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Monday, August 29, 2011

Riot Act Comedy Theater

Riot Act Comedy Theater is a state of the art comedy club and event facility located in the heart of Penn Quarter, on the back of the Spy Museum and one block from the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

Riot Act features the nation's greatest comics while also providing a work place and open mic for local and aspiring comics.

801 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Re-recording: "Hot Fun In The Summertime" w/ Bootsy Collins

Bootsy's bass kills on this cut.  Larry we love ya but Bootsy definitely served noticed that Sly would have been successful with a Bootsy.  Ummmm.   But Bootsy aint no Larry.  Let's be clear about that.  But come on Larry, you know you have to give him props on his thumping here.  Bootsy went way down on the fret board WITH the mutron peddle.  I mean Larry your fuzz did the same thing back in the day (think "Sex Machine").

Sly's production genius is in clear view if you listen down into the mix of the music.  A close listen to his best stuff reveals his artistic genius.  Freddie Stone was one of Sly's master painters.  And Bootsy's vocals are nowhere near Larry's power.  Yet Bootsy raps, which puts the Woodstock Nation genre up to date.

You have to listen to this. It lets you know that when Sly is trying, can't nobody touch him.

 A re-recording of "Hot Fun In The Summertime" featuring Bootsy Collins.


Bootsy Collin, George Clinton, Sly Stone

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sly Stone Drops New Album

I'm Back! Family & Friends

Sly dropped his new album today.  And it is a killer.  The new tracks could be teasers for more such brilliance to come.  Yikes.  The new cuts have sprirt.  And gospel.  Sly's "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" marks his entry into gospel. Okay, "Que Sera Sera" was gospel in tone.  But it wasn't intended to be a gospel tune.

Elvis copied Sly's studded jump suit, buckle and sideburns, Sly is following the King into the gospel arena.  Michael never got a chance to go gospel.  But maybe there are some hidden tracks somewhere.  Regardless, Sly left no musical STONE unturned during the entirety of his career.  Some might question his down period, but nobody can question his musical genius and production - - both onstage live and in the studio.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Hip Hop Caucus Post MLK Memorial Dedication Party

The Hip Hop Caucus is holding a MLK Memorial Dedication Party at the 9:30 Club (7-11 pm) in Washington DC after the memorial dedication on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The dedication on August 28th is also the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The multi-talented musician and celebrity personality Biz Markie is the DJ for the night. There will also be performances from the beautiful talents of singer/songwriter and harpist Rashida Jolley, who has spent the last year on an international tour performing alongside megastar Lady Gaga, Grammy Winning rapper Mr. Cheeks, Neo Soul/R&B Artist Reesa Renee, Funk/Rock/Hip Hop band Violet Says 5, and can’t miss Hip Hop performances from Laelo Hood, Substantial and Awthentik, plus other surprise special guest appearances via our celebrity red carpet.

Also, the day prior, on Saturday, August 27th from 12 Noon till Dusk the National Action Network is holding a rally for Jobs and Justice in celebration of MLK’s legacy. The Hip Hop Caucus is supporting this march. There will be more than 40 Bus Departures scheduled across the country.

Click HERE to find details on how to get to DC via the National Action Network’s bus service.
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Monday, August 08, 2011

NABJ Wrong Opposing Al Sharpton Having Show On MSNBC

Following a deal between MSNBC and Reverend Al Sharpton to host his own 6 p.m. show, a diverse array of liberals, conservatives, black journalists and media watchdogs have lined up to oppose the Baptist minister and civil rights icon's promotion. The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) opposed MSNBC's decision to hire Al Sharpton as host of its 6 pm timeslot, saying:

"This would still be just another non-journalist media 'celebrity' receiving a TV show based upon their name recognition, not their years of experience, training, ability and talent."

AAEA supports Al Sharpton and opposes NABJ's opposition to his hiring by MSNBC.  Again, Blacks get hung up on 'not the right black,' when there was a time when we were just happy to get a black in the door.  Al Sharpton has earned his seat at the MSNBC table.  Although he is not a journalist, he is an internationally known talent who has proven himself on various stages.

Reverend Al Sharpton cancelled his scheduled appearance this week at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) conference following criticism by two of its members that MSNBC promoting him would be a mistake given that he's a "non-journalist" celebrity rather than a seasoned reporter. This is a huge miscalculation and could be rooted in jealousy.

Sharpton's support for the NBCUniversal and Comcast merger is a plus for him.  Reverend Sharpton is clearly a savy businessman.  He also appeared on FOX News numerous times, probably due to his support for Rupert Murdoch's opposition to a change in the rating system for television programming.  If support for the merger added his elevation to the anchor seat, so be it.  Brilliant.  Journalists better do what Sharpton is doing if they want the seat.

There are also complaints that maybe the White House exerted influence over Jeffry Immelt, CEO of GE, owner of NBC Universal, to hire Al Sharpton to keep him out of the way during the 2012 presidential contest.  Okay. And?  Again, Sharpton leverages himself and there is nothing wrong with that.

NABJ should support Sharpton because it is unprecedented for a black man to be place in that position.  To whine about him not being a journalist totally misses the point. (The Atlantic Wire, 8/5/2011)
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

MSNBC 1st Among African American Viewers

MSNBC noted in a recent ratings release that it:

 “Continues to be #1 among African American and Hispanic viewers,”


“This marks the 6th consecutive quarterly win among African American viewers and the 5th consecutive quarterly win among Hispanic viewers.”

(Wash Post, 8/3/2011)

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