Philadelphia sound, Paul Williams “Billy” …Grammy winner, and singer, dies at 81. After becoming ill with cancer.
Who can forget his 1972 single ” Me and Mrs. Jones”…Heavily influenced by great women of Jazz…like Nina Simone, Billy Holiday. He showcased his talents in Club Harlem of Philly, at age 16… and was amidst some legendary jazz greats! Like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis. Years later being noted with Elvis Presley and other musician for post World War ll n Germany.
Billy Paul wanted to have and keep his unique sound and he did…Somewhere became “ousted” within music industry because his political views was in his music which had proven to be too much for mainstream media. He and Jesse Jackson Sr. never seen eye to eye on his musical views. It was alleged said that He thought Jesse Jackson was hateful and a hypocrite.
Although, then Chicago Priest Father George Clemens praised him and gave Billy Paul a day of celebration, May 23, 1977 for his song “Let Em In”. A song about legends who died in the African-American history. His day was filled with the works and this day brought him to tears!
Therefore, he allegedly became quite angry with the controversial aspects that came with his new political change and stayed out of the limelight!
Prayer for his family, friends and all that loved him!
Still shocked and little heartbroken over Prince… everything has been finalized and we said our last good byes today!
He was cremated and had a quick private service with just a private guest list. Although, the celebrations of his life, music, and legacy will be continued…Let me share something that so many people cannot understand…
Many knew he was UNIQUELY different but only a selective few knew he was very prophetic!
So many people loved this man, and so did I… We will miss him…Continued prayers for his family, friends and all that ADORED HIM!
And I know that there will never be another PRINCE!
We are seeing the outpour of love for Prince after he passed away on yesterday! And I think how wonderful it is to see someone so loved after he dies!
Sadly, when a major spotlight is on a person that dies they say the most wonderful things. However, as long as Prince was alive he was met with certain levels of opposition for being “Different”… As extraordinary as he was …He didn’t care for the press or media and wanted to be left alone. He lived music and did what he was designed to do!
If we as people can tap into this same feel when people are alive! Go about our business, say and do the right things in the ideal world. It’s as if the world can only come together on pain!
As I look around some of us who were around when Prince started… who once had the tight skin, and the dangerous curves… are now wearing glasses and squinting more and taking a little longer to get out of bed. (LOL) Some people had wonderful lives and lived… but someone like myself who was a late bloomer… Had to grow up fast and miss being a child, because of adult responsibilities…I did more taking care of others than I did myself. When our eyes start to open… we haven’t really lived but lived for others!
Getting older is apart of life’s journey. I had to come to the reality that its time to live. Too many don’t know how to live because of what one has surrounded themselves with. I will never forget my deceased, Aunt Sylvonia, who told me life is seen so much different when you have someone with you to ride the storms out.
I reflect on that because she and I were so close and did so many things together . You begin to look around and the people who was intricate part of your life is now gone ti put life into perspective.
I remember people who knew my Aunt, all said the same thing while she was alive! She was a joy to be around… She was a builder of people, and cared very little for messy people. She never shared her two abusive marriages . Being married to highly recognized physician in Ohio that was abusive and she left him with her son, a few clothes, and television for him. But what hurt me terribly, I never had a clue about the second marriage that was almost deadly. I found out when someone came and I said,..he beat my Aunt in public for the first time because it normally goes on at home. She was by then a senior citizen… leaving her with TWO black eyes and stomped her in front of her friends!
People that knew her was shocked that she kept quiet about being in a domestic violence situation all her adult life! She was one of the most joyous person you’d ever like to meet but she kept a dark secret that kept her from living. So, she put her on best mask in public. All this time I thought she was living but she was really dying. I shared my story because, as much as I wanted to live life to the fullest…I was hindered by my past! The light bulb came on for me and I had to snatch my life back from some previous hurts and pains. Life can sucked out of you often times through people. I try to live a toxicity free life of people, places and things.
