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Cissy Houston: ‘I Did The Best I Could’ With Daughter Whitney Houston PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Wendy Carpenter at Yahoo   
Sunday, 01 April 2012 09:19

In her first interview since daughter Whitney Houston died almost two months ago, Cissy Houston says she did "the best" she could raising her, and she is "very proud" of her.

On Thursday, Houston returned to the location of her daughter's funeral, New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., a symbolic gesture for her first public speaking appearance. The church is also where Whitney Houston awed the congregation with her prodigious singing as a child.

"I'm very proud of my daughter," Houston said. "She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here ... she was a very wonderful person."

Whitney Houston's death on Feb. 11 was ruled as an accidental drowning -- in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite the night before the Grammys -- though it was determined that heart disease and cocaine contributed as well.

"I know I did the best I could. ... I don't blame myself," Houston said of her daughter. "I know I did the best I could for everything."

"I have my moments ..." Houston, a mother of three, responded when asked how she's dealing with losing her only daughter. "I'm not there yet ... I don't think I'm any more courageous than anyone else."

Houston, a Grammy Award—winning soul and gospel singer, also says there's one rumor that is completely false.

"Whitney did not die broke ... she's not broke. None of that crap."

It wasn't the first time Houston tried to help her famous daughter.

In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston claimed it was her mother who fought to save her from her substance addiction.

"I'm not losing you to Satan," Whitney recalled her mother telling her. "I'm not doing this. I want my daughter back. I want you back."

Cissy Houston was "hysterical" after her daughter's death, Perez Hilton reported, and she said as much in a statement released at the time: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends."

The sentiment was representative of the close relationship Cissy Houston and her daughter had. Journalist Jawn Murray told FOXNews.com that their connection was comparable to that of Whitney Houston's situation with her own daughter, , which was "amazingly close."

"They had a relationship that really resembled the relationship that Whitney Houston had with her own mother, Cissy Houston," said Murray, who interviewed Whitney Houston. "Whitney loved her daughter. Bobbi Kristina was her only child and her pride and joy. Because of that, she treasured her."

 
2012 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:49

Telemundo confirms performances by top Latin music stars at the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®. Sixteen-time Billboard finalist Don Omar, 2011 Latin Artist of the Year Prince Royce, and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio join previously announced performers: Latin urban star and entrepreneur Daddy Yankee, world-renowned Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes and platinum plus Regional Mexican Music artist Jenni Rivera. The most prestigious Latin music awards show will be produced and broadcast live in HD by Telemundo on Thursday, April 26 at 7PM/6c from BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida. The complete list of finalists, in addition to exclusive content about this year’s event, can be found at www.telemundo.com/premiosbillboard, the official website of the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®. Follow the star-studded event on: Twitter.com/LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/PremiosBillboardTelemundo.

Don Omar, one of reggaeton’s first international superstars, leads the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards field as a 16-time finalist. A worldwide social media phenomenon, Don Omar is one of the leading Latin music performers that have successfully tapped into the new generation of consumers. His collaboration with Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” enjoyed more than 320 million views online, an unprecedented feat for a Latin music act. The song also reached number one in at least 12 countries worldwide.

Prince Royce, the winner of the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin Artist of the Year, New, continued his success in 2012. He is a finalist in 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards categories. “Las Cosas Pequeñas” is Royce’s latest single and it reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs, Latin Pop Songs and Tropical Songs charts. His 2011 single “Corazón Sin Cara” reached number one on Billboard’s Tropical Songs chart and Hot Latin Songs. The album, “Prince Royce,” achieved great commercial success, reaching number one on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and Tropical Albums charts.

Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio is one of the leading female acts in Latin pop music. Having a very prolific and versatile career, Paulina Rubio’s albums and songs have charted on a variety of Billboard Charts including the Billboard Hot 100, Pop Songs, Top Latin Albums, Hot Latin Songs, Dance/Club Play Songs, Regional Mexican Songs, Latin Pop Songs, Latin Pop Albums, Tropical Songs, European Albums, among others.

