Monthly Archives: December 2018

Daley: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Daley gives the gift of song for the holiday with a video recording of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” The video was captured at Harman Experience Center in Los Angeles and Daley is joined by a cello player, violinist and a guitarist. Daley released The Spectrum last year and is starting 2019 on tour

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Throwback: Vanity 6-Nasty Girl

Denise Matthews was the lead singer of Prince’s 1981 all-woman trio Vanity 6. Matthews was Vanity and Susan Moonsie (Susan) and Brenda Bennett (Brenda) were the other two women in the group. Prince’s original idea was to include Susan, Brenda and Jamie Shoop to form a lineup called The Hookers in the ’70s. He met Vanity at The American Music Awards in 1980 and asked her to join the group.”Nasty Girl” was Vanity 6’s second single and it was a hit. Vanity 6 wore lingerie and became the female counterpart to Prince’s sexual revolution. “Nasty Girl” dominated R&B radio stations but the risqué lyrics kept it away from pop playlists. Prince wrote and produced all the songs on their album but he gave Vanity songwriting credit for “Nasty Girl.” They released one album and opened for Prince with The Time on the 1999 tour before disbanding in 1983. Vanity was supposed to be in Purple Rain and there were plans for a second album until she left Prince’s camp and got a record deal with Motown. She recorded two albums for Motown and had success with the R&B hit “Mechanical Emotion” that featured Morris Day. Vanity made a dozen movies and most famously starred in the cult classic The Last Dragon. The period of the late ’80s to the early ’90s also saw Vanity appearing on various television shows. In the early ’90s, Vanity left the entertainment business and became born again denouncing her stage name and persona. She attributed her life change to an almost death experience from drug abuse which led to an encounter with Jesus. The rest of her life was spent honoring her spirituality and spreading the word of God as an evangelist. Her autobiography, Blame It On Vanity: Hollywood, Hell and Heaven was released in 2010. In 2016, Vanity died at age 57 of renal failure just months before Prince’s passing in April. 

 

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Media Questions Of The Week

 

Will Jay-Z convince Travis Scott to cancel his Super Bowl performance with Maroon 5 because of the NFL’s reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest before the flag? 

Is Jermaine Dupri right about Beyonce being the only artist to successfully release a surprise album?

Will Alfonso Ribeiro’s lawsuit against the creators of the Fortnite: Battle Royale video game for using his Carlton Dance be successful?

Did Nicki Minaj use Lil Kim’s look for the cover of Japanese Vogue

 

 

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Watch: LeBron James & Nas Talk About Sharing Black Culture

Nas and LeBron James talk about the way Black culture is celebrated at the same time that the humanity of Black people is ignored on HBO Sport’s The Shop. James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted media company have collaborated with HBO Sports to present unscripted conversations with sports and entertainment figures on the show. Ice Cube, Mary J. Blige and Nas are guests on Episode 3 where they have a discussion about the way America embraces Black creativity while devaluing Black life. 

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Bishop Nehru: A Nehruvian Holidays EP Stream

Bishop Nehru gives his fans a Christmas gift with the four-song A Nehruvians Holiday EP. He released the video for the trap-styled “IDGAF!” this week and it is included with the rest of the songs that are in his usual ’90s NYC rhythm.

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