Daily Archives: May 16, 2017

David Banner: Magnolia Feat. CeeLo Green & Raheem DeVaughn

David Banner just had a well-received episode of Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette and now he has leaked “Magnolia” featuring CeeLo Green and Raheem DeVaughn days before the release of The God Box. The Magnolia is the official flower of Banner’s Mississippi home and he says the song is about the relationship about the “relationship of the magnolia tree and Africans during slavery.” The God Box comes out on EMPIRE Friday and it has a 24-page booklet and appearances from Black Thought, Big K.R.I.T. and Trinidad James.


Maysa: Love Is A Battlefield Lyric Video

Maysa’s lyric video for “Love Is A Battlefield” centers itself around the kind of struggles people go through to assert their humanity. Images of immigration ban protestors. Rosa Parks and the Lovings whose interracial marriage broke miscegenation laws reinterprets “Love Is A Battlefield” as a song no longer strictly confined to romantic notions of love. Maysa is plain about her song choice:

“The reason why I chose ‘Love Is A Battlefield’  has a lot to do with the way
the world is today and all of the things we are going through as a people.
As humans, we are surrounded by people who are not choosing love first.
People are choosing money over love and compassion. To me,
‘Love Is A Battlefield’ is just that, a battle to allow love to
reign over everything”
Love Is A Battlefield is also the title of her next album coming out May 26th and she calls it her “political cry” through the words of others.

Jeffrey Wright & Artist Carrie Mae Weems Honored At The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Gala

Jeffrey Wright, film, television and stage actor

Actor Jeffrey Wright and artist Carrie Mae Weems were honored Thursday night at The Brotherhood/SisterSol gala in New York City. The Brotherhood/SisterSol is a Harlem-based non-profit and youth development organization. Their 13th annual Bro/Sis Voices benefit at Gotham Hall raised nearly $1 million and was attended by Michael K. Williams, Rose Byrne, the Honorable Cyrus Vance, Bobby Cannavale, Adam Lazarre-White, New York Times columnist Charles Blow and author Elizabeth Alexander.

Wright and Weems thanked the organization’s founders Khary Lazarre-White and Jason Warwin.

“I thank you profoundly for this honor. More importantly, I thank Khary Lazarre-White, Jason Warwin and everyone associated with Brotherhood/Sister Sol for your example of intelligent, empathetic, hard work at a time when our country desperately needs reminding that American greatness exists in the hearts, minds and spirits of most — though not all — of its people and particularly in the young people like those who have flourished by your efforts,” said Wright.

“I want to congratulate and honor Khary and Jason for founding and building this remarkable institution,” remarked Weems.

The Peace Poets a Bronx artist collective and Bro/Sis alum provided entertainment for the event.

New York natives Khary-Lazarre White and Jason Warwin founded The Brotherhood/SisterSol in 1995 to help children, teens and adults develop skills and confidence to become fully actualized members of society. The organization is on a $15 million capital campaign to expand its reach and in November of 2017 plans to break ground on a new six-story state-of-the-art home, with training facilities, a technology center and an arts/performance space.

Lazarre-White commented on the organization’s creed and methodology:

“The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is an organization that is dedicated to helping young people understand the political realities of our age and to helping them become social change makers. We believe this work is done via education, organizing and the arts—and we are so pleased to have honored two artists whose work and life missions are so intertwined with social commentary, equity and struggling with the important and necessary issues of our time.”

For more information about The Brotherhood/SisterSol visit https://brotherhood-sistersol.org.

Artist Carrie Mae Weems and Jeffrey Wright, film, television and stage actor

Khary Lazarre-White, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol executive director

Khary Lazarre-White, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol executive director, actor Michael K. Williams, Terence Winter, television and film writer and producer and actor Bobby Cannavale

Khary Lazarre-White, Jason Warwin and Adam Lazarre-White

Actor Michael K. Williams and Jeffrey Wright, film, television and stage actor