“Soul” missing from American Music Awards; Monique at Chuckles; “Gospel According to Jazz”; more!
by Myron Mays
I had been hearing a lot of promotions for the American Music Awards so I decided to do something different and tune in. Something amazing happened this year. I didn’t feel so out of touch…at least not because of my age. Strangely enough, I felt a little out of touch because of my race. Yes, really I did.
Have I been stuck in a time capsule for the past couple of years? I had to really ask myself, where are all the black folks? I know that there have been some black folks out there making music somewhere. I mean, I do work at a radio station.
Outside of John Legend winning R&B Male Artist and Beyoncé snaring R&B Female artist and Album of the year, it seems as if “we” were kind of lost in the mix. More specifically, our influence was most certainly there, but we weren’t.
True, Mary J. Blige performed. However, her performance didn’t have that “flavor” that you would expect from someone who is considered the “Queen of Hip Hop Soul.” And I don’t believe anything shocked me more than the hip-hop categories. Iggy Izalea won the award for Best Hip Hop Artist AND Album!
Then at the end, Jennifer Lopez turned in one of the greatest impressions of Beyoncé I have ever seen in my life.
What I’m trying to say is that there wasn’t any “soul” in this year’s telecast.
I now realize why shows such as the BET Awards and the NAACP awards are so important to our culture. We don’t necessarily like to be segregated, however, we like to turn on the TV and see a reflection of us. We like to see on TV the people we love listening to perform the songs we love. We like to see them walk away with awards for creating the songs that we like.
Sure, while watching the BET Awards we still have to sit through stuff we really don’t wanna see. However, it’s our stuff and the choice still belongs to us.
I guess I’m done bellyaching now, lol.
Here’s What’s Happening:
You know what time of the year it is, right? You know it’s gonna eventually come around, right? And there’s no way to avoid it. It’s almost Black Friday!
Yes, it’s time to strap on your combat gear and get ready to take on the crowds of renegades who are looking for the biggest TVs at the cheapest prices! Thankfully, however, it only lasts a day.
For those who want to get it all behind them and just enjoy the holidays, here’s a few things you might like.
Sip & Shop
It’s Sip & Shop this Saturday (Nov. 29th) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Southwind located at 4068 Stansell Court. Here’s your chance to do your holiday shopping with a diverse selection of vendors without the hassle of the crowds! There’s gonna be food, fun and lots of giveaways!
Monique at Chuckles
Santa Claus is not the only one coming to town this month. Comedienne and Academy Award winning actress Monique is bringing the funny to Chuckles Comedy House for two nights – Dec. 12-13. Visit Chuckles online at www.chucklescomedyhouse.com for tickets and information.
‘Gospel According to Jazz’
It’s a very special holiday concert as saxophonist Kirk Whalum returns with the “Gospel According to Jazz” featuring Gerald Albright on Dec. 14 at the Greater Imani Church & Christian Center. Premium tickets are $30 and include a special pre-concert reception and VIP seating. For more information, contact Greater Imani 901-274-6711.
- Written by Special to the New Tri-State Defendery by Myron Mays