Stevie Wonder Reacts To Verdict In The Trayvon Martin Case

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Another reason why Stevie is the 8th Wonder of the World.

He’s putting his money where his mouth is and pledging never to perform in Florida or any other state where Stand Your Ground laws exist. Activism is nothing new for Stevie though.

Bow down.

A Song For Trayvon

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As I sit here 24 hours after the verdict was read, I remain in a state of depression, disappointment, disillusionment, disgust and every other “d” word you can think of — except for denial. It’s quite clear, yet again, that the lives of our black boys (hell, black people period) continue to be worth nothing. How does it feel to be a problem?

I’m going to stop here because I am absolutely not a cultural critic or an academic and I prefer to stay in my lane. I know a little bit about music. I know that it can help heal. Although right now, it seriously feels like nothing, not even putting it in God’s hands is enough. That’s coming from someone who is deeply spiritual. It’s becoming quite clear that this was not a case the prosecution cared to win since it appears they are quite capable of winning the cases they WANT to win.

We’ve got to act and I’m proud to see so many people coming together across the country peaceably to help each other process this and figure out how to continue supporting Trayvon Martin’s family as the fight continues and also the families of those being murdered in Chicago and all across the country.

This playlist, “A Song for Trayvon, is dedicated to Lester Chambers, a black musician who was assaulted on stage while trying to sing a song for Trayvon. The jury was still deliberating when the animal attacked. And WE are the problem. Mercy, mercy me.

Music Events: Jilly From Philly In Convo With National Museum of African Art

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scottweb_sitkolWhen this event popped up on my timeline, any other plans I may have had for that day mysteriously auto-deleted from my calendar. Certain artists have the power to make that happen. Jill Scott is one of them.

On Friday, August 9, Jill will be in conversation with Johnnetta Cole as part of the National Museum of African Art Director’s Discussion Series.  We always love to hear Jill sanging and you can do that here and here. However, Jill is also a multi-talented actor, author, poet and philanthropist. In the midst of the beautiful, culturally rich space like the Museum of The American Indian, I expect it to be great discussion.

Tickets are on sale to the general public now here. Get them while they’re hot! I fully expect this to sell out.

This is the latest in the series of discussions that have previously featured icons such as Maya Angelou and other artists and musicians.

Conceptualizing and planning events like this would be my dream job. #WriteItMakeItHappen

#ThrowBackThursday “Reminisce” With Bilal (For Dilla)

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This one is for Dilla.

Yesterday’s DC Loves Dilla show was nothing short of amazing. Shamefully it was my first one but certainly won’t be my last. Each and every artist that graced that stage brought their “A” game for Dilla, one of the most prolific producers of our generation. If you’re not familiar, please check the resume.

Bilal has much history with Dilla and I was thrilled when he was added to the show at the 11th hour, maybe right around the time that Black Thought decided he had better shit to do.

For this edition of #ThrowBackThursday* on the blog I decided to go with a classic from 1st Born Second, the Dilla produced “Reminisce.” I recorded this one at a show back in 2007.

Last night, D.C.reminisced on the career of a great man. Of 10 years since the release of Ruff Draft (yes, I turned ALL the way up for Crushin). It was a great night for D.C. music lovers.

*Yes, I know #ThrowBackThursday is a photo meme. But I do what I want!

Flava In My Ear: Best Soul Albums Of 2013 (So Far!)

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top_albums_2013We’re halfway through a year that has gone by quicker than the speed of light. 2013 has been the worst with regards to my personal life and also as a citizen of these here good ole United States.

When I’ve been at my lowest point, sometimes the only thing left to do is get lost in the music. These are some of the albums that have been in constant rotation and thus earned a place on my Best of 2013 list. I’m curating the albums using my favorite social media tool, Pinterest, where I’ve just created a new home for the blog. If you’re a fan, be sure to follow me as I develop more boards daily.

I’m particularly excited about the discovery of Laura Mvula, yet another songstress from overseas that you should add to your playlists. You’ve already seen what she can do. Her debut album, Sing To The Moon, was released this Spring and I’ve seen nothing but praise for the striking musician’s (trained) vocals and live performance. This album touches my soul. I’m listening to it as I write this post. I’ve seen comparisons to Nina Simone and Lizz Wright and I concur with both. She’s something special. This album will bless you.

You already know how excited I was about another special British artist’s return and boy did he deliver! I took Omar’s album, The Man, on my birthday trip and made the mistake of listening to it at the spa. Not conducive to relaxation at all. When he brings his tour to the DC area, we are going to be working up a black sweat!

Check out these albums and add them to your collection. I wouldn’t steer you wrong! You may see some of your faves missing from the list. Feel free to share them in the comments. I still have a small backlog so you may see some updates to the list.

We have lots of great music to look forward to in the later half of 2013 as well. Are you on pins and needles like I am waiting to hear the new projects from Janelle Monae, Amel Larrieux, and Gregory Porter? Been a LONG time coming for the ladies!

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