Maya Angelou novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist has fallen silent.
We would like to say thank you Maya Angelou for all of your contributions that you have shared with society.
Watch the video below to get a glimpse of this "Phenomenal Woman".
BY MAYA ANGELOU
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
The first hip-hop whodunnit, "Who's the Man" is a 1993 comedy film starring Yo! MTV Raps hosts Dr. Dre and Ed Lover and features several cameo appearances by some of hip-hop's top acts at that time.
Check out the flick below...
Bomani Jones calls into the Dan LeBatard show and shares with us his poignant views on the Donald Sterling drama.
Real should recognize real.
Listen to his audio interview below...
Shout out to Gary BlackStar for influencing this post right here. Lauryn Hill performing "Mr. Intentional" live on MTV Unplugged back in 2001. Thanks for creating and sharing gems like this Lauryn!
"See I know you can't help me, Mr. Intentional
The only help I need to live, is unprofessional
The only wealth I have to give, is not material
And if you need much more than that, I'm not available
Please don't entertain me, Mr. Intentional
Oh I dont need your sympthy, Mr. Intentional
Stay away from me, Mr. Intentional
So one dimensional, Mr. Promotional, Mr. Emotional, Mr. Intentional
Ohhh ohhhh, ohhhh" by Lauryn Hill
Watch Lauryn's performance below
You've probably heard the news by now about the legal drama between "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and "Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye.
Thicke says that no samples were used in the making of the smash hit produced by Pharrell Williams.
The "Blurred Lines" songwriters have filed a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music.
Is this defense a good offense?
Black Stax releases their latest work in the form of a LIVE album on July 23, 2013.
From the debut album, 'Talking Buildings' , to the first installment of the Producer Series, 'High Rhyme Smoking Jackets' produced by Rob Castro. Their newest release, 'Black Stax LIVE at the Triple Door' showcases Black Stax skills over live instrumentation.
This project comes from the work with TAF (Technology Access Foundation), STEM+Art event held in Seattle, Wa at the famed Triple Door on May 23rd, 2013. Black Stax works with a 5-piece band, Klyntel, DJ Sean Malik and background vocals from LaTanya Horace. All this comes together as they flex over soul, rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, reggae, African drum and Hip-Hop. The experience and fullness of this performance should open the eyes and ears of those who just love 'good' music. And, always wanted to know what a Black Stax live show consist of.
Here is the single from the live album, 'They want Me'. It's time for Black Stax to flex their muscle and show the world that they can 'Get Stronger'!!
Here's a hard hitting track with the parabell and riddle rhyme pattern of the unorthodox masters, Jace & Blak. Its a song that you have to break down the mystery of the lyrics while you bob your head to the rthymn and tone of the beat here's "I Don't Wanna Rap No More..."
Check out more from Black Stax below...
"The Richard Pryor Show" a comedy variety series starring Richard Pryor premiered on NBC in 1977.
In the skit below, LaWanda Page (Aunt Esther Anderson from Sanford and Son) who is known to be a very religious woman from her character portrayal in "Sanford and Son" tells Pryor that he should have a preacher as a guest on his television special.
Pryor takes her up on her demands and brings to you the Reverend James L. White.
The sultry lead vocalist named Dehara September hails from Vancouver, BC a.k.a "Vancity". This trained studio technician knows what sounds she wants to create and the image she wants to portrait. Dehara September merges some old jazz standard phrasings with the latest from Erykah, Amy, Jill and Adele.
The room pulsates as the syncopated rhythms carry you to new heights by Miss September and her band the "Revolutionaires".
Check out Dehara with "Can't Take the Soul" below...