Born This Day, 3 May

Born this day 3 May: James Brown, singer-songwriter, innovator and creator of funk music Born this day, 3 May 1933, singer, songwriter, inventor of Funk Music, Soul Brother Number 1, James Brown, in South Carolina. pic.twitter.com/a9zAHvNcGm — Raw Naked Art (#RNA) (@RawNakedArt) May 3, 2017 James Brown performs "Please Please Please" at the TAMI Show…

Days of Art 2017-19: Emeli Sandé

  Emeli Sandé, born Adele Emily Sandé (SAN day) is a Scottish songwriter and singer who first came to prominence in 2009 after being featured on rapper Chipmunk‘s first UK Top 10 Singles song, “Diamond Rings.” That was followed by another Top 10 appearance on “Never Be Your Woman,” by rapper Wiley. Her first single,…

Days of Art 2017-18: King Yellowman

I could write pages on my favorite deejay, Christian Winston Foster, aka, King Yellowman, but I’d get too emotional if I were to burrow to deep below the surface layer. Suffice it to say that the shit you’ve dealt with is no larger a pile that what Yellowman has faced his entire life. He grew…

Days of Art 2017-17: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born 100 years ago today, 25 April 1917, in Newport News, Virginia, in the Tidewater area. She had a difficult childhood, born to a mother who was a laundress and shipyard worker. Ella’s father, William Fitzgerald, eventually left, leaving the two to fend for themselves. Ella’s mom found a new beau,…

Days of Art 2017-13: Artist Should Be Deeper

What you say matters. Let me be clearer: what you say always matters and how you say it matters more than what you say, but what you intended only matters to a court of law. Artists must be deeper, to steal and paraphrase a lyric by Junior Kelly, and we must make our words (the…

Days of Art 2017-12: Art Imitates Art

Think that movie set designers aren’t influenced by other art? Think again. Here is a short film that shows a few motion pictures that had major scenes directly influenced by painters’ works. It’s called “Film Meets Art,” from Vugar Efendi.