As some of you may already know, the place where New Jack Swing was born burned to the ground in a suspicious fire in Virginia Beach early this morning. Riley abandoned Future Records Recording Studios when he defaulted on his mortgage loan. The building an its outdated equipment was put up for auction but no one met the $500,000 initial bid.
So I'm having a conversation today with my photographer Freddy O about the legendary producer Teddy Riley and New Jack Swing. I'm telling him about Redhead Kingpin and dude is silent.
I'm like, "Fred, you've heard of New Jack Swing, right?" He says, "Nope." Oh my God, does this generation know anything about our musical history? Has an entire generation of kids been lost to BET and MTV?
I mean, even when I was in high school I knew who all the Jazz greats were like Coltraine Shirley Bassey,
According to Wikipedia, the term "New Jack Swing" was coined by writer-filmmaker Barry Michael Cooper (screenwriter for the films New Jack City, Above The Rim, and Sugar Hill. But Teddy Riley brought the new sound to the masses with groups like Guy, Tony, Toni, Tone; Wrecks-N-Effect and Redhead Kingpin, among others.
Check out some of the videos from the New Jack Swing era after the break!
Here's a picture of Beyonce on the set of the movie "Obsessed" starring Idris Elba. The photo literally screams "I CAN'T ACT WORTH A DAMN!" Thank God I won't be forced to watch this movie or any movie that Bey Yawn Say is in.
Oh my, a loyal reader says today's Morning Wood, Brian White, is no Morning Wood at all. He's more like a Morning Stub. And he (yes, he) sent along the evidence. When I saw the evidence, my Gaydar went off like an air raid siren. Liked to scared me to death! But Brian is who you requested so I gave him to you.
Please note that the evidence is VERY much NOT safe for work. Click at your own risk! You have been warned!
So far I've managed to avoid the ridiculous public beef between Ice T's grown ass vs. Soulja Boy's silly ass - I think both parties are wrong, but especially the OG Ice T. A grown man of 50 arguing with a young silly boy is never a good look.
But something happened this weekend to make me focus on the subject of their public feuding.
I'm in Ice T's age bracket. I grew up listening to Ice T's music (if that's what you want to call it) His music was garbage back then just as Soulja Boy's music is garbage now. It isn't about music as much as it is about a lack of respect. R-e-s-p-e-c-t is not in anyone's vocabulary these days. Respect is a lost art along with pride, creativity and tradition in our community. Hip Hop killed all that.
This past Saturday (6/21) I walked into the Athlete's Foot on Lee Street (in the West End) looking for a pair of black slides. The young girl who waited on me couldn't have been older than 21. She was dark skinned. She stood about 5 feet tall and wore her hair ghetto-pocahantas style with two braids extending back attached to long extensions (I'm describing her for a reason).
Her body language and lackadaisical attitude indicated that she didn't want to be there that day. She was not helpful at all. She wasn't familiar with the store's inventory: when I asked her if she had any other style of slides in the store, her answer was no. But when I pointed out the other styles of slides on a display right next to her, she just stood there like a stone statue.
So I tried on a pair of the display slides that she said didn't exist. When I slid my foot out of the slide and turned to walk away, the stone statue suddenly came to life. In a high-pitched condescending voice, she said, "SO YOU GONNA MAKE ME BEND DOWN AND PICK THAT UP OFF THE FLOOR?"
Brian White, 33, went from NFL football player to accomplished actor and sometime model. He is most notable for his roles in the movies Stomp the Yard and Daddies Little Girls, last year. He is currently single was that a faint blip on my Gaydar? and resides in sunny LA.
Amy Winehouse is a sick woman. The British singer has been hospitalized in a London hospital ever since fainting at home on June 16.
Winehouse was not diagnosed with the sometimes fatal lung infection Tuberculosis as some online reports suggested.
But you could be infected with Tuberculosis right now and not even know it.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious lung infection caused by inhaling an airborne bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain.
When a person with active TB coughs or sneezes, the bacterium becomes airborne and is then inhaled by people nearby. It isn't just the homeless who are infected with TB: anyone can catch TB. As a matter of fact, some TB patients are well-to-do people who travel in Third World countries or underdeveloped nations where access to medical care is limited or non-existent.
You can very likely contract TB from the doctor or lawyer sitting next to you on a plane, or from a co-worker who recently returned from a trip to Africa. Most people with TB don't know they have it because the germ is usually subdued by the body's immune system which sends blood cells to attack it.
The problem is the TB germ can trick the body into thinking it's dead when in fact it is lying dormant inside the lung until it's awakened years later by an immune system that is weakened by other illnesses.
People who have the dormant or latent TB infection cannot infect others. They will not have symptoms and can live with the infection for a lifetime without ever becoming ill. When the infection is "awakened" or becomes active - that person is considered a threat to public health and must be treated immediately.
Those with active infections who refuse to comply with their treatment regimen (which can take up to 9 months to complete) can be arrested and detained for treatment.
The symptoms of active TB infection are:
weakness or fatigue
sweating at night
productive or non-productive cough
A positive skin test (PPD) does not mean you have active TB. Further testing is needed to determine if you are active (contagious). Even if you are not contagious you should still seek treatment to prevent the disease from becoming active. As always, consult your doctor if you experience any symptoms or have any questions.
The ladies of The View are live from Las Vegas this week. Rihanna sat down with the ladies for a chit chat yesterday (6/23). Pardon me while I stifle a yawn here... the ladies asked Rihanna about the kid, you know, what's his name. And for the umpteenth time Rihanna repeated the words that Tina (Chris' manager) wrote for her.
She said, "We hang out a lot. We’re very close. He’s an amazing person but we are not dating. We’re very close friends, though. Very, very close." Yawnnnn.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Rihanna what's the difference between a very, very good friend and the goofy kid she hangs with? And Rihanna answered, "There’s a very big difference. I think you know!"
No, we don't know. Actually, we stopped caring a long time ago. We're tired of this whole Rihanna/Chris Brown fiasco and we know Tina is somewhere laughing her ass off. Meanwhile, Chris' mom, Joyce Hawkins, is telling friends that CB and Rihanna are in fact a couple.
"Rihanna is the sexiest and sweetest girl Chris has ever dated," an E! News spy overheard Joyce cooing to a friend over the weekend. Does anyone else have a problem with a mother calling her son's girlfriend sexy?
This weekend I posted pics of Behind the Scenes shots from Monica's new reality TV show titled Monica: The Single. Monica was joined by her cousin Ludacris, her producers B. Cox and another producer whose name I don't know. Anyway, this is the guy who produced Monica's single that Freddy O said is "The one".
After filming at a Buckhead studio, everyone gathered at Luda's restaurant, Straits, for a bite to eat. Then it was back to the studio to continue working on the remaining tracks on the album.
Ludacris will rap a verse on one of the songs on the album. Luda and Monica worked on that song on Friday. This album is shaping up to be a hit so please go out and support your hometown girl when the album drops!