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“I don’t trust anyone who hasn’t been self-destructive in some way. Who hasn’t gone through some sort of bout of self-loathing. You’ve got to bang yourself around a bit to know yourself.”



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Throwback Thursday: Eddie Murphy, John Singleton, Michael Jackson & Iman

Remember the Time

On the set of Michael’s classic “Remember the Time” video. This video was filmed & directed by the extraordinary, John Singleton in mid-January 1992. Simply GOLDEN!

What he said: Tom Ford

What he said: Tom Ford

“From the time we’re born until we die, we’re kept busy with artificial stuff that isn’t important.”

Music Video Classic: Sunshine Anderson, “Heard it all before”

“What were you thinking? Bringing her into our home? IN OUR BED?! You must have fell & bumped your head, messing up my sheets, & violating me!”

The classic late nighties / early naughties ingredient for an R&B hit:

– Plot about some triflin nigga who’s creepin’ & won’t stop spittin’ game? (check)

– Woman who’s reached her breaking point? (check)

– Smooth melodic vocals & beautiful meolody? (check)

– Sassy visual of a sistah givin’ a brutha in a fitted cap her three snaps up three snaps down? (CHECK!)

Its no surprise that this song remains a classic. Released in 2001, this jam still blows today!

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Friday Music Treasure: DivaGeek – “MONEY”


After writing what was first exam in my final year at university, I left that exam room itching for music to make me feel good, let loose & unwind. In desperation mode, I had to dig into my catalog of music treasures & the first thing my ears grabbed was Diva Geek’s MONEY!

Songstress Vula belts out on the itch of wanting more money, fantasizing melodically (with her very rich voice) on the things she would do & have, if she had all that bread!

DivaGeek is a collaborative effort between Londoners Ben Jones & Vula Malinga. Ben, a man possessed with MJ, Level 42, Steely Dan, Thomas Dolby, & James Brown influences, met Vula an impeccable songwriter & songstress at various London gigs. The two worked together for Vula’s solo project & the rest is as they say, history.

“He said, She said” was the first song I initially heard when I discovered these two last year, but “Money” is one big groove that makes being materialistic seem oh so soulful!

This afternoon the song got me moving & initiated that Friday boogie, making me forget I had been sleep-deprived slaving away in preparation for writing this afternoon’s exam paper. More than that, the song reminded me that I should hold on steadfastly to work-ethic (whatever that means) & studying harder for just a little while longer, so I could also get my grubby little paws on all that “MONEY! MONEY! GIMME THAT MONEEEYYYYYY!”

Enjoy the video below:

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Throwback Thursday: He was perfection, & He ain’t even know it.

Throwback Thursday: He was perfection, & He ain't even know it.

Butterscotch skin with adolescent acne to humanise him.
Innocent eager eyes which saw things no man could perceive.
Thick eyebrows which were tamed lying neatly above his soul’s window.
Clean white teeth which caged a shy tongue.
And height that made him a tower of wonders.

Michael Jackson was beautiful.

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On Constant Repeat: Jojo, “Demonstrate”

After she slayed Drake’s “Marvin’s Room” tearing it up into shreads with her immaculate vocals, Jojo has remained on my radar. So my antennas have been up ever since anticipating any new (original) material from her which would not be a revamp of another artist’s work and man oh man has she delivered.

Teaming up with Noah “40” Shebib, the Canadian hip-hop mastermind behind Drake, Jojo delivers a sultry, bedroom banger for the sheets, whilst her vocal ability shines through. If you ask me Demonstrate is a damn good effort, more so because of its simplicity as nothing is overdone or over-sung. It remains being a seductive soothing song which has me stanning for Jojo as we wait for her next project, “Jumping Trains” which is set to land August 28th on iTunes.

Here it is:

“Stars and the Moon” sung by Audra McDonald

I was so surprised to find out that one of my favourite characters on Private Practice is gifted with a beautiful, well controlled voice. Not only that, she is also a musical theater extraordinaire with three Tony awards next to her name to prove it.

Here’s a clip of her singing the Jason Robert Brown masterpiece “Stars and the Moon”.

Stars and the Moon

Taken from the musical theater piece, “Songs For a New World” written & composed by Jason Robert Brown.

I met a man without a dollar to his name
Who had no traits of any value but his smile
I met a man who had no yearn or claim to fame
Who was content to let life pass him for a while
And I was sure that all I ever wanted
Was a life like the movie stars led
And he kissed me right here, and he said,

“I’ll give you stars and the moon and a soul to guide you
And a promise I’ll never go
I’ll give you hope to bring out all the life inside you
And the strength that will help you grow.
I’ll give you truth and a future that’s twenty times better
Than any Hollywood plot.”
And I thought, “You know, I’d rather have a yacht.”

I met a man who lived his life out on the road
Who left a wife and kids in Portland on a whim
I met a man whose fire and passion always showed
Who asked if I could spare a week to ride with him
But I was sure that all I ever wanted
Was a life that was scripted and planned
And he said, “But you don’t understand”

“I’ll give you stars and the moon and the open highway
And a river beneath your feet
I’ll give you day full of dreams if you travel my way
And a summer you can’t repeat.
I’ll give you nights full of passion and days of adventure,
No strings, just warm summer rain.”
And I thought, “You know, I’d rather have champagne.”

I met a man who had a fortune in the bank
Who had retired at age thirty, set for life.
I met a man and didn’t know which stars to thank,
And then he asked one day if I would be his wife.
And I looked up, and all I could think of
Was the life I had dreamt I would live
And I said to him, “What will you give?”

“I’ll give you cars and a townhouse in Turtle Bay
And a fur and a diamond ring
And we’ll be married in Spain on my yacht today
And we’ll honeymoon in Beijing.
And you’ll meet stars at the parties I throw at my villas
In Nice and Paris in June.”

And I thought, “Okay.”
And I took a breath
And I got my yacht
And the years went by
And it never changed
And it never grew
And I never dreamed
And I woke one day
And I looked around
And I thought, “My God…
I’ll never have the moon.”

What he said: Shawn Corey Carter (Jay-Z)

“Providing, that’s not love. Being there that’s more important. I mean, we see that. We see that with all these rich socialites. They’re crying out for attention; they’re hurting for love. I’m not being judgmental—I’m just making an observation. They’re crying out for the love that maybe they didn’t get at home, and they got everything. All the material things that they need and want. So we know that’s not the key.”

-Hov on providing not being enough in raising a child-

– Shawn Corey Carter ( Rapper, Record producer, Entrepreneur)

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