(New York, NY) – Kelly Rowland and ?uestlove celebrate their love for Soul Train, the innovative, culturally influential and significant music show, by making promotional appearances to support the release of “The Best of Soul Train,” a 3 DVD set hitting retail August 31 for the first time via Time Life.
Bay Area Soul Singer Goapele to host I.S.I.S Science & Culture Festival on Sunday, September 5th at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California with NASA’s first ever holographic presentation featuring Rapper/Actor Mos Def & Astronaut Leland Melvin, encouraging the youth to embrace Science, Math & Discovery
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
Sunday, September 5th
Featuring Special Debut Holographic Presentation with
Mos Def and NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin
(August 30, 2010 – Los Angeles, California) – When the zeitgeist of the day is hustle over talent, it’s increasingly rare to find an artist with the ingenuity to seamlessly intersect these seemingly uncorrelated criteria. But with a salacious flick of her tongue and a flip of her middle finger, Nikki Lynette steps out of her spacecraft fresh from a planet called Chicago. Envision a rapper/ singer/ producer/ songwriter/ on-air personality/ multi-media visual artist sporting fishnet stockings, a black leather corset, heels, and a flowing mane of dreads with a pink teddy bear in tow. Truth be told, you’d be hard pressed to find another artist who can flip so fluidly between spitfire flows and melodic vocals flaunting a sass & brash mash up of electro, hip-hop, rock, and pop. Male or female.
(August 30, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY) After announcing the closing of their New York and Los Angeles locations, Fat Beats is excited to present a send-off worthy of their hip-hop legacy. A week-long series of in-store performances and music industry panels at both stores will allow the music community to not only learn about the history of Fat Beats and what the future of the music industry holds, but to also celebrate the legacy of one of the strongest music brands in the company of their favorite artists. These week-long in-stores are sure to go down in hip-hop and New York history. Everyone is welcome to come and all events are free.
Fourteen month ago the magic and majesty known as Michael Jackson fled this earth in a chemically induced rest that was the climax to a longstanding downward spiral. The shock felt from his passing was an emotional blow that made the possibility of him ever returning to any kind of glory a definite no. However, the Michael Jackson who reached his professional zenith with Thriller and managed a few more worthwhile albums had already faded away years ago. The child molestation scandals, skin bleaching, facial disfigurement, strange unions, reclusive behavior and Caucasian children had already broken the hearts of fans who remember the cute boy who fronted his family’s band and grew into a handsome young man. June 25, 2009 was the official report of his physical death but Jackson had unofficially died long ago.
At the time of his passing he staged a grand comeback with the promise of 50 shows that he described as his farewell from the business. Jackson was a sharp businessman who took control over his career back in the ‘80’s. This Is It would be a parting dance for his fans, a self-written eulogy that kept him in control of his life after death.
All of the criticisms aimed at him were finally allowed to die too because with nothing but his memory left people were forced to really think about why they remembered him at all. As quickly as his death was announced the mental scan of his career swept the conscious of millions around world prompting a collective cry.
The ridicule he attracted disintegrated and was replaced with images of his creative triumphs.Whether it was The Ed Sullivan Show, Ben, The Jacksons Variety Show, The Wiz, Triumph, Off The Wall, Thriller, Motown 25, Bad, Scream etc. Jackson’s energy never failed to awe.
He became the most successful child star ever leaving his Black predecessors like Sunshine Sammy and Sammy Davis Jr. stuck in nostalgia and Vegas camp by comparison.
Michael Jackson’s feet were able to carry the legacies of Cab Calloway, John Bubbles and James Brown into new worldwide acclaim. He would be the only Black artist to make rhythmically uncompromised music and be fully accepted by a global audience. It is common knowledge the way he revolutionized the music video that inspires artists like Kanye West today.
As much as he enjoyed making songs for dancing and revelry he made charity and philanthropy just as popular. Jackson is also unique for coming from a family that produced three icons of music; The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. In the midst of so many half-hearted attempts from record companies to package and sell artists with the McDonald’s model Jackson was one of the last great performers. And for most people born between 1958 and the 1970’s and even younger generations a world without Michael feels odd
No one ever wanted to think about his mortality especially at the ripe young age of 50. When beloved fans ponder about this fact it feels like going to a surreal funeral over and over again. It is difficult to believe that his light has transcended this life and gone into another. Today is the second birthday and the first year plus two months without him. The rare rapport he developed with us is a reminder of the cheap expectations of the body and how his light does live forever in our hearts. Happy Birthday Michael Jackson.