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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Singer Janelle Monae attends 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Homegirl definitely had a girl year. Not the only one who thinks this was the album of the year.

One of many good videos from that album.

Enjoy!

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Motivation.

Last week of posting til 2019; let’s do some ‘greatest hits’ of the year before I talk about everything this year has been for me.

Can’t talk about videos this year without starting here.  Just can’t.

Enjoy!

The weekend is upon us.

One of the little homies told me this morning, he’s about the positivity now, and I half jokingly told him, ‘Like Father, Like Son.’

But not joking at all, it made my day.  

Spread love people.  It’s the Brooklyn way, and it’s my way.

Have a good one folks.

Still in my karma.  Spotify put me into old school, so this one brought make me memories.

Besides the obvious later ‘ice cold’ allusions for me personally, I always wanted to be one of the brothers in the back dancing all goofy while Erick and Parrish flowed.

WHO ARE THOSE BROTHAS?!?

Enjoy!

Is today a good day to post some EWF?

Yeah, I know… everyday is a good day to post some Earth, Wind and Fire.

This song is eternal.  I don’t regret being too young to have missed most of my chances to see the original lineup live, but thank you YouTube.

The obvious love between the guys here gets me more than this performance.

Enjoy!

I was muted this weekend and I thought, ‘My God, I haven’t been to the movies in a month!’

I went to the calendar to double check how long it had been…

It was Thanksgiving.  

Film geek season does that to a man.

So how about we start this week with music? It’s definitely been a while.  

Hype Williams at his peak.

Enjoy!

A few weeks back, my Twitter feed went nuts with black film geeks famous and not famous all saying Netflix dropped a series called ‘Pioneers of African-American Cinema’ that is mandatory viewing if you’re a student of the history or the artform or the culture.

And they were all right.

Streaming on Netflix, twenty episodes total.  A few shorts in there, but mostly features, none over 100 minutes I believe.  Most everyone who knows their history has heard the name Oscar Micheaux; off the top of my head there are four of his films here.  Paul Robeson makes an appearance in one of the features.  If you’re any type of black film geek, it’s the best kind of homework.

Now, a few notes from me as an observer:

It’s to be expected I guess when you know how historically expensive filmmaking is as an art form, but as far as the stories here: it’s almost exclusively from a ‘Talented Tenth’ point of view.  If you’re hoping to see some pre-cursor to ‘Menace II Society’ or ‘Boyz N Da Hood’… nope, this ain’t the place.  I believe it was in one of the Micheaux films that a fast light skinned woman was repeatedly referred to as ‘that yellow hussy’.  That tickled me good, but be ready for a lot of that.

In terms of things off the beaten track, there’s a black Western(!) in the later episodes.  That’s the good.  The bad?  Shockingly, there was a blackface preacher who showed up in one of the more musically inclined films (in front of a black choir, which made it extra jarring.)  There was also a yellowface character who briefly showed up as a minor character in one film.  I’m not even going to psycho analyze that, I’m just telling you it was there.

But this is still mandatory viewing as a historical document if nothing else.  (I want to say the National Film Archive and the Library of Congress were the two DC groups most responsible for preserving these films, but don’t quote me on that.)  

Streaming on Netflix.

Word got to me that Sir Paul is playing Dodger Stadium next year.  Against all realistic and biological odds, it looks like the stars will align for me to scratch ‘see a Beatle in concert’ off my bucket list.

Besides being one of my favorite songs he wrote, this particular arrangement is incredibly beautiful.

Enjoy.

OK, yesterday was a day.  Let’s find something to get back to being a little bit more relaxed.  Silly even. Maybe seasonal.

Perfect.  This is perfect.

Enjoy!