Black History Year | WINNER

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Winner?

Poll ended at Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:07 pm

“I’m Your Baby Tonight” (Whitney Houston)
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“September” (Earth, Wind & Fire)
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Total votes : 24

Postby Jerz » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:49 pm

Rihanna - Man Down
Robert Glasper - Maiysha (with Miles Davis and Erykah Badu)
Robert Johnson - Crossroad
Roberta Flack - The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Run-D.M.C. - It's Tricky
RuPaul - Supermodel (You Better Work)
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Salt-N-Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex
Sam & Dave - Hold On, I'm Coming
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
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Postby Nippian93 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:22 pm

Rihanna - Man Down
Robert Glasper - Maiysha (with Miles Davis & Erykah Badu)
Roberta Flack - The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Roxanne Shante - Roxanne's Revenge
Run-D.M.C. - It's Tricky
RZA - You Can't Stop Me Now
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Salt-N-Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
Sammy David Jr - Mr Bojangles
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Postby cheapthrills » Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:36 am

The Tulsa, OK story was infuriating! Thanks for sharing, biscu.... er bluecherry ;)

Robert Glasper - Maiysha (with Miles Davis & Erykah Badu)
Robert Johnson - Crossroad
Roberta Flack - The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Rokia Traore - Sabali
Romeo Santos - Imitadora
Ron Carter - The Shadow of Your Smile
Run-D.M.C. - It's Tricky
Salt-N-Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex
Sam & Dave - Hold On, I'm Coming
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
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Postby Noahh » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:11 pm

SAVE:
Rick Ross - Hustlin'
Rihanna - Man Down
Roberta Flack - The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Run-D.M.C. - It's Tricky
RZA - You Can't Stop Me Now
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Salt-N-Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex
Sam & Dave - Hold On, I'm Coming
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
Sammy David Jr - Mr Bojangles
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Postby heppolo » Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:23 pm

Robert Glasper - Maiysha (with Miles Davis & Erykah Badu)
RuPaul - Supermodel (You Better Work)
Roberta Flack - The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
Rokia Traore - Sabali
Roy Ayers - Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Run-D.M.C. - It's Tricky
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Salt-N-Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex
Sam & Dave - Hold On, I'm Coming
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
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Postby bluecherry » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:52 pm

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Mtakataka, Malawi - The mild-mannered woman who zips around a farmhouse packed with knick-knacks and insists her guests eat a meal before any introductions, presents a character at odds with her fearsome reputation of being Malawi's top marriage terminator.

Thirteen years ago, Theresa Kachindamoto could not have conceived of ever leaving her job of 27 years as a secretary at a city college in Zomba, another district in Southern Malawi.

She had no desire to return home to Monkey Bay, a stunning cluster of mountains in Dedza District around Lake Malawi. Although she had the blood of chiefs - Malawi's traditional authority figures - running through her veins, as the youngest of 12 siblings, a woman, and a mother of five, Kachindamoto never expected to become a senior chief to the more than 900,000 people.

But when the chiefs called, she says, they told her to pack her bags and go home to Dedza district, as she had been chosen as the next senior chief.

She was told that she had been chosen because she was "good with people", and that she was now the chief, "whether I liked it or not", she recalls.

Kachindamoto duly donned the traditional beads, red robes and a leopardskin headband, and started touring the rows of mud-walled, grass-thatched homes to meet her people.

She was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways

"I told them: 'Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated.'"

A 2012 United Nations survey found that more than half of Malawi's girls were married before the age of 18. It ranked Malawi 8th out of 20 countries thought to have the highest child-marriage rates in the world.

Last year, Malawi's parliament passed a law forbidding marriage before the age of 18. But under customary law of the traditional authorities, and the constitution, Malawian children can still marry with parental consent.

On the human development index, Malawi is considered as one of the world's poorest places, ranking 160th out of 182 nations. Early marriage is more common in rural areas, where parents are eager to get girls out of the house to ease their financial burden.