The awards show caps off the 23rd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm, which takes place April 23 – 26 at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Florida. For details on the Conference, visit: www.BillboardLatinConference.com.

 
“It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama, “African-Americans in America” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lyle Russworm   
Monday, 26 March 2012 10:59

“It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama, “African-Americans in America”

Before there was a Civil Rights Movement God gave us Rev. Vernon Johns, who preceded Rev. Martin L. King Jr. as the pastor of Alabama Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.

He gave a historic speech titled “It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama at his church before the Deacons of the church was forced to fire him.  The police chief and the White community framed him as being radical, but fear was the driving point for the Deacons.  During his sermon he was removed from the church by the local police officers.  He had been warned not to give the sermon that Sunday, yet, he had the courage to follow his heart.  During the sermon, he told his congregation why Black men are killed and nothing happens. He said it’s because the Blacks just stand by without saying anything against it. It’s like they stood by while Christ was being crucified. Is it fear?”(Johns, 1994) During the sermon he berated the Black community for cooperating with the racist system. (Johns, 1994)



Decades later we are still fearful, yet Black men are killed and in so many cases no justice for the victim's family. Our community institutions should look at each murder that happens in our community to determine if the local law enforcement teams are investigating them with due diligence.

How many African-Americans males must die before we say enough is enough! I have been telling whoever would listen to me for a decade that it is safer for an African-American male to walk the streets of Bagdad than for us to walk on any street in America!

We have failed our children; it starts with fathers, then mothers, then the family, and then community leaders.  It takes a village to raise a child and how many more Trayvon Martin’s must be killed before we take control of our children and our communities.  Perhaps the greatest responsible we have as parents and community leaders is to protect our children and if we cannot do that, it is a clear sign that we are losing the war for the lives and soul of our children. We should be mad as hell that our children are attacked on day one in our educational systems especially our male children, that police officers profile our youth daily, that judges legislate from the bench by always providing sentencing higher for Blacks than Whites, that our legislative branch of government mandate laws that are discriminatory and greatly affect our people, that voting district are drawn to minimize our voting power, that lenders always charge our people a higher interest rate on loans, that grocery stores in our communities charge higher prices, and that there are more liquor stores than grocery stores in most of our communities.  I say what does it take, how many new prisons must be built before you and all our leaders say that we need to begin protesting these not so random act of racism across this country. What does this type of internalized racism say to our children when they see no future and we, as caregiver or so called protectors of the community, say or do nothing to protect or help them!

What will it take before we realize that we are at war and that our children are the targets of millions of gatekeepers determined to marginalize their existence. We may as well call our children collateral damage. If that is the case, I ask you what is the risk analysis?  How many must die each day before enough is enough, is the number 3, 4 or 10. How many must be imprisoned before enough is enough perhaps 1.5 million, 2.5 million or 3 million. What is the acceptable number for Black male dropout rate, 50%, 67% or 80%? How many Black men need to be unemployed or not in the workforce before enough is enough, 12 million, 16 million or 20 million. Does anyone give a damn?

What did Gandhi do? What did Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. do?  What did Nelson Mandela do? Protest!!!!

I call for a National Day of Solidarity for change, a day of community action, a day of community service. My recommendation is that June 19, 2012 be selected for this purpose. I have planted a seed of hope and now what will you and all the community leaders do? My hope is cultivate this seed to rebuild our community and to protect our future which is our children!!!

If you agree in part or in whole in what you just read, please let me know and become active in your community.  Please forward this letter to your local, regional, and state leaders, plus Black radio stations and Black newspapers. I will personally call, email, mail and fax 1000 community leaders in America. At this time I will not pass judgment about who will support this project or who will not, I will allow God and history to judge them!!!!!

