Souls Of Mischief and Hieroglyphics crew member A-Plus has partnered with Arnette Eyewear to release the third installment in the Legrowlize It! series in celebration of 4/20 day.
London-based R&B pop singer Mi’das unveils his video for “Wish Road.” The new artist is prepping for the April 30th release of his Stronger EP. The EP was partially recorded at the famous Abbey Road studios and is part of three-EP series leading up to his full-length album in 2016.
Jun 2-28: One-Woman Show By Rain Pryor, Daughter Of Richard Pryor, To Premiere At National Black Theatre
NEW YORK (April 20, 2015)—Rain Pryor’s one-woman autobiographical play will have its World Premiere at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running Tuesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 28. “Fried Chicken & Latkes” is the actress-writer-comedian’s funny take on her mixed-race heritage and growing up the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved and iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor.
“We are so excited for Rain to join the NBT family and round out the 46th season with ‘Fried Chicken & Latkes.’ This season, NBT has navigated the world through the eyes of the Black female playwright; and we complete this year-long journey with the healing power of laughter, through the nuance of identity. Our mission here at NBT is to create a home for every person that walks through our doors, to allow members of our community to see themselves in ways they may have never experienced before, activated by the unabashedly authentic stories on our stage. We hope you come out and enjoy Rain’s piece as she serves up home on a comically diverse and complex platter,” said Sade Lythcott, CEO of NBT.
Wax Poetics has Chris Read doing another Tribe Called Quest Mixtape and this one is a tribute to the 25th anniversary of their genre-expanding debut People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm.
Newark, New Jersey natives Mary, Charles, Don, David and James Simmons were The Family Circle. “Mariya” is from their 1973 release, Love Bound. Their independently distributed albums were under-appreciated but soul collectors and hip-hop gave their music a pulse beyond the ’70’s. “Mariya” has been sampled by various hip-hop artists including Cappadonna, The Game and J.Cole. Lead singer Charles Simmons, lead an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 to digitize their 3 albums.
R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who became famous for his 1988 hit “Just Got Paid” died Thursday in Jamaica from unknown causes. The native Bahamian came to the United States in 1979 with his band Kinky Fox. He eventually went solo and became a recording artist for Columbia Records. Kemp co-wrote “Just Got Paid” with Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Gene Griffin for his second album, Secrets Of Flying. The song became a universal party anthem for R&B-loving workers on payday and an important entry into the New Jack Swing era. Kemp continued to perform and was scheduled to entertain on Tom Joyner’s Fantastic Voyage cruise this week.