I know posting has sporadic the past few months, but trust, Mama hasn't been sitting on her ass and filing her nails. I've been wiling the hours away in the studio, working on music for a new album called After Hours. One of those new tunes is "Lazarus," a tech-house track which focuses on the dark side of religious indoctrination, a subject which, if you've perused my musings on religion on this blog, shouldn't be a surprise.
Remixes are coming down the pike soon, and After Hours is set to drop in October. Until then, get into--and download, it's free--"Lazarus" below.
So, the official trailer for the first season of FX's new series Atlanta has been unveiled. The show, which premieres September 6 and is executive produced by Donald Glover--who, if you haven't guessed from all those Louie-esque 15 second promos, also stars in the series--is about two cousins seeming misadventures through the ATL rap scene, where there'll be art vs. commerce clashes aplenty.
According to IMDB, one said cousin is "Earnest 'Earn' Marks," an ambitious college drop-out." Me-thinks that character will be played by Glover...just throwin' that out there. And if the aforementioned trippy promos are any indication, I also think I'll spend part of the premiere going "wait, what?" before slipping to the show's groove.
Hey boys and girls! First off, I ain't dead, it's just this music and artistic shiznit has been taking up loads of my time (more on that in future posts...promise:). And secondly, a new podcast of Bayou Blasphemy is up!
On this episode we talk about the pressure politicians and other figures feel to present a "respectable" public image, one often influenced by religious ideas. Also a recap of DNC 2016, why the military needs a few good women, a niqab-fearing Family Dollar manager, After School Satan Clubs and a pop culture potluck that includes AMC's Preacher (spoilers), Looking: The Movie (again spoilers), Tyler Perry and Oprah's latest creation and southern rock and metal.
Diversity is the word of the week for nominees of the 2016 Emmy Awards. Eighteen people of color received nods across lead and supporting actor categories, seven more than last year's awards, which featured a historic win by Viola Davis as the first black woman to capture an actress in a drama Emmy for her role as Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder. Blackish received several nods as did its leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, along with comedy Transparent, nominated for the second year in a row. Parks and Recreation alum Aziz Ansari and co-creater Alan Yang's superb Master of None--seriously, Netflix and chill that shit ASAP--received four nominations, including best comedy, series making Ansari the first Indian American to snag a major category nomination.
And in "yaas queen!" news, Tituss Burgess received a nominated for his portrayal of Titus Andromedon--star on the rise!--in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Unfortunately, with the exception of Master of None's Yang, Asian-Americans and Hispanics were largely shut out of the major categories.
Read more about the nominations HERE.
Silence kills the soul; it diminishes its possibilities to rise and fly and explore. Silence withers what makes you human. The soul shrinks, until it's nothing. --Marlon Riggs, activist, writer, filmmaker
A documentary on the life and career of legendary R&B singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye has been confirmed.
The film, which will cover his early life in Washington D.C. to the creation of his seminal 1971 album What's Going On' --which FYI, helped irrevocably change the course of soul music with songs about political unrest, poverty and racial tension--is the first to get the approval of the late star's family, who will contribute never-before-seen archival footage from his three children and former wife. The documentary will also feature interviews with Motown's biggest stars.
"We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades," Gaye's children said in a statement.
Good news for this Independence Day weekend. A judge has blocked Mississippi's horrendously anti-LGBT law that would allow discrimination based on "sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions" disagreeing with same-sex marriage, transgender identity and premarital sex.
The law was set to go into effect July 1, and which would have inevitably led to a shitload of lawsuits, has thankfully been blocked by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves (pictured above). In his 60-page ruling, Judge Reeves said the law "'violates both the guarantee of religious neutrality and the promise of equal protection of the laws' by granting privileges to people who hold certain religious beliefs."
Of course, this isn't going down with a fight, as Mississippi's governor Phil Bryant has promised an "aggressive appeal." But for now at least, common decency and goddamn common sense has prevailed.
Find out the latest on the horrific club shooting in Orlando HERE. FYI, I know some outlets are saying 50 are dead, but they are counting the shooter, and that horrible piece of shit is no victim. Not now. Not ever.