Culture Defined & Redefined.
Check out the world premiere of RuPaul’s sizzlin’-hot new music video “Lick It Lollipop.” An auburn RuPaul schools the chillun on how to rock a kaftan, teaming up with an equally flawless Lady Bunny to spin, high-kick, and dance their asses off to the infectious beat. And, ahem… deep-throat. The video also features the (considerable) talents of Miles Davis Moody, who is going to explode this year. You heard it here first. This feel-good summer jam is available on iTunes.
Was one of Brooklyn’s finest in Harlem in 1939? This Sid Grossman photo of “Harlem Loiterers” from the Prints Collection at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture has created quite a stir since being posted to the Center’s Facebook page the other day. Why? Because the man on the right looks a heck of a lot like Jay-Z (for evidence, check out these photos of Jay-Z when he visited The New York Public Library in 2010). Cue Twilight Zone music, right? Schomburg’s Curator of Digital Collections Sylviane A. Diouf found the photo while researching an exhibition, and said, “I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud … I still hope somebody will tell us who that young man really was.”
So is Jay-Z a time traveler? Is this someone else - anyone know who? What do you think?
“I couldn’t do anything without faith. I couldn’t open up my eyes, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t sing.” – Bobby McFerrin
Throughout his celebrated career, ten-time Grammy® winner Bobby McFerrin has defied categorization and practically created his own genre of music. Millions of people have bought his albums, from the breakout “Simple Pleasures” (featuring the #1 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”) to “Hush”, his collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. They’ve followed his journey through popular stardom and fearless artistic exploration.
McFerrin brings it all back home on his new album, “spirityouall”, singing new and familiar words that come straight from his heart. Upbeat, warm and easy, “spirityouall” finds the always-surprising McFerrin exploring black roots Americana, mixing traditional and original tunes with jazz, classical, global, and bluegrass influences. From guttural blues to soaring riffs and soulful wailing, Bobby sings of his faith and of his own everyday search for grace and wisdom and the result will resonate with all listeners.
“spirityouall” is set for release on May 14th.
1. Everytime (traditional) featuring Esperanza Spalding
2. Joshua (traditional)
3. Woe (Bobby McFerrin)
4. Whole World (traditional) featuring Esperanza Spalding
5. Gracious (Bobby McFerrin)
6. Jesus Makes It Good (Bobby McFerrin)
7. Glory (traditional)
8. Wade In The Water (traditional)
9. Fix Me Jesus (traditional)
10. Rest/No Indeed (Bobby McFerrin)
11. 25:15 (Bobby McFerrin)
12. I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
13. Swing Low (traditional)
Aretha Franklin Dr. Feelgood (Live in Amsterdam)
The richness in her voice, clarity, and brilliant delivery of this performance can never be duplicated. Can’t think of many artists today that can sit down at the piano and belt out any tune like this..Sadly, I don’t think even Aretha herself today can ever sound this good again.
…using music as a soap box wasn’t an easy choice, as she once wrote, “Nightclubs were dirty, making records was dirty, popular music was dirty and to mix all that with politics seemed senseless and demeaning. And until songs like ‘Mississippi Goddam’ just burst out of me, I had musical problems as well. How can you take the memory of a man like [Civil Rights activist] Medgar Evers and reduce all that he was to three and a half minutes and a simple tune? That was the musical side of it I shied away from; I didn’t like ‘protest music’ because a lot of it was so simple and unimaginative it stripped the dignity away from the people it was trying to celebrate. But the Alabama church bombing and the murder of Medgar Evers stopped that argument and with ‘Mississippi Goddam,’ I realized there was no turning back.”
Today would have been Bob Marley’s 68th birthday. Happy Birthday Bob, your music, your inspiration and your wonderful approach of peace are something to be remembered for years.
Still reeling from the joy of experiencing the brilliance of the Goddess of Pop - Madonna. Last night she reigned supreme at Madison Square Garden. Plain and simple - Madonna was phenomenal. One of the best concerts ever.
(Photos via Gio Parkaia)