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May 29, 2015

This Unarmed Black Man Is Lucky to be Alive

Every time I hear that a policeman has killed another unarmed black man in the United States, I think about how lucky I am to be alive.

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Below are other noteworthy scenes from the '53rd Annual Grammy Awards':

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 The show opened with the much-anticipated salute to Aretha Franklin, which consisted of a video montage of her glittery performances throughout the years and LL Cool J stepping out to 'Freeway of Love.' It was true Sisters With Voices as all five women (Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride and Florence Welch) belted out Aretha classics 'Respect,' 'Ain't No Way,' 'Think' and 'Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves.'


Lady Gaga emerged from her Mork from Ork-esque egg shaped cocoon to perform her new song 'Born This Way.' She looked and sounded like a cross between 1980s Madonna and 1990s Marilyn Manson – with a dash of vintage Christina Aguilera. Towards the end of her thrilling performance, Gaga and 10 dancers emulated a scene from Alvin Ailey's timeless 'Revelations' dance.

 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest introduced "one of those moments that only happen at the Grammys;" alternative/pop-centric black music acts Bruno Mars, B.O.B and Janelle Monae, performing a stripped down version of his chart-topper 'Nothin' On You' replete with a trio of violinists. The set went black & white for a retro-style performance of Mars singing a revamped version of his monster hit, 'Grenade.' He sang his face off. And then things kicked it into high gear as Monae belted out her up-tempo romp 'Tightrope.' Dressed in her trademark, dapper dude get-up, the Kansas native brought much energy to the room as she offered her vocal highs – she even surfed the audience while Mars banged on the drums and B.O.B. rocked out on guitar. The crowd was on its feet for all three of the Atlantic Records-associated acts.

Eva Longoria introduced Justin Bieber and Usher, who revisited their 2007 meeting. After Bieber sang a little of his 'Baby, Baby' song while playing the guitar on a stool, Asian drummers came out from the audience as he sang 'Never Say Never' with 'Karate Kid' star Jaden Smith joining him onstage. And from the smoke Usher rose, twirling and vogueing before doing a military style dance in a royal blue outfit and singing 'OMG'. Bieber joined in on the pyrotechnic action towards the end.

 Lady Gaga gave a special mention to Whitney Houston, whom she imagined singing the song 'Born This Way' when she wrote it because she was secure enough with herself to imagine being a superstar.

David Letterman did a Top 10 Surprises At The 2011 Grammy Awards riff, joking about Jay-Z, Willie Nelson, Lindsay Lohan, will.i.am, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, John Mayer, Susan Boyle and Justin Bieber.

 In a very brief tribute to the late R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, Lady Antebellum sang country-style version of 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' before singing their hit song.

 Academy and Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx brought much fervor to his introduction to Cee Lo Green, who was accompanied by Jim Henson's puppets and Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow. All done up in giant sunglasses, loud color feathers and a bejeweled headdress, the former Gnarls Barkley frontman channeled 1970s era Elton John. He seemed to leave the expletives to left Paltrow, who wore a black cat suit with a plunging neckline accentuated with multicolored Christian Louboutins and hot pink feather earrings. Cee Lo had the crowd until he stood up and revealed that he was actually dressed as super-sized puppet. *blank stare*

Johnny Deep (oops, I meant John Mayer), Keith Urban and Norah Jones sang a piece of 'Jolene' in honor of Dolly Parton, who was inducted as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 Late artists such as Lena Horne, James Moody, Charlie Louvin, Bobby Hebb, Teena Marie, Gregory Isaacs, Harvey Fuqua,, Gladys Horton, Eddie Fisher, Alex Hilton, Albertina Walker, Walter Hawkins and Solomon Burke had fitting tributes to them during the In Memoriam segment. Hip hop pioneer Keith "Guru" Elam (of GangStarr fame) was noticeably absent from the montage. He passed away April 19, 2010.

 Bringing the energy from somber to spirited, the one and only Mick Jagger – wearing a cape and tennis shoes. – paid a musical homage to his late friend Burke; he and neo-soul maestro Raphael Saadiq lifted the crowd to its feet with the feel good anthem, 'Everybody Need Somebody to Love.'

 Three-time Grammy winner Kris Kristofferson introduced his 'A Star Is Born' co-star Barbara Streisand, who sang her 1976 Grammy and Academy Award winning ballad 'Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)'

 Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am and hip hop "it girl" Nicki Minaj introduced Rap Album of The Year, which Eminem took the trophy for. He thanked Rihanna for helping propel the album "to where it's at right now and what it's doing" before mentioning Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Interscope Records and the fans.


