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Honey Dijon Releases Black Girl Magic

Honey Dijon’s name has been buzzing since she appeared on Beyoncé’s Renaissance album but the dance music veteran is more than 20 years deep in the world of house music. Her pedigreed status starts with her beginning as an avid clubgoer in her native Chicago where house music gets its beginnings. She later became an underground DJ and started working as a producer in 2000. Black Girl Magic is her sophomore album. The ride which is eight-minutes shy of an hour shows Dijon’s house heritage and her ability to stretch out with disco and New Jack Swing. She has company with guest appearances from Chicago house producer Mike Dunn and Detroit vocalist Rimarkable, like Ramona Renee. She started writing the album in 2019 with thoughts about her early days as a new house music fan. Her days at the Music Box listening to legendary DJ Ron Hardy is remembered on “Downtown.” She also pays homage to Grace Jones with “La Femme Fantasique. The death of George Floyd and the subsequent rise of Black Lives Matter became an unexpected influence on Black Girl Magic. Dijon, who is a transwoman, felt it was important to advocate for love and for people to support their own beliefs and those things inspired the songs “Love Is,” “Love Is A State Of Mind” and “Stand.” 

Dijon told Forbes in regards to the title of the album, “Liberation for Black women is liberation for all women. Liberation for Black people is liberation for all people. Liberation for trans people is liberation for all people. When one of us is free, all of us are free, so what all of these movements are about is fighting for our humanity.”

 




Carl Craig Will Bring Detroit Love Lineup With Juan Atkins Feat. Milan Ariel, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale & Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City To Washington D.C.

Carl Craig is taking his Detroit Love DJ set to Washington D.C. for a rare event at The Depot on Saturday, November 19th. Craig will be joined by Detroit’s Godmother of House Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City and Juan Atkins feat. Milan Ariel. Detroit Love is about bringing together and supporting the sounds of Detroit and taking a little of the techno brotherhood to clubs and festivals the world over. Craig says, “Love is what I have for my city, Detroit.” 

Craig is one of the founders of The Movement Music Festival in Detroit and has released over 100 electronic music tracks and albums on his influential Planet E label including his Innerzone Orchestra collaboration with Herbie Hancock. Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City hit paydirt in the ’80s with the anthems “Big Fun” and “Good Life.” He also released groundbreaking singles under his many aliases including Tronikhouse, E-Dancers and Reese & Santonio. His son Dantiez Saunderson is now a member of Inner City. 

 

 

Kevin and Dantiez Saunderson

Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale is the first woman to play house music on Detroit radio. She made a name for herself in the city for her flawless mixing and for winning several DJ competitions. Her legacy continues with current residencies at Spotlite and Marble Bar. 

 

Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale

Juan Atkins is known as one of the Belleville Three which is comprised of him, Saunderson and Derrick May for creating Detroit Techno. Atkins is responsible for seminal tracks like “Cosmic Car,” “Alleys Of Your Mind” and “Clear” as Cybotron. He will be joined by his daughter Milan Ariel for a live set. 

 

Juan Atkins
Milan Ariel

The doors open at 10 PM and the party ends at 5 AM. Tickets are available here. The show is presented by Flash DC and will be one of the last before The Depot warehouse closes on New Year’s Day. 

 




Media Questions Of The Week

Why did Right Said Fred call Beyoncé arrogant for not asking for permission to sample their music when the sample was properly cleared and paid for? 

 

FRIDAY, Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, 1995. ©New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection

Why does Warner Brothers continue to reject new scripts for Ice Cube’s Friday franchise? 

 

Is it true according to an insider that Grammy voters may choose Encanto’s record for Album Of The Year so they don’t have to choose between Beyoncé and Adele? 




Listen: Waajeed- Motor City Madness

Waajeed’s “Motor City Madness” is the first listen from his forthcoming Memoirs Of Hi-Tech Jazz album. Upbeat with bouncy synths, constant cymbal taps, foggy trombone and a groovy saxophone the civic love ode is jazz-infused house music. The producer gave an idea of what “Motor City Madness” looks like with the video filmed of him driving around his Detroit turf. The album officially drops on November 25th and the vinyl and digital versions can be pre-ordered now.