As many of you may already know, I deleted (almost) all of the audio files on my page because I received a final warning for posting and reblogging copyrighted music issued by DMCA. Even though it turned out to be sent by accident (womp womp), I still removed them to avoid having my page deleted. (I had over 600+ and received 5 notices in the past.)
For this reason, I’ve decided to create lists of tunes in a text format to fulfill your musical appetite, which will hereafter be titled “Something Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue.” You can click the link to hear the songs embedded in the titles below or just click the header above and be directed to my arts + culture site, The Vinyl Bridge, for all the songs on one page.
"Happier Than the Morning Sun" by Stevie Wonder [Soul, 1972]
This is a feel good record penned and produced by the musical genius for his Music In My Mind album. You can’t go wrong with Stevie.
When it comes to reminiscing about records from the ’90s, many tend to forget this track, were too young to remember it, or just never heard of it. This was the debut, hit single by the British girl group Eternal Soul. You dig this track? Check out their tracks “Angel of Mine,” most notably performed by Monica, and ”Just a Step From Heaven."
It’s certainly not an “oldie” yet, but it sure feels like one. You can’t tell me this doesn’t give you an ’80s vibe with hints of Kate Bush.
“Wasted Love” by BenZel & Stevie Neale [Electro-R&B, 2014]
This is an instant head nodder by East London-based singer Stevie Neale and the rising Japanese teen producing duo, Umi Takahashi and Yoko Watanabe. While most music groups are made up of members who have been friends for years or met in school, BenZel unexpectedly met on an online forum about ankle socks and soon discovered they both shared a love for ’90s R&B (i.e. their production on Jessie Ware’s cover of Brownstone’s 1994 joint, “If You Love Me”).
It’s filled with hard-hitting percussive elements, piano riffs, and pretty much a standout number like their most known hit, “This Way.”
I’m loving that people are starting to notice this band that I have been raving about for years. Their notable instrumental and vocal rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” was featured in the new indie comedy, Chef. Great movie by the way.
From Ludacris and Jaheim to Billy Idol and Tre Williams, this track has been featured and covered so many times. Just incase you never considered the original, here it is.
There’s no escaping this woman’s voice. She’s a Spanish singer of Equatorial Guinea descent who, at times, solely goes by the name Buika. This track, penned by Fabregat Jodar, is about feeling empty and alone. Buika perfectly expresses this emotion through every single syllable.
She is truly unfazed by the media.
Police kill African Americans more frequently than you may realize.
According to stats compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice, an unarmed African American died at the hands of an armed White police officer at the rate of nearly two per week from 2005 to 2012. Over that 8-year-period, 400 police killings were reported per year. White officers killed a Black person, on average, 96 times per year.
Of those, 18 percent of the African Americans killed were under the age of 21, compared to 8.7 percent of Whites.
As bad as those figures are, they grossly understate the problem. The FBI statistics are based on the voluntary reporting of local law enforcement jurisdictions. Currently, approximately 750 of 17,000 law enforcement agencies regularly report their figures to the FBI. That means if the ratio holds true for all 17,000 agencies, the annual 96 Black deaths at the hands of White cops could be as high 2,170 a year or almost 42 (41.73) per week – nearly six per day (5.94).
To be conservative, let’s presume that the death rate for the non-reporting law enforcement agencies is only half of those now reporting. That would still be approximately three Blacks killed by a White police officer every day.
-George E. Curry, St. Louis American
2 per week…
The Taney Dragons, representing Pennsylvania, will take on Nevada in a Little League World Series semifinal tonight. On the mound for the Dragons will be Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old girl whom you have surely heard of by now. You should be watching this game, because even though this is just little league baseball, Mo’ne is as rare a talent as you’ll ever see in sports.