Bobby Womack: The Soul of a Man

“With me, it’s all about feeling…” – Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack has such an interesting life story.  From beginning to end, his path led him to some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows.  And through it all, he never hid what he was going through, he never seemed phony, he would just write about it in his music…  This is how he would bare his soul.  He was as soulful as you could get.

I think this is why I have such an appreciation and connection to his music, primarily, because he is a native of Ohio (Cleveland, to be exact), a fellow water sign (Pisces) and because he was just so real and honest within his music.  He was a poet, a vessel used to create beautiful music and works of art that touch people at the core of their heart.  The tone of Bobby’s voice alone pulled at that one heart string that you never even knew existed, and opens you up to a new level of music and love.  The brother had a gift that was that deep.

Full of charm, unique style, a one-of-a-kind voice and that ever so sexy-warm smile, Bobby Womack is a vanguard of Black music.  And if you ever want to understand a man, just turn on some Bobby Womack.  “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha” and “Across 110th Street”, to name a few.  And these songs will lead you to his soul, the soul of a man.

Rest in Peace

New York Times:  Article
Unsung:  Episode

New Muzik: Junglepussy Guarantees Ultimate Satisfaction on Her Debut Album


“WANT SOME MO’???  Know the nigga want some mo’!”

Junglepussy is like that new chick on the block.  She’s hella dope, has her own style.  To everybody, she’s so cool and down to Earth, but lives in her own lil’ world…  And you can’t help but to want to take a journey there.  Thus, the power and energy that is Junglepussy!

This 22 year old Brooklyn rapper really is in her own lane.  Out of the tons of artists out there who attempt to be authentic and provocative in their own way, Junglepussy is one of the few that actually has been successful in doing so, from her lyrical content to her daring style.  And her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed, makes no exception to these rules.

Released earlier this week, and free for stream through VICE Media, it is a sonic explosion of a new sound that has been emerging from various New York artists within recent years.  This album is a fusion of Boom Bap and electronic beats, mixed with raw and juicy lyrics that keep you hooked on track after track.

This melanated mommi is so dope.  I love her unapologetic attitude within her lyrics and artistic approach; as well as, her intelligence.  And how she dares to be no one but herself; a sensual beauty full of subtle sexiness and prowling ambition.  Do yourself a favor and listen to this amazing album.

Satisfaction guaranteed, baby!  #LoveHer #NotYourAverageRapAlbum #ScorpioShit

 


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The Submerging Marriage of Two Subcultures: Vogue and Bounce

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I literally just stumbled across the greatest thing, EVER, during a routine Sunday night Google search.  And what do I see?  A picture of some of my faves together.  Big Freedia, a legendary New Orleans Bounce artist and Kassandra Ebony and Leiomy Mizrahi, also two legendary figures of the infamous Ballroom/Vogue Scene.  The beautiful thing about this is that, NOLA Bounce and the Ballroom Scene are worlds apart in artistic comparison, but so very similar in cultural form.  And to see that people of both communities have come together is very monumental, on so many levels.  Kind of makes me feel emotional.

The picture is from a Masquerade Ball that occurred in early May centered around bringing together artists and dancers from these two distinctive emerging cultures to showcase their talent in an artistic exchange through a competition.  Our good people at OkayPlayer were lucky enough to document this night of splendor and miraculous fun, and you could just sense the majesticness of the event in the video.  So Avant-Garde, dark and raw.  I also love the historical and personal commentary given by Mother Jack Mizrahi and the way in which everything gelled together within this mini-documentary.

I refuse to say anything else, but that I am so happy to see two former underground cultures created by people of color in America rise to the forefront of American culture and be acknowledged the way it has been in the new millennium.  History was made this night and it is continually being made, the more we share and accept the diversity amongst each other, the more profound our experience of life will be.  All in the name of art.  Do yourself a favor and watch the video below, prepare to be blown away.  #Magical

This is Pretty Epic: The Girl From Ipanema & ’60s Fashion and Flair

Brazilian songbird, Astrud Gilberto, looks absolutely STUNNING in this excerpt from the 1964 comedy, Get Yourself a College Girl, along with Stan Getz and the gang.  I must admit, I only came here for the song, but I stayed for the fashion and nostalgic energy from this flick.  I’ve never even heard of this film, but I’m definitely going to have to check it out.

Look at those freakin’ beehive hairdos.  Gosh, and look at the dancer’s red-hot sequence crop top and skirt… UGH!

I was born in the wrong era, I’m convinced!

 Epic Fact:  This year marks the 50th anniversary since the record release of “The Girl from Ipanema” in 1964!
One of the greatest and COOLEST songs of all time!

Sailor Moon is Back: Watch Now!!!

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The news of Sailor Moon returning to our TV and computer screens is the best entertainment and media news that I have heard in a long time.  WOW!

The phenomenon that IS Sailor Moon has lived on for years through devout fans, as this show was one of the premiere anime cartoons that shaped anime culture since it originally aired in 1992.  Young girls and women, specifically, were so touched by this group of female characters that looked cool by day, kicked butt by night and always managed to save the day.  It is so refreshing that Viz Media has chosen to re-air all of these episodes, including a new season of fully uncut material on Hulu and NeonAlley, when there are so few cartoons with neutrally positive messages, nowadays.  So, this one is for the books!

The first episode premiered today entitled, “The Crybaby:  Usagi’s Beautiful Transformation”, which can be watched below.  For all of those who aren’t anime buffs, know that these are original episodes; therefore, the language is not in English and captions are available.  An English dub-over version will be released in the near future. I truly feel like my childhood has been re-birthed in a new way, because I am witnessing magic!  + Mars stationed direct today:  This is RIGHT on time!

Are you guys excited?  Which Sailor Moon character(s) is your favorite???
Comment below!

Kalifornia Dreamin’…

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“Know that on the right hand from the Indies exists an island called California very close to a side of the Earthly Paradise; and black women populated it, without any man existing there, because they lived in the way of the Amazons. They had beautiful and robust bodies, and were brave and very strong. Their island was the strongest of the World, with its cliffs and rocky shores. Their weapons were golden and so were the harnesses of the wild beasts that they were accustomed to domesticate and ride, because there was no other metal in the island than gold.”
Las Sergas de Esplandián, (novela de caballería) by García Ordóñez de Montalvo. Published in Seville in 1510.

Cortés soon arrived in Baja California, years later.  With fellow conquistadores of Spanish and African decent, he came to the realization that he was in the land that had been perceived as a great myth…  A land ruled by Califia, now known as California.  – Prophecy Fulfilled