Look Who’s Talking Now

Not sure about cable news but online Hello Barbie was a major story. Here is the quick run down of the story, Mattel wants to continue to eat off of Barbie even though sells are low. Some genius figured out Barbie should be talk back to little girls. The girls ask questions and or just have little small talk and Barbie listens and responds while keeping the conversation on a cloud device to make the conversation with that little girl personal. Not getting into the creepy stuff those at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood or The Christian Science Monitor have already touched on, I’m going with common sense. First off Mattel missed the boat on this along time ago, When Teddy Ruxpin was first introduced this talking doll should have been introduced. Back then Barbie still had a hold on little girls. It’s 2015, it’s odd seeing little girls with dolls now. Maybe dolls are still given to little girls who also have tea parties and dress up as princesses. Barbie is not important to children, she is like Tonka trucks, Hot Wheel cars, action figures and many other childish toys. Outside of Legos and Play doh, nothing really has a chance in the toy world. Toys are now the new pairs of socks of gift giving. Remember you’d get the toys you wanted and a few you were sorta into and then some socks? Well now you get the electronics and a toy for the fact the parents want you to be a kid. If Mattel was smart they would have come up with an app that costs a little money that does what Siri does but for little girls. Mattel doesn’t want that yet they do. They want that connection but also want young girls to have dolls in their hands.

The real story is how girls shouldn’t need a doll to talk to and interact with, they need people. If you’re a parent who feels worried about Hello Barbie you may want to look at your child’s life if she needs a toy to be her BFF, Mattel isn’t the problem. It’s not just parents but us as a society, with all the complaints with Hello Barbie the biggest one staring us in our faces is the one no one is speaking on. How anti social have we become that we are allowing children to have a device to talk to instead of real people or that we have a toy company thinking that a toy would be better than human interaction? Once you give Hello Barbie to your daughter you’re saying talking to real people is useless or isn’t as important and teaches your child she is too good to talk to other girls. You’re saying no longer use your imagination and think of wonderful stories to play out as all children do. Those should be the concerns, that someone is encouraging us as adults to isolate our children from the world and depend on a toy for companionship. Someone is teaching our children to deal with a device instead of people. As an adult I’m like everyone else glued to a device to communicate with people but I also remember the bonds made with friends as a child. Talking about whatever and hanging out with them doing whatever kids do. Hello Barbie can’t give anyone that. Mattel isn’t concerned about that, it does feel like a far reach to keep Barbie relevant and it’s not a good look. This is only a story because as much as people hate Barbie she is still apart of America, it’s like Hot Dogs, guns and racism. Barbie was a status symbol for parents who bought them for their daughters back in the day. It said something if you were a little girl during a certain time in America and you didn’t have Barbie or the houses and cars. Times have changed Barbie isn’t something girls want to have as a toy. The reason Hello Barbie made news is because she is toy royalty, it’s been around since 1959, there are no other toys that are still around from back then. This is just one of the new looks that may have crossed the line. Give it a few months and there will be traditional Barbie again and then a newer version adapting to what’s the new thing again.

Sunday Soul Session: Funk Doobie 4

 

Funk Doobie

Another funk mix in the Funk Doobie series. A nice amount oldies but goodies click here and ENJOY

1. Intro – Intro
2. The O Jays – Love Train
3. Salsoul Orchestra – Getaway
4. Rufus Thomas – The Breakdown part 1
5. Joe Tex – Papa Was, Too
6. Funkadelic – Good Ole Music
7. Norman Feels – Mr. Wanna Be
8. Kool & The Gang – This You, This Is Me
9. Little Ann – One Way Street
10. Leroy Hutson – Let’s Be Lonely Together
11. Sly & The Family Stone – 01 Luv N’ Haight
12. UPP – Give It To You
13. 9th Creation – Rule of Mind
14. D’Angelo – 1000 Deaths
15. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Claudine Theme 1
16. The Four Tops – Peace Of Mind

Wayne Brady: Every Little Step Video

While waiting for the Oscars I watch Comedy Central and they were showing  Chappelle’s Show, which is still just as funny over ten years later, yes ten years later. One Episode was the one where Wayne Brady took over because Dave left the show.My girl was all over the fulfilled prophecy of the episode. Still you have to give it up to Wayne Brady for being a funny dude who understood the way he was viewed by African Americans. All that brings me to say while on Facebook someone had this video posted in a group I’m in and it was from Funny Or Die, I personally have never found anything funny that I’ve come across on the site at all. This wasn’t funny as much as it was fun to see everyone involved having fun including the King of R&B himself.

 

Sunday Soul Session: Valentines Day 2015

valentine 2015

A Day Late and a little lighter in the pockets but completely worth it being this happy. Moving on from the sappy stuff, here is a nice mix of old CLASSIC slow jams about love and being loved. Click here and Enjoy.

 

1.Intro – Intro
2. Keith Sweat – I’ll Give All My Love To You
3. Anita Baker – Angel
4. Maxwell – Whenever Wherever Whatever
5. Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye – You’re All I Need To Get By
6. Luther Vandross & Cheryl Lynn – If This World Were Mine
7. Whitney Houston – You Give Good Love
8. Atlantic Starr – Always
9. Peaches & Herb – Close Your Eyes
10. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – The Closer I Get To You
11. Boyz II Men – On Bended Knee
12. Patti LeBelle – Love, Need, And Want You
13. Donny Hathaway – A Song For You
14. John Legend – Ordinary People
15. Minnie Riperton – Loving You

Ledisi Should Have Been A Feel Good Story Of The Grammys

 

If you’ve seen the drama about Beyonce stealing Ledisi’s thunder yesterday and may have wondered who is Ledisi? You’re not alone, she isn’t part of pop culture regulars at all. Now if you’re the type of person who actually took time to check her music out and liked it because you’ve read comments about how good, no great, she is of a singer imagine if she had got to perform at The Grammys instead of Beyonce. The Grammys have been known to single handed put artists  front and center in pop culture just from exposure. Ricky Martin was one of those people, Bon Iver was a niche group before The Grammys.  Imagine hearing Ledisi do her thing and everyone first learning how to spell her name then going to Itunes to hear her music. To have performed at The Grammys televised portion on your resume is a great look. Some people with great careers have not only never won, have never been nominated for a Grammy, which by the way not being up for those major award does lower the chance to perform a song at The Grammys. Ledisi lucked up because of The Selma tribute. This could have been her one shot or at best the first of many times seen live at The Grammys. Blame on what happened can go around starting with Beyonce, to those who didn’t stop Beyonce from hijacking Ledisi shine, including Ledisi herself. Maybe if she had voiced her opinion things may have been different. That last comment can also be taken two ways because it could have also meant what outlets do play Ledisi’s music could have stopped playing it as a result of standing up to the queen. Maybe John Legend could have spoken up. If this was Like Chocolate For Water Common he too could have been substituted for a more high profile MC.The Grammy are nothing more than black tie AMA or MTV awards, if you’re not holding top spot in Country, Pop or Urban music you’re not even on the televised portion of the show. Ledisi made it through the doors with nothing more than VH-1 Soul as a outlet. I hope someone at The Grammys noticed the class act she was to take it all as a blessing and find a way to get her stage sometime in the future.