON

MARTHA REEVE

What does Stevie Wonder mean to you? “Good music, honey! Good music all the way through.” —PHYLICIA RASHAD

DEBRA LEE AND RICHARD PARSONS

What do you think of Lady Gaga? “She sings good. And she’s versatile. You tell her I said we should do a song together. Tell her to put me on her schedule, with a quickness.” —STEVIE WONDER

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