Archive for April, 2011

Throwback Thursday: Billie Holiday – “Strange Fruit” + Bonus Download

April 21, 2011 1 comment

This is one of my favorite songs from Ms. Holiday. It’s beautiful, dark, and the lyrics are very powerful. As much as I love hip-hop music, jazz and soul music are my favorite. They don’t make music like this anymore!

A few years ago I stumbled across this record by Common Feat. John Legend which samples “Strange Fruit”. I was a little apprehensive about listening to it at first because it’s such a classic song, but Common’s version has a nice vibe to it. I think it was a leftover track circa “Finding Forever”. I’ve posted a download link as a bonus below. Enjoy!

Download: Common – “Strange Fruit” Feat. John Legend

Previously: Throwback Thursday: The Roots – “What They Do” 


What to Watch: Black in Latin America on PBS

April 18, 2011 2 comments

Tomorrow night on PBS they will begin airing a new series called “Black In Latin America”. I believe it comes on at 8 pm EST, but check your local listings for your city. The video above has a brief interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about the series. It looks like they have several episodes lined up, so I’m sure you can catch it on rerun if you miss it. Please support and educate yourself if you have time.

Related: AOI: NY Times – Ending The Slavery Blame Game 

Update: I know it’s been a few months since I’ve posted anything, but I’ve had A LOT going on lately. However, I should be back up and running next week with a lot of new content on a more  consistent basis!

I’ll have a special Throwback Thursday this week too. I hope everyone has a great week! God Bless.