12 February 2016

The Life of Pablo

 Source: https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/697872225404325896

Surprisingly, Kanye West has made a lot of appearances in social media despite the fact that he has a new album coming out, he was designing his very own Yeezy Season 3 collection, and his wife, Kim Kardashian, just gave birth to their new son a little over two months ago. A few weeks ago Kanye West released the title of his new album, 'SWISH', but two days ago, he tweeted the picture of his new album cover for 'The Life of Pablo'. His tweets have caused confusion within his followers. Is the name Pablo in his album referred to Pablo Escobar? Pablo Picasso? We never know what to expect from this man. Stay updated for changes and release dates on his twitter account, @KanyeWest, and make sure to stay tuned for new music during the New Music Hour at 2PM every Monday on 91.7fm WNJR College Radio.

11 February 2016

Black Blessings

Well hello beautiful souls! I am sure that most, if not all of you, know that it is Black History Month! Whoo! I know you guys are just as excited as I am. So it is an honor to give to you a new blogging theme that I'll be doing from here on every time I blog for the rest of my time as a blogger. As weekly as possible I will be posting stories about black people, no matter the sex/or gender, that have inspired us, whether they be the past, present or even tall tales that have amazed us all. So I give my first blogging of 'Black Blessings' for a very long time!

Dorothy Dandridge was famous for becoming the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was a singer, actress, and pin-up.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922. Halle Berry played her in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Her role in breaking boundaries for Blacks is compared to what baseball legend Jackie Robinson did. For an even more in depth look at her life, you can find it here.  Below is a video of Ms. Dandridge singing and dancing with Louis Armstrong at the Apollo Theatre.

Artist Spotlight: Eryn Allen Kane (again?)

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Source: Saint Heron

Happy Black History month to all you listeners out there! I hope you all are spending this month becoming educated on the important, interesting, and fun facts regarding African American history! Like promised, I am providing blogs about creative and talented artists within the African American history. For some of you, this beautiful songbird may ring some bells (hopefully it does, if not you are unfortunately missing out). Eryn Allen Kane, who I previously blogged about, has released another mixtape entitled Aviary: Act 2 (BRB currently thanking the R&B gods). Who says that R&B singers can't have fun over some fast tempo beats?! Not Ms. Kane. Aviary: Act 2 may have listeners ready to dance in one moment and ready to cry by their lonesome in the next (but who doesn't love variety, right?). I know this sounds intriguing and at this moment you're wondering where you can listen to Ms. Kane. But don't fret, we have Aviary: Act 2 right here on WNJR Radio. Tune into 91.7FM for a listen.

10 February 2016

I Slay, OK

The Queen has done it again! Of course I'm talking about BeyoncĂ© and her new single, "Formation" - yet another unpromoted, unannounced single, complete with an absolutely stunning music video.  The track is available for download on Tidal, and was only on YouTube for a short time before becoming "unlisted." Luckily, I'm sneaky and found a way to get this masterpiece to you all: "Formation (Dirty)"- Beyonce

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Both the song and the video are definitely political, and the message is presented in the most graceful and cinematic way. (Blue Ivy is also in the video!) Bey sings about her southern roots and being proud of where she came from, about blackness and how incredibly beautiful is it, and about how she remains true to where she came from despite her overwhelming success. The song has a great beat, catchy lyrics, and is just a completely magical piece of work by BeyoncĂ©. I wish I could tell you how many times I've listened to this song since its release on Sunday, but I lost count long ago... I'm sure its in the hundreds by now. 

The Chainsmokers also released a new single this weekend with a feature by Daya, a Pittsburgh native who was all over the radio this summer with her single "Hide Away." The track is called "Don't Let Me Down," and I've listened to it about as many times as I've listened to "Formation" at this point. The Chainsmokers were featured on Sirius XM's "Nice Hair" the day before the track was released, and they mentioned that they feel "Don't Let Me Down" is their most "complete" song yet, and definitely one of their best. Check out the song on Spotify here: "Don't Let Me Down ft. Daya"- The Chainsmokers.

09 February 2016

Black Excellence

On April 7 th , 1915, Billie Holiday was born. What is your favorite ... 

Billie Holiday 
Starting off Black History Month with a classic, Billie Holiday. Born in Philadelphia she is consider one of the most influential jazz singer of all time. My favorites songs by her is Strange Fruit and Good Morning Heartache. Her artistry and craft is something you almost desire in today's society. Her music taps into your soul and allows you to actually listen to the lyrics and syntax of the message she is trying to convey. As a 21st century girl, I have observed that most artist do not take the time to tap into their audience intellect. I thank you Billie Holiday for gracing us with your talent. Happy Black History Month.