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Anthony

I can’t remember the precise moment I started watching Parts Unknown, but I do know, prior to that, I’d never heard of Anthony Bourdain and despised culinary shows. That all changed after experiencing him on CNN for the first time a few years back. I was hooked.

Anthony Bourdain had a way of making his viewers feel apart of his travels, conversations, and experiences. He was always engaging with his surroundings, eating exotic shit, being fearless, and never shying away from controversial issues effecting the locals wherever he traveled. Bourdain never exploited those people, disrespected them or made them feel small. He always seems curious about their plight, what they were going through, and why it was happening.

His suicide hit me hard this morning. I can’t say it hit me harder than I thought it would because I didn’t anticipate it or anything like that. I, like many others around the world, just didn’t see it coming. I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t ready. I doubt that anyone was. I just pray his loved ones get through this.

RIP Anthony Bourdain.

From one of my favorite Parts Unknown episodes:

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PHONTE: NNIGN

Phonte’s new album, No News Is Good News, is so dope. I’m here for it y’all. I know it’s only March, but I’m gonna call it: NNIGN is one of the fullest, and most robust albums of 2018.

From Sweeter Than You, to Find That Love Again, to So Help Me God, NNIGN is full of prophetic and clear messages.

This album is the cleanest I’ve heard in a while and I’m so excited about it. NNIGN makes me want to go back to church and plant a vegetable garden in my backyard. Real talk.

Superfly…. lol

So I just watched the new Superfly trailer for the third time and I don’t feel good about it. I figured this “remake” wouldn’t be as good as the original, but this shit right here gives me the feels of an epic fail. Like, if you can’t do a classic film justice then just don’t do it. Period.

For starters, the lead character’s hair had me in my feelings. This nigga got a “single mom short bob” perm’d hair style in 2018. Like, really y’all? If you’re going to attempt to modernize a culturally defining classic film like “Superfly” you could’ve left out the shitty perm y’all.

Also, from what I’ve seen from the trailer, it comes off as a trap god, Atlanta mess. Like, what’s the end game? What’s the message? I mean, I’m all about telling black folks stories, but what’s the bottom line?

The original Superfly was super important and captivating to black folks. It showed black people dominating white men for the first time on any screen. That was major for us.

Granted, I can’t really speak on it in depth because I haven’t seen the whole film. But from what I’ve seen from the trailer alone, WTF?

Trump Train Wreck

I’ve been alive to see Daddy Bush, Clinton, Dubya, and Obama complete their respective presidential terms. Yet I never, in a million years, thought I would see such a treason infested, and lying administration in the highest platform of government in this United States. Donald Trump, the modern day Benedict Arnold, is nothing more than a Putin influenced infection contaminating and attacking our democratic process.

From Donald Trump’s past and pre dealings with the Russian mafia, to the obstruction of justice accusations, money laundering and other charges surrounding him and his dwindling camp, Cheeto Jesus is Harlem shakin’ in his boots… and I’m here for it.

As head of the Special Counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, Robert Mueller has become the captain save a ho’ for all Americans who haven’t drank the MAGA koolaid. I am confident that Mueller has it in the bag as far as the demise of Trump and his “empire” is concerned. I am also hoping that Mueller can somehow nab Omarosa and Ben’s asses too … for good measure.

On Green Dolphin Street

On Green Dolphin Street by Miles Davis is one of my favorite classical jazz songs. It reminds me of Christmas, Thanksgiving, my mom’s hugs, my dad’s white beans and rice, and my brothers jokes….all rolled into one feeling. I listen to it when I need to find my center, and my happy place. It’s one of those songs that always reminds me of who I am, and where I come from.

Origanally composed by Bronislaw Kaper in 1947, On Green Dolphin Street was composed for a feature film by the same name. Miles Davis transformed it into a jazz standard and made it the classic is today. Enjoy 🤗  

Song of the Week

Where There is Love – Patrice Rushen

I just stumbled across an old Patrice Rushen track, and I’m in LOVE. I’ve always loved Ms. Rushen growing up. As a matter of fact, her most notable hit, Forget Me Nots, was my jam, but I obviously missed some of her catalogue.
I heard Where There is Love for the first time last night, and got super annoyed. How did I miss this 80’s gem? How did I miss this amazing song from the very musical era I’ve grown to love so much?
Where There is Love, from Rushen’s 1982 album Straight from the Heart, is a beautiful and musically poetic piece of music about the very fantasy of love that all black women daydream of. The musicianship captured my ear before the lyrics did, but after hearing it for the like the 5th time, I began to relate to the words in the song. They remind me of what I hope to find in life… Love, security, and satisfaction. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.

 

Live in Concert: Wiz and Curren$y

   Live in Concert is probably one of my favorite Curren$y and Wiz collaborations. I’ve been an avid follower of Curren$y that Hot Spitta’s music for almost 12 years (Wiz for almost 7), and I have no plans on stopping the music train.
  I love the fact that this project takes a simple, and raw approach as far as sampling is concerned. Live in Concert  is all about good vibes, relaxation, as well as powerful fusion jazz samples that will make your dad reminisce on his college days. 

 The retro 70’s vibe shines through with samples from Bobbi Humphrey’s Fancy Dancer album. That element alone is how I snuck Curren$y into my 65 year old dad’s playlist (hehe 😐). Check it out below: https://youtu.be/BINiRPGUJrk