“My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us.
I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain.
This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us.
Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don’t mind “These Stones”, if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless.
I am here.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,”.
I am here, representing you, because this is what matters.”
– Chrisette Michele
That was the open letter to fans and Black people in general. There’s no denying that Michele’s words are sincere, it’s the recent past of Trump that makes any Black person that even remotely seems to be hearing him out look a like “coon”.
Let’s get beyond the whole “bridge” talk and get into that fact Chrisette Michele will be performing at Trump’s inauguration. What will she wear? What will she sing? Protesting from the sidelines mean nothing, the media will spin whatever happens into something they can control. If Michele uses this opportunity to do something significant no one would know anyway. She could fire a subtle shot letting the Trump administration know that Black people are watching and want, demand and deserve respect. Do I think she will just take the money and sing whatever Trump and his family wants, this is me thinking that Trump has no idea about Chrisette Michele’s catalog and just needed a Black female face to show up. The fact that she accepted the invite there isn’t the issue, what happens with the opportunity is. I’m all for a Beyoncé Superbowl Halftime controversy, that overshadows the night. Do I think this will happen? Not at all but I also don’t think her career is over. Fans will be mad for awhile and then move on. Trump is Trump, he has four years to either show his true colors or keep up the ignorance, that is unless it isn’t an act. People will have forgotten about this by the summer unless some diva wants to beef with her over Twitter and bring it up. We as Black people have to wait and see what happens the next day or Monday.
Word has it that Run DMC is suing many companies including big dogs WalMart and Amazon for trademark infringement. This makes sense given the fact that many stores sell merchandise with a band’s logo on it. One has to wonder if people even considered that using any band’s logo was a sign of trademark infringement? Moving away from the big companies and just speaking about the small sites that sell merchandise and those shorts are a major seller for them,does this make those sites look for the proper way to go about things or just continue until they’re caught?
what this ultimately does is now turn band branding into the jumbled mess a band’s music is in. At this point if Run DMC chose to watch shows and movies and charge those studios for wearing shirts with their logo they could. Professional sports do it all the time, same thing with sneaker companies. Why wouldn’t bands be allowed to do the same thing? Would such a move detour bootleggers from selling shirts with logos on them? Not at all, people are still selling bootleg albums, some people are selling mixtapes on Amazon which are nothing more than greatest hits collections. I hope Run DMC opens a door that should have been opened long ago, and would have been if record labels thought they could profit off trademarks as much as they do with music of the artists.
Non Hip Hop Album: Anderson Paak: Malibu
First off what is crazy to me is that in a time where singers are routinely labeled as rappers Anderson Paak depending on who you talk to doesn’t fit the criteria. Malibu is one of the best albums this year hands down. It’s soulful and deep with the essence of game peppered all over it.
Hip Hop Album: De La Soul: De La Soul and The Anonymous Nobody
Even though we the public knew De La Soul was working an album. No one could have known that the album would have been so different in a good way. Let’s be real the highlight alone is the track with 2 Chainz. De La continues to grow as artists and this album is the newest testimonial to that.
Totally going left field with the start of this year’s Christmas mix. Good music is good music, and I’m all about good music. Enjoy.
Kenny Rodgers & Dolly Parton – Winter Wonderland-Sleigh Ride
Lady Antebellum – Christmas
Blake Shelton feat.Kelly Clarkson – There’s A New Kid In Town
Alan Jackson – Just Put a Ribbon in Your Hair
Gary Allan – Please Come Home for Christmas
Alison Krauss – Only You Can Bring Me Cheer
Sam Bush – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Johnny Cash – The Christmas Guest
Carrie Underwood – What Child Is This
Reba McEntire – Away In a Manger
Toby Keith – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Alan Jackson – Let It Be Christmas
Loretta Lynn – Silver Bells
Darius Rucker – What God Wants for Christmas
Alabama – Little Drummer Boy
Patty Loveless – O Come All Ye Faithful
Reba McEntire – Silent Night
Given the fact that sooo much has happened this year, I felt like I had to be a bit more light with this year’s Black Friday mix. From the passing of people that shocked the globe like Prince, David Bowie and Phife Dawg and the many more celebrities and those in out personal lives. The police murdering unarmed men and women to those individuals who murdered police l. Then there’s the fact Trump who is our President elect. Music is my constant and I know it’s not just me. This is another good mix, enjoy.
Tribe Called Quest – We The People….
De La Soul feat. 2Chainz – Whoodeeni
DITC feat. Fat Joe, A.G. & O.C. – It’s Cold Outside
Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – Jordans & a Gold Chain
Westside Gunn feat Action Bronson – Dudley Boyz
Rapper Big Pooh and Nottz – Jesus
Masta Ace feat. Your Old Droog – 3000 Avenue X
Black Star – You Already Knew
Common – Joy And Peace
Slum Village feat J Dilla – Reunion
Rapsody feat. Raphael Saadiq – Gonna Miss You
David Banner and 9th Wonder – No Denying
Moss feat. Eternia – Day & Night
Pete Rock feat. CL Smooth – Back On The Block
Kanye West feat. Talib Kweli and Common – Get Em High
Reflection Eternal feat. Vinia Mojica – The Blast
Little Brother – Whatever You Say (remix)
Tableek of Maspyke – Summer In The City
88 Keys – True Feelings
Chance The Rapper – Blessings
Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
This documentary is for all those Hip Hop heads who lived through 90‘s Hip Hop. You remember hearing those shows via tape if you weren’t in New York. I remember hearing tapes all the time and some of the songs they played you would never hear them anywhere else or even hear them again. It was the place to be for real MCs to showcase their skill. You get the story from the start to the end of the duos run, even that point where it felt like they sold out by being on Hot 97. Great documentary for those who love Hip Hop and remember or just want to get a quick glimpse into a time far gone.
I Am Road Comic
This documentary explores the perception of what is to be a road comic. You get the real details of budgeting and how hectic the travel is as well as the places that suck for road comic…. Houston, don’t know why but it is universally panned by comics in this film. You get the unwritten rules of being the opening act to selling merchandise.
This documentary is very close to being completely full of hate towards Scientology. What keeps that from happening is the fact that the people speaking were all at some point in their lives a member of scientology. The begining isn’t much new information, it’s the second half that gets creepy. Every religion is a few steps away from being a cult or just becoming something awful and this documentary shows that scientology has crossed the line a few times but depending on where you stand with scientology you either see it or you don’t.
I don’t watch anything on BET and last night was no exception. Waking up the real news wasn’t who won what award or who killed it on stage but what was said by Jesse Williams. The was so evident that when I googled his name and BET and every news site has a story and footage of the speech. I’m personally glad someone spoke to our people and that it was on BET, and not just BET , but a few other channels as well. It’s something should be applauded as well as something that should soak in the minds and souls as those who heard the speech. Maybe BET is started to change the way things work at the channel or maybe they had no idea what Williams would say and to cut him off would be more harmful. In any event , it was a great speech that needed to be heard by all. As I type this , BET and Viacom have went above and beyond to not have the speech online. Youtube has deleted every upload of the speech and BET.com is showing an interview of Jesse Williams and not the speech while highlighting the performances. The truth is there and BET needs to jump on board a movement that will soon target them as a brand if they continue to choose to straddle the fence. I downloaded this from Steven Rodgers youtube account, salute to Steven Rodgers