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NCBCP Statement on the Passing of The Honorable Marion Barry

Washington, DC, 11/23/2014 – Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, released the following statement regarding the passing of former Washington More »

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Throwback: Sister Nancy-Bam Bam

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Run The Jewels-Blockbuster Night Part 1 (Official Video)

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Matt Martians-Sirens Feat. KONA

“Sirens” is a sketch of soft piano, modest bass, heavy drums and the vocals of Atlanta vocalist KONA. Matt Martians posted the song to his Soundcloud page a day ago, and so More »

NCBCP Statement on the Passing of The Honorable Marion Barry

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Washington, DC, 11/23/2014 – Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, released the following statement regarding the passing of former Washington DC Mayor and current Ward 8 Councilman, Marion Barry, Jr.:

“On behalf of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women’s Roundtable and Black Youth Vote!, we express our deep condolences to the Barry Family in the passing of The Honorable Marion Barry, Jr. in the city of Washington, DC that he loved so much. Marion Barry truly epitomized what public service is all about. He lived a life of service dedicated to the least, the lost and the left out.

“He was a visionary leader who changed the lives of thousands of young people through his summer jobs program, opened contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, worked to ensure seniors could retire with dignity, and so much more.

“Marion also devoted his life to civil rights and social justice for all people. The spiritual, ‘May the Works I’ve Done Speak For Me’ exemplifies the life of Marion Barry, Jr. Marion maximized his life’s dash as a servant leader from birth to death.

“Marion, you will always be remembered as ‘Mayor for Life’ because you never stopped fighting for and loving the people that you served in Washington, DC and across the nation.

“Servant leader of the people, rest in peace.”

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Throwback: Sister Nancy-Bam Bam

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Sister Nancy’s 1982 reggae anthem “Bam Bam” has been recycled within a legion of songs by Lauryn Hill, Gang Starr and many others. Chaka Demus and Pliers famously covered “Bam Bam” in the ’90’s. The Jamaican singer was inspired as a teenager by her brother, Brigadier Jerry, who is a respected reggae DJ, to start a career in music. She was popular in the world of dancehall and became the first woman to play at Reggae Sunsplash and to DJ on an international level. “Money Can’t Buy My Love,” “Transport Connection,” “Papa Dean” and “One Two” were other big songs for her. In addition to being a solo performer, Sister Nancy also worked with the Prince Norman, Jahlovemuzik and Stereophonic sound systems. In the late ’90’s she relocated to New Jersey where she works as an accountant. A second solo album, Sister Nancy Meets Fireproof, came out in 2007. The singer has said she has no plans to record again, but she still makes the occasional performance date.

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Run The Jewels-Blockbuster Night Part 1 (Official Video)

Run The Jewels are EMT workers on a nightly run in Atlanta until it’s dinner time at a diner. The video seeks its direction from the Tobias Wolf story, Hunters In The Snow and South Park. “Blockbuster Night Part 1″ is from their critically acclaimed Run The Jewels 2.

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Matt Martians-Sirens Feat. KONA

“Sirens” is a sketch of soft piano, modest bass, heavy drums and the vocals of Atlanta vocalist KONA. Matt Martians posted the song to his Soundcloud page a day ago, and so far it is not known if the song is part of a larger project.

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Big K.R.I.T.-The Making Of Cadillactica: Soul Food With Raphael Saadiq

Big K.R.I.T. lets the camera capture the work behind his “Soul Food” collaboration with Raphael Saadiq from his Cadillactica album.

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“Masquatch” is a song from Flying Lotus and MF Doom featured on the FlyLoFM station from Grand Theft Auto V.

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Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier-PRhyme (Official Video)

Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier debuted the official video for “PRhyme” via Complex magazine. The PRhyme album comes out December 9th.

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Diamond District-A Part Of It All

Oddisee, yU and XO are the Diamond District. “A Part Of It All” is their song about connecting the microcosms of reality to the larger life landscape. The March On Washington is out now.

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R.I.P. Jimmy Ruffin

Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin passed yesterday at the age of 78 in Las Vegas. Ruffin became famous for his 1966 hit song, “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.” He was the older brother of Temptations singer David Ruffin who he recommended for the group after turning it down the opportunity for himself. He cultivated a moderate level of fame in the United States by collecting two more well known singles, “Gonna Give Her All The Love I’ve Got” and “I’ve Passed This Way Before.” In the ’70’s he recorded the I Am My Brother’s Keeper album with David for Motown. His solo career in Britain did well thanks to the highly charted songs, “‘ll Say Forever My Love,” “It’s Wonderful (To Be Loved By You)” and “Your Love Was Worth Waiting For.” Robin Gibb produced his 1980 album, Sunrise and the song “Hold On To My Love” put him back in the limelight at home and abroad. While living in Britain he worked with Paul Weller and the pop group Heaven 17. A compilation of his most popular catalog offerings called There Will Never Be Another You was released in 2012.

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