Emilida Misomali is part of a mothers group in the village of Chimoya, in Dedza district. They warn parents about the long-term ills of early marriage and childbirth, but say it falls on deaf ears.

"Most of them say 'It's better that she gets married. We can't afford to keep her ... she will make us poorer'," Misomali tells.

No matter the rationale, whether better health, education or wellbeing, Misolmali says "stubborn parents" won't stop giving away their children.

"We see a lot of complications, like cesarean births and girls cut as their bodies are too small to give birth."

In this area - outside Kachindamoto's jurisdiction - Misomali says that chiefs and police "can't intervene" as the community backlash is too strong.

The litany of sexually abusive traditions here include sending girls bound for marriage away to camps for "kusasa fumbi" - which means cleansing.

Reportedly at these sexual initiation camps , the girls are taught 'how to please men' by performing titillating dances and sex acts. Some "graduate" only by having sex with the teacher. Others return home untouched, only to be preyed on by a local "hyena" - men hired by parents to take their girls' virginity, or by prospective husbands to impregnate them.

In a country where one in 10 people is infected with HIV, these rites of passage - which rarely involve the use condoms - can sentence girls to a lifetime of trauma, and an early death.

According to Kachindamoto, who has banned these kinds of cleansing rituals, girls as young as seven are sometimes sent to these places.

"I said to the chiefs that this must stop, or I will dismiss them," Kahindamoto says.

Mary Waya, a former child abuse victim turned international netball star and now coach for Malawi's national team, nicknamed "The Queens", says greater awareness of HIV is eroding this tradition.

Still, "in the village, you find some of the chiefs agree to do this cleansing", she says. There is also the local belief that sick men can cure themselves by having sex with virgins.

One in five Malawian girls is a victim of sexual violence, as is one in seven boys, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. Its survey found that most abusers are people that children trust and are related to, such as uncles, stepfathers and fathers.

"These are the people who are supposed to be protecting young people, but they're the ones who are the perpetrators, and that makes the response a lot harder," Nankali Maksud, UNICEF Malawi's head of child protection told Al Jazeera in an interview in the capital Lilongwe.

Some traditions promote sexual abuse within the family. If a girl's aunt or older sister falls sick, she can be sent to look after the household, and in some cases will be expected to have sex with her uncle or step-brother, according to one organisation working in the area, which asked to remain unnamed as Malawian authorities are not fond of such traditions being exposed.

Unlike most victims who drop out of school, Waya soothed her childhood trauma by playing sports and through her studies. She meets victims of sexual abuse nationwide through her Mary Waya netball Academy.

"I see girls being abused, being sent to be prostitutes, taken out of school as parents have no money," or orphaned girls who have to provide for siblings, she says.

She teaches girls to see their bodies as more than just objects for other people's pleasure. "They forgot that their body was so precious," Waya says.

Many parents did not want to hear Kachindamoto's pleas to keep their girls in school, or her assurances that an educated girl would bring them a greater fortune.

The common response was that she had no right to overturn tradition, nor, as the mother of five boys, to lecture others on the upbringing of girls.

Realising that she couldn't change the traditionally set mentality of parents, Kachindamoto instead changed the law.

She got her 50 sub-chiefs to sign an agreement to abolish early marriage under customary law, and annul any existing unions in her area of authority.

When she learned that child marriages were still taking place in some areas, she fired four male chiefs responsible for these areas. They returned months later to tell her that all marriages had been undone. After sending people to verify this, she hired the chiefs back.

She then drew community members, the clergy, local committees and charities together to pass a bylaw that banned early marriage under the civil law.

"First of all it was difficult, but now people are understanding", Kachindamoto says.

The difficulties she faced included death threats. But Kachindamoto simply shrugged them off and reiterated the law.

"I don't care, I don't mind. I've said whatever, we can talk, but these girls will go back to school," she says.

Over the past three years, Kachindamoto has broken up more than 850 marriages, and sent all of the children involved back to school.

Kachindamoto says she often pays for, or finds other sponsors to pay for, the schooling of girls whose parents cannot afford to pay school fees.

