Daily Archives: April 18, 2012

R.I.P. Dick Clark

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Dick Clark who is known as American’s “Oldest teenager” died today at the age of 82 from a massive heart attack. Clark is an icon of the television era who started his career in 1947 and he would eventually host American Bandstand, Pyramid and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Clark’s involvement in Bandstand is where he made the most impact on the music and TV industries. The show was the first dance show on American TV and Clark introduced several rock stars to a national audience. He became the host of the show in 1952 and soon after demolished the whites-only policy. The integration of American Bandstand was also reflected in subsequent concert tours hosted and produced by Clark where Blacks and whites appeared on the same stage. Chubby Checker, Ike & Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were some of the Black artists who made appearances on the show. He was an early champion of rap music and Run DMC would be the first rappers to appear on his show in 1985. The Guiness Book of Records called it the “longest running variety show in TV history.” To younger generations he is known for his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He hosted the show for a last time in 2009 and Ryan Seacrest has hosted the show since 2010. American Bandstand was the inspiration behind Soul Train and Don Cornelius and Clark worked together on various specials that featured Black artists. Now that Cornelius and Clark have passed just months apart it is truly the end of dance-oriented television programming that embodied new trends in pop culture as dictated by the youth.

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NYC: 2012 SESAC Pop Music Awards To Honor Grammy Winning Songwriter, Bryan-Michael Cox – May 10

New York, NY (April 18, 2012) – SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization, will present Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Bryan-Michael Cox with the prestigious “Inspiration Award” at the upcoming 2012 SESAC Pop Music Awards. Cox, a multi-faceted musical talent, will be honored for his significant artistic, philanthropic and entrepreneurial contributions at the annual awards gala, set to take place on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at New York City’s elegant Skylight SoHo.

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Ashanti-The Woman You Love (Live On Kimmel)

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Ashanti is out promoting her Braveheart release and she went on the Jimmy Kimmel show to perform “The Woman You Love.”

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Chester French-Black Girls

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Chester French has a thing for “Black Girls” but apparently the band and/or director Francesco Carrozzini felt that the sentiment could best be expressed by interracial sexual interaction between Rie Rasmussen and Jodie Smith.

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THEESatsifaction-QueenS

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THEESatisfaction’s video for “QueenS” really is a celebration of Nubian queens in all colors and sizes. dream hampton directed this colorful clip that looks like a house party for Oshun.

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