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Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/24/10: Kanye West
In the midst of promoting his forthcoming album, 'Watch the Throne' alongside Jay-Z, Kanye West has also announced details about his next solo effort. The 33-year-old superstar took to his Twitter page to reveal his big music plans for the next coming months. "I'll be back this summer," he wrote. "Watch the Throne coming in 2 months! My new album coming this summer." In addition, West is also set to close this year's annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 17.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/19/10: Diddy / Janelle Monae
In celebration of this year's annual Grammy Awards Essence magazine and Sean "Diddy" Combs are teaming up to recognize Grammy nominee Janelle Monae at the 2nd annual Essence Black Women in Music. The exclusive, invite-only, event is scheduled to take place during Grammy week and is hosted by Essence.com Managing Editor Emil Wilbekin, Joy Bryant and Taraji P. Henson. "Janelle Monae is a remarkable creative force and a passionately talented young performer, who perfectly personifies ESSENCE as the 'voice and soul' of Black women," said Wilbekin. "As fans around the world continue to embrace Janelle's artistic vision, we are recognizing her tremendous influence among her peers with a salute to her contributions at the 2nd annual ESSENCE Black Women in Music event."

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/19/10: Snoop Dogg
Last month international hip hop star Snoop Dogg released his latest single, 'Wet' in honor of Prince William's engagement announcement. And this week the self-proclaimed "Doggfather" officially announced the release date of his 11th studio album, 'Doggumentary,' will hit stores on Mar. 29. In support of the forthcoming opus, Snoop will be hitting the road for the 'Get Wet' tour. The 'Get Wet' tour begins January 18 in San Francisco and concludes Feb. 25 in West Virginia.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/12/10: Boosty Collins
Iconic Funk bassist Boosty Collins is set to release his first new studio project in five years, 'The Funk Capital of the World' on April 26. On Collins' latest effort he chose to tap into an all-star lineup of collaborators including former Parliament Funkadelic member George Clinton, rappers Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, and Ice Cube among others. "There are real messages on this album that I wanted to share," explains Collins, "whose soul-deep rhythms and layered melodies are punctuated by lyrics that range from meditations on the nature of truth and spiritual transcendence, to blissed-out joy."

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/12/10: Corinne Bailey Rae
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Corinne Bailey Rae is paying homage to some of her favorite musicians with the release of 'The Love EP.' The Grammy nominee's five track opus finds Bailey Rae covering Prince's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover,' Bob Marley's 'Is This Love,' Paul McCartney's 'My Love,' Sly & The Family Stone's 'Que Sera, Sera,' and Belly's 'Low Red Moon.' Corinne Bailey Rae's 'The Love EP' hits stores Jan. 25.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/10/10: Janet Jackson
As previously reported by Black Music Notes, Janet Jackson is set to kick off her intimate 35-city 'Janet Jackson Number Ones, Up Close and Personal' international tour in Singapore on Feb. 7. In addition to Jackson's global trek, the platinum-selling singer will begin the North America leg on Mar. 7 in Chicago. During each show one lucky fan will have the chance to accompany Janet as one of her VIP guests. "I'm asking my fans and their friends, Parents, relatives, neighbors and teachers to nominate five people to qualify as one of the 20 under 20 in each place I will perform," she said in a statement. "At each concert the 20 people chosen and the person who nominated them will be VIP guests at my show. " Janet Jackson's North American tour concludes on April 23 in Las Vegas.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/10/10: Rihanna
International Pop star Rihanna recently made history in the UK by becoming the first female artist to score five #1 singles in consecutive years. Her current single 'What's My Name' landed at the number one spot on the Singles Chart last week surpassing Elvis Presley, who previously held the record for his span of #1 hits from 1957 to 1963.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/7/10: Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has overcome all critics and disbelievers of her debut opus, 'Pink Friday.' The critically acclaimed album has reached platinum status within six weeks of its release, outpacing Kanye West's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' which was also released on Nov. 22. To date, 'Pink Friday' remains the #2 Rap Album and the #4 Album in the country on Billboard's 200 charts.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

1/7/10: Cee Lo Green, Sade, Michael Jackson
In preparation of the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, set to take place on Feb. 13, comes the release of the 2011 Grammy Nominees album. The Jan. 25 release highlights 19 songs from various artists who are up for nominations this year including Cee Lo Green ('Forget You'), B.o.B ('Nothin On You'), Sade ('Babyfather'), and Michael Jackson ('This Is It') among others. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation.

Black Music Notes Jan. 19

12/29/10: Janet Jackson
Good news for Janet Jackson fans of Southeast Asia. The multi-talented Pop singer will kick off her 35-city tour in Singapore on Feb. 7. Jackson will perform tracks from her 2009 greatest hits album, 'Number Ones' and plans on dedicating a song during each tour stop, which she promises will be "more intimate and more personal" than ever before. "It's not about effects, it's not an extravaganza, it's not about being as big as in the past," she said. "This one is all about you and me. I love you Singapore. Let's go!" Tickets for Janet Jackson Number Ones, Up Close and Personal tour go on sale Jan. 7.

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