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Video: Whitney Houston & Kim Burrell SANG At BET’s Celebration Of Gospel Read more: Whitney Houston & Kim Burrell Perform At BET’s Celebration Of Gospel

I’m LOVING this!  Oh, I feel like an old church mother on the front pew of the church house. 

Whitney is not back to her old vocal stylings, BUT this is the best I’ve heard her sing in YEARS!  Leave it to Kim Burrell to help a sista out.

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Who knew that Rick Ross had some preacher man in him?

I will never be able to here this Rick Ross song again and not think of Pentacostal Church services. 

He said I think I’m Paul…I died laughin.  “That will preach!” as my uncle says.  Turning into a preacher later in life…I could see Ross doing that.

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Is it just me or is Sunday Best a lil different this season?

I watched “Sunday Best” on BET last night.  I have to say, the tone of the show is much more “holy roller-ish” than last year when DC’s own Y’Anna Crawley won.  I must say off top, I’m calling Leandria Johnson for the win this season.  The girl is Legendary.  Her singing is effortless and she’s humble about it.  That’s a combination for gospel greatness.

Any who…

Last year the girls from Mary Mary and BeBe Winans were giving the singers real industry critique.  They did not shy away from telling people that they sounded bad.  They didn’t sugar coat or give a “That’s ok.  Sing baby!” pity observation.  They told the truth.  As a singer (yes, yall.  I sing.) I appreciated the honesty.  The last thing you want to do is tell someone they can sing and put them out in public to be humiliated.  (…like they do on American Idol.  From what I understand, those people go through a number of tryouts before they get to the real judges.  Why would they think they have a chance in front of the cameras?  Perhaps because no one has told them the truth and they’ve moved on to the next round in the audition process.)

Well, this season the judging is much more toned down.  Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Tina Campbell, and Kim Burrell are some of the best singers in gospel.  They know singing, but they are not coming with fierce critiques this season.  There is a whole lot of classic African American church dialect, phrases, and praises being tossed around.  I think the old rule of “If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all.” is in full effect.  As I watched last night I really wished that the advice and direction that was given last year, given in love, was there as well as the admonishment and praises.  I really that judges are sharing the harsh realities of the music industry with these singers behind the scenes.

They must have gotten some letters from the saints saying that they weren’t being nice.  Perhaps people felt that since it’s a gospel show is should be more about the spirit of God and giving praises than singing ability and performance on stage.  What do you think?

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Butt Naked Wednesdays: Erykah Badu’s Advice to Women in the Music Industry – Video

“Butt neked with glitter on ya wit a beeper….Butt Neked Wednesdays”
“Do some hoe shit”

I know she’s being funny in this video, but in light of her recent video, Window Seat, I’m sure people are calling it irony and foreshadowing.  I still love her boldness and respect the message she is trying to give in “Window Seat”.  We all know what’s really going on in the music industry when it comes to the images of black women.

BTW: This clip is from a great documentary called “Before the Music Dies“.  If you love real music, it’s a must see.


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Health Care Bill Passed! Hallelujah

FINAL VOTE-HR 3590: 219 Yea 212 Nay

History has been made tonight.  Health Care is a right, not a privilege.  That is something that WE the people can be proud of.  Thank you goes out to all of the Yea voting members of the House of Representatives, most notably Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Thanks also goes out to President Barack Obama.

I’m going to take it to church to celebrate this one.

And a lil funk too.


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Surprised That I Love Fonzworth Bentley’s Fireside Chat

I’m so surprised that I really, really love Fonzworth Bentley’s Fireside Chat.  This brother has “some sense” as my grandma would say.  He is underestimated.  He is also signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.  His debut album, Cool Outrageous Lovers of Uniquely Raw Style or C.O.L.O.U.R.S. was slated to drop in 2008, but was delayed.  Wonder why they are sleeping on this Morehouse alum.

Oh the apologies that he gave out need to be given out so so so so bad.  I know all those artists were like, “Yes!  Finally!”.  Come on hip hop A&R people.  Yall got to stop giving deals to people who sound like they read and spell on a 3rd grade level.


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Did the General steal Pants on the Ground from another old rapper?

Oh my Buddha!  I can’t believe “the General”, of American Idol fame, stole his “Pants on the Ground” song from some other old rappers.  Well, now those old hip hoppers have posted their original song to YouTube (watch it below).  We should have known.  He sounded like he barely knew his own song, but I think people just chalked it up to alcohol.  I know I did.

I think the original, “Back Pockets on the Floor”, is even funnier.  It’s at least more complete…lyric wise.  My favorite line from the song is, “Ain’t no way in the world/ that a man’s crotch/ could be that low!”  Oh, I’m still cracking up right now as I’m typing this.

