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#MusicMonday: Michael Jackson Feel Good Songs

July 6th, 2015 - By Rich
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Every day is a great day to celebrate the life and music of Michael Jackson. The King of Pop was one of, if not the greatest entertainer of all time. Michael Jackson has sold more records and won more awards than almost everyone. However, how his music makes people feel is his biggest accomplishment. We’re straying away from his most popular hits to give you these hidden gems, you’ll still light up as soon as you hear them.

#MusicMonday: Michael Jackson Feel Good Songs

The Ranking: 13 Of The Best Jay Z and Beyonce Collabs

April 29th, 2014 - By Rich
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So Beyonce and Jay Z are hitting the road together…

Since the announcement yesterday, ladies have been making phone calls and organizing girls night out. While the guys have been stoically paying attention to where to buy tickets, knowing this date night would mean the world or score major points. Either way, between April 29 and May 2 the countdown to scoring tickets is on… only to be followed by anticipation until the duo touches down in your city.

Hov and Bey have collaborated on thirteen songs – four uncredited. For the most part, perspective concertgoers are expecting the two to perform at least seven of these. Being the music connoisseur that I am, I’ve decided to give a definitive “Least to Greatest” list ranking hip hop’s “First Couple” together doing what they do best – uncredited songs and all (I will not include “Beach Chair” because Beyonce only asks “Are you happy, Hov?” on it).

The Ranking: 13 Jay Z and Beyonce Collabs

What Was That? Singers & Rappers We Can Never Understand In Songs

August 2nd, 2013 - By Davisha Davis
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Source: Marco Piraccini/WENN.com

Whether they’re rapping too fast or singing too low, we can never understand what these entertainers are saying once they get behind the mic. We still love them, of course, but we’d just like to know what exactly they’re saying on a track every once in a while .

Lionel Richie Says His Own Songs Saved Him From Depression

July 2nd, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Source: WENN

 

 

From theGrio

Many people have turned to music at sad times in their lives. Singer Lionel Richie is no different — except the music he turned to was his own.

Richie told the U.K. Mirror that in the 1990s, he was going through a divorce and fighting depression

“Then a friend said to me: ‘Lionel, I have some inspirational tapes I want you to listen to,’” Richie recalled to the newspaper. “He handed me my own songs with certain ones underlined and I started listening to my lyrics – this time from the point of view of someone who needed that message.”

Read more at theGrio.com

Aaron Hall’s “Don’t Be Afraid” — When Sexual Assault Had a Catchy Beat…

May 17th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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As Clarke Gail Baines pointed out in her recent post, there are certainly times when our favorite songs give us reason to pause.

In her case it was Miguel’s “How Many Drinks.” In my case that song has always been Aaron Hall’s “Don’t Be Afraid” (Nasty Man Groove), which includes such questionable narration as this:

No need to run and no need to hide / All the doors are locked baby and I have you inside / You can yell and you can hit me / It just makes me more horny”

Yeah, somebody needs to get detectives Stabler and Benson up in here because we might have a predator on the loose. Seriously, I do not want this song following me down a dark alley. But at one time in my past, I remember this being one of my favorite Hall songs. Just goes to show you how contradictory our  culture is about the message of the wrongness of sexual assault.

As defined by this anti-rape culture website:

Rape culture includes jokes, TV, music, advertising, legal jargon, laws, words and imagery, that make violence against women and sexual coercion seem so normal that people believe that rape is inevitable. Rather than viewing the culture of rape as a problem to change, people in a rape culture think about the persistence of rape as ‘just the way things are.’”

Sort of how we indoctrinate women (since birth) on how not to get raped (including erroneous advice, which in some cases can run dangerously counterproductive to the realities of sexual assault) yet neglect to reinforce with the same level of tenacity the concept of “do not rape.” You know, like teaching folks that certain behavior, say like holding a yelling and screaming woman against her will, a la Hall in this song, is likely not an indication that this anonymous woman is looking for a little sexay time. In fact, as the song title suggests, she actually sounds pretty afraid.

