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‘After the Dance’: Janis Hunter shares the highs and lows of life with Marvin Gaye

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“After her 17th birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gay — the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid voice — whose chart-topping, socially-conscious album What’s Going On made him a superstar two years earlier. Despite a 17-year age difference and Marvin’s marriage to the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, the enchanted teenager and the emotionally volatile singer began a scorching relationship… Continue Reading →

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From Floetry to rebirth: Natalie ‘Floacist’ Stewart walks an independent road to artistic excellence

A music review

By Stephani Maari Booker

Contributing Writer


Natalie Stewart, a.k.a. “The Floacist,” has been forging a fiercely independent musical path since Floetry, the duo she formed with Marsha Ambrosius, broke up in 2006. Stewart self-released a downloadable EP titled The Floacist Presents…Spoken Soul Vol. 1 in 2010. Later that year, her first solo CD was released though independent label Shanachie, The Floacist Presents Floetic Soul. The album charted on Billboard’s pop, R&B/hip hop and independent album charts. Continue Reading →

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On crime, racism, and distrust of police


“When you shoot somebody, that’s not the only person that you’re killing.”  

— Nona Gaye, Marvin Gaye’s daughter, testifying after his death


I attended a neighborhood meeting on racism. Afterward I mentioned the comments I heard in that meeting regarding law enforcement to one of our law enforcement officials. “It’s hopeless,” he said when I conveyed the negative comments from the seminar, “when that’s how they feel about us.”

So I stepped out from behind his hopelessness and asked to meet with another public relations representative from the local police department to see what could be and/or what is being done about this impasse between the electorate and their peace officers. Broad publicity has been given to the cases of O. J. Simpson, Rodney King, and Henry Louis Gates (and his meeting with President Obama) when each of these celebrities of color had run-ins with the law. Another famed activist, Angela Davis, is a proponent for the rights of inmates and speaks out on prisons as factories that house an inordinate number of young Black men compared to their ratio in the American population. Continue Reading →

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