#NOWPLAYING: Esperanza Spalding

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone! I generally like to start my Friday’s off with new tunes and lucky me, a good friend shared this video with me last night. Esperanza Spalding is back with “Black Gold”, the vivacious first single from her upcoming album, Radio Music Society. I absolutely love the song and its empowering message. The music video is fun and vibrant and takes me back to my time in New York City when outdoor concerts, block parties and street fairs were a common thing. I so miss that! And who can deny these lady’s fashion sense. They are fierce! The earrings, colorful fabrics, red wedge booties…just fabulous! Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Esperanza Spalding – Black Gold (feat. Algebra Blessett) on Vimeo

Peace, Love and Soul!

I can remember my Saturday morning excitement as that psychedelic train moved and grooved across the TV screen while the words Sooouuul Trainnnn filled our living room. The epitome of cool, Don Cornelius brought the song-and-dance TV show, Soul Train to homes all over America. It was a cultural revolution that made Black America proud. It celebrated our style, our dancing and showcased our talent. Soul Train featured such legends as James Brown, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and launched the careers of many including Jody Watley, Rosie Perez and Fred “Rerun” Berry. From the Soul Train dancers to the Scramble Board, to the Soul Train Line and Don Cornelius’ mesmerizing voice, it was sixty minutes of pure fun. Soul Train taught the world to dance while creating a platform to help break down racial and cultural barriers. Thank you Don Cornelius for your vision.

RIP Don Cornelius (1936-2012) “We wish you Peace, Love and Soul!”

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