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.
Filmmaker Spike Lee sat down with the crew of the Black&Sexy, an independent series on YouTube, and talked about his upcoming film, as well as a surprising sequel for his 1988 joint, School Daze.
“I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze—a contemporary version, same school, 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president, now, of the school. It would deal with issues in HBCUs today, including some of the same stuff from the last film like the pledging process, but also lots of new stuff like homophobia, class issues, color, hair texture. It’s stuff happening today.”
Watch Spike Lee’s interview with Black&Sexy below.
Rapper, singer-songwriter, and actress Lauryn Hill expressed her love for Stevie Wonder and reminisced about her first time hearing his classic, 1976 record, “Isn’t She Lovely,” before giving an impromptu rendition for BBC2′s Soul Night segment, Soul Talking, in August 1998. That same month she dropped her, now iconic, debut album entitled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Watch Lauryn Hill’s interview and performance below.
Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing is arguably one of the most groundbreaking films that captured a particular period, in this case 1989, and transcended over time into a timeless piece.
The film was shot on Stuyvesant Avenue between Quincy Street and Lexington Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1988. Before script to screen, Lee and his cast (including then-newcomers Rosie Perez and Martin Lawrence) met up at a former firehouse that was converted to house Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. They performed table reads, discussed their characters, and talked about not portraying stereotypes.
Watch the script read-through with Spike and the film’s future stars.
Watch Rosie Perez talks about the read-through while Leonard L. Thomas, Christa Rivers, Steve White, and Martin Lawrence talk stereotypes.
Watch the character discussions and rehearsals with Robin Harris, Bill Nunn, Giancarlo Esposito, Martin Lawrence, Paul Benjamin, Frankie Faison, and Rosie Perez.
Happy Bornday to The Notorious B.I.G. who would’ve turned 41 today!
Six days before his untimely death on March 9, the legendary smooth-flowing rapper stopped by Sway and Tech’s “The Wake Up Show” where he discussed Tupac’s death, Death Row, and delivered his last freestyle reciting some chilling last words.
Watch Biggie’s freestyle below.
“His production methods, his ear, his inner ear…the way he heard music was unlike any other producer, ever.”
The late legendary hip-hop producer J Dilla needs no introduction.
His mother Maureen and friends J. Rocc, DJ Spinna, Frank Nitt and Grap Luva celebrate his life and open the storage locker of his vinyl collection, never-before-seen to the public, in this segment of Fuse’s profile series, Crate Diggers.
If you’ve never heard of this iconic producer before, you are definitely in for a treat.
Watch “J Dilla’s Vinyl Collection – Crate Diggers” below.
World-renowned tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover has been professionally showcasing his footwork since the late ’80s, making notable appearances on TV shows like Sesame Street, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Kennedy Center Honors and even Puff Daddy and the Family’s “It’s All About the Benjamins” music video.
Savion Glover Rhymes and Taps on Sesame Street (1990s)
Like a musician or any kind of artist, his delivery is ever-changing and the complexity in his rhythms tend to become mind-boggling. That light footwork takes you on the ultimate musical journey. I sometimes find myself in a trance. “My style is young. Funk. I feel like it’s one of my responsibilities to keep the dance alive, to keep it out there, to keep the style”, says Glover. In short, the brotha is bad!
Savion Glover: Tap Dance Improvisation, Live in the Greene Space (2013)
Recently, the legend sat down with the folks at THNKR to explain why he loves the art of tap dance and why it is an important art form.
Watch ”Roots of a Tap Dance Legend – Savion Glover” below.
Brooklyn-based oil painter Tatyana Fazlalizadeh sat down with the folks at Freshthetic to discuss the inspiration behind her social and political artwork, as well as her fight against sexual harassment in her “STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE” street art project.
“Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project attempts to take women’s voices, and faces, and put them in the street – creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe – outside in the street.”
Watch Artist Talk: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh below.