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Michael Jackson would’ve been 53 today. Although he is deceased, his legacy becomes that much more significant in the cannons of cultural history with every passing year. It wasn’t only Jackson’s contribution to music that was significant but also his contribution to racial justice which is less recognized but equally as important. Jackson’s ability to communicate the souls of black folk through his music, with Jackson 5 and later, upped the ante for how Black culture was consumed around the world.
When I think of Michael, I think of Black people’s greatest asset: soul. In an era where capitalism rules, all assets are commodified for survival. As anyone who is familiar with the story of the Jacksons knows, Michael didn’t choose to sell his soul/music, but his talents represented a resource that his father and family couldn’t afford not to exploit on the marketplace. And so Michael did what he had to do. He fulfilled his passion and, at the same time, demonstrated the exponential value and power of Black music. His passion and his music resonated with a huge and die-hard world wide audience, and in effect, changed the way not only everyday people thought of the boundaries of race but also how businesses and companies viewed African-Americans.
Today, there’s no question how powerful Black music is. At the MTV Video Music Awards last night, the nominees and winners were dominated by pop and hip-hop artists. At the height of Michael’s career, you’d be hard pressed to see more than two soul or rap musicians performing at the same awards show.
Michael represents the best of Black people: the rhythm, the soul, the inventiveness, the imagination. So why is it looked down upon when young kids want to emulate him and so many others like him. It is unspoken but many children are steered away from the arts and lower-income Black children are especially sent a subliminal message that to strive to be a working musician is stupid, that it’s best to want to become a lawyer, doctor or any other Huxtable-approved profession. But to tap into one’s talents should never be looked down upon.
We must see it for what is; and that is that soul is a commodity. There is a certain rhythm, a certain essence that is unique to Africa and its descendants. So today on Michael’s birthday, I hope that people just don’t celebrate his music but celebrate the beauty of Black and the power of soul music, as evidenced by one of its greatest artists.
Are you a fan of Maze ft Frankie Beverly? Good! We are too. Capital/EMI just released a special 15-track greatest hits cd and you totally want it. We promise you do. Three lucky Madame Noire readers will win copies of the commemorative album, but in order to find out how to enter and win, you’ll have to log on to our Facebook page at 1 pm EST TODAY July 22, 2011 and look for a special status message.
While we wait for you to log on, we’ll sit over here and groove. “You make me happy…”
It’s always nice to watch couples in love. There’s laughter, shared stories and syrupy, sweet sentimental moments that you just might catch if you’re lucky. Aja and Fatin, members of the duo Kindred The Family Soul, were no different. Madame Noire caught up with the couple before they took the stage at BB King’s in NYC to discuss their music, their message and of course their love. Read the rest of this entry »
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The newly slimmed down Aretha Franklin turns 69 years old today. The Queen of Soul’s instantly recognizable voice has been an inspiration to many singers over the years. Songs like “Respect” and “Natural Woman” have become theme songs for today’s modern woman.
Check out AOL Black Voices for a beautiful gallery of photos of the living legend.
What’s your favorite Aretha Franklin track!
Musiq Soulchild sat down with Madame Noire to talk about everything from his baby boy with 702 singer Kameelah Williams to his VERY interesting choice in classic movies. Check it all out in the video below!
What’s your favorite Musiq Soulchild song?
In 2010, you may have spent your days looking at fabulous and fun photos of all the events that you did not attend. This year, we are filling you in early so mark your calendar because 2011 is going to be a very eventful year. Don’t miss out!
Here are a few up-coming events that you don’t want to miss:
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Natalie “Floacist” Stewart formerly of London/Philly soul duo Floetry, but today she has a new album (“Floetic Soul”), a new look and a new tour in the works. Check out what the Floacist told Madame Noire about her single with Musiq, her reason for leaving Floetry and what the heck she’s been up to for the past four years.
Calling all poetry readers, listeners, and writers…have you ever heard a poem so deep that it gave you chills? Hasn’t the spoken art cut directly into your soul? Weren’t you impacted by its portrayal of love, happiness, and desperation? Music reverberates every emotion there is – even the frustration of putting pen to paper.
We love poets so much that we’ve decided to showcase lyrical geniuses who changed the poetry circuit for good!
Check them out:
At first glance, singer Nikki Leonti looks like the mild-mannered, California church girl she was raised to be. A fan of the Winans family, she was only allowed to listen to gospel music growing up. Rich Velonkis has a bad boy air about him that probably stems from his days as a DJ in New York City. The unlikely pair are the two parts that make up the soulful duo, Nikki & Rich.
Referred to as “the most anticipated new duo in music” by industry heads, the pair combine pop, soul, R&B and classic ’60s sounds to make catchy hits. Leonti and Velonkis first met in Nashville when she was working as a backup singer for Carrie Underwood. Velonkis brought experience having produced tracks for Robin Thicke, Mario and Ludacris while Leonti brought an amazing voice, singing her whole life as a pastor’s daughter and Christian artist.