Category Archives: Review

Last Night: Movie Review

I rarely review movies.   In fact, the last one I did was the 2009 remake of the movie Fame (which was a grave disappointment by the way.) I saw the film Last Night a few months ago.   I won passes … Continue reading

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Mariah Carey: Angels Advocate Tour Review (Toronto)

Mariah Carey performed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario on February 9th, 2010.   I saw her at this venue previously on her Emancipation of Mimi tour, but this was the first time I felt like I actually saw … Continue reading

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Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Footsteps

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, was written, produced and directed by Mario Van Peebles in 1971 with great intention.  He wanted to make a film African-Americans could “walk out standing tall instead of avoiding each other’s eyes looking once again like … Continue reading

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Bob Marley: Dreams of Freedom (Part 3 of 3)

At the age of 24, Marley correctly predicted he would die at 36. He died due to cancer. His last album, released at age 35, was entitled Uprising and the final song on the album seemed to be one of a man who knew it would be his final message to the world. Continue reading

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Bob Marley: Dreams of Freedom (Part 2 of 3)

Bob Marley saw the oppression from the days of slavery as merely having been replaced by poverty. On his album, Catch a Fire, the song Slave Driver attests to this when he remembers: Continue reading

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Bob Marley: Dreams of Freedom (Part 1 of 3)

Bob Marley arrived in Trenchtown at twelve years old. It was 1957. His mother decided he should move there, to one of Jamaica’s many shantytowns where she had been residing for the past two years due to job prospects. His time in Trenchtown provided his “youthful consciousness with a fledging form of precise ideological context.” In the midst of his later fame as a reggae musician, Marley claimed “My life is only important to me if me can help many people. Continue reading

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a.k.a. Subliminal: Trainathought

Hip hop will come a long way if artists take the lead from a.k.a. Subliminal.   His debut album Trainathought is entrenched with grooves deeper than an ocean oil well, musicianship as solid as the drilling rig, and word play as … Continue reading

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Whitney Houston: On Her Way Back

I think as she gets back into her groove, we will see her Whitney Houston’s real comeback. And, in the meantime, this album has done nothing to kick her out of my top vocalists lists. Continue reading

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Mariah Carey: Memoirs of a Perfect Album

Memoirs is an an album that feels like an album. Whereas a lot of mainstream albums feel like a bunch of singles and filler songs were just thrown together in a haphazard order, Memoirs takes you on a journey from beginning to end. Continue reading

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Lalah Hathaway: Self Portrait (2008)

Self Portrait, is Lalah’s fifth studio release. It is the her first under Stax Records. This is a review of it. Continue reading

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