Happy 50th Birthday to President Barack Obama!!! Our nation’s 44th President and the first African American to hold the office. He was born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, HI. He was a former 3-term, Illinois State Senator representing the 13th district from 1997-2004 and was elected U.S. Senator representing Illinois in 2004. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. At Harvard, he was the first African American to ever become president of the Harvard Law Review. Before earning his law degree, he was a community organizer on the south side of Chicago. He worked as a Civil Rights attorney in Chicago and taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992-2004. His presidential campaign began in Feb. 2007 and after a close campaign he won the Democratic party nomination, beating Hillary R. Clinton. He defeated Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee, in November 2008 and was inaugurated, as president on January 20, 2009.
He is the husband of Michelle R. Obama and the father of Malia and Sasha Obama.
The media would have us think President Obama hasn’t accomplished anything since he became president, but his presidency is easily one of THE most active in history. Click this link to see some of his accomplishments: http://darvish.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/the-244-accomplishments-of-president-obama-vote-on-nov-2nd/ and Osama Bin Laden was captured and killed on May 1, 2011 after President Obama authorized the CIA to conduct a raid, dubbed “Operation Neptune Spear.”
BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST is a documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport about one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history. Having released five gold and platinum selling albums within eight years, A Tribe Called Quest has been one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history, and regarded as iconic pioneers of hip hop. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seems to diminish.
A hard-core fan himself, Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members (Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White), Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends and collaborators.
Rarely heard stories from New York’s legendary DJ Red Alert, Native Tongues members like Monie Love, the Jungle Brothers, Busta Rhymes, and De La Soul bring an intimacy to the days when young artists discovered the freedom of artistic expression, while rejecting the confines of gangster rap and negative stereotypes. Chronicles of songs like “Scenario” and “Check the Rhime” paint a vivid picture of growing up in Queens, and how the band’s unique approach to hip hop helped transform and influence the genre for years to come.
A New York native, Rapaport’s lifelong love for hip hop helps achieve intimate, all-access interviews and cinéma vérité-style filmmaking, fostering a conversation for A Tribe Called Quest to determine if there is a possibility to mend the wounds from over the years.
In addition to chronicling the past, present and uncertain future of the band, the film includes interviews from the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, Pharrell, Mos Def, Santigold, Monie Love, Pete Rock, Large Professor, De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and Common, all of whom attribute some combination of love, respect, and inspiration drawn from the legacy of A Tribe Called Quest.
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Amy Winehouse, the British singer who found worldwide fame with a smoky, hip-hop-inflected take on retro soul, yet became a tabloid fixture as her problems with drugs and alcohol brought about a strikingly public career collapse, was found dead on Saturday in her home in London. She was 27.
The cause was not immediately known. The London police said they had been called to an address in Camden Square in northern London on Saturday afternoon and found a 27-year-old woman, and pronounced her dead at the scene. The police did not identify the body, but the London Ambulance Service said it was that of Ms. Winehouse, The Associated Press reported.
The police said that they were investigating the circumstances of the death, but that “at this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”
Instantly recognizable from the heavy makeup and high beehive hairdo she borrowed from the Ronettes, Ms. Winehouse became one of the most acclaimed young singers of the 2000s, selling millions of albums, winning five Grammy Awards and kicking off the British trend of retro soul and R&B that continues today.
Yet from the moment she arrived on the international pop scene in 2007, Ms. Winehouse had an image that seemed almost defiantly self-destructive. In songs like “You Know I’m No Good,” she sang alcohol-soaked regrets of failed romances, and for many listeners the lyrics to the song “Rehab” — which won her three of the five Grammys she received n 2008 — crystallized her public persona. “They tried to make me go to rehab,” she sang, “I said, ‘No, no, no.’ ”
Those songs were from her second album, “Back to Black,” which was released in Britain in late 2006 and in the United States in 2007. Her first, “Frank,” had established her as a budding star in Britain. But “Back in Black,” recorded with the producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, made her an international sensation, with a darkly stylish update on the sound of classic 1960s R&B that was admired by critics and the public alike.
Yet while “Rehab” was still climbing the charts Ms. Winehouse became the subject of lurid headlines for drug binges that left her hospitalized and forced her to cancel concert dates. Her appearance at the 2008 Grammys was uncertain because of visa troubles; in the end she performed from London via satellite. When she won record of the year, she thanked her husband at the time, Blake Fielder-Civil; they later divorced.
Amy Jade Winehouse was born on in Southgate, London, on Sept. 14, 1983. Her mother, Janis, was a pharmacist and her father, Mitch, was a cabdriver who nursed a love for music.
Ms. Winehouse had not released an album since “Back in Black,” but recently she appeared to be trying to revive her career. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Ms. Winehouse’s father — who released a jazz album this year — said that she had been in good health lately. But last month she canceled a European comeback tour after a disastrous performance in Belgrade in which she appeared too intoxicated to perform properly.Read More
Jesse B. Blayton, Sr., was a pioneer African American radio station entrepreneur. Blayton founded WERD-AM in Atlanta, Georgia on October 3, 1949 making him the first African American to own and operate a radio station in the United States. He was born in Fallis, OK, on December 6, 1879 and died on September 7, 1977 in Atlanta. He was known as the “Dean of Negro Accountants.” He worked as a bank president and a college professor before purchasing WERD. In 1955, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. He made history in 1949 when he bought the 1,000 watt Atlanta radio station for $50,000. He changed the radio format and directed it toward the African American audience. WERD was a pioneer in programming what he called “Negro appeal” music, playing early versions of rhythm and blues music that could not be found elsewhere on the air. Although WDIA, established in Memphis, TN in 1948, played music oriented for a black audience, WERD was the ONLY black-owned station to do so at that time. By 1954, there were approximately 200 black-oriented stations but fewer than a dozen were black-owned. He hired his son, Jesse Blayton, Jr., as the station’s first Program Director. ~ www.blackpast.orgRead More