Music Monday- KC and The Sunshine Band

I had a nice long holiday weekend which gave me a chance to catch up on my very busy dvr.  One show I caught up on was Unsung’s KC and The Sunshine Band episode.  They were very popular during the 1970’s.  One of my favorite songs from KC and The Sunshine Band is Keep It Comin’ Love.  This song was released in 1977 and is from the Part 3 album/cd.


Check out Keep It Comin’ Love.

Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable

A couple of weeks ago I was excited about the release of Disclosure’s Caracal cd. Well last week I downloaded Janet Jackson’s new cd Unbreakable.


I love this cd. Between Caracal and Unbreakable I’m in music heaven right now :-)

Rhythm Nation is my favorite Janet Jackson cd and I have a terrible habit of expecting every Janet cd to be as good as Rhythm Nation. It’s not on the same level as Rhythm Nation but it’s still very good. So glad to see she’s back with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

There are a lot of songs that are really good but my favorite is Dammn Baby. This song needs a video. I had Dammn Baby on repeat during my horrible subway commute to work last Monday. It got me through the usual Monday Metro Meltdown but that’s another story. The audio videos for Dammn Baby on You Tube aren’t that great. The song sounds better on the cd or you can listen to it on Spotify.  Hopefully Janet will release Dammn Baby as a single so we can get an actual video. I also love Gon’ Be Alright, Take Me Away, Shoulda Known Better, Night, Unbreakable and The Great Forever. I swear Janet sounds like Micheal in the very beginning of The Great Forever. The beginning of this song also sounds similar to Michael’s A Place With No Name.

If you’re a Janet Jackson fan I highly recommend Unbreakable.

Shondaland covers October 2015 Essence Magazine

I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago but didn’t have time until now.  Anyway the wonderful world of Shondaland covers the October 2015 issue of Essence Magazine.  There are six different covers for the October 2015 issue so of course I created a collage for all six.


You can also read the Essence article below. Click on the picture if the print is too small for you to read.













Justice or Else: The Million Man March 20 years later

Back in June I blogged about the announcement of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.  Today thousands of people are expected to attend Justice or Else: The Million Man March 20th anniversary.


Much has changed since, an evolution perhaps best symbolized by the trajectory of one man who attended the Million Man March: Barack Obama. Then, he was a fresh-faced Illinois state Senate candidate; now, of course, he occupies the White House.

Yet black unemployment remains double that of whites, and the repeated instances of unarmed black men being killed by police have given rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“It is because of continued injustice that people are crying out for justice,” said Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the former NAACP chief who directed the Million Man March and is serving as a consultant to Saturday’s rally. “It would be incorrect to say we have made no progress. But it would be equally incorrect to say all is well.”

This time around there will be more than just black men attending the march.  Black women and other minorities will be represented as well.

Check out the #JusticeOrElse hashtag at Twitter to keep up with what’s going in D.C. throughout the day.  C-Span is showing live coverage of the Million Man March 20th Anniversary right now and you can watch the Justice or Else Webcast.

Music Monday- Corinne Bailey Rae

Where is Corinne Bailey Rae?  I love her music.  Anyway one of my favorite Corinne songs is Put Your Records On.  Put Your Records On was released in 2006 and is from Corinne’s debut cd Corinne Bailey Rae.


Cosmopolitan Magazine and America’s First Family

The November 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine features the Kardashian/Jenner women on the cover. Looks like someone at Cosmopolitan must have lost their ever loving mind when they worked on the cover. I’m saying this cause Cosmopolitan calls the Kardashians America’s First Family.


Really Cosmo? Since when? Did the Obama family move? Last time I checked THIS is America’s First Family.


The Kardashians as America’s First Family? I don’t think so!!!


Reach For It by George Duke

Reach For It is from George Duke’s Reach For It cd.  It was released in 1977. I heard it on The Groove yesterday.


Texas mom calls out textbook publisher

A mom in Texas put publisher McGraw-Hill on blast for stating in the updated history book that Africans came to the United States as workers.  Yes workers. According to McGraw-Hill Africans immigrated to the United States to work on the plantations. So apparently Africans jumped on these ships gleefully looking at the United States as the promised land back in the day.