I learn to say good bye instead of waiting for the day… The day come comes when respond. I don’t let negativity keep me in a stagnate position. Those that will love unconditionally, and the same with evil it is also unconditionally. It’s what I choose to will dominate me!
I often ask God is too late?
Things can quickly turn around when you take off the rose-colored glasses and breathe without them on…And say today, is new and God’s gift to me… There is nothing that he and I can’t handle!
Another heartbreak today…Singer, songwriter, multiple instrumentalist, actor, record producer, film director, ….Musical genius and icon, Prince Rogers Nelson… has died at 57. He sold over 100 million records world-wide making him one of the greatest musical artist of all time…He won seven Grammy’s, A Golden Globe, and Academy Award and inducted in Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame!
Growing up I was the anything from Minnesota fan. It started with PRINCE… People wont share this part but I will because I was a genuine fan! My love for Prince was personal. I’m 5’3 he was all of 5’2. Anything I wanted because my “uncle” knew him well…I got some favored treats!
As “strange ” as he wanted to be… I adored him! His music growing up was my era of edginess. As cutty and racy his lyrics were our parents then, fought against such sexuality!
Our secret about Prince he was also a very good “drummer”…although there was nothing he couldn’t play including the guitar!
I had his first poster which my mother called him “wolf” because of his hairiness! And to be honest, most of the songs I liked from him was somewhat sexually explicit…so I can’t post my true favorites…God No! (LOL)
I know there will be more outpour this week about his history in this music industry, seen as one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time!. His life and legacy was absolutely phenomenal!
To his personal family, the Paisley Park , New Power Generation, and Revolution family, friends and loved ones… our prayers and condolences… are with you… He will be sorely missed!
I think he is one of the most underrated music artist in this country. His soulful and unique sound give that feel of the late great Donny Hathaway but remains with his own authority within the music industry!
Anthony Hamilton is more than my relaxation music… For he is listed among those “artists” when you want to hear a little modern-day “Blues” with the truth and nothing but!…
My dilemma, I can only choose two.
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Radio Personality, Talk Show Host Doug Banks dies at 57 after complications from diabetes.
A legend in Chicago radio and a pillar for change in our community. His involvement extended beyond radio…
What a terrible shock today and a very sad day for Chicago! His lively personality and that voice whether spoken over radio or in public! We will miss you Doug!!!
Please keep me his family, friends and loved ones in your prayers!
There are some hit singles to his credit but always reaped sporadic success in the music industry! Remarkably started playing piano at the age of 3. He had been a key board player for the late Sam Cooke, accompanist guitarist for blues musician, Guitar Slim and saxophonist, Big Jay McNeely.
His music has been apart of sample by Dr. Dre in the Hip Hop community.
And I think many kind of slept on his musical abilities… We pray for his family, friends and all that loved him!
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We have the most informative nation in the universe. We have more knowledge about this and that. Yet, we can’t seem to resolve not so complex issues, like violence and poverty. Bad decisions can exacerbate the problems. We have the have the courage to speak the truth!
Let me share what I saw in the raw. Some start by saying one thing but with power comes responsibilities! I saw “causes” being sold on the backs of the poor and the defenseless! When some realize that becoming an activist can be the open door to also abuse!
One thing is said but all you have to do is watch what the lies unfold and the craziness begins… that is why I don’t bother name dropping or calling because I know the days of exposing their agendas come full throttle!
Honestly, how much education do you need to comment on simple things that man has made complex? Feed someone if they are hungry. Stop violence by first having a conscious to want to stop the violence. Think about this? … I find it difficult to believe In anyone that say they are for community trust and building and surround themselves with things people and things that tear down. Realistically speaking, some of the rebellion can be nipped in half if a man finds a wife instead of one night stands. Children in single family homes are a significant part why children go wayward! They need covering and a sense of protection. How can anyone advocate helping communities without talking responsibility…from birth control to self-control. Although, so many see the impact of the father not coming home or being in the home. The sugar coat the conversation