Les Nubians- Liberté

I woke up this morning feeling like death but after downloading Les Nubians new single “Liberte” I am no longer complaining and feel more “liberated” then yesterday. Just a little background; “liberte” was the names of the national anthem of Guinea which means “Liberty”. Les Nubians are currently on tour where they stopped in my area, Oakland Ca. at Yoshi’s. Although it wasn’t 1998 for me, I remember their introduction into the world with their hit single “Makeda” which was a big eye opener for the US after other African artists like Fela who paved the way for the exposure of African Music worldwide. You can check out their website http://www.lesnubians.com for the exclusive downloads, tour dates, and more!

Suai’s Version of Kanye West “Power”

I thought this was a dope cover of Kanye West’s “Power” done by aspiring artist Suai. By using piano and softer techniques she was able to switch up the meaning a little bit. I thought it was unique, but what do you think of the cover?

Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” Trailer

I’ve seen the play production a few times and now Tyler Perry has created the movie “For Colored Girls” which is to be in theaters November 5th. Just in the trailer itself I spotted some of the top black actors like Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Lawson, and Hill Harper. “For Colored Girls” is based on Ntozake Shange’s award winning play in 1975. The characters deal with issues of love, abandonment, rape, and abortion that is so prevalent with women in the black community. I don’t think Madea will be adding satire to this one so I’m sure it will bring seriousness to your soul. A lot of people love to hate on Tyler Perry these days, but he does send out positive messages and realistic stories to the film industry. I will definitely go see it!

FASHIZBLACK Sept/Oct Issue: Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles graces the cover of FASHIZBLACK September/October issue this year and she is rockin’ that faux fro like no other.  This magazine is pretty dope, after viewing the layout online, I am pleased with the features on Africa Fashion Week. It’s not so often you get a spread on Cape Town or Dakar. Nonetheless, Solange seems to embrace her afrocentric side well so I approve.

New Video: R.O.D “I Can’t Stand You” ft. Freeway

the summer in the bay has been blazin’ with the new artist R.O.D and his hit single “I Can’t Stand You”. Now with a video, it will probably be on FIRE this fall. Check it out and tell me what you think?

p.s. the video has been added as a “New Joint” on 106 & Park Live! Support aspiring artists and vote it to be on the countdown!

What about Pakistan?

dams burst, tears flood
washed away millions, villages submerged
the world sits deaf, the children’s cries go unheard
media got you glued to the tube, now what’ve you learned?
to the truth you are blind, an entire country victimized
makeshift camps in graveyards &treetops, take a second to visualize
monsoon rain caused flood devastation, Pakistan left paralyzed
water’s receeded, from dark to light, survivors for you i sympathize
return from Atlantis, out of house &home, little aid, health compromised
suffering exceeding 04’s tsunami,Kashmir &Haiti’s quakes combined!
sources i’ll extinguish, skills i’ll utilize, people i’ll gather, a plan to save you will be devised
great minds, big hearts, free souls, world citizens with out forces combined
we can save the world, to this occasion let’s rise!
-Pheben Meharena

The Pakistan Floods that happened in July caused one the most devastating natural disasters in the middle east.  You may not remember or even heard that over 2,000 people have reportedly died leaving over a million homes destroyed of their natural habitat.  It wasn’t until I got my latest issued of the Time magazine when I read a heartbreaking article about the current condition of certain regions of Pakistan. Pheben Meharena, a strong advocate, reached out to the website for your help.  Although this natural disaster has been put under the rug by the media it still should get the light and support that it deserves.  The Embassy of Pakistan, DC is working together with savethechildren.org to fun the Pakistan children during this emergency.  Celebrities continue to neglect and the recognition isn’t out there leaving only 50% of the requested emergency relief fund not received.   For more information on how you can reach out on the Pakistan Floods of 2010, click the link below.

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