Category Archives: Gospel

Prince: Mary Don’t You Weep Official Video

Prince’s estate has released an official video for his stripped down version of “Mary Don’t You Weep.” The clip follows Prince’s activism in 2015 regarding victims of police shootings and the high profile death of Freddie Gray. Actress Zabryna Guevara is cast as the mother of a male victim and she is seen holding his limp body and later grieving at the funeral. Prince wrote the song “Baltimore” in response to the violence and the subsequent rioting by the people in the city. The video ends with a quote taken from his speech at his 2015 Rally 4 Peace concert. The Piano & A Microphone album comes out tomorrow (Friday, September 21st). 

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Watch: Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia & Jennifer Holliday Perform At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

 Chaka Khan “Going Up Yonder”  
Stevie Wonder “The Lord’s Prayer” “As” 
  Jennifer Hudson “Amazing Grace”  
 Fantasia “Precious Lord Take My Hand” “You’ve Got A Friend”   
  Jennifer Holliday “Climbing Higher Mountains”

 

Aretha Franklin’s funeral took place today at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit and it was an eight-hour celebration with speeches and performances from her family, some of the most celebrated artists, former presidents and politicians. Cicely Tyson, Tyler Perry, Michael Eric Dyson, Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Clive Davis and Judge Greg Mathis were among those who spoke at the podium. Whoopi Goldberg, Valerie Simpson, Gladys Knight, Omarosa Manigault-Newman Big Sean and Angie Stone were in attendance. The music performances lived up to the expectations for a homegoing service for one of the most important singers ever. The four-day celebration, Swanson Funeral Home’s changing of Franklin’s outfits, the gold coffin, the streaming of the service around the world and the 100 pink Cadillacs within the procession were all appropriate for the Queen Of Soul. Fans camped outside the church to watch the service on a big screen while others waited patiently across the street from Woodlawn Cemetery to watch Franklin’s hearse be transported to her final resting place. Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday paid tribute to Franklin with performances that brought the church to their feet. 

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Spike Lee Makes Video For Prince’s Mary Don’t You Weep

Spike Lee has used footage from his current film The Black KkKlansman to created an extended trailer with Prince’s version of “Mary Don’t You Weep.” The scenes from the movie about Ron Stallworth’s infiltration into the KKK as a Black detective with Prince’s music takes a somber turn because of his 2016 passing. The comedy of the film ultimately gets buried and the mourning of his death is underscored by a photo of him and Lee together at a basketball game posted at the end of the trailer. 

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Media Questions Of The Week

Will the mystery surrounding Prince’s death ever be uncovered now that prosecutors have closed the investigation for lack of evidence? 

 

What does Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize win mean for hip-hop? 

 

 Why didn’t Wendy Williams know who The Clark Sisters were before she made a negative comment about their collaboration with Snoop Dogg? 

 

 

 

 

 

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Listen: Stas THEE Boss-Voices Album Stream

Stass THEE Boss just released her Voices album and it is a reinterpretation of the gospel world. She takes sounds from church and reshapes them into songs that almost neatly fall into the landscape of deep house. The mostly instrumental nine songs are contemplative and dance-worthy at the same time.

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