As much as I am an “Old Head” when it comes to music. I definitely appreciate the artist today who are original and soulful. Jill Scott comes to mind among others. Performers are cool and they serve their purposes for entertainment – but there is something about the “artist” of the world who inspire and make me feel things on the inside that words just can’t describe. Artist move you, make you think, feel, reflect, they touch you whether it’s through acting on a screen or theatre production, through painting on a canvas, through instrument or dance. With all of the technological advances and quick fix ways to imitate, I am thankful that there remains within our midst the artist who shape hearts and minds in ways that transform spirit through creative expressions. One such artist is Raheem DeVaughn who released his second CD called “Love Behind The Melody”. DeVaughn is poetic, soulful, sensual, sexual, bold, imaginative, and tasteful in his mix of old school melodies and new school innovation. I can clearly sense his love for the craft of music and the message he is looking to offer the world. He is currently on tour and I was blessed to see him recently as an opener for Jill Scott. He is headlining his own show as well so check him out in a city near you. I recommend this artist to anyone out there who loves great music. He is on my short list of potential greats for the 21st Century! Thanks Raheem! Keep on doing what your doing bro!
Supreme Court in California Overturns Gay Marriage Ban
This is a fight that is not going to go away anytime soon. One court rules over another in this politically charged issue. Certainly the issue will be back on the forefront in the upcoming election as the canidates will be questioned about the federal or supreme court judges that either Senators McCain or (more than likely) Obama will choose. One thing I know for sure, the nation was blindsided the last couple presidential elections because the gay issue took precedence over other issues that pertain to life outside one’s bedroom. As a nation we cannot affored to allow poverty, high energy and food prices, an economy in recession, unemployment, housing crisis etc. to be placed on the backburner. Let’s keep our eyes on the bigger prizes this time ya’ll!
A very special happy birthday to my main man… Alex McCaleb holding it down in the ATL! He turns 15 on Saturday. From what he tells me he is 5’9 now which would make him taller than me! Wow! I miss you and your brother so much! I hope you have a great birthday! I love you man!
Ahhhh, it’s May and time for graduations all over the nation. Congratulations to my little cousin Bre’ Fields who will graduating from Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Illinois Saturday. Sorry girl I’m gonna be working when you “walk” but I will be thinkin bout ya!
Wednesday night I got to spend some time with Rev. Michael Eric Dyson as he spoke at the St. Louis Public Library to lecutre and promote his new book, ,”April 4, 1968″ Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America. It was a great crowd and though I have met Dr. Dyson several times hearing him speak in St. Louis and Detroit, this was probably the most memorable as he preached and broke down the last few weeks and days of the MLK’s life, his obsession with death, the political climate, and how it relates to today’s voices such as Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright. As always Dyson was insightful, humorous, enlightening and above all else truthful. From what I can see this book is a great read and I plan to dive into it soon. I enjoyed it immensely in the front row with my boy Rich from http://www.the-rich-house.blogspot.com/
But Mike, I am still looking to get that interview from you for MY book! I got all of YOURS and six of them are signed! Holla at your boy!
~Have a great weekend!