As we approach the most festive and popular holiday season of the year, you can be sure to see advertisements of joyful, tranquil family settings as if the foundation of family gatherings is as innocent as apple pie and a glass of milk. Not so at all. Some reading this may very well enjoy a close-knit, laugh fest of family good times. Great for you. The reality for many others though is that too often enough, important issues along the path of life between family members are never properly brought to the table for discussion, creating an underlying volcano of mental and/or emotional turmoil.
Friday, November 12, 2010
What's good hip hop? As Eddie Murphy said in the classic flick "Trading Places"...."MERRY NEW YEAR!!! LOL Stop the music that you may be playing for a few so you can soak up this post properly. Let it marinate in your brain.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Old School Hip Hop Throwback Of The Day: Brandy - I Wanna Be Down (Remix) (feat. Mc Lyte, YoYo & Queen Latifah)
Music Video: Hasan Salaam & Rugged N Raw Are Mohammad Dangerfield | The BBQ Joint Featuring Kendal Good
|Rugged-N-Raw and Hasan Salaam|
Hasan Salaam & Rugged N Raw Are Mohammad Dangerfield | The BBQ Joint Featuring Kendal Good
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
New Rap Albums Due Nov. 9: Cee-Lo Green, Devlin, Dru Down, Erk Tha Jerk, Holy Hip Hop, Kid Cudi, MC Yogi, Mike E. Clark, Smoke DZA, Twista, Watchmen, Zion I
|Cee Lo Green|
Black Voices yesterday and... Ummm... You can watch it for yourself... Then read the article on Black Voices here.
Ralph “Uncle Ralph” McDaniels, hip-hop culture pioneer, entrepreneur, and visionary who created “Video Music Box”, the first music video show focused exclusively to an urban market-broadcast on public television.
Monday, November 8, 2010
|Florence Ballard and Faith Evans|
I mentioned this on air a little over a month ago, but this was before I started this blog. Faith Evans will star as the late Florence Ballard in an upcoming biopic.
The movie is based off of the book “The Lost Supreme” by Peter Benjaminson and it tells the story about Florence Ballard who paved the way for female entertainers. The biopic will reveal shocking details of Florence’s life from her success to her devastating betrayal and the actual cause of her death at 32 years old.
In tribute to "Black Girls Rock" that aired on BET last night, here is a absolutely beautiful performance of Nina Simone's "Four Women", performed by Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius, Kelly Price, and Ledisi. Big ups to DJ Beverly Bond for such a wonderful award ceremony!!
Really Ryan Leslie?! Saturday Ryan Leslie tweeted and released a video for a reward of $1 million dollars with the return of his laptop.
Leslie lost the laptop in Cologne, Germany while he was touring when it was left unattended in the back of a black Mercedes October 23rd. The Mercedes was briefly left unattended when his security drivers escorted him into a nightclub. That's when his bag which contained his MacBook, $10,000, and his passport were stolen.
I pray that laptop ends in my hands. I could use an extra million dollars. Sigh...
Here goes the YouTube video of Ryan Leslie's plea
Here goes a short quote from a recent article in SOHH.com:
"One thing about hip-hop, it'll begin to stand alone, a movement by itself. It was just a hardcore drum beat bass line and that's all you saw. Then, it started to slowly travel into the funk era, and it took over that whole funk era, and that's when the West Coast came and brought that whole vibe to it so it just slowly came in effect at that part of it...."
Click here for the rest of the SOHH.com article.
He just had a son with Alicia Keys, then he's featured in GQ magazine, now Swizz Beatz will be named the first producer-in-residence, at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts.
Swizz will offer students one-on-one sessions, group lectures, songwriting critiques and mentoring.
It seems to be a lucky year for Mr. Beatz
Check out one of his latest songs which features Estelle here.
Eminem lost out to Justin Bieber in the "Best Male" category, but beat out Lil Wayne, T.I., Kanye West, and Snoop Dogg in "Best Hip Hop".
Eminem was not on hand to accept the award live because he was in Brazil doing a show, but did so through a video message.
Click here to check this article.
Check this article on MTV.com
The parade will take place at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (November 25) and will feature its signature helium balloons, floats, marching bands and more. As usual, it will also feature a big shot cameo by Santa Claus.
You can also watch it live with Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer co-hosting along with Al Roker.
I don't think I ever really watched a performance of Keri Hilson. Does she do well live? Just asking.