Check out the the video below by Roni Dean-Burren.

It’s a good thing she caught this. I remember reading about how the folks in Texas wanted to make changes to the school history books and the Republican controlled Texas State Board of Education approved the changes.

Five million public school students in Texas will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall based on state academic standards that barely address racial segregation. The state’s guidelines for teaching American history also do not mention the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow laws.

And when it comes to the Civil War, children are supposed to learn that the conflict was caused by “sectionalism, states’ rights and slavery” — written deliberately in that order to telegraph slavery’s secondary role in driving the conflict, according to some members of the state board of education.

Slavery was a “side issue to the Civil War,” said Pat Hardy, a Republican board member, when the board adopted the standards in 2010. “There would be those who would say the reason for the Civil War was over slavery. No. It was over states’ rights.”

Looks like Texas wants to soften the slavery issue.  If the true history of how blacks have been treated in the United States isn’t mentioned in the school textbooks it’s up to parents to start teaching their children themselves.

According to the Washington Post:

Students in Texas are required to read the speech Jefferson Davis gave when he was inaugurated president of the Confederate States of America, an address that does not mention slavery. But students are not required to read a famous speech by Alexander Stephens, Davis’s vice president, in which he explained that the South’s desire to preserve slavery was the cornerstone of its new government and “the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution.”

McGraw-Hill took notice of Ms. Dean-Burren’s video and they have responded:

“We believe we can do better,” the publisher wrote in a Facebook post. “To communicate these facts more clearly, we will update this caption to describe the arrival of African slaves in the U.S. as a forced migration and emphasize that their work was done as slave labor. These changes will be reflected in the digital version of the program immediately and will be included in the program’s next print run.”

And when will the next print run happen? Five years from now? The Texas Board of Education should be ashamed of themselves for approving the whitewashed textbooks. The history of this country isn’t all sunshine and roses and they need to accept that fact. Black folks didn’t immigrate here back in the 1600’s, 1700’s and 1800’s. The KKK and Jim Crow laws did exist in this country.

If you’re looking for an excellent book on the history of African Americans check out From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin.  This book isn’t cheap but it’s worth it.  And it should be required reading for all high school students.  For a photographic look at the history of African Americans check out Black America: A Photographic Journey Past to Present by Marcia A. Smith.

Oregon shooting victims

Last Thursday nine people were murdered at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.  They were murdered by Chris Harper Mercer who was killed by the police.


A quadruplet, an aspiring pediatric nurse and a man who had finally found his path in life. Recent high school graduates experiencing their fourth day of college. Beloved sons and daughters.

They were among the nine people killed Thursday when a gunman stormed the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin gave their names and ages along with brief family statements.

You can read about the nine victims at

The 2015 MacArthur Fellows

The MacArthur Foundation recently announced the names of 24 people who are the recipients of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship which is also known as the Genius Grant.


Each recipient is awarded a $625,000 prize which is paid out in quarterly installments over 5 years.

One of this year’s recipients is The Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Ta-Nehisi Coates recently released his memoir Between The World and Me and it was recently announced that he would write a New Black Panther series for Marvel Comics.

Another recipient is LaToya Ruby Frazier, an Assistant Professor of Photography at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

LaToya Ruby Frazier is a photographer and video artist who uses visual autobiographies to capture social inequality and historical change in the postindustrial age. Informed by documentary practices from the turn of the last century, Frazier explores identities of place, race, and family in work that is a hybrid of self-portraiture and social narrative. The crumbling landscape of Braddock, Pennsylvania, a once-thriving steel town, forms the backdrop of her images, which make manifest both the environmental and infrastructural decay caused by postindustrial decline and the lives of those who continue—largely by necessity—to live amongst it.

You can read more about LaToya at the New York Times which featured her last year in an article titled LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Notion of Family and check out her website.

Other recipients include an Education Entrepreneur, a Tap Dancer and Choreographer, a Playwright, Composer and Performer, a Stem Cell Biologist and a Set Designer.

You can read about all of the recipients at the MacArthur Foundation website and congrats to all the recipients.

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