We can say that it was just a sign of the times, that folks didn’t know better, however folks have been having this same conversation since Bing Crosby put a little something extra in Doris Day’s cocktail, while trying to convince her to stay the night because, Baby It’s Cold Outside. And that’s a damn holiday song that our grand folks were singing as they toasted egg nog around Christmas trees. Point is, sexual violence against women has long been normalized in society. And it is not just reflective in music. The website Racialious did an excellent job breaking down how we routinely paint problematic behavior in all forms of popular culture as okay, and even laudable or romantic. Basically in the world of popular culture, the accepted idea is that consent is erroneous. And that women, in particular, can always be convinced to say yes. You just have to be persistent and inventive.

Just For Laughs: 9 Unique Ways People Have “Honored” Their Mothers

May 12th, 2013 - By Kendra Koger
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Mothers.  Aren’t they great?  We couldn’t be here without their eggs, and when Mother’s Day rolls around we are encouraged to celebrate those women who contributed to bring us into the world.  When you were younger you made arts and crafts projects, when you got older, you might have made it rain in the Hallmark Store, and now that you’re adult you might have to put in a little more thought about it.  Well, there are options, and these individuals have upped the ante on celebrating the moms of the world.  So, take a gander at some of these good, funny, and some slightly misguided celebrations.

Me And You, Us Never Part. Makidada: Jump Rope Jingles And Hand Clap Games We Used To Play

March 22nd, 2013 - By Kelly Franklin
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Remember the scene in Color Purple where Celie and Nettie play their hand game? It took us  back to a time where we clapped hands and chanted lyrics to catchy songs with a group of our girlfriends. It was rhythmic in nature and taught us hand-eye coordination and communication skills. It also boosted our confidence to be able to weave hands in an intricate, synchronized fashion. We clapped hands in solidarity, and we also jumped rope. With one long, braided rope, two plastic handles and three girls, feet would smack the ground to the beat of song and rope hitting the ground. We’d jump in and out, waiting on the perfect moment so as not to stop the rope. These ol’ school games brought us together – kept us active and young at heart. And to this day, Michelle Obama still loves jumping rope for a good workout. Which of these childhood jingles do you remember?

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

turn all around,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

touch the ground

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

shoe yo’ shoes

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

be excused

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

jump back in

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

do it again

This classic jump rope song kept you jumping in and out of the swinging rope space.

Gangsta Bey: The Most H-Town Hood Songs From The One They Call King Bey

March 21st, 2013 - By Kelly Franklin
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Beyonce, mega star of the world, has never forgotten her roots…or has she? Is referencing dookie braids in her latest “Bow Down” single hood enough to prove it? Actually, we don’t even have to do that because if you’re a real Bey Stan, you know she’s been a lil hood for a minute — or four albums — now.  Oh you forgot about that? Let us refresh your memory.

So What You Popped A Molly?! The 10 Most Annoying Phrases In Songs

February 6th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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We all have a song or two that we just can’t stand. Sometimes the radio plays a jam one time too often. Sometimes the beat isn’t exactly on point. And sometimes, the lyrics are the problem. It may not be the whole song we’re over, but there are choruses and phrases we’re just sick of or that make no amount of sense at all. Check out our list of 10 rap phrases that we don’t want to hear anymore.

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“Popped a Molly”

Rap music may need an intervention. Apparently, Molly is the new hot drug in the street. Rappers spit about it so much, white people get on the Internet and Google “who is Molly?” They know Molly as MDMA and they’ve been losing their minds on the designer drug since the late eighties.

Rappers like Juicy J talk about popping a Molly in almost every song. And all I want to know is can we move on and talk about something different? ‘Cause ya’ll sound like a broken record. No? Well get back at us when ya’ll are done getting high.

You Know You Love ‘Em…Or Not: Top Ratchet Songs Of 2012

December 31st, 2012 - By Davisha Davis
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2012 was filled with some of the most ratchet, booty bouncing and just plain ol’ ignant songs. Anything made from 2 chainz or a down south rapper had to be ratchet. If it wasn’t ratchet, it wasn’t hot. There’s more songs that could of made the list but it’s safe to say that these songs were the most heard — and possbily the most obnoxious. Let’s check out some of the videos that made you twerk