Friday, May 29, 2015

Queen Mary J. Blige Slays "I Can See In Color" From the Film Precious

I only recognize two Queens one is Aretha and the other is Queen of Hip-Hop and Soul Mary J. Blige.  Watch her as she straight slays "Color" from the film Precious.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Introducing: The Buppie Life

www.thebuppielife.com


Buppie - A young Black (African-American), urban professional. People that has never heard the term Buppie before usually say “What?” with a tilted head. I go on and explain what a Buppie means both the traditional use of the word and my take on the term. It is a way for identifying a successful black professional. Being a Buppie is a mindset.

I wanted an outlet to write more about my life, the Buppie life. There are many lifestyle blogs but I have not found any up to date blogs on our lifestyle. Buppies are well educated and have economic power.
This website will focus on but will not be limited to:
*Careers
*Education
*Products
*Music & Entertainment
*Philanthropy
*Politics
*Religion

I hope to shine the spotlight weekly on Black businesses and Buppies that are making a move in the professional realm.

If this is your introduction to the term Buppie, you may be asking yourself besides being Black what is the difference between Buppie and Yuppie? Being a Buppie is a unique experience from being a Yuppie. The big difference is being Black. A Black person experiences in the professional realm and especially life is much different than someone who is White. It’s all about the experience.

Friday, May 15, 2015

King of Blues, BB King dead at the age of 89

As you may know, B.B. King has died. The Fresh Music Page doesn’t cover much Blues music, but BB King is a rightful King of Blues. Gospel music often gets its respect for being a forefront for R&B but let’s remember that R&B stands for Rhythm and Blues and the art form of Blues has influenced both R&B, Gospel, and Rock. It is one of the true American Art Forms.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Searching For the Best Play List for Studying

Recently I have embarked on a journey to receive my Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Development.  Going back to school is difficult especially after you been away from academia for a while.  I’m here to tell you that it is impossible.  I’m doing it and even though I have deadlines fast approaching, I was inspired to post an update.

Everything happened fast and I didn't even have much time celebrating the fact that I was accepted into graduate school.  Instead I found myself deep in the books and writing papers.  Any one that knows me personally knows that I love it!  For years I said I wanted to go back to school and I finally just jumped and I’m overjoyed that I didn’t second guess myself.

You know the fresh man is always looking for ways to add a little soul music to it.  Currently I’m searching for the best study music.  As soon as I find the best play list, I will be blogging about it.  Currently, I’m looping Martha and The Vandella’s – Dancing in the Streets.  Last week it was Aretha Franklin's version of "Young Gifted and Black."

If you have any ideas of what songs should make my play list. Drop a comment below.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics and Still Sits On Her Throne!

After one listen to Aretha Franklin’s newest album (Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics) you realize why she’s the Queen. Actually maybe you won’t if this is your first introduction to her.  If you know Aretha from her 60s and 70s hits than you know, what I know, and the world knows. Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul and she does whatever she wants. You can hear her confidence in each song. You feel that she left a piece of her Soul and it sticks with you.

Many people have stated that Aretha Franklin sounds old now. Well, my friends at the age of 72, Aretha Franklin is old. I don’t care in what profession she was in (if she wasn't in music), she would be considered old. It makes this collection of 10 classics even more special. Aretha Franklin is doing what God made her to do. She’s singing her heart out and stirring souls. From her jazzy riffs to her Gospel squalls. This is not a legend simply working but a legend working it!

Only Aretha Franklin would have enough heart and voice to even attempt 10 songs that were already huge hits for other artists. All are signature songs for other artists. Can you imagine Rihanna, Taylor Swift or even Beyonce doing something so out there? Both “I’m Every Woman” and “Nothing Compares 2 U” have already been huge hits for two other artists. I love the nod to Whitney she tossed while starting the song with the Whitney arrangement and then throwing in her own signature song “Respect".

The stand out track is “Nothing Compares 2 U” The Prince written Sinead O’Connor megahit.  What Aretha and producer Andrea 2000 came up with was legendary in itself. They went big band and it is the most organic soulful song on the entire album. The blaring horns and the kickass piano is just amazing!


This is easily Aretha’s best albums since 1998’s “A Rose Is Still A Rose”.  As the title said: Aretha still sits on her throne. 

Other interesting readings: Aretha's classic reading of "Teach Me Tonight" which returned her back to her Columbia years where she recorded an entire album dedicated to one of her favorite singers; Dinah Washington, "No One" shows off her one of a kind riffs and runs. "I Will Survive" and "Midnight Train to Georgia just shows you she will always do a song her way which is breaking all the rules and creating something new. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Morning Cup of Inspiration: Jennifer Hudson - Moan

From Jennifer Hudson's not yet released album "JHUD" this is the stand out track and unfortunately it will more than likely never be released as a single.  This is one of the few songs that exist that shows Jennifer's greatness as a Soul singer.

The song isn't about showcasing her vocals but it shows her SOUL and that makes a soul song.  After listening to "Moan" you feel like she left a piece of her Soul on the song and it stays with you.

I get what Clive Davis is trying to do by leaving the album on the upbeat/dance track side but one day somebody has to realize that is not Jennifer's strength. Like Aretha and Mary J. Blige, Jennifer's strength is sharing the feeling of hurt and overcoming the hurt. Until Jennifer and the music executives realize and tap into that, I don't expect Jennifer to have a big recording career.

Hopefully "Moan" will make them realize her strength as oppose to having her sing some bubblegum type of music that anybody with auto-tunes could record.

Morning Cup of Soul: Claudia Lennear - What'd I Do Wrong

Here is something from 1973 by one time famed background singer Claudia Lennear.  She was recently featured on the Oscar winning documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom". In the 60's and 70's Claudia sung backgrounds for everybody from Ike & Tina Turner to Joe Cocker.

This is a song from her 1973 album "Phew" and it is funky, soulful, bluesy and it rocks too! That studio had to be on fire when this was recorded because it indeed is smoking!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Morning Cup of Inspiration: Karen Clark Sheard - Sunday Morning

I know somebody need this. Especially the people protesting for justice in Ferguson, Mo. I heard this in the car and I didn't even know that I needed but I did.

"On Sunday morning there's a word waiting for you, On Sunday morning let the lord minister to you."