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.
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The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Marie Dahlstrøm is sweet melodies.
The Scandinavian songbird released her 11-track EP entitled Gloom, as a followup to The Renditions, an EP that covers notable records like Little Dragon‘s “Twice,” and Rihanna’s “Loveeeee Song,” and her impressive debut EP, Feelings.
Packed with intimate lyrics, lovely neo-soul productions, and soothing vocals, Gloom features collaborations from Kimbra and Jamal Ross.
Stream six songs from Marie Dahlstrøm’s Gloom EP below. [iTunes]
Watch the visuals for her single “What’s It Gonna Be” below.
Jhené Aiko, a West Coast songbird and the first artist on No I.D.’s Def Jam imprint, Atrium Records, gets into some deep ish in the visuals for her single, “The Worst,” from her newly released 7-track EP, Sail Out.
In a recent interview with the folks at Noisey, Jhené revealed that her highly-anticipated debut album is finished, but there are still some minor tweaks to be made on the production end.
“The album is done. Production-wise, final touches and mixing are still left. I’m always recording more songs. I’m working on the next and the next project. In my dream world, the album would come first quarter of next year. For sure, 2014 though. FOR SURE…or I’m going ho bangin’ on somebody.”
Until its release, Sail Out if you haven’t already. (I seriously think she is incapable of making a bad record.)
Watch Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” video below.
Ghanaian singer-songwriter and producer Asante arranged a live jazz rendition of Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Breathless” from her 2006 self-titled debut album on Rhodes and vocals with Kayvon Gordon on Rhodes, Ben Gugino on drums, Stephen Grady on saxophone, and Adrian Koch on bass. Stream/download Asante’s jazz take on Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Breathless” below.
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.
No matter how many times you listen to her, Kiah Victoria‘s vocals are so crisp and refreshing. Following up her debut, 4-track EP entitled Look UP, the NY-based singer-songwriter unveiled the Ryan Hutchins-directed visuals to her new single, “You Don’t Know,” from her sophomore EP, Gravitate, which is set to drop November 19.
Watch Kiah Victoria’s “You Don’t Know” video below. [Purchase via Bandcamp]
Tennessee folk singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Valerie June performed three songs — ”Workin’ Woman Blues,” ”Rain Dance,” and ”Somebody To Love” — from her debut album entitled Pushin’ Against a Stone for NPR’s music series, Tiny Desk Concert.
When you first hear Valerie’s vocals, the first thing that comes to mind is “That voice is coming out of her?” In a recent interview with NPR she explained her family’s first reaction to her unique, attention-grabbing vocals: “My mom and my grandmother tell me that when I first started talking, I sounded like I had an old man’s voice — they looked around and were like, ‘Where’s that old man coming from?’”
Watch Valerie June’s performance below. [iTunes]
Shot over the course of a year by acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, the award-winning documentary, The Interrupters, tells the moving stories of three CeaseFire Chicago “Violence Interrupters”— who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories — intervening in conflicts before they explode into violence.
These Interrupters include Ameena Matthews (former drug ring enforcer and daughter of Chicago’s notorious gang leader Jeff Forts), Cobe Williams (spent three stints in prison for drug related charges and attempted murder), and Eddie Bocanegra (spent 14 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was 17).
CeaseFire was founded in 1995 by an epidemiologist, Gary Slutkin, who believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. One of the cornerstones of the organization is the “Violence Interrupters” program, created by Tio Hardiman, who heads the program.
Watch the trailer for The Interrupters below.
Head over to PBS to watch the full-length documentary. [Duration: 2hr. 5min.]