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Coming Up: Black History Month January 31, 2009

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Tomorrow is the start of Black History Month.  For the record, I strongly believe that Black history is American history, and should be celebrated well beyond February.  That said, I would still like to highlight some historical facts that took place in the month of February.  It’s my goal to try to post at least 3 times a week this month, wheather it’s a movie review, book review, or just my thoughts on the people or happenings that contributed in some way to black culture.  Stay tuned!

Old School Friday: Remakes January 30, 2009

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Most times I don’t like remakes especially if the original artist has a distinctive sound.  These are some of the better ones I’ve heard.  I had such a hard time narrowing it down.  I may have to do a part 2.

Something He Can Feel ~ Aretha Franklin (1976) vs. En Vogue (1992)

Aretha recorded this Curtis Mayfield written & produced track for the “Sparkle” movie soundtrack.  Supposedly, the reason Aretha recorded the entire soundtrack is because the movie’s star Lonette McGee, who played Sister, was signed to an independent record label and they wouldn’t allow any recordings to be released.  What made En Vogue so good?  They can flat out sing. Please come back–you’ve been gone too long.  (They were of the era when an artist’s career was about good music and not just showing your a**.)

Aretha’s version:

En Vogue’s version:

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Old School Friday: Too Hott for Radio January 23, 2009

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Listen at your own risk. (lol)

Back in his not so Johoveah Witness days Prince made songs like this…

Inauguration 2009 January 22, 2009

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We Are One

This inauguration has been about connecting-connecting with family, fellow Obama supporters, and complete strangers.  I kicked off my inauguration week by attending the “We Are One” concert on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial.  I arrived at the memorial shortly after 8am, and made my way as far to the front as possible.  Unfortunately I neglected to bring a blanket or something to sit on.  The ground was freezing, but in the spirit of truly becoming one a group of Georgetown students offered me a space on their blanket.We Are One Concert

There I met Jeff, a Georgetown freshman from California.  He was the most vocal of the group and mainly came to see Bruce Springsteen.  Jeff took every opportunity to yell “Bruce” throughout the day.  I also meet another Georgetown student, Rob, who I discovered was from New Orleans and born in the same hospital as me.  Will, an older gentleman, once lived in the same city as I do now.  He called his cousin, Sarah, was visiting from New York to come to the concert.  Sarah was able to join us just in time for the start.

The Bidens walked down the steps of the memorial to thunderous applause.  Next came Michelle & Barack, and the crowd went crazy.  Some of the highlight performances include Mary J. Blige singing “Lean on Me,” and U2’s “In the Name of Love.” The most memorable performance was Grath Brooks’ rendition of “American Pie” and “Shout,” where the entire crowd participated.

A Day OnFeeding American concert

On Monday I spent the morning in downtown DC at the Martin Luther King Library helping with the We Feed Our People event.  This is the twenty-second year the organization has held an outdoor soup kitchen to feed the homeless.  Here I met Beverly, who was from Atlanta.  She got right to work and jumped in wherever there was a need.  After setting up the food for the serving line we were treated to a concert sponsored by Feeding America.  The concert was hosted by David Arquette, and featured speeches by Ben Affleck and Martin Luther King III.  The performers were Josh Groban joined by Herbie Hancock on a jazzy rendition of “Imagine.”

During the concert I met Crystal, who is originally from Philly, but she currently lives in Boston.  I lived in Cambridge, MA for seven years so I was pretty excited.  We talked about what it meant to be in the city for inauguration, our HBCU college experience, and what the future of the country would be with a new administration.  Later on I met Kathleen, who is from New Orleans and currently lives in North Carolina.  It was amazing just meeting people who traveled to be here for this historic event.

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DTV: Are you ready? January 22, 2009

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tvconverterboxWe’ve all seen the commercials telling us the end of analog TV occurs at midnight on February 17th.  Those of us who don’t have cable or satellite will need to purchase digital converter boxes or a TV with a digital tuner to continue watching our favorite shows.

I was able to purchase mine through the federal coupon program, where you can receive up to two $40 coupons to assist you with the cost.  You can apply at www.dtv2009.gov.  Unfortunately there is a waiting list, but applications are still being accepted.  (Members of Congress have suggested delaying the switch over to digital to allow consumers more time to purchase converter boxes).  Most converter boxes cost $40-$70, and are available at major retailers including Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart.

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