This one’s a tearjerker.
Earlier this year, Whoopi Goldberg discussed the importance of diversity in the media, particularly in sci-fi roles, on a Dutch TV show for students called College Tour. This discussion led an autistic man named Maarten to stand up and express his gratification to Whoopi Goldberg for her portrayal of Guinan on the tv series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It created a vast impact in his life and will always leave a lasting impression in Whoopi’s life as well as others.
Watch this emotional meeting below.
(Spotted at Shadow and Act)
New Zealand producer choiceVaughan shows love to singers TLC, Marsha Ambrosius, Babyface, K-Ci & JoJo, Marvin Gaye, and Luther Vandross by putting his spin their notable records on his EP, Reveriemixes.
Stream choiceVaughn’s Reveriemixes EP below.
English electronic duo AlunaGeorge discussed touring in America and their hit record “You Know You Like It” with Billboard at the magazine’s New York City studio before hitting the stage. Aluna’s distinct vocals accompanied George’s stripped down arrangement on “You Know You Like It” and “Attracting Flies”—two songs from their debut album, Body Music, which is in stores now.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s interview with Billboard below.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” performance below.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s “Attracting Flies” performance below.
What, rather than who, is Black Thought?
Like most rappers, Tairk adopted a slew of monikers early on from his first emcee name, Double T, to the era of acronyms, H.A.W.K. Smooth (Hype African Warrior Killin it Smooth), until he settled with his present one.
Torn between his major/first love (visual arts) and his mistress (music) during his time at Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Tarik often abandoned his weekend school art programs to attend school music programs with his classmate Questlove.
In visual arts, he would combine different colors to form new ones. If you combine all colors, you’ll get the color black. Tarik’s lyrical content is an amalgamation of warm colors and cold colors, the streets and social commentary. The palette of his mind. Black Thought.
Everyone needs a little jazz in their life.
“The Sound of Miles Davis” is a 26-minute concert that was recorded at New York City’s Studio 61 in 1959 for the CBS program, The Robert Herridge Theater. The legendary trumpeter and composer performed five timeless tunes—”So What,” “The Duke,” “Blues for Pablo,” “New Rhumba,” and “So What (reprise)”—three of which were from his 1957 project, Miles Ahead, while the first and fifth songs were from his then-upcoming, Teo Macero and Irving Townsend-produced album, Kind of Blue. It was released a few months after this performance.
Onstage, Miles was accompanied by his quintet—John Coltrane on tenor and alto saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums—as well as Gil Evans and members of his orchestra. Nothing like timeless music.
Watch “The Sound of Miles Davis” below.
Etienne Charles is taking jazz back to its Creole roots. The Trinidadian trumpeter and bandleader rearranged old jams and took fresh stylistic approaches on his new album entitled Creole Soul. The project reflects his French, Spanish, and Caribbean roots, “highlights myriad inspirations from Haitian Creole chants, blues, bebop, and R&B while drawing on an array of rhythms including rocksteady, reggae, kongo and calypso.”
Charles’ band members—tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart, alto saxophonist Brian Hogans, pianist Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Obed Calvaire—are featured, as well as guest appearances from guitarist Alex Wintz, percussionist Daniel Sadownick and D’Achee, and vocalist Erol Josué.
Watch Etienne Charles discuss the making of Creole Soul below.
Stream “Creole” from the album below. [iTunes]
A must watch and a must listen.
Jasmine Mans, a University of Wisconsin scholar and poet of The Strivers Row, calls out the rap game in her captivating live performance of “You Gone Get This Work” at Stage 48.
This piece is featured on New Jersey poet’s free, debut mixtape titled Black Boy Gold, which takes on both the physical and the mental demise of the black man and black boys.
Watch Jasmine Mans’ performance of “You Gone Get This Work.”
Stream/download Jasmine Mans’ mixtape below.
It all started with a tweet.
On the night of the VMAs, someone sent out a tweet stating, “Kanye’s ‘Blood on the Leaves’ performance looked like the opening dancer’s moves from Living Single.” You state it and someone will create it.
To show the similarities between Kanye’s moves and the Living Single opener, Issa Rae recreated the sequence placing Kanye in dancer Leslie “Big Lez” Segar’s spot. (I love when stuff like this happens lol.)
Watch Kanye bust his moves to the Living Single theme song below.