Saturday, October 27, 2012

John Taylor: In the Pleasure Groove interview

enjoy this from Associated Press. our favorite vinyl enthusiast on his new book "In The Pleasure Groove"

Monday, August 20, 2012

Nile Rodgers interview + live performance | Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

Nile Rodgers comments on the Buddah pressing of Dance Dance Dance + live performance
July 25, 2012 | Damrosch Bandshell | Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

Watching one of my childhood heroes onstage in NYC was one of summer's best moments for me.  Just looking at Nile Rodgers made me tired LOL. Here he is performing, bouncing around onstage, snapping photos of the opening act and after with the fans, one day after a nerve treatment with a cancer specialist.  You can read more about his victorious life & recovery at his Planet C blog here.

We want to thank his staff, the A team, for giving us access to continue our twitter conversation on a topic he discusses at length in his book "Le Freak"-- Chic's very first single, the Buddah pressing of "Dance, Dance Dance" (Yowsa, Yowsa, Yowsa). Thank you Nile for your generosity & inspiration!

I used to play this on a blue children's record player that folded like a suitcase.
Thanks to the staff at Lincoln Center for press access! Enjoy the photos below and check out Lincoln Center Out Of Doors site.   More photos here courtesy of Lisa Edwards (Feel the Vibe TV)

Nile in the DJ booth with the opening act!

Nile giving us a Master Class on guitar

Sunday, August 12, 2012

John Taylor of Duran Duran at Pacific Ampitheater

Greetings viewers! It's been a busy summer for us so we just wanted to take the time to post this EXCLUSIVE treat from our ace photog, Shari!

It's John Taylor from Duran Duran live at Pacific Ampitheater in Los Angeles. He's got a new book soon to be released in the fall and if it's anything like Nile Rodgers' bio...well, we can't wait to read it.

enjoy the photos from the show - link here .....
book teaser - link here

Our favorite vinyl junkie & Mr. Peabody Records supporter,  John Taylor bringing the funk in Los Angeles

update: John posted a new video about his book. enjoy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fishbone on Soul Train vintage performance clip!

Enjoy! Fishbone on Soul Train performing "Freddie's Dead"

Friday, June 8, 2012

Grace Jones Performs at Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert

Team Dark Skin does it again!!! Miss Grace Jones performs with a hula hoop at the young age of 64 at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert! There is no substitute for authentic black beauty. Bravo Grace!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Nile Rodgers and Chic live in Curaçao

Nile Rodgers and the Chic Organization live in Curaçao May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Frankie Knuckles on BBC Radio 6

link expires 4/8/2012

Frankie in conversation with Nemone

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

my first film prize - Sony Innovator Award for Documentary

amazing what you find on the internet. packed in a box somewhere are all of the trade magazines that featured this photo. my first documentary of found footage on the Haitian refugee crisis focusing racist policy of how the U.S. forcibly returned those seeking political asylum after the democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was illegal removed from office.

at the time, i was just a TV major at Columbia College concerned with the social issues of the day. it won 1st place in the documentary category, my first ever documentary clocking in just under 23 minutes - edited on a Sony RM-450 linear controller, cuts only - for all my fellow TV geeks.

there were 7 categories in all - 3 film, 4 music. news of my win was well received by my alma mater and by the Haitian community with the Chicago Haitian Consulate Generals office hosting a screening and reception for me before I could collect my prize.  Sony Corp. flew all of us to New York for the awards ceremony at Lincoln Center presented by Louis Gossett Jr. and Nancy Wilson.

please check my fellow Innovator, saxophonist Teodross Avery who won the Jazz Prize that same year. in addition to his mind-blowing solo work, his credits include playing for Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse and Leela James.

click the link or scroll down to see the entire photo
my Sony Innovator Award photo in Billboard Magazine

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy 38th birthday J Dilla

happy birthday J Dilla. he would have celebrated his 38th today.
Rest In Power (1974-2006)

 J Dilla audio interview in 5 parts on youtube

also please check my Detroit turntable brother DJ Mr. Scorpio's 2012 Dilla tribute show!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

RIP Don Cornelius - a Chicago original

a pre-Soul Train Don Cornelius interviewing Dr. King for WVON-AM Radio Chicago
(courtesy of Nile Rodgers)

RIP to a Chicago legend. Don Cornelius. My parents would always tell me about how he started his career on Black-owned radio station WVON-AM in the 60s (VON=Voice of the Negro) that eventually evolved to Soul Train on Channel 26 & later syndicated nationwide. Reading Questlove's post on Okayplayer made me remember the times I met the man himself. The first time was at the Monkey Bar in Los Angeles. Imagine a group of Black college kids with a chaperone in a room full of white guys in suits. We were on break from AFI (American Film Institute) seminars we'd won in a Sony Film college contest. We got bored & decided to leave & who was near the door inviting us in a familiar midwestern accent to stay was Don himself. "Y'all leaving? Y'all just got here." Starstruck, we all chatted briefly with the legend before moving on to a restaurant.

Years later, while working in production at a local television station, a dear friend of mine had in his possession, a VHS copy of 2 vintage episodes of Soul Train airing on the NHK TV network. He had a friend on tour with Chaka Khan and had acquired them during a 1 month stay in Japan. There they were, 2 presenters, b-boys dressed head to toe in urban gear - baseball cap, large sunglasses, one even sporting a gold tooth - that introduced each episode in Japanese. He gave me a copy & I treasured it as a family heirloom. A few months later, I found myself at the National Association of Television Programming Executives conference in New Orleans. On my way back from a lunch break, who do I see in the hallway but Mr. Cornelius speaking to one of the affiliate TV station reps airing Soul Train. I waited patiently until he finished his conversation & said hello & asked him the burning question that my peers and I needed to know. "Sir, when are you going to air old episodes of Soul Train like you currently do in Japan?" He smiled and laughed "Now how do you know about that young lady?" You see it was either 1999 or 2000, years before youtube was born. I told him jokingly about my "informant in Japan." Of course, after sharing how much the show meant to our generation, he told me to "wait patiently, it's coming soon." Well of course now you can catch re-runs in syndication & order clips from Time-Life video.

Don Cornelius was a pioneer. Without him, you wouldn't have the many facets of Black music and culture on television. Clearly he paved the way for many of us. RIP and thank you. I've found a youtube clip from NHK, sans our Japanese b-boy presenters but you can clearly see the NHK logo in the upper-right hand corner at the 23 second mark.

Four Tops - Keeper of the Castle

WGN-TV 9 newscast reporting his death


Chicago viewers! Watch WCIU, Saturday, February 4th....WCIU and BounceTV will air a 7 hour Tribute to Don Cornelius with some of his best and most memoriable episodes of Soul Train. This Sat, 6pm-1am, WCIU, Channel 26 The U.......Tell a friend....and DVR it. Plan a Soul Train Party at your house.......

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nile Rodgers at Barnes & Noble [Video]

enjoy Nile Rodgers at his book signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square

Nile Rodgers Book Signing/Lecture in New York City 10/20/11 from Boirle Snow on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

SoCo Brooklyn soul food fusion [video]

i saw this restaurant on NBC's 1st look and was sold. their Black Sushi w/Sweet Potato & Smoked Shrimp will have me booking a flight to LaGuardia really soon...

Red Velvet Waffles & Fried Chicken??? sounds like heaven!

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