Sunday Praise & Worship | William Murphy “You Reign”

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Saturday Open Thread | Old School Music That Make You Wanna Jump

gq_band_promoGQ was an American group, formed in The Bronx, New York, primarily noted for its success in disco and R&B. The core membership of the group commenced playing professionally, under different group names, as of 1968.

GQ was first formed in 1968 as a quartet called Sabu & the Survivors, with “Sabu” being a moniker of member Keith Crier. The group then evolved in the 1970s as The Rhythm Makers, playing primarily funk music. They were Five Percenters. The Rhythm Makers were composed of Emanuel Rahiem Leblanc (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Keith “Sabu” Crier (bass and vocals).[1] Herb Lane (keyboards and vocals) and Kenny Banks (drums and vocals) The group released one album, Soul On Your Side in 1976 on the De-Lite Records subsidiary Vigor Records, from which the group had one major international dancefloor hit, “Zone”. At the time that Kenny Banks was replaced by Paul Service in 1978, and the group’s manager Tony Lopez suggested that the group name be changed to “GQ”, which stood for “good quality”.[2] They would sign with Arista Records.

GQ became quite successful playing music representative of the period’s disco influenced sound. They had several highly ranked singles in multiple markets (US Pop, US Black, US Disco/Club). Their biggest hit was 1979’s “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)”, a single from their debut album Disco Nights, which reached #1 (for two weeks) on the R&B singles chart, #3 on the Hot Dance Club Play and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over one million copies in the US alone. The track also peaked at #42 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] (It was a reworked version of The Rhythm Makers title-track to Soul On Your Side). The follow-up Billy Stewart remake, “I Do Love You”, was also successful, reaching #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Why Steve Harvey’s Coonery today is so disturbing

So, I’m minding my own business, and I read from twitter that Steve Harvey’s taken his cooning behind to Trump Tower to see #NotMyPresident.

He comes out, and this is the bullshyt that he’s spreading.

JUST IN: Entertainer Steve Harvey says he will team up with Housing Secretary-designate Ben Carson on inner city initiative

The same Ben Carson, who is wholly unqualified to lead the Department of HUD.

Did you watch his hearings? It’s clear he hasn’t a clue as to what the Department actually does.

So now, we have an unqualified Secretary of Housing coupled with a comedian.

Do you not see how ridiculous this is?

.@IAmSteveHarvey: “It’s an honor to be invited to talk & I think that’s the only way we’re going to unify our country – we’ve got to talk.”

We’ve got to talk?

Negro, what the hell are you talking about?

PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

You mean the same @realDonaldTrump who was sued TWICE by the DOJ for racial housing discrimination?

Why is it always someone BLACK willing to shin and grin.

This racist piece of garbage, who did nothing but disrespect our President, as well as Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Muslims…..

We’ve got to talk?

Talk about what?

 

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Will America inaugurate an illegitimate president? Rep John Lewis says doesn’t see Trump as a “legitimate president”

john-lewis-says-he-doesnt-see-trump-as-legitimate-presidentRep John Lewis is a Civil Rights icon, a man of stature and he is saying he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a legitimate president.

What was revealed in that briefing? Some Dems are shook, outraged, confidence gone.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he does not believe Donald Trump is a “legitimate president,” citing Russian interference in last year’s election.

Asked whether he would try to forge a relationship with the president-elect, Lewis said that he believes in forgiveness, but added, “it’s going to be very difficult. I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.”

When pressed to explain why, he cited allegations of Russian hacks during the campaign that led to the release of internal documents from the Democratic National Committee, and Hillary Clinton’s campaign co-chairman, John Podesta.

“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis told NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

Trump appeared to acknowledge this week that Russia did engage in hacking during the campaign, but he has vigorously argued that any foreign interference had no impact on the election’s outcome.

The long-serving Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader also said that he would not attend President-elect Trump’s swearing-in. “I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”

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Friday Open Thread | Old School Music That Make You Wanna Jump

patrice-rushen-photo-2Patrice Louise Rushen (born September 30, 1954) is an American jazz pianist and R&B singer. She is also a composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music director. Her 1982 single, “Forget Me Nots“, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had great success on the R&B and dance charts, “Havent you heard” went number 7 on the R&B charts, along with “Forget me Nots” was also a top 40 hit.

Rushen is the elder of two daughters born to Allen and Ruth Rushen.[1] In her teens, she attended south LA’s Locke High School and went on to earn a degree in music from the University of Southern California.[2] Rushen married Marc St. Louis, a concert tour manager and live show production specialist,[3] in 1986.[4] They have one son Cameron.[4][5] Her nickname is “Babyfingers,” a reference to her small hands. In 2005, Rushen received an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Berklee College of Music.[6] She has been a member of jazz fusion band CAB.[7]

Her song “Hang it Up” was featured on the 2005 video game Fahrenheit.[8]

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President Obama Awards Vice President Joe Biden The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

“For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations” “For my final time as president, I am pleased to award our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

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Thursday Open Thread | Old School Music That Make You Wanna Jump

sos-bandThe S.O.S. Band (sometimes written SOS Band; abbreviation for Sounds Of Success) is an American R&B and electro-funk group who gained fame in the 1980s. They are best known for the songs “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” “Just Be Good to Me,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” and “The Finest.”

The band was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. The original group members included Willie “Sonny” Killebrew (saxophone), Billy Ellis (flute), Jason “T.C.” Bryant (keyboards), Bruno Speight (guitar), John Simpson (bass), James Earl Jones III (drums), and Mary Davis (lead vocals, keyboards).[1][2] It was originally known as Santa Monica,[1] but later changed its name to The S.O.S. Band- an acronym for Sounds of Success.[1][2][3] After listening to its demo and being impressed with their sound, Tabu Records founder Clarence Avant signed the group to its first recording contract.

In 1980, the group released its first hit single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right)“, which was certified platinum and sold over 2 million copies. Its debut album, S.O.S., went gold and sold over 800,000 copies. Trumpeter, vocalist, and percussionist Abdul Ra’oof joined the band while it was on a world tour.[2]

In 1983, the band joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, which included “Just Be Good to Me,” “High Hopes,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “The Finest.”

 

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