Chuck D on Death of Takeoff: ‘When Corporations Show Up God Leaves the Room’
That’s no surprise to legendary Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, whom most recognize as hip-hop’s voice of reason. “This curiosity of what is this hip-hop thing, what is this Black thing. And, whenever corporations show up, God walks out the door.”In a recent podcast, Takeoff spoke about receiving his flowers before he died. “At the beginning of hip-hop, especially in the real beginning, cats wanted to get away from that,” Chuck recounted. “We came from the Black Panther Party doing lunch programs, the Nation of Islam doing things in the neighborhood.thewestsidegazette.com
February is Black History Month, which means that every year we remember the African Americans who have made history and made America what it is today — often with little recognition.
Howlin’ Wolf maintained financial success throughout his life, held a stable marriage and worked for charitable causes in his Chicago community. When African American neurosurgeon Ben Carson was a child, his mother required him to read two library books a week and give her written reports, even though she was barely literate. According to reports, after Davids swam across the Ohio River, his “owner” was unable to find him. At a time when universities did not typically offer financial assistance to Black athletes, African American football star Ernie Davis was offered more than 50 scholarships. Thomas Andrew Dorsey, considered the “Father of Gospel Music,” was known for his fusion of sacred words and secular rhythms.thewestsidegazette.com
‘Godfather of Hip-Hop Journalism’ Greg Tate Dies at 64
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaGreg Tate, the renowned godfather of hip-hop journalism, has died. And ‘Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking From Black Culture’ is essential,” Nazareth wrote. “Hurts indeed,” Chuck wrote in response. “Greg Tate, a giant just like you, Errol.”In Tate’s widely popular “Flyboy In The Buttermilk,” he wrote about Ice-T, Miles Davis, Public Enemy, and others. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Tate wrote for The Village Voice from 1987 to 2003.thewestsidegazette.com
New this week: Billie Eilish, Billie Holiday and Superman
This combination photo shows promotional art for Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry, a documentary debuting Friday on Apple TV+, from left, The United States vs. Billie Holiday," premiering Friday on Hulu and Superman & Lois," a new series premiering Tuesday on The CW. (AppleTV+/Hulu/The CW via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Ad— Based on Johann Hari’s 2015 book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” Lee Daniels' “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” chronicles the legendary jazz singer's addiction and activism. Andra Day, who's nominated for a Golden Globe, plays Holiday in the biopic, which premieres Friday on Hulu. ET at the Amazon Music Twitch channel and will feature music from the group’s new album, “Life Rolls On,” released on Feb. 12.
Beyoncs message, epic performances stand out at BET Awards
In this video grab issued Sunday, June 28, 2020, by BET, Beyonce accepts the humanitarian award during the BET Awards. The singer dedicated her award to the Black Lives Matter movement, and encouraged activists to continue to push forward. DaBaby rapped a verse from the Black Lives Matter remix of his hit song Rockstar with Roddy Ricch at the awards. While holding a baseball bat, DaBaby then stood on a stage behind a group of people who had their fists raised high while others held Black Lives Matter signs. During the performance, video clips were shown of the national protests over the deaths of unarmed Black people including Floyd, Arbery and Taylor.