Month: February 2014

Let The Celebration of Black History Continue Beyond February

Usually I do something big to celebrate Black History month each year. However, this year was different. My mindset has shifted from solely utilizing February as the only month in which I adequately take the time to pay homage and respect to the work of my ancestors. I have been pushing myself to not only build upon their legacy but remember it daily while I am enjoying the freedoms and liberties they fought so hard for me to have.

Today, one lead teacher told me that it was cathartic for her to see me teach my studenya. She went on to say how refreshing it is to see me interact with them and provide a postive example. I am so humbled by that and by no means take that lightly. Being in the forefront each day is no easy task but I have learned to become grateful for the opportunity. I can make a difference by helping them to accomplish the goals in which they aspire to accomplish. You may not be a teacher but there is someone near you who could benefit from your shared story. Someone in the world is listening, are you speaking?

What Have You Done For Me Lately

This has been one of the busiest weeks I have had all year. However, even though I’ve been super busy, I don’t feel overwhelmed. One keep thing that I am constantly being reminded of is intent. Intent has to do with fulfilling or deliberately executing what you plan to accomplish. When we actually take the time to think about life, our priorities, and the goals we aspire to work into fruition things don’t seem as bad.
This week, in the midst of the chaos that the world tries to engulf us in, I managed to stay afloat. Before going to bed, I actually would smile and be thankful for the fact that I wasn’t boggled down or worrisome. I slept peacefully, completely living in each moment. It was difficult because sometimes things happen that you may not be prepared for but you have to keep pressing onward.
Having said so, life is so much better for me when I take the time to focus on each moment and not fixate on anything else but that moment.
What have you done for yourself lately?

New Music: Mariah Carey “You’re Mine (Eternal)” Feat. Trey Songz

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Mariah is back with new music just in time for Valentine’s Day. For her new song “You’re Mine (Eternal)” she is partnered with the R&b youngin’ Trey Songz. This is a nice song to cruise the streets to with your Valentine. I appreciate how she makes music that supports where she is in life now.  She’s married, she’s a mother, and she’s more mature. Nick is her homie, lover, and her friend. Together, they are holding down the Cannon household. Notice I wrote Cannon household and not Carey household. All the haters of their union out there should have more respect.She’s married for goodness sake and it’s to Nick, not you! Like MC said, “Last man on earth still couldn’t hit this… you’re delusional.”

I support them because I think they balance each other. Besides, Nick has to be a pretty confident guy to not only marry Mariah, but a woman who’s older than he is, has more experiences, and is a worldwide superstar. Kudos to the big homie for holding the diva down.

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Concert Review: Lauryn Hill in a league of her own

Lauryn HillLauryn hill is back on the musical scene and touring the country to give fans a new taste on some old favorites. If you buy tickets to her new show, you are in for a special treat. You’ll hear some elements of Reggae, Rock, and of course Soul. Her live show is phenomenal. However, come with an open mind for the music that you will hear L Boogie perform. Her show is all about refreshing some classic songs from her repertoire with new instrumentation, so it won’t sound exactly how it does on her infamous 1998 album “The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill.” Depending on how you may view it, that change could either be good or bad. But as we all know, change is inevitable so just be grateful that she’s opening up her music to up to fans again.

Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of hearing one of my favorite artist perform in the Queen City. Not sure if she felt some sort of new-found energy being in Charlotte, but she often identifies herself with being a Queen, and man did she carry herself with grace. When you arrive at her shows expect to wait for a while. My guest and I waited around in the standing room only venue for about an hour and some change before she took the stage. However, we were treated to a really cool deejay who made sure to play songs that kept the crowd engaged. As I looked around the room I noticed a bevy of people in attendance. To be more frank, a Lauryn Hill fan doesn’t have an identifiable look. Unless you can look at someone upon first glance and tell that they are lovers of great music. There were people in the crowd who were college students, a few folks who might have been professors, and a myriad of ethnicities singing along to her beautiful songs. The best part about the show for me besides the performance was how well-behaved her audience was. We all formed some sort of temporary bond with her music being the common denominator. No one in the audience was void of emotion either. At a given moment you could point in the crowd and find a fan crying, overjoyed, and basking in psychedelic funk.

I would recommend music fans alike to go out and hear her perform live. Aside from her first album, listening to her new performances on YouTube does not do her songs any justice. It  is an experience to watch and hear her show from a crowd. I was impressed at how she orchestrated her bass players, electric guitarist, keyboardist, and back ground singers. No one could deny her and say that being on stage was not her true passion or desire at that moment. She stood there confidently and gave us a taste of her early 90’s rap style that I had forgotten she had. We have become so inundated with female MC’s raping about their sexuality that we rarely hear or appreciate a woman giving bars that spark social and political commentary. I have always been a fan of Kim and Foxy, and some of Nicki’s songs, but Lauryn is in a whole other class for me. She is one of those women who demands respect because she believes in herself and the people she allows around her have no choice but to agree. In fact, many would probably feel honored to learn from her experiences. Below is a list of the rest of her tour dates. Check her out in concert if you are able and let me know what you think.

Thursday 13 February 2014
Ms. Lauryn Hill live
The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA, US

Saturday 15 February 2014
9 Mile Music Festival 2014 Sean Paul, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Mavado, Julian Marley, Damien Marley, and Alika & Nueva Alianza
Miami Dade County Fair & Expo Center Miami, FL, US

Monday 17 February 2014
Ms. Lauryn Hill live
Ms. Lauryn Hill
The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA, US

Wednesday 23 July 2014 – Sunday 27 July 2014
Floydfest 2014
Floyd, VA, US

Celebration of The Voice: Whitney Houston

I am a vocalist connoisseur. I am always analyzing voices and listening closely to pitch, tonality, and control. It’s safe to safe that music is a huge part of my being. Music is something that relaxes me and when needed, gets me really excited.
So far, of all the great singers I have been fortunate to hear, none have ever had a voice quite like Whitney Houston. She could sing any style of music whether it be classical or rhythm and blues. On record, any song she touched sounded like second nature to her.
Today, I find it befitting to celebrate her life and legacy. I pay honor and homage to the beautiful and talented singer from Newark, New Jersey. The one and only, Ms. Whitney Houston. “I Believe In You & Me” is one of my favorite songs from her expansive catalog. Press play, and enjoy.