For the last 22 years, instead of being celebrated for having the bestselling female duet of all time with “The Boy is Mine,” which earned them both their first Hot 100 number one and their first Grammy, Brandy and Monica have been synonymous with beef. The comparisons never really made sense, as the singers are very different in style, content, and personality. They were just close in age and debuted close together. Brandy and Monica insisted, at different moments, that it was all manufactured drama, a creation of the media and fans. But there was absolutely real smoke in the…
In early 2018, a half-joking Twitter convo that the administration was going to lead us into uncertain doom led to the creation of two playlists — really one playlist in two parts.
One playlist of gospel and inspirational (and some old school gospel, too); one playlist that’s secular with a little bit of everything, but mostly rally calls, wake up calls, and anthemic classics. And some straight fighting music.
A friend asked me if I’d put together a list of Black movies available to stream, and I said of course! This is a non-exhaustive list. There are quite a bit more films — especially platform originals, and a host of shows and docu-series that I didn’t include here, but it’s a good starting place! And for Netflix, there’s the new Netflix Party add-on so you can do watch parties even while social distancing!
We resumed regular #MusicSermon services last weekend with a celebration of the real and true REMIX. Not these somebody-emailed-you-the-track-you-laid-you-verse-and-emailed-it-back joints, but the real and true, change the whole song, change the lyrics, up the energy, put fiftylemn people on it, shoot a new video, make it an event remixes. (Link to sermon is here, or you can fine the whole thing at the bottom of this post).
It only seemed fitting that we continue the celebration (since we have reference material) for this year’s #MusicSermon March Madness: The Battle of the Remixes. …
Join us on Saturday, October 19th to learn more about the Renaissance Debutante Program, the Cotillion, and requirements to participate.
The Renaissance Debutante Program and Cotillion is centered around Debutantes (HS Junior and Seniors) and Junior Debutantes (HS Freshmen and Sophomores), but there are additional participants as well!
Each Deb must also have…
Escort: A High School-aged young man who escorts the Debutante at the Cotillion.
Male Presenter: A father figure who presents the Debutante at the Cotillion.
Lady in Waiting: An Influential woman in the Debutante’s life who is NOT her mother or guardian, who will stand in the role of support and guidance for the Debutante during the program and the Cotillion
Participation in the Renaissance Debutante Program…
Definition: A debutante or deb (from the French débutante, “female beginner”) is a girl or young woman of an aristocratic or upper-class family who has reached maturity and, as a new adult, comes out into society at a formal “debut”. Originally, the term meant the woman was old enough to be married, and part of the purpose of her coming out was to display her to eligible bachelors and their families with a view to marriage within a select circle.
History: In the United States, a cotillion or debutante ball in is a formal presentation of young ladies, debutantes, to…
The Mentoring Ministry of the Convent Avenue Baptist Church of New York City is a ministry of the Board of Christian Education and has membership with the Mentoring Partnership of New York and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. The ministry matches trained mentors with youth ages 8–18 to promote leadership and cultural educational, personal and spiritual development through one-to-one mentoring and group activities.
Through faith-centered programming, the Renaissance Debutante Program fosters personal development; equips participants with skills for their unique life challenges; combats and supplements negative images and stereotypes of Black women and Black…
I love #BlackMusicMonth, for obvious reasons as a music and culture lover and writer. The 40th Anniversary of Black Music Month, however, deserves a little extra somethin’ on it.
The idea of a month-long celebration of black music’s contributions to American culture wasn’t just about historic observation and celebration; it was about the business of black music, which was growing at a rapid pace in the ’70s.
I wrote for Vibe about Philadelphia Soul architect Kenny Gamble and a consortium called the Black Music Association’s mission to make everyone understand that “Black Music is Green.”
Next, I implore you to…