On February 8, 1986, Spud Webb, who at 5’7” was one of the shortest players in the history of professional basketball, wins the NBA slam dunk contest, beating his Atlanta Hawks teammate and 1985 dunk champ, the 6’8” Dominique Wilkins. Continue reading
Angel of Mine is an R&B ballad written by Rhett Lawrence and Travon Potts and produced by Lawrence for British R&B girl group Eternal’s Greatest Hits album. The song became the group’s fourteenth top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 4; it spent a total of 13 weeks on the chart, helping their Greatest Hits album go three times platinum. Continue reading
On 22 April 1974 Love Unlimited (also known for singing backing vocals for Barry White) performed It May Be Winter Outside (but in my heart it’s spring) on TopPop, the Dutch version of Top of the Pops (AVRO television) Glodean James, the singer in the middle in video and right in photo, was married to Barry White at that time. Continue reading
Sittin’ Up in My Room by R&B artist Brandy Norwood. It was written and produced by Babyface and recorded by Brandy for the soundtrack of the 1995 film Waiting To Exhale, starring Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. Continue reading
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, written and first recorded in 1979 by Robert Hazard is better known as a single by Pop artist Cyndi Lauper. Cyndi Lauper’s version (released in 1983) gained recognition as a feminist anthem and was promoted by a Grammy award winning video. Continue reading
Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days) is a song by R&B artist Monica. It was written by producer Dallas Austin, Willie James Baker, Derek Simmons, Carlton Ridenhour, Quincy Jones, Abrim Tilmon, Hank Shocklee, Eric Sadler and LL Cool J. Continue reading
Rap City is a music television program block debuting on August 11, 1989 that aired on the Black Entertainment Television network. Continue reading
Lauryn Hill is perhaps better known for her singing and rapping than for her poetry, but here she delivers a powerful lyric in tight rhyming couplets which focuses on social evils and ways to overcome them. Continue reading
In Mandingo, big black buck Mede (boxer Ken Norton) is raped by his owner’s wife Blanche (Susan George). Continue reading
In a long, brilliant career, Dudley Williams worked with such artists as Martha Graham, Talley Beatty, and Donald McKayle. Most significantly, he was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for more than forty years. He will be forever linked to his interpretation of the solo I Wanna Be Ready from Alvin Ailey’s masterwork Revelations.
“[Dudley Williams is] amazing—an inspiration to everybody, a real poet with movement.” –Alvin Ailey from Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey.