"Soul Power" Kinshasa Zaire 1974(feat. Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King, The Spinners & More...
SOUL POWER is a 1974 documentary/concert/heavyweight title fight promoted by the infamous Don King and stationed in Kinshasa, Zaire. The musical element was put together by famous African Trumpeter HUGH MASEKELA and record producer STEWART LEVINE. Both men wanted to put together a music festival centered around the Ali Foreman fight that used Native African and Black American performers. James Brown, Bill Withers, The Spinners, Mariam Makeba, B.B. King, The Fania All-Stars and the Crusaders all performed at this three day event. Footage from this concert was used to make WHEN WE WERE KINGS, a film documenting the Ali Foreman fight that was released in 1996.
Enjoy the RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE and some great music! Read the liner notes found on the YouTube link for more in-depth information about this awesome event.
Since its inception, those in power have always been aware of the power & influence that could be wielded by controlling the images presented to the masses via Mass Media. In the early days of radio, and even more with the coming of television, mass media was often the tool utilized to indoctrinate us with the ideas of what was good and proper for the American public [insert sarcastic smile here]. But since the passing of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, any semblance of morality exited stage left and ushered in an era of madness that even George Orwell would not have been able to foresee.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996, passed under former President Bill Clinton, allowed for deregulation and relaxation of the guidelines that Radio and Television Networks must operate within. Prior to that time there were fairly strict rules in place, in regard to the content that had to/could be/could not be aired, and to guard against any one company developing a monopoly. Almost immediately, larger corporations came in to devour the smaller radio stations, television stations, and record labels. Gone was the idea of providing content, substance or education. Now companies like NEWSCORP (FOX), VIACOM, AOL/TIME WARNER, VIACOM (COMCAST), SONY (CBS), RADIO ONE, and UNIVERSAL (VIVENDI) were put in position to TELL YOU what's right, cool, smart, etc.
The end result is a 17+ year epidemic, in which two generations of masses now hold conquests of materialism, sex, drugs, and violence as the pinnacle of what life is all about. Athletes, Singers, Rappers, and Fictitious Movie/T.V. Characters have become our role models (can't stomach the idea of using the word "Leaders" here). Stories of true events, and and real-life leaders, have been revised & re-packaged by the corporations and media outlets that own the images and your access to the information. If it cannot be used to make more money, then you will probably not see or here about it. Politicians now stand out more for the outrageous statements that they make, rather than for actual policy changes & legislation. The way we talk, walk and dress have been impacted. And those who resist conforming to these imposed standards are castigated for going against the grain.
Sadly, these same tactics are used to justify the murder and imprisonment of people of color all around the world. Lawyers, Politicians, Police Departments, State Governments, Political Action Committees, and others, now skillfully twist information to push forward agendas to profit off of Public Paranoia & Fear. In the next few days we will revisit this point, as an examination of how the media is used as a smokescreen to further develop the Prison Industrial Complex (aka modern day slavery). Stay tuned, and THANK YOU for reading...
Don't let the pretty face fool ya, there's much more here than meets the eye. I know you see the stereotype. I get it. Don't blame you. Only more reason for me to be here.
But let me tell you what I see. A woman that looks controversy in the eye fearlessly and does not accept statements such as:
"That's just how it is"
"No one cares anyways"
& so on
So Hello Wandering Eye Readers, Just call me Chels. I can. I am. I will. And I care. I'm here to share my vision for an overall health movement, bringing together the demographics, getting the people excited and united in taking back over their minds, bodies & souls. I'm talking total transformation, awakening people to truth so that not only we do better but the youth that looks to us will have and be better. I know you can't fight a war alone, so I'm very blessed to have been given this opportunity to become part of the Wandering Eye fam! I look forward to my growth and hopefully I can bring something that touches someone out there. Don't be shy, I welcome any topic suggestions, comments, feedback. I have a lot to share, so stay tuned!
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Hip Hop, and Urban Music in general, will forever be indebted to Dwight "Heavy D" Myers. Born May 24th 1967, Heavy was one of the first hip hop artists to elevate & transcend into other avenues of entertainment. The best part of that is that he did it without compromising his standards or image. From movies to television to collaborations artists of other musical genres, Heavy ALWAYS personified DIGNITY & ClASS.
Heavy D and the Boyz were the first act signed to the legendary Uptown Records (the pre-cursor to Bad Boy Records), and quickly garnered attention, as they danced & spit superior vocals over everything from soul breaks to reggae beats to the new Teddy Riley-inspired "New Jack Swing" style of R&B/Hip Hop Soul. Heavy D and the Boyz released five albums, between 1987 & 1994, and three of those albums went platinum. Whether a Hip Hop fan, or not, every 80's baby knows they rocked out to "Mr. Big Stuff," "Gyrlz They Love Me," and "We Got Our Own Thang." And of course there were the collaborations with both Michael Jackson (Jam 1992) & Janet Jackson (Alright 1989). Never one to become complacent, Heavy D smoothly transitioned into acting, and landed memorable roles in movie & television shows such as "ROC," "Living Single," "Life," "Bones" and many others. Heavy also blessed us with the theme songs behind the movie & television shows: "New Jersey Drive," "Who's The Man" and "In Living Color."
There just wouldn't be enough words to honor Heavy D's contributions to entertainment, and those who grew up during the 80's & 90's. And sadly, as Hip Hop is the ONLY Genre/Culture that does not honor its Pioneers, I feel that it is the duty of us that know better to be sure that the story is passed on to future generations-lest we forget. RIP Dwight "Heavy D" Myers.