Jouelzy from Black Hair Kitchen told me I would love Shameless Maya and she was all kinds of right. When I saw her Draw My Life video, I knew she was made to be my distant internet friend…one day.
Her story touches me deeply. There are some profound lessons in it, so I wanted to share.
I know I’ve been MIA. There are reasons. They will come, soon. Along with all the support and urging from my friends– especially Jouelzy — Maya’s inspired me in a few powerful ways, and I plan to get back on the wagon and be shameless. I’ve got a lot of work to do!
It’s highly likely you’ve heard of Lupe Fiasco, so it might seem odd that I’m spotlighting him after he released his third album, five years after his debut. Watching this interview on the Tavis Smiley show reminded me of how much I like him and why. What’s remarkable about the release of his latest album, LASERS, is that fans orchestrated a protest to force Atlantic Records, to give LASERS a release date, which the label was planning to shelve. Here, Lupe discusses the depression and suicidal thoughts he faced during this period, how he came out of it, as well as the creativity/business battle. It’s a really good interview.
Sunday night, bassist, composer and singer Esperanza Spalding became the first jazz artist to win a Grammy for Best New Artist. It’s kind of a big deal. I’ve been intending to listen to her music for a while and the opportunity knocked me upside the head yesterday when my friend, artist/designer/deejay/conversationalist extraordinaire, Alvin Black III, decided to repost his Essential Esperanza mix he compiled back in December to celebrate her Grammy win.
It’s a really nice introduction to her work. So much so that I’m already making plans to buy a concert ticket. Budget? What budget? 😉 I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.