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ICYMI: Issa Rae’s Insecure on HBO

11 Oct

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You can now view the first episode of Issa Rae’s new HBO show Insecure on YouTube. Woo hoo!  If you’ve watched Issa’s hit web series Awkward Black Girl, her new show will remind you of that (but in a good way). It’s funny but familiar. Apparently, many want Issa to continue down her awkward path, as she explained in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon.  Typecasting strikes yet again.

I enjoyed the first episode. It’s good to see black women represented in complex, refreshing ways. And I’m glad she’s bringing issues that black women face to the forefront but with humor. The music is on point too, with Raphael Saadiq selecting the tracks of the show’s premier episode. You can listen to the songs on Spotify  but I also found the listing here if you’re not on Spotify (like myself).

Insecure airs on HBO, Sundays at 10:30pm (way beyond what should be my bedtime).

Looky here.

Solange Unleashes the Fire

5 Oct

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Since I keep paying for this url, then I need to type some shit huh? Lol.

Well if you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and give Solange’s latest album A Seat at the Table a listen. I bought it today and absolutely love it. It’s intelligent, earnest, and eclectic. This album is truly a love song for and about black people with songs like Don’t Touch My Hair, F.U.B.U (for us by us), and the pearls of wisdom dropped by No Limit architect Master P.

Also I’m truly thankful for an album that’s melodically and lyrically diverse. I’m so not in the mood for over-saturated songs about romantic coupling. What can I say? It’s not my mood right now and there are so many topics to explore musically.

My favorite song at the moment (if I had to pick) is Cranes in the Sky. Solange released a video on her web site along with a video for Don’t Touch My Hair.

The video for Cranes in the Sky is included below.

PS Anderson .Paak is worth a listen as well. His latest album Malibu is awesome as well as his prior release Venice. I think I enjoy Venice more due to the variety of subjects and its high energy. But both are great!

Purple Reign Forever

22 Apr

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I’m a huge Prince fan and I’m truly saddened by his loss. He was a phenomenal music icon with unparalleled talent. Although I didn’t know him personally (of course), he appeared to have a kind heart and an awesome sense of humor. Who can ask for anything more?  I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to see him perform live in DC a few years back. It was an awesome performance.

I vividly remember (and I don’t remember much) being in my bedroom at my parents house, listening to the song “Purple Rain” over and over and over again. I listened to it so much I scratched the CD. And my first email address was named after one of my favorite Prince songs “Adore.”

I can’t believe he’s gone, but all lives come to an end.

Thank you Prince for sharing your extraordinary gift and spirit with us!

 

 

Black Girl Magic ~ New Music

10 Nov

Erykah Badu is back with a new song Phone Down. According to Badu the song is for Aubrey, presumably an answer to Drake’s Hotline Bling. Love that video btw.

What do you think about her new tune?  I’m feeling the sentiment.

And Santigold just released my new anthem Can’t Enough of Myself. It’s fun and affirmative. And I’m all about self-love.

Bitch Bad [Lupe Video]

5 Sep

Memory Lane

19 Nov

I must say, the theme song to Duck Tales was straight fire! Credit to Donald Glover for the video, who’s apparently a renaissance man (rapper, actor, comedian). Cool.

3 Oct

So this past Friday I attended the third installment of Africa Underground, sponsored by the National Museum of African Art. It’s an evening of performances, activities, and eating/drinking. You can also check out the exhibitions while you are there. Former Project Runway contestant Korto Momolu showcased her fashion designs. The fashion show was disorganized but lively to say the least. There was music which included live performances and deejays. My friend and I even got to make a mud cloth bracelet.

Here are pics of us making the bracelets.  And check out the next Africa Underground. There should be one this winter. The tickets were $25 which included entrance and one drink.

my bracelet

again my bracelet

my friend making hers

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