The first song I ever heard by Prince was “Soft and Wet,” his first soul chart hit, but at the time the song was being played on the Black station in Saginaw, Michigan where lived, I didn’t know who sang it. Sometime later, when I first heard “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” I’m sorry to say that at first I thought it was a Michael Jackson song. Thankfully, it wasn’t long after that … [Read more...]
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(Huslter' Convention official trailer) Many are very aware of the Godfather of Soul, the late James Brown, but how many among those who love rap, especially its present day rappers, know that genre’s living “grandfather”? Some, such as Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Melle Mel and Fab 5 Freddy, among others, proudly and often pays homage to Jalal Mansur Nuridden and the seminal … [Read more...]
Chicago-based playwright Phillip Dawkins is mounting a one-man invasion of Twin Cities theater. This season he'll see three scripts produced: Charm at Mixed Blood Theater, Le Switch (The Jungle) and Dr. Seuss’ THE SNEETCHES (Children's Theatre Company). “I've had a crush on St. Paul/Minneapolis for a long time!” he spiritedly states. Charm relates the courageously … [Read more...]
Billy Paul “helped shape the course of modern R & B music,” said the BBC on the Grammy Award-winning singer who died Sunday at home in Philadelphia at age 80 from pancreatic cancer. “He was a chocolate man and very good looking,” gushed Philadelphia's WDAS-FM Midday Personality Patty Jackson in a MSR phone interview Monday. A native Philadelphian as was … [Read more...]
Prince's untimely death April 21 has left fans in Minnesota and all over the world reeling and struggling to process the sudden loss of such an unparalleled talent. Various establishments in Twin Cities are holding events to help fans honor and celebrate his vast musical legacy. Many theaters will be screening Prince's seminal 1984 film, Purple Rain this weekend and next, … [Read more...]