Mayor Marty Walsh to Honor New Edition’s Michael Bivins
Boston singer Michael Bivins will be honored by Mayor Marty Walsh at a dedication ceremony on Thursday morning.
The New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe founding member is getting a basketball court named after him at Roxbury’s Ramsay Park. The location means a lot to Bivins, who frequently played on the court as a kid and returns every year to host the Michael Bivins Basketball Tournament.
“I used to be out here as a kid, and I played ball and I did my thing, and this is all I know,” he told Boston magazine in 2014.
Bivins is scheduled to appear at Thursday’s event with Mayor Walsh, which kicks off at 10:15 a.m. Students from the Orchard Gardens K-8 School will be there as well to help honor the local star.
In addition to his career on the stage, Bivins has made a name for himself behind the scenes in the music business. The Roxbury native has managed and mentored several high-profile acts over the years, including Another Bad Creation, MC Brains, Boyz II Men, and 702.
Bivins and the rest of Bell Biv Deveo also recently made a comeback in September with the release of “Run,” the group’s first single in 15 years. The song is from the trio’s forthcoming album “Three Stripes,” which debuts on January 27.