Today in Black History

James Brown

May 3, 1933 – James Brown is born in Barnwell, South Carolina. The only child of a poor backwoods family, he will be sent, to Augusta, Georgia at age five, to live at an aunt’s brothel.  He will evolve from a juvenile delinquent to become one of the most influential Rhythm & Blues singers, with a career that will span more than five decades and include the hits “I Got You,” “Cold Sweat,” “Living in America,” “Prisoner of Love,” “Sing It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.”  Incarcerated in 1988 for aggravated assault, Brown will be released in 1991 and return to the recording scene, where he will continue to influence a new generation of artists including M.C. Hammer, Prince, and many others. He will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 23, 1986 and on February 25, 1992, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th annual Grammy Awards. He will join the ancestors on December 25, 2006.

Here is treat:  James Brown on the Ed Sullivan Show… for those who know

 

 

Happy Birthday Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

 

McKinley Morganfield was born, April 4, 1915, in a small town in Issaquena County, Mississippi.  This is the smallest populous county east of the Mississippi River with census count as of 2010 at 1,406 people. He grew up on the Stovall Plantation sharecropping.  Morganfield got his nickname “Muddy Waters” from playing in the mud puddles by the Mississippi River.  He started with the harmonica at 5 years.  By the time he was 17 years old he was playing the harmonica and guitar.

In1941 Morganfield was discovered by Alan Lomax and another music archivist from the Library of Congress, traveling the back roads of Mississippi looking for the legendary Robert Johnson.  They recorded two of Morganfield’s songs and lit a fire in the ambitious young man.  He will leave Mississippi for Chicago two years later to become a blues singer better known as “Muddy Waters.” He will join the ancestors on April 30, 1983 in Chicago,
Illinois.

 

Special Thanks: Munirah Chronicle

 

Pearl Bailey

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1918 – Pearl Mae Bailey is born in Newport News, Virginia.  She will
achieve tremendous success as a stage and film actress,
recording artist, nightclub headliner, and television
performer. Among her most notable movies will be “Porgy and
Bess” and “Carmen Jones” and she will receive a Tony Award
for her starring role in an all-African-American version of
“Hello Dolly.” Bailey will be widely honored, including
being named special advisor to the U.S. Mission to the
United Nations and receiving the Presidential Medal of
Freedom. She will join the ancestors on August 17, 1990.

L&HH Atlanta – too real?

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I’m an old head watching a reality show that the oldest member is decades younger than me.  Yes, that’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta (L&HH Atlanta)  Mona introduced Scrapp DeLeon, 28-year-old rapper, this season  as someone we would be interested in with a little music and lots of lady drama.  Unfortunately, we viewers had to watch Scrapp DeLeon  receive a mandatory sentence for trafficking marijuana.  As a Black mother, its devastating to see how mandatory sentencing works.

I started liking Scrapp especially his interaction with his son. I can even forgive is womanizing ways because really everyone has to be in agreement for that shit to go on and on.  I mean I have seen blood sister share the same man in the same house, one being the wife and one just there.  So Tommie, Karlie and Tiarra drama is minor. The national stage shows focus on a piece of the pipeline to prison.  Mandatory sentencing.

So the judge says he wants to be lenient and gives him a 20 year sentence with the possibility for parole in 5 years and 15 years on parole.  Damn!!  I couldn’t believe it.  The sad fact that some states have legalized marijuana makes Scrapp’s case so crazy. And here, this guy has 5 years taken from his life plus pay $100,000 and the judge states he will be lenient by giving him 20 years and not 30 years.  That’s white man justice.