Sincerely,

Lyle G. Russworm,

Founder of African-Americans For A Better Society (AAFABS) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994). http://www.vernonjohns.org/snuffy1186/vernjohn.html

Additional Sites to learn more about Internalized Racism:

http://www.rc.org/uer/InternalizedRacism.html

http://www.rc.org/publications/journals/black_reemergence/br2/br2_5_sl.html

http://www.thewtc.org/Internalized_Racism.pdf

http://racerelations.about.com/od/understandingrac1/a/internalizedracism.htm

 
Lord Jamar (of Brand Nubian) Launches Kickstarter Campaign! PDF Print E-mail
Written by RB   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:14

Always the forward thinker, Lord Jamar, who is one third of the legendary rap group, Brand Nubian, is utilizing Kickstarter to raise $10,000 for his latest album, 'Known Associates.' Known Associates is the follow-up to his 2006 release, 'The 5% Album,' and it will include collaborations with Nature, Hasan Salaam, Sadat X, Cappadonna and Lord Superb. Along with production from the likes of Big Throwback, Element, Sha Banga, Chris Watts, Lord Jamar and more.

Kickstarter.com, a website that has helped musicians raise more than $13 million for a variety of projects, is an excellent way for Lord Jamar to fund 'Known Associates' because it will allow him to give back to his fans. Those who contribute will be treated to an exclusive copy of the final product as well as other rewards as a show of appreciation for their support.

"I've always believed in the power of the people." says Jamar. "This is a chance for you to fund a music project you really want to hear."

To make a pledge, visit Lord Jamar/Universal Indie 'KickStarter' website:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/universalindie/lord-jamar-of-brand-nubian-know-associates-limited

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:23
 
Macy Gray Returns with "COVERED" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Monday, 26 March 2012 05:51

Macy Gray, newly signed with 429 Records, is ready for the release of her stunning new album "COVERED"-- a collection of all new recordings of handpicked songs she's chosen to reinterpret in her own inimitable fashion. With a buzz kicked off by an announcement in Billboard and Rolling Stone, Macy is already confirmed to appear on prime media outlets including Howard Stern, Conan, Late Show with David Letterman, Tavis Smiley and more. Produced by Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Metallica), Zoux and Macy Gray "COVERED" tackles material largely drawn from indie rock songs from the last decade--interpretations her fans will be familiar with as she's been performing them live over the years. The album contains biting, dark signature tracks such as Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" or My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers" which Gray subversively overhauls into something wholly her own. Also included are short skits featuring J.B. Smoove, Nicole Scherzinger and a guest appearance by Idris Elba. The first single "Sail" was #1 Most Added at AC radio for the 3rd week in a row with 5 more add. "COVERED" will be released worldwide on 429 Records TODAY with a special iTunes edition available which contains exclusive remixes of "Sail" and "Here Comes The Rain Again." In addition, Macy is on the verge of announcing a worldwide tour and has just completed the first video from the project. Helmed by famed director Robert DeVico (Pink, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott), the wildly colorful, party-inspired video for "Smoke Two Joints" premiered on both Perez Hilton.com and Aol in the first week.

Since her dazzling debut introduced this singular talent to the masses, Macy has forged an uncompromising musical path beholden to her own vision and garnering accolades at every juncture. With "COVERED" Macy has turned the cover album concept on its ear choosing edgy contemporary choices and approaching them in an innovative and uncompromising way. Not surprising considering she's spent her career defying expectations and stretching musical boundaries.

"COVERED" Track Listing:

  1. Here Comes The Rain Again (Eurythmics)
  2. Creep (Radiohead)
  3. You Want Them Nervous (skit featuring J.B. Smoove)
  4. Smoke 2 Joints (The Toyes)
  5. La La La (Teaching The Kids) (featuring Layann Al Saud, Avery Albert, Happy Hinds & Siena Stelber)
  6. Teenagers (My Chemical Romance)
  7. The Power of Love (featuring Hugh Salk)
  8. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
  9. Sail (AWOL Nation)
  10. I Try Is Cool And All But…(skit featuring Nicole Scherzinger)
  11. Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  12. Love Lockdown/Buck (Kanye West/Nina Simone)
  13. Mel Rap (featuring Mel Hinds)
  14. Bubbly (featuring Idris Elba) (Colbie Caillat)
  15. Wake Up (Arcade Fire)
  16. Really? (skit featuring MC Lyte)

For more information visit: www.429records.com

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 06:00
 
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