Monday, January 19, 2015

Glory: SELMA Sheds Light on The Resilience of A People

I am about one hour off of a screening of the greatness that is SELMA. My family and I viewed the film as a group, and that made for an even greater experience. We had all generations in attendance, and it was extremely powerful to watch the emotions and reactions of all involved.

What makes SELMA sheer greatness is the humanizing of the Civil Rights Movement, and those involved. It made for a far more interesting experience than the typical route of bestowing sainthood on Civil Rights leaders of the past. It was the same humanizing that personalized my experience of the movement and those involved.

I will admit that I was on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. I was filled with sorrow, rage, sadness, laughter, and pride just to name a few. I have seen a million and one films portraying the black experience, and I will stand with my feet planted in my own truth when telling you that SELMA delivered like no other. I could watch this movie again, and again, and again. I have every intention of doing just that!

I could go on for hours, but I will not hold you up, as I want you to get out and see SELMA. I extend my deepest sense of gratitude and appreciation to all those who came before me. It is a blessing to know that I come from a bloodline of people who have resilience deeply rooted in their DNA. It is bittersweet to know that this resilience comes from knowing that your ancestors endured far greater struggle than you.

Kudos to all those involved in the production and delivery of the film! I will just get it out there and say that the film was beyond snubbed for the Oscars. I find solace in knowing that those involved with the project will be celebrated abundantly in the years to come, and that will prove far greater than any Oscar ever couldJ

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Black Messiah: The Return of Greatness

They say good things come to those who wait….well dammit we have been waiting for fourteen long years! So much has changed in the world over a period of fourteen years. However D’Angelo’s commitment to sharing substantive, soulful music with the world has remained constant. I think that I can speak for myself, and fans across the globe when I say that I am grateful for this project.

In a world where bubblegum, auto tuned, pop, cookie cutter foolishness reigns supreme, I am thankful for artists who remain true to their craft, and refuse to wh*re it out for a few coins!

Can we talk about this new album though??? I mean I can honestly say that my expectations were anything but high. Not because I lost faith in D’Angelo as an artist, but because I was blindsided by his latest release. I did not have enough time to get my anticipation in order. So, at 12:00AM on Monday, December 15, 2014 I hit download like the rest of the world, and purchased the album.

Let me say this.....D’Angelo’s latest release is a far cry from 2000’s ever so popular Voodoo. In fact it is a stark contrast. Black Messiah is extremely complicated, and simplistic all in one swoop. It is dark and it is light. It is love and it is hate. It is movement and it is stillness. All of this yin & yang is fueled by struggle, pain, spirituality, hurt, regret, joy, wins, losses, life, pain, and sorrow. All of these things compounded together equate to LOVE.

My take on soul is that it is the deepest and most intimate level of your spirit. This album quenches my thirst, and makes my soul smile. My heart is full, and my cup of humility runneth over! In case you care…I know you care….I am in the midst of a deep affair with the entire project. However the standout tracks of the moment include 1. Ain’t That Easy   5. Really Love   7. Till It’s Done (Tutu)   12. Another Life. 

So, head on out and support D’Angelo and his highly anticipated, latest release. Oh, and raise a glass of something good for The Vanguard, because they literally rock!

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