Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Many Voices Of Lauryn Hill :NPR Interview

In a recent interview with NPR Lauryn Hill breaks the silence on why she stopped doing music. Over the past decade ever since “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was released, one would see a blog post or article asking, what happened to Lauryn Hill? Well now she tells all.

Interviewer Zoe Chase asked Hill, Why did you stop putting out music?

Hill: “There were a number of different reasons,” she says. “But partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it. In fact, as musicians and artists, it’s important we have an environment — and I guess when I say environment, I really mean the [music] industry, that really nurtures these gifts. Oftentimes, the machine can overlook the need to take care of the people who produce the sounds that have a lot to do with the health and well-being of society, or at least some aspect of society. And it’s important that people be given the time that they need to go through, to grow, so that the consciousness level of the general public is properly affected.  Oftentimes, I think people are forced to make decisions prematurely. And then that sound radiates.”

I personally thought that Lauryn Hill got tired of making music all together or stopped to take care of her 5 children which makes perfect since. Now it seems as if Lauryn Hill is excited to start back singing again, with no promises of new material, but that’s okay for now I think her fans are just happy to hear she’s singing again.

Hill: “I don’t know if you know this, but I have five children,” she says. “The youngest is 2 now, so she’s old enough that I can leave her for a period of time and know she’s going to be OK. That’s one reason [Hill is starting to perform again]. And I think it’s just time. I’m starting to get excited again. Believe it or not, I think what people are attracted to about me, if anything, is my passion. People got exposed to my passion through music and song first. I think people might realize, you know, ‘We love the way she sounds, we love the music, but I think we just love how fearless she is. How boundless she is, when it comes to what she wants to do.’ And I think that can be infectious.”

Check out more of the interview here

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Aloe Blacc – Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)

Aloe Blacc pays tribute to the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his death in a bluesy rendition of “Billie Jean”.

My opinion: I really like this version especially the soulful/bluesy spin Aloe Blacc puts on this song. It sounds exactly  like something you would hear on Beale Street in Memphis,Tn. I really didn’t know what to expect when I came across this video, but no the less, Aloe Blacc did a great job. Two thumbs up, 5 stars, etc.

Ransom Footwear by Adidas Originals 2010 Fall/Winter “The Strata”

The Ransom Footwear by adidas Originals adds new colorways to its arsenal. The Strata sneaker will see a release in four colorways this fall of black, red, navy, and light collegiate bone. Source

Esquires Big Black Book Spring 2010

Esquire recently published their biannual style manual for spring 2010, The Big Black Book. It includes features on the likes of Mark McNairy (for Bass), Alex Carleton (for L.L. Bean) and Christopher Bastin (for Gant). They also explore important need to know like the 5 shoes all men should have. The maintenance and care of white bucks, the white summer sweater, and how to apply sun screen to a woman’s back make it worthwhile to keep it handy on all your summer excursions. Pick it up at newsstands for around $10.

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The Sebago Nexus Project

The Sebago Nexus Project consists of ten shoe designs from five of the most notable “style” bloggers right now. Ronnie Fieg acts as the point man for the project, and enlists the help of Greg Weinstein, William Yan, Joshua Kiss, Travis Gumbs, Marcus Troy, and Jake Davis. Each blogger designed two shoes that represented their own style ethos. Handmade in limited quantities of just forty-eight pairs each, only 480 style seekers will ever enjoy what can very well be the finest collaborative collection ever produced.

Source: SwipeLife

Marcus Troy x Ronnie Fieg Sebago Nexus Docksides

Marcus Troy will have the first go at Ronnie Fieg‘s Nexus Project with two unique Docksides, Sebago’s iconic style. Both styles are made with high grade materials that Sebago has never used before, “Buffalo” brown leather, “Roughout” Grey suede, red and blue soles and premium leather linings. Priced at $110 USD, 48 pairs per style will release on Davidz.com as well as the David Z. Flagship store at 10am (EST) on Friday, June 25th. Source

“Boondocks’ lampoons Tyler Perry” – LA Times

Aaron McGruder’s ‘Boondocks’ lampoons Tyler Perry

A character resembling Tyler Perry’s Madea persona is lampooned on “The Boondocks” animated series on Adult Swim. (Adult Swim)

The latest episode of “The Boondocks,” the satirical animated TV series that airs on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim slate, takes brutal aim at Perry and his brand, which blends melodrama, raucous comedy and religious themes. Coming under intense ridicule is Perry’s portrayal of Madea, the gun-toting, foul-mouthed grandmother at the center of many of his films.

In “Pause,” an episode written by McGruder and executive producer Rodney Barnes that aired Sunday, a thinly disguised version of Perry named Winston Jerome is positioned as a closeted, cross-dressing cult leader whose love of the Christian faith is a mask for his true sexuality. Though the character bears little physical or vocal resemblance to Perry, the reference is obvious to those familiar with Perry’s work. The dancing Ma Duke is a clear parody of Madea.

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