Through a network of "secret mothers and secret fathers" in the villages, Kachindamoto checks that parents aren't pulling girls out of school. She sends in outside allies to keep them there.

"I tried to call some girls from town so that they could be role models, so that they could come to [our] schools to talk" about their jobs, she says.

Last year, this included sending Malawi's female MPs to rural schools. The girls in the community suddenly became eager to learn English - the language spoken in parliament.

She has also been taking as many girls as she can from the village farms on trips to see the bright city lights.

Kachindamoto is now asking parliament to increase the minimum age of marriage from 18 to 21 in an effort to break a cycle of rural poverty, which in recent years, has been exacerbated by floods and droughts.

"If they are educated, they can be and have whatever they want," she says.

Whether she likes it or not, there is no going back to her old life, Kachindamoto says, with a cackle. "I'm chief until I die."
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Allen Toussaint - Southern Nights
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Angelique Kidjo - Agolo
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Arsenio Rodriguez - La Yuca
Art Blakey - Moanin'
Arthur Lee - Everybody's Gotta Live
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Bad Brains - I Against I
Barrington Levy - Murderer
Beanie Sigel - Feel It In the Air
Bessie Smith - Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
Big L - Put It On
Big Sean - I Know (feat. Jhene Aiko)
Billy Preston - With You I'm Born Again
Blind Willlie Johnson - Dark Was the Day, Cold Was the Ground
Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love
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Bootsy Collins - I'd Rather Be With You
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Brand Nubian - Slow Down
Buddy Guy - Damn Right I've Got the Blues
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Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval
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Charles Mingus - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Charley Patton - Down the Dirt Road Blues
Charlie Parker - Now's The Time
Clifford Brown - Easy Living
Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul
Cymande - Brothers on the Side
D.R.A.M - Cash Machine
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Dawn Richard - 86
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Desiigner - Panda
Blood Orange - It Is What It Is
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Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
Dizzy Gillespie - A Night In Tunisia
Don Omar - Dale Don Dale
Donald Byrd - (Fallin' Like) Dominoes
Duke Ellington - In a Sentimental Mood
E-40 - Red Cup
Eddie Hazel - California Dreamin'
Eddie Kendricks - Girl You Need a Change of Mind
Elmore James - Dust My Broom
Elza Soares - Mas Que Nada
EPMD - Da Joint
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Esther Phillips - What a Difference a Day Makes
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Lead Belly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night
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Living Colour - Cult of Personality
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Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find Love Like Mine
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Ma Rainey - Deep Moaning Blues
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Mamie Smith - Crazy Blues
Max Roach - The Third Eye
Maxwell - Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)
Maze - Joy & Pain
MF DOOM - Doomsday
Michael Kiwanuka - Cold Little Heart
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Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata
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Mos Def - Mathematics
Muddy Waters - Champagne & Reefer
Nancy Wilson - (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am
Nelly - Dilemma (feat. Kelly Rowland)
New Edition - If It Isn't Love
Ne-Yo - Because of You
Nile Rodgers - Overcome (with Laura Mvula)
Odetta - Hit or Miss
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Pete Rock - T.R.O.Y
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Quincy Jones - Razzmatazz
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Raekwon - Ice Cream
Ray Blk - My Hood
Remy Ma - Conceited
Richie Havens - Freedom
Rick Ross - Hustlin'
Rokia Traore - Sabali
Romeo Santos - Imitadora
Ron Carter - The Shadow of Your Smile
Roxanne Shante - Roxanne's Revenge
Roy Ayers - Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Roy Brown - Good Rockin' Tonight
Ruth Brown - Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
RZA - You Can't Stop Me Now
Sammy David Jr - Mr Bojangles


ROUND 1P

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Santigold - Disparate Youth
Sarah Vaughan - The Man I Love
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Little Demon
Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Shaggy - Angel
Shamir - On the Regular
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Shirley Horn - Here's to Life
Shuggie Otis - Sweet Thang
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Skepta - Shutdown
Slick Rick - Children's Story
Slum Village - Yes Yes
Sly & Robbie - Unmetered Taxi
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby Goldmoney » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:56 pm

Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Shaggy - Angel
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Shuggie Otis - Sweet Thang
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Slick Rick - Children's Story
Sly & Robbie - Unmetered Taxi
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby Jonathan » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:57 pm

Sarah Vaughan - The Man I Love
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Little Demon
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Shirley Horn - Here's to Life
Shuggie Otis - Sweet Thang
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Sly & Robbie - Unmetered Taxi
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby VoteMe » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:06 pm

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Santigold - Disparate Youth
Sarah Vaughan - The Man I Love
Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Sly & Robbie - Unmetered Taxi
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby Thriller » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:00 pm

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Shaggy - Angel
Shamir - On the Regular
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Skepta - Shutdown
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby Noahh » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:05 pm

SAVE:
Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Santigold - Disparate Youth
Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Shaggy - Angel
Shamir - On the Regular
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Skepta - Shutdown
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby Benjamin » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:06 pm

Santigold - Disparate Youth
Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Shaggy - Angel
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Shirley Horn - Here's to Life
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Slick Rick - Children's Story
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby cheapthrills » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:13 pm

Wow, what an amazing woman - thrust into power against her wishes, but making the most of it to better women's lives.

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Sarah Vaughan - The Man I Love
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Little Demon
Seal - Crazy
Shaggy - Angel
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair

Easy to choose these 10.
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Postby bluecherry » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:59 pm

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Santigold - Disparate Youth
Sarah Vaughan - The Man I Love
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Shaggy - Angel
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby Nippian93 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:24 pm

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
Sarah Vaughan - The Man I Love
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Slum Village - Yes Yes
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby JSparksFan » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:49 pm

Santigold - Disparate Youth
Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (feat. Christina Aguilera)
Shaggy - Angel
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby Jerz » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:27 pm

The Malawian modern heroine story was quite interesting. Most beautiful and best story but simply the greatest story from Malawi. Good job, Theresa!

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano
Santigold - Disparate Youth
Seal - Crazy
Sean Combs/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy - Tell Me (featuring Christina Aguilera)
Shaggy - Angel
Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Shirley Bassey - I Who Have Nothing
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain
Sister Sledge - Frankie
Sly & the Family Stone - A Family Affair
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Postby bluecherry » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:15 am

Lemonade: A Cultural and Artistic Phenomenon
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Is Beyonce’s new visual album, Lemonade, a feature film? It’s a 56-minute narrative movie mixing music, documentary and experimental elements. This Womanist fairytale — featuring American Southern, Voodoo, and Afrofuturist utopian imagery — is most of all a personal film, though co-directed by seven people, including Beyonce Knowles-Carter herself. (Director, star, and something more, Beyonce is redefining authorship. As a black woman, that’s a necessity; she has to rewrite all the rules if she wants to work and evolve in movies.)

And, as she gets more personal, she gets more political. "The most disrespected person in America is the black woman," Malcolm X says early in the film in archival footage. This is a movie made by a black woman, starring black women, and for black women, especially for herself and her daughter Blue. It shows the personal journey she's been on, a sort of awakening, and remarkably brings the viewer on that same journey.

Her last visual album, 2013’s Beyonce, was a collection of videos, one for each song on the album, some of which she also co-directed. The treat of that was seeing the variety of roles she could play, like a Greta Garbo or Elizabeth Taylor acting out many scenarios yet always maintaining her own persona. Beyonce was like an old-fashioned movie star. The imagery for “Partition” was especially classic Hollywood, and an oh-so-rare opportunity to glimpse a black woman as the lead in a film noir.

Lemonade digs even deeper. It cuts back all the macho gristle leaving only a strong matriarchal line. Visual references are from an (unfortunately) secret canon of women, black women directors like Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou) and Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust).

What’s most revolutionary and cathartic about Lemonade, though, is that it dares to make a new canon, finding references in the unphotographed past and future simultaneously, a land of no men. “F**k you, I’ll build anew,” Beyonce seems to say with this daring and necessary work.

