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Media Questions Of The Week

Was it appropriate for Dodge to use a Martin Luther King Jr. speech for a Superbowl commercial?

Did Quincy Jones embellish his story about Marlon Brando being involved with Richard Pryor, James Baldwin and Marvin Gaye in the much-cited interview with Vulture?

Did The White House admit to running the country like a reality show with the comment about Omarosa Manigault Newman being fired four times including the three firings from The Apprentice?

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Starchild Has Toro Y Moi-Directed Video For Ophelia’s Room

Starchild & The New Romantic is the stage alias for Maryland native Bryndon Cook. The pop and R&B artist just shared his Toro Y Moi-directed video for “Ophelia’s Room.” The ethereal song about using a phone to explore feelings about an ex-love shows Starchild holding a landline phone from the ’80s to make his call. “Ophelia’s Room” is from his soon to be released debut album Language. The artist who has worked in Solange’s touring band and collaborated with Dev Hynes in the past used those experiences to embrace his individuality. He explained the feelings behind Language,

“When I wrote these songs, the sunshine of my mind was beginning to set in a dark place. I found myself developing almost a surrogate relationship with my telephone. I would fall asleep at night clutching it, waiting for a call. When we parted, I would become attached to my phone as a conduit to this person I had lost. Melodies came to me all over the world. Quite often, hooks and choruses, which were catchy to me and distracted my mind from the immense, earth-shattering pain I was being railroaded through.”

Language follows his 2016 EP Crucial. The digital release date is February 23rd and physical copies will go on sale March 16th.

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Meshell Ndegeocello: Sometimes It Snows In April

Meshell Ndegeocello shares her love for Prince again with a cover of “Sometimes It Snows In April.” It is one of the reinterpretations of various Black pop songs from her forthcoming Ventriloquism album. She has always played his music live and this version of “Sometimes It Snows In April” sounds appropriately mournful almost two years after his passing.

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Kendrick Lamar & Sza: All The Stars Official Video

Kendrick Lamar and Sza dwell in a world that is celestial and African in the video for “All The Stars.”  The song is from the Black Panther soundtrack curated by Lamar. The music comes out this Friday and the movie that is already sold out in Harlem for the next month, debuts next week.

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Throwback: Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson-Scream

  Michael Jackson’s “Scream” was a duet with his sister Janet about his frustration with the media. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote the song with the siblings and it was their first time working with Michael. HIStory : Past, Present and Future, Book 1 was Jackson’s ninth solo album. Jam and Lewis produced the album and “Scream”‘s funk and rock influences complimented Jackson’s angry vocals. The video set new standards for the medium with a budget of $7 million dollars and huge set built from seven sound stages. Mark Romanek directed Michael and Janet inside of a spaceship doing everything from crawling the walls, playing video games and dancing together. The black and white colors added to the song’s intensity and gave both singers a conspicuous glare. “Scream” leaked two weeks early on Los Angeles and Philadelphia radio until Epic Records had their lawyers serve them cease and desist letters. Billboard, The Grammys and MTV’s Video Music Awards acknowledged the clip for “Scream” with multiple awards. TLC, Ciara and Lil Mama have all used the “Scream” video as a prototype for their own videos.

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