Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rhiannon Giddens- "Julie"


Rhiannon Giddens' music is based on a collective number of slave narratives. This is an absolutely beautiful way to preserve the history of our enslaved ancestors; it addresses and expresses the very heart of wanting to be free from bondage. Thank you, Rhiannon Giddens. Lovely.


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Zora and the Haiti Connection


This is a short video on Zora Neale Hurston and her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Ms. Hurston was an anthropologist, folklorist, historian, and writer to a name a few, but I am sure that there was more to her as a human being and a woman. Thank you, Ms. Hurston. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Glory, Glory Hallelujah - Otha Turner & the Afrossippi Allstars





This music is so pure and unfiltered. I love it. It's true "soul" music. Glory, glory, hallelujah! Leave it all to God through Christ, our savior!  "...when I lay my burdens down."

Saturday, March 11, 2017

John Lee Hooker - Hobo Blues


John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1912 – June 21, 2001) is one of my favorite Blues singers. He was so poetic and creative with his guitar and lyrics. I think of the Blues as a linguistic record of African American Vernacular English. Listen closely and you will understand. Well, if you were raised in an environment where that language was spoken, you will have a better understanding. Enjoy. Peace~

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jimmy Rushing: Sent For You Yesterday


Jimmy Rushing, the beloved teddy bear, blues shouter, balladeer, and swing jazz singer who hailed from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was best known as the featured vocalist of Count Basie's Orchestra from 1935 to 1948.

He also made appearances in film such as the 1969 Gordon Parks film, The Learning Tree. In this video, Mr. Rushing is showing off some of his big, smooth dance smooths and vocals. Read more about the life and times of of Jimmy Rushing at AllMusic.com. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

To Muslim Americans, With Love




I, Too

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I, too, sing America. 

I am the darker brother. 
They send me to eat in the kitchen 
When company comes, 
But I laugh, 
And eat well, 
And grow strong. 

Tomorrow, 
I’ll be at the table 
When company comes. 
Nobody’ll dare 
Say to me, 
“Eat in the kitchen,” 
Then. 

Besides, 
They’ll see how beautiful I am 
And be ashamed— 

I, too, am America.

Source: Hughes, Langston, Arnold Rampersad, and David E. Roessel. The collected poems of Langston Hughes. New York: Knopf, 1994. Print.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016


One of my favorite Christmas scenes featuring Oprah Winfrey as "Ms. Sophia." This is for anyone who wishes to be home for the holidays. It's for those who miss their parents and loved ones. God bless and comfort you. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. I'm looking forward to a fantastic New Year for us all despite the forecast. Peace~

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

'Moonlight' Director Barry Jenkins & Cast



I'm looking forward to seeing this film. It looks really interesting. Just a thought: I think that Oprah and the OWN channel has created a real market for black drama (for lack of a better term). This is a chance for some actors to really shine. It features Andre Holland; I really enjoyed him on The Knick. It also features British actress, Naomi Harris from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. I really love that the actors are not one dimensional and stereotypical. There seems to be some diverse characters from what I've seen of the trailer. I guess that it remains to be seen.  I'm just glad that it's not a comedy. Black actors in Hollywood don't always have to make the audiences laugh. Sometimes, the audience needs to cry. In fact, we all need a really good cry after living through 2016.  Thank you, Mr. Jenkins. 

Rhiannon Giddens- "Julie"

Rhiannon Giddens' music is based on a collective number of slave narratives. This is an absolutely beautiful way to preserve the his...