Lemonade is a feature film, but one that pushes the form a few steps further than fiction/documentary “hybrid” films. Beyonce utilizes Khalik Allah (director of 2015 doc Field ****) as a 2nd unit director (credited also as cinematographer) capturing Super 8 interviews with real people that are weaved in throughout. And rather than having different directors each responsible for a video, as in Beyonce, here each of the seven directors’ work is edited smoothly into one whole, with spoken word by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire in between songs. The enunciation of her words in these poems, as well as silences and some naturalistic but haunting sound design, make us stop and take these images seriously. (This has the inverse effect of the recent Harmony Korine-directed Rihanna video for “Needed Me,” with its circa-2002 slow-motion booty rolls, which seemed very much “music video” in nature, and served as a reminder that Spring Breakers was little more than that sort of throwback.)

And the form and style of Lemonade is also its narrative, of Beyonce moving from isolation to strength through uniting with black women, and leading them. The sections of the narrative are labeled: Intuition, Denial, Apathy, Reformation, Forgiveness, Hope, Redemption. In “Intuition,” the women she will later lead are glimpsed in fragments, the movement is underwater and the message is opaque.

Then, in a cheeky gesture, Beyonce stands on what looks like the steps of the Metropolitan museum (the setting for real life tabloid drama involving Beyonce, her husband Jay-Z, her sister Solange and a mystery other woman) and she wails, “Are you cheating on me?” as water gushes from the building. She lets her intuition loose and then smashes windows with a baseball bat, acting gloriously unhinged.

Later, while exiting the section marked “Apathy,” she adopts a Kente country look that helps ready us for Beyoncé going cowgirl in a song with her Texas twang (and pulling it off, of course). Then, about half way through, the narrative escalates in a gorgeous transition from the Superdome to imagery of Beyonce leading a line of women in sheer white dresses, which look both ancient and futuristic, as they walk across swampy waters and through the weeds. This section is a strong allusion to Daughters of the Dust, the Julie Dash film also referenced in her last video, "Formation," directed by Melina Matsoukas. Daughters of the Dust is an unfairly ignored classic, perhaps the most important film in the shamefully sparse black woman cinematic canon.

And then, later, after “Forgiveness” and intimate scenes in which Jay Z appears, comes “Redemption.” It’s here that Beyonce, like a religious figure, seems to have successfully led those black women in white to a pastoral setting, where daring black women who’ve have picked on in the media can gather and heal. We’ve already seen Serena Williams twerking her Olympian body earlier in the film. Then in this section, in what looks like a utopian feminist (no, Womanist) cult, we see black women in flowing, colorful clothes sitting on porches. There’s Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhane Wallis, Winnie Harlow, ballerina Michaela DePrince, and, most poignantly, the mothers of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner.

There’s something witchy about this gathering of women, as in everything in this film. Early in Lemonade there’s the incantation: “They don’t love you like I love you. They don’t love you like I love you. They don’t love you like I love you.” Lines like “her hips grind pestle and mortar, cinnamon and cloves” allude to a very female sex magic. And then later, more ingredients: lemons, lots of sugar, and more kitchen witchery in an old-fashioned recipe for lemonade from Jay Z’s grandmother Hattie. In home video footage of Hattie’s 90th birthday, we see her say she took lemons and made lemonade, as all black women who want to work, survive, and also thrive must do.