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Never Can Say Goodbye: RIP Michael Jackson

I’m in shock.  Really.  Michael Jackson has died today, so suddenly.  It’s a shame.

I was on the Metro (Red Line…I’m never scared) around 5:45 and I heard someone say “Michael Jackson died”.  Well that just sounded like craziness.  There was a quick rebuttal from another random passenger saying, “NO, he just went into cardiac arrest.”  While losing all function of your heart is no simple matter and from what I hear 90% of the time leads to coma or death…The thought that came to my mind was “OH, that’s all. Mike will be alright”.  I went on to the gym and was greeted by CNN’s coverage.  At the time, they hadn’t confirmed Jackson’s death and were quoting the LA Times and AP Wire.  In an interview on CNN, Brian Osman (Jackson Family spokesperson) basically compared Jackson’s situation to Anna Nicole in terms of drug abuse.  Heavy allegations.  That’s serious.  Shortly after that, the LA coroner’s office confirmed Michael Jackson died today at the age of 50.

Somebody tell me this is just a publicity stunt.  Somebody roll the secret footage.

Damn.  The King is dead.  No comeback album.  No colabo with Prince, or Beyonce, or the Jonas Brothers.  Damn.  This is worse than Luther.   If Stevie Wonder goes anytime soon, I’m not going to make it.

Rest in Peace, Michael.  I never will say goodbye.  “Though I try and try to hide my feelings, they always seem to show…don’t wanna let you go…”

Sidenote: [Updated: In the last 24 hours over 70,000] people have come to this site today and viewed the post on Michael Jackson’s children (one of our most popular posts).  Why?  I have no clue.  Keywords make the world go round I guess.


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Dag, They voted off Lil Kim

I usually don’t have a lot of positive things to say about Lil Kim.  By the time I fix my mouth to say something positive about the sister…I see her is some Hooker uniform and I can’t remember what I was going to say.  So you can imagine that I wasn’t the most optimistic person when I heard she would be on Dancing with the Stars, but she proved me wrong.

She did her thing on the episodes I saw.  The girl can actually cut a rug.  You wouldn’t know from her videos, but hey…she’s no Beyonce.   That I know of, Kim didn’t cuss anyone out or make me think of any classic stereotypes (No old time Virginia pick-a-ninny costumes or banana skirts.  Banana Skirt might have been ok, I take that back).  She was so good that I almost saw past the damage and abuse that she’s poured on herself in the form of plastic surgery.  Sad.  Anyway…I thought she would make it to the final round.  Sadly, she was voted off Monday night.

I think she got robbed.  Really!  I don’t know about yall, but I really think she did well on the show for the most part.  We all know why TY is still on the show with his stiff self.  We ALL know, America.  You’re wrong, America.  LOL.  Give a girl from the BK a break, damn.

(Laughing at me defending Lil Kim.  Wow.)

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Asher Roth’s Bad “Nappy Headed Hoes” Joke on Twitter

When I signed on to Twitter today, one of my favorite Tweeters @ToureX was talking about the “joke” Asher Roth tried to make while tweeting at an event at Rutgers University.  He referred to the people he was with at the time as “Nappy Headed Hoes”.  The tweet was OF COURSE deleted.  No surprise there.  However, people screen captured it before that happened so the proof still remains – click here for one of the many sites that has posted the screenshot.  

Of course he apologized (or something like that) — “Totally just making fun of Don Imus – Sorry Scoot, not trying to be offensive … I’m extremely apologetic to anyone who took offense to my immature, bad joke.”  Now the apology is also gone from his feed.  Surprised?  I’m not.  He’s on Universal/Motown.  Sylvia ain’t having that.  I hope she docks his pay.  Bamma move, bamma.  *shaking my head*

Um, don’t bring up the name of Imus at a time like this.  We don’t need you to tell us where you got “nappy headed hoes” from.  Where else would your white, frat boy self get aquatinted with such terminology?  We know you’re not the type of white rapper who hung out in the hood with “the homies” learning ghetto slang and what not.  Right, Assho…I mean Asher.  You’re like Eminem, right?  If he went to private school and had a trust fund, right?  Um, no.

Whatever, I didn’t even know who this kid was till like 3 or 4 weeks ago when I flipped to MTV and saw him performing “I Love College” during the spring break madness.  Should I really dedicate a post to this One Download Wonder?  

Well, I am.  Even though black people are not likely his target audience (He’s not looking for street cred, folks.) he should be careful of how his words can quickly effect his record sales.  Black people ARE popular culture right now…and you’re bread and butter is something we created.  At least respect hip hop culture enough to understand that words have Power.  I need Professor Griff or somebody to school him.


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