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Beyoncé Explains the Inspiration for Her ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ Performance

A tribute to Selma.


In a new short video, Beyoncé explained the song’s significance in her life as well as the motivation behind the powerful performance.  Beyoncé, like many of us, grew up listening to it. “I felt like this was an opportunity to show the vulnerability and the strength of Black men,” she said.

via Beyoncé Explains the Inspiration for Her ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ Performance.

What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones? | Mother Jones |#OYRchallenge

Aiyana Stanley-Jones, age 7, shot in her bed by Officer Joseph Weekely of Detroit SWAT on May 16, 2010. Out of all the articles published , Charles LeDuff captures this heart wrenching saga best. Not who, but “What Killed Aiyana Stanely-Jones?”Aiyana Stanley-Jones, age 7

The SWAT team tried the steel door to the building. It was unlocked. They threw a flash-bang grenade through the window of the lower unit and kicked open its wooden door, which was also unlocked. The grenade landed so close to Aiyana that it burned her blanket. Officer Joseph Weekley, the lead commando—who’d been featured before on another A&E show, Detroit SWAT—burst into the house. His weapon fired a single shot, the bullet striking Aiyana in the head and exiting her neck. It all happened in a matter of seconds.

via What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones? | Mother Jones.


via RISE IN POWER: Tribute to Aiyana Stanley-Jones – A Dawud Anyabwile Speed Painting Ft. ANILIMARS – YouTube. December 13, 2014

The Temptations “Ball of Confusion” – YouTube

via The Temptations “Ball of Confusion” – YouTube.

Tragedy and Art: The Power of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ | Robert F. Darden | #OYRchallenge

This article gives background information on Sam Cooke’s motivation in creating, A Change Is Gonna Come. In the midst of the Civil Rights struggle and desegregation, our artist continued the tradition of slave hymns and field songs, ushering in hope through the darkest of times. #OYRchallenge.

On the surface, “A Change is Gonna Come” doesn’t sound particularly challenging, especially in light of the defiant freedom songs that rocked the movement in 1964, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round” or “I Got My Mind Stayed on Freedom.” The song was finally released as a single in late December of that year, shortly after Cooke’s untimely death. It quickly became one of the anthems of the movement and music historian Dave Marsh said that “A Change is Gonna Come” “ranks with Martin Luther King’s best speeches as a verbal encapsulation of the changes black perspective underwent in the Sixties.”

Despite surface appearances, African-American teenagers and movement activists knew exactly what it meant. The lyrics speak of a universally understood sense of alienation in their own land, of being treated as second-class citizens, of asking for help — and not receiving it, even from their own people. And like the great protest spirituals, even when recounting the grossest injustices, the singer continually returns to the hope, the expectation of justice: “Oh, there been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long/But now I think I’m able to carry on/It’s been a long, a long time coming/But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.”

via Tragedy and Art: The Power of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ | Robert F. Darden.

Recall That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You : Code Switch : NPR


Origin Of The Song

I wondered how such a prejudiced song could have become the anthem of ice cream and childhood summers. I learned that though Mr. Browne was fairly creative in his lyrics, the song’s premise and its melody are nearly as old as America itself. As often happens with matters of race, something that is rather vanilla in origin is co-opted and sprinkled with malice along the way.

via Recall That Ice Cream Truck Song? We Have Unpleasant News For You : Code Switch : NPR.

Janet Jackson- Discipline Live From Rock Witchu Tour (HIGH QUALITY)

Janet Jackson is a living legend. She is ranked as one of the top ten best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. Besides possessing a heavenly voice and a unique writing style, she’s also a very accomplished dancer, choreographer, actress, author, set and costume designer, director, humanitarian, and now an upcoming movie producer. Her musical style, choreography, lyrical exploration, and self-awareness have made her one the top artists of our time as well as a leading influence on the upcoming stars of today and tomorrow.

Before the age of 25, she had already sold more than 40 million albums, awarded numerous of prestigious awards such as Grammys, billboard awards, American music awards (won 4 out 12 nominations- a record that she still holds), and various other ASCAP, BMI, humanitarian, and NAACP awards. President Bush even commended her album Rhythm Nation in 1990!

She is also the only artist in HISTORY to have #1’s off one album in 3 calendar years. Her “Rhythm Nation” tour, the first of her career, set box office records around the world, and stills hold the record as the most success premiere tour of any artist. “That’s the Way Love Goes” remained at number one for eight weeks—the most successful chart performance of any member of the Jackson family! Her album “janet.” is the 1st album by a woman to debut at #1! She posses the most soul train awards in history. Janet also currently posses the most billboard awards in history!

Today, Janet has sold over 150 million albums, 6#1 albums, over 35 #1 singles, multiple #1 movies, #1 New York Best Seller and Amazon book seller, ground breaking records in magazine sales, tour sells, Emmy Awards, HBO specials, interview specials, and various other legend awards since 1990. She is the ONLY artist to receive Grammy nominations in Dance, Pop, Rap, Rock, and R&B categories. Janet is also the 1ST female artist in history to have an album to debut at #1 (janet album) which also had the highest debut by any female artist in history! In 2001, MTV presented Janet with the inaugural MTV ICON Award solidifying her accomplishments and affect on pop culture. She is 1ST and ONLY solo artist to be inaugurated as an Icon. The title of ICON was and continues to be hers and ONLY hers. She has layed the blue print for EVERY female artist today, and they ALL copy her! She’s a great humble person that is a living legend. ICON!

 

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