What unites the black girls, the mothers and daughters, is this sweet nectar and instructions how to turn nothing into something. Lemonade is even stronger than blood.
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A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum
Afroman - Before I Got High
Akon - Sorry, Blame It On Me
Al Jarreau - We're In This Love Together
Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign
Ali Farka Toure - Savane
Allen Toussaint - Southern Nights
Amadou & Mariam - Bofou Safou
Angelique Kidjo - Agolo
Antony Santos - Donde Estara
Arsenio Rodriguez - La Yuca
Art Blakey - Moanin'
Arthur Lee - Everybody's Gotta Live
Azealia Banks - The Big Big Beat
Baaba Maal - Traveller
Bad Brains - I Against I
Barrington Levy - Murderer
Beanie Sigel - Feel It In the Air
Bessie Smith - Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
Big L - Put It On
Big Sean - I Know (feat. Jhene Aiko)
Billy Preston - With You I'm Born Again
Blind Willlie Johnson - Dark Was the Day, Cold Was the Ground
Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love
Bombino - Amidinine
Bootsy Collins - I'd Rather Be With You
Boubacar Traoré - Santa Mariya
Brand Nubian - Slow Down
Buddy Guy - Damn Right I've Got the Blues
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval
Chance the Rapper - Same Drugs
Charles Mingus - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Charley Patton - Down the Dirt Road Blues
Charlie Parker - Now's The Time
Clifford Brown - Easy Living
Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul
Cymande - Brothers on the Side
D.R.A.M - Cash Machine
Da brat - What'Chu Like
Danny Brown - Grown Up
Dawn Richard - 86
Dennis Brown - Here I Come
Desiigner - Panda
Blood Orange - It Is What It Is
Dexter Gordon - I'm a Fool to Want You
Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
Dizzy Gillespie - A Night In Tunisia
Don Omar - Dale Don Dale
Donald Byrd - (Fallin' Like) Dominoes
Duke Ellington - In a Sentimental Mood
E-40 - Red Cup
Eddie Hazel - California Dreamin'
Eddie Kendricks - Girl You Need a Change of Mind
Elmore James - Dust My Broom
Elza Soares - Mas Que Nada
EPMD - Da Joint
Esperanza Spalding - Crowned and Kissed
Esther Phillips - What a Difference a Day Makes
Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
Fats Waller - Honeysuckle Rose
Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy
Floetry - Say Yes
Flying Lotus - Coronus, The Terminator
Funkadelic - Can You Get to That
Gang Starr - Mass Appeal
George Clinton - Atomic Dog
Gil Scott Heron - The Bottle
Goodie Mob - Cell Therapy
Grandmaster Caz - MC Delight
Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse
Gregory Porter - Smile
Gucci Mane - I Get the Bag (feat. Migos)
Guru - Feel the Music
GZA - Liquid Swords
Habib Koite - Sirata
Howlin Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin'
Ice-T - I'm Your Pusher
J Dilla - Won't Do
Jay Electronica - Exhibit C
Jeezy - Me OK
Jimmy Cliff - I Can See Clearly Now
Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights Big City
Jimmy Smith - Midnight Special
Jodeci - Freek'N You
Joe Arroyo - La Rebelion
Joey Bada$$ - Temptations
John Lee Hooker - Hobo Blues
Jose James - Always There
Junior Wells - Hoodman Blues
Kamasi Washington - Truth
Killer Mike - Reagan
King Sunny Ade - The Message
Kirk Franklin - I Smile
Kool Keith - Livin' Astro
KRS-One - MC's Act Like They Don't Know
La Lupe - Puro Teatro
LaVern Baker - Jim Dandy
Lead Belly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night
Lee "Scratch" Perry - Having a Party
Lil Wayne - Mirror (feat. Bruno Mars)
Lil Yachty - Better (feat. Stefflon Don)
Living Colour - Cult of Personality
Lonnie Smith - It's Changed
Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find Love Like Mine
Louis Jordan - Caldonia
Lupe Fiasco - The Show Goes On
Ma Rainey - Deep Moaning Blues
Madlib - Slim's Return
Main Source - Fakin' the Funk
Maleek Berry - Been Calling
Mamie Smith - Crazy Blues
Max Roach - The Third Eye
Maxwell - Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)
Maze - Joy & Pain
MF DOOM - Doomsday
Michael Kiwanuka - Cold Little Heart
Migos - Motorsport (feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj)
Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones
Mos Def - Mathematics
Muddy Waters - Champagne & Reefer
Nancy Wilson - (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am
Nelly - Dilemma (feat. Kelly Rowland)
New Edition - If It Isn't Love
Ne-Yo - Because of You
Nile Rodgers - Overcome (with Laura Mvula)
Odetta - Hit or Miss
Ol' Dirty Bastard - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Ornette Coleman - Lonely Woman
Pete Rock - T.R.O.Y
Peter Tosh - Legalize It
Pharoah Sanders - You've Got To Have Freedom
Popcaan - El Chapo
Quincy Jones - Razzmatazz
Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles
Raekwon - Ice Cream
Ray Blk - My Hood
Remy Ma - Conceited
Richie Havens - Freedom
Rick Ross - Hustlin'
Rokia Traore - Sabali
Romeo Santos - Imitadora
Ron Carter - The Shadow of Your Smile
Roxanne Shante - Roxanne's Revenge
Roy Ayers - Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Roy Brown - Good Rockin' Tonight
Ruth Brown - Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
RZA - You Can't Stop Me Now
Sammy David Jr - Mr Bojangles
Sarah Vaughan - The Man I Love
Scott Joplin - The Entertainer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Little Demon
Shamir - On the Regular
Shirley Horn - Here's to Life
Shuggie Otis - Sweet Thang
Skepta - Shutdown
Slick Rick - Children's Story
Slum Village - Yes Yes
Sly & Robbie - Unmetered Taxi


