Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday's Flashback Music Video: Tupac's "Changes"

Last week's blog post received some positive feedback. Thanks for the email comments but I much prefer to see them in the comment section, hint...hint. My older sister Dawn also recommended I call it Friday's Flashback. I like it. Moving forward that's the new title for this feature.

This week's video feature is Tupac Shakur's "Changes." This track was recorded in 1992, that year I was in eighth grade. This is one of my favorites from Tupac because he drops some serious "food for thought," with a smooth flow. Today, I can listen to this song and think about how much has changed, but I can also see what hasn't. While we do have a black president, the issues of  poverty, racial profiling, black on black crime, and discrimination are still prevalent in black urban communities across our nation. People are still struggling day in and day out and all our politicians can seem to do is offer budget cuts to federal programs that help our impoverished citizens as solutions. Cities that come to mind our Chicago, D.C., Detroit and my very own Hartford, Connecticut.

We need to do better and we can do better. The changes we want to see are the changes we have to make. Thanks for the reminder Tupac. RIP!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Music Video Throwback: Madonna's Like a Prayer

I've decided to add a new feature called Friday's Music Video Throwback since I've been lagging in writing blog posts these past few weeks. Starting today and moving forward I will post one of my favorite videos from "back in the days."

These days I'm not a video watcher, but I grew up embracing MTV. My love of music and television was brought together. There was a time when it was the all I watched. I looked forward to world premieres of videos and knowing the "Top 10" videos of the week. I grew up in the days when the network actually showed videos and had shows that were centered around the world of music like MTV News, MTV Jams, Headbangers Ball, and Yo' MTV Raps. I miss the days of Kurt Loder reporting music news.

These days if I watch a music video it us usually on YouTube and it's only because there is some buzz about it I hear from friends. While I hardly watch new music videos these days, I love watching videos from the "good ole'" days because it 1.) brings me back to memories of my youth, 2.) and it reminds me of the evolution of music merging with television, both are worth noting and remembering.

Today, the iconic Madonna turns 55. In honor of her birthday I've decided to post her video "Like a Prayer." It's one of my favorites! I love this song and think the video tells an interesting and compelling story that was cutting edge back in the 90s. Pepsi dropped after the video premiered and I remember leaders of the Catholic and Evangelical churches wanting the video banned. I think the big issue was Madonna kissing Leon Robinson, the black saint in the video.

While Madonna isn't on the pop charts these day, it's clear to see why see is a music icon. Don't forget to let me know what you think of the video in the comments section and make sure you log-in and post a comment! Happy Friday!