Here's another one. "Nightlife," a harder edge house cut with shades of Miss Jackson's "Throb" is in the can and ready for your ears. Get into it below:
Two other tracks are still in the works, and after they're mixed and done, so shall the EP, which I'm tentatively calling Bougie Beats, be. I'll probably post teasers of those aforementioned tracks to perk up ya' earbuds instead of the full audio. Mama can't give away all her gravy for free.
I'm also mulling over ideas for a logo to put on stickers and T-shirts, as well as concepts for a cover image for the EP. A photoshoot, possibly for the EP or just general promo pics, will happen once the EP's completely done and I've scratched together a few coins--if only so I don't have to keep using the same photoshopped bathroom pic.
Be on the look out for more music and Afro Sensi updates.
Head over to Bulterway.com to read my recap of True Blood's "Jesus Gonna Be Here," the first episode of the show's final season, which contain moments both surprising--like Tara's true death (though some doubt her demise)--and potentially groan-inducing, like a possible Sookie-Bill reunion.
"These aren’t new revelations—the town has had its collective nose turned up at Sookie ever since she found her grandmother Adele dead in her kitchen, and she’s cried a river of tears over the pain of hearing others’ thoughts...which brings me to another potential route the show can go—Sookie and Bill getting back together. Groan. Notice Sookie did not count Bill among those whose ugly thoughts she can read. Being a vampire, his mind is unknown to her, which of course explains her attraction to him. She can be “normal” around him, and while Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are great together in a scene, the show has gone to the Bill-Sookie well so many times there’s barely any water left.
I hope the show resists the urge to scratch this rom-com itch; the only way I could see things playing out in a dramatically satisfying way is if Sookie was put in a situation where she had to use her nuclear fairy bomb—which would cause her to lose her fae abilities, including telepathy and put Alcide and Bill on equal footing as romantic partners. A human Sookie having to make that choice? Compelling. Fairy Sookie running through the graveyard to Compton Manor to rehash the same ol’ same ol’? Chile please."
Read the rest HERE, and check the site for my Orange Is The New Black recaps.
Sam Smith is putting in overtime to secure his R&B bonafides. After securing Mary J. to duet with him on his old-school soul-influenced "Stay With Me," he dropped by SiriusXM to cover Nippy's classic "How Will I Know." His somber, yearning take is reminiscent of Glee's cover in their Whitney tribute episode, but it still worth a listen or ten.
Mess. A Texas gay couple have been denied the right to be listed on their twin sons birth certificates. Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs's petition for cross adoption has been denied, despite submitting DNA proof that each man is the biological father to each one of their sons.
The courts also refused to take the surrogate mother, who not is related to either twin, as the boys were conceived through an egg donor from the birth certificates.
"I went in very optimistic," Hanna told Tamron Hall in an interview with MSNBC's NewsNation. "We are the biological dads. We have the paperwork. And there's no reason we should not have full adoption rights to our own children."
Despite being married in Massachusetts, Hanna and Riggs are not considered a legally married couple in Texas, which allows individual judges to approve or deny cross adoption petitions of unmarried couples. The couple has the option to re-petition or take their case to another judge.
If you recall, last month I did a post about my still-in-the-works EP, and posted "Un Peu Maison," a homage to classic house and my very first finished track.
At the time I said I'd keep folks in the loop with updates on the EP's progress, and I'm a man of my word. Just a few days ago I finished mixing down a new track called "Euphoria." It's an uptempo--really uptempo (think 140 bpm)--techno cut stacked with pummeling, driving drums and bass, blended with shades of bright, happy hardcore-style synths.
A new song, "Nightlife," a more aggressive house track than "Un Peu Maison," should be mixed down and in the can by next week. Somehow I also found time to create Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp and Youtube pages. Like, follow and/or subscribe HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. And did ya' get a look at that pic? Not bad for a camera phone bathroom "photoshoot" and a lil' Photoshop am I right?
Head over to Butlerway.com and check out my recap for Orange Is The New Black's season premiere, "Thirsty Bird," an episode that focuses almost entirely on our self-absorbed heroine and her family background. An excerpt: "While having a philanderer for a dad and an early 90′s version of Betty Draper for a mother aren’t excuses of landing oneself in jail (and even if it they were, there are far more powerful ones, many of which have been shown on OITNB), learning about her parents’ flaws gives further insight to Piper’s personality. Witnessing her dad’s hypocrisy and her mom’s denial made it possible for her to be the walking contradiction she is today; she can embody both bad girl and “the nice blond lady” as long as the two don’t bleed over into one another. To put it in paraphrased Mad Men terms, Piper learned from her father how to be bad and then go home and be good. For her, lying has long been a courtesy, an act of protection extended to those you love."
Read the rest HERE. I'll be recapping one to two episodes per week, and do a big season review after watching the finale.
Yaas. Andrew Rannells, best known for his Tony-nominated work on The Book of Mormon and as Lena Dunham's fremeny-ex-boyfriend Elijah on GIRLS, will be the next star of Hedwig and The Angry Inch.
The actor will replace current star Neil Patrick Harris, who won a Tony last Sunday for best actor in a musical for his portrayal of the transgender rocker with a botched sex-change surgery, when plays his final performance on August 17.
Rannells, who also appeared in Broadway productions of Hairspray and Jersey Boys, has signed on for a limited engagement beginning August 20.
Another legend has passed. Actress and life-long civil rights activist Ruby Dee died Wednesday. She was 91 years old.
Born in Cleveland on October 27, 1922, Dee's family moved to New York during the Harlem Renaissance . She discovered theater while attending Hunter College, performing in Shakespearean productions, as well as studying at the American Negro Theatre, where she met future husband Ossie Davis.
During her groundbreaking career, Dee became the first black woman to have lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, and appeared in over 50 films, including A Raisin In The Sun, Uptight, Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever. In 2008, she received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role in American Gangster.
Off screen and offstage, Dee was committed to the cause of civil rights, and was a member of the NAACP, Congress for Racial Equality and SNCC. Both Dee and Davis eulogized Malcolm X at his funeral in 1965 and his widow Betty Shabazz at her funeral in 1997. The couple also served as goodwill ambassadors to Nigeria.
Beautiful. Michelle Obama certainly gave Maya Angelou her flowers, as the old folks say. The first lady, along with others such as former president Bill Clinton and Oprah, paid tribute to the author and poet at a memorial service held today.
“She told us that our worth has nothing to do with what the world might say,” the first lady said of the poet and civil rights activist. “Instead she said, 'each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.' She reminded us that we must each find our own voice, decide our own value and then announce it to the world with all the pride and joy that is our birthright as members of the human race.
Watch Michelle Obama's full speech below.
Also, here's a short clip of Oprah tearing up and Clinton talking about Dr. Angelou below.
A nationwide screening series has been launched for the new documentary Just Gender. The film, directed by George Zuber with narration by Emmy-winner Bebe Neuwirth, seeks to fight anti-transgender discrimination through education.
To accomplish the doc weaves together interviews with transgender individuals and a historical perspective on the trans rights movement. The film will be screened in 18 cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
Visit the film's website for more details and dates HERE. Watch the trailer for Just Gender below.