ROUND 1Q

Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I? (What's My Name?)
Solange - Lovers in the Parking Lot
Son House - Death Letter Blues
Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas
Steel Pulse - Your House
Stephen Marley - Rock Stone
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You
Stormzy - Big For Your Boots
Sun Ra - Space is the Place
SZA - Love Galore
Talib Kweli - Get By
T-Bone Walker - Goin' to Chicago
Teddy Pendergrass - When Somebody Loves You Back
Teddy Riley - Is It Good to You
Tego Calderon - No Pasa De Moda
Terrace Martin - For Ever with You
The Commodores - Nightshift
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
The Diplomats - Once Upon a Time
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Postby Thriller » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:49 am

Shamir :(

Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I? (What's My Name?)
Solange - Lovers in the Parking Lot
Stormzy - Big For Your Boots
SZA - Love Galore
Teddy Pendergrass - When Somebody Loves You Back
Teddy Riley - Is It Good to You
The Commodores - Nightshift
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Postby Benjamin » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:07 pm

Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I? (What's My Name?)
Solange - Lovers in the Parking Lot
Stephen Marley - Rock Stone
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You
SZA - Love Galore
Talib Kweli - Get By
Teddy Riley - Is It Good to You
Tego Calderon - No Pasa De Moda
The Commodores - Nightshift
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Postby bluecherry » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:53 pm

Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I? (What's My Name?)
Solange - Lovers in the Parking Lot
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You
Stormzy - Big For Your Boots
SZA - Love Galore
T-Bone Walker - Goin' to Chicago
Teddy Riley - Is It Good to You
The Commodores - Nightshift
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
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Postby Jonathan » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:27 pm

Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I? (What's My Name?)
Solange - Lovers in the Parking Lot
Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You
Stormzy - Big For Your Boots
Teddy Pendergrass - When Somebody Loves You Back
Teddy Riley - Is It Good to You
Terrace Martin - For Ever with You
The Commodores - Nightshift
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Postby navi » Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:34 pm

ROUND 1Q
Save ten songs.

Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Solange - Lovers in the Parking Lot
Son House - Death Letter Blues
Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas
Steel Pulse - Your House
Stephen Marley - Rock Stone
Sun Ra - Space is the Place
T-Bone Walker - Goin' to Chicago
The Commodores - Nightshift
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
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Postby Goldmoney » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:47 pm

Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I? (What's My Name?)
Stephen Marley - Rock Stone
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You
Talib Kweli - Get By
Teddy Pendergrass - When Somebody Loves You Back
Teddy Riley - Is It Good to You
The Commodores - Nightshift
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
The Diplomats - Once Upon a Time
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Postby Carbon » Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:00 pm

Smokey Robinson - Being With You
Snoop Dogg - Who Am I? (What's My Name?)
Solange - Lovers in the Parking Lot
Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas
Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You
SZA - Love Galore
The Commodores - Nightshift
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
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