Daily Archives: April 6, 2016

Charles Bradley-Ain’t It A Sin Official Video

Charles Bradley’s video for “Ain’t It A Sin” offers some of his best James Brown moves from his days of impersonating him as Black Velvet. Bradley’s new album Changes is out now.

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R.I.P. Leon Haywood

Funk/soul singer-songwriter/musicianLeon Haywood passed yesterday at the age of 74. Haywood was a Houston, Texas native started his career as a teenager working with blues musician Guitar Slim. He worked as a keyboardist for Sam Cooke in the ’60s and started making solo recordings. His biggest song at the time was “It’s Got To Be Mellow” for Decca Records. It wasn’t until 1974 when he recorded “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You” that he received the most attention. Dr. Dre’s sampling of the song for “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thing” made Haywood’s contribution to music immortal because of the transgenerational success of Dre’s Chronic album. Haywood had other hits with “Strokin,”  “Party” and the ’80’s single “Don’t Push It Don’t Force It.” He also wrote, “She’s A Bad Mama Jama” for Carl Carlton in 1981. After he retired from performing he focused on producing albums for blues artists on his Evejim label.

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British Singer-Songwriter Aeo Releases Debut Single Fight

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British singer-songwriter Aeo has emerged with his first single called “Fight.” The artist used his 5-year struggle to have a music career as the subject of the song produced by production duo OL Music. Aeo counts fellow Britons Sam Smith, Kwabs and Lemar as inspirations as he starts to find his own sonic identity among pop and R&B styles from the past and the present.

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Cannabis Activist Ed Forchion Challenges New Jersey on Race, Reefer and Religion Before the U.S. Supreme Court

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In perhaps one of the boldest moves in the recent history of marijuana activism, long time cannabis advocate and Trentonian newspaper columnist, Ed Forchion aka NJWeedman, and his lawyers, New Jersey attorneys Allan Marain, Esq. and John Vincent Saykanic, Esq., are challenging the state of New Jersey before the United States Supreme Court regarding pertinent issues pertaining to reefer, racial discrimination and religion. Forchion’s legal team filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court (US Supreme Court Docket – 15-8533) on March 8, 2016, presenting ten questions for review and response from the Court.
Per the subject of race and religion, as it relates to cannabis, the filing marks a landmark stance in the marijuana movement. Forchion considers the petition a direct challenge to recently revealed comments by former Nixon domestic policy chief, John Ehrlichman, that the war on drugs was a political assault against blacks and hippies. (http://tinyurl.com/http-www-cnn-com-2016-03-23)
The document leads with its most powerful query, directly asking the presiding judges, “Are New Jersey’s drug laws inherently discriminatory against African Americans and discriminatory as applied by law enforcement?”
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Binary Star-Supreme Alphabet

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Binary Star released their new single, “Supreme Alphabet” today in anticipation of the WE Binary Star album coming  out in the future. One Be Lo refers to the alphabet as learning the ABC’s which in this case, means the concerns of All Black Children. One of the issues at hand is the urban violence directed at young Black men by the police and he references the Mike Brown incident. WE Binary Star will be the first album from One Be Lo and producer One Man Army since 2000’s Masters Of The Universe.

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