2016 and Our Losses in Entertainment.

David Bowie

Maurice White

Natalie Cole



George Martin (producer for the Beatles)

Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Phife Dawg


This isn't going to be the last blog post about the major losses that music has taken this year.  2016 has definitely been shaken with musician angels earning their wings.  

There's been a lot of conversation online about making sure we don't let the purity of real musicianship die along with our dearly departed like Michael Jackson, Whitney, David Bowie, Maurice White, the list goes on.  

But one important thing to remember is that, there are a ton of artists who are still dedicated to giving us pure and real musicianship.  But we have to not just support them, but teach our history better - in music and in society.  We also should make sure we are doing our best to support the individuals who are still here to provide a real legacy.  I'm not even trying to knock the artists who are more of a brand than an artist, but I'm just saying, MUSIC MATTERS.

Don't let the current generation grow up without them understanding why music theory and composition is so important even though much of our music is done in a simpler way now. Computers and technology are one thing, but there's a huge difference between DIGITAL versus the ANALOG experience.  Meaning: you can't truly replace the human quality of instruments being played compared to be mimicked.  (I could go on about this forever, but I'll save that for a later post)


Somebody said we need to bubble wrap Stevie Wonder.   I'm fully in agreement with this.

Black Girls Damn Sure ROCKED....


Tracee Ellis paying homage to current stars in my opinion is part of what makes her such a great entertainment figure in the present day.  

Tracee Ellis-Ross paying homage to many artists from the past and present at Black Girls Rock! 2016.

Tracee Ellis-Ross paying homage to many artists from the past and present at Black Girls Rock! 2016.

We are in a time where we need as many examples of respectful gestures as we can possibly get.  Women in particular have a very catty way of dealing with one another (and this is boldly displayed in the media via reality TV), so to counter that spirit by showing love and appreciation, is definitely an example of Black Girl Magic.

Two very interesting celebrities that I focused on were Shonda Rhimes and Rihanna.  Personally, I have been a fan of Rihanna's ever since her image changed from bright to dark several years ago. It interested me how she softened her demeanor for the award show in the spirit of inspiration while she spoke to the upcoming generation of younger women.  Shonda Rhimes also intrigued me because she seemed to have a very interesting connection to her own daughter as she gave her thank you speech for her "Shot Caller" award.  She seemed as if she really wanted her daughter to receive the message as clearly as she stated it to the audience and viewers.

Symbolically, this show is so necessary for the building of black girl images. It is an image that has suffered many things over the centuries.  There are probably more people that don't understand my last statement than there are people who do - but hopefully with initiatives like Black Girls Rock, that will change.

And nope, I don't want to talk about Hilary.  ((Folds arms))

Black Girls Rock....Black Girl Magic is VERY NECESSARY. #DoubleEntendres
— Moni Pearson (La Doodlebug)