Nov 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Billboard

Bad Gyal Blues: Rihanna Pon The Reggae Tip

Words by Tasha Brown—

Rihanna GQ outtake

Rihanna is the bad girl everyone loves to hate, and hates to love. Regardless of how you feel about her, her album, Unapologetic, which dropped on November 19, has everybody talking. (And if it doesn’t, the topless outtakes from her new GQ cover—see above—probably does).

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Carnival Business: West Indian American Labor Day Parade Grind

Words and Photo by Sherman Escoffery, via Billboard.Biz

Celebrating its 45th year in existence, the annual West Indian American Day Carnival is one of the biggest festivals in North America, bringing out over three million spectators and revelers onto Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. This is no small feat for any organization to pull off annually, even with 45 years of experience. Billboard magazine published this interesting article about the parade, that goes behind the scene of the West Indian American Day Carnival, (WIADC) the organization responsible for putting the huge festival together. Its newly appointed president Thomas Bailey talks about securing corporate sponsorship from companies like Bacardi Rum to Western Union, the carnival’s economic impact on the city, and all the other events that culminate with today’s Labor Day parade. Check out the excerpt below and get the full story at Billboard.Biz:

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Family Business: The Week in Marley, Inc.

Words by Jesse Serwer


Tomorrow, Sunday February 6 marks what would have been Bob Marley’s 66th birthday, and, while the week leading up to this date is always busy with Bob-related news and events, the last few days have been particularly noisy. Most notably, it was announced that director Kevin McDonald (Last King of Scotland, The Eagle) will helm a Bob Marley documentary backed by producers Ziggy Marley and Chris Blackwell. Tuesday, meanwhile, saw the release of Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980, a recording of Bob’s last-ever concert (A date, as David Fricke notes in his Rolling Stone review, which Bob honored two days after he collapsed while jogging in New York). In addition to the CD and digital release, Universal Motown/Tuff Gong has issued the recording, long available as a bootleg, in a “super-deluxe” edition with three vinyl LPs, two CDs and a commemorative booklet.

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Good Morn': John Legend and The Roots Join Forces

Words by J-Rockaz


John Legend and The Legendary Roots Crew have teamed up on a new project and with a meeting of the musical minds like that, you know the collaboration is sincere. Wake Up! is the name of their new album and it definitely speaks to you. It’s a soulful body of work, of course, but a nice surprise is the little splash of reggae that dropped in on the project. Don’t miss track number 8, “Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be).” You’ll have to cop the LP to hear it in all it’s glory but you can get catch the vibe and some insight into the tune’s significance from John and ?uestlove on this track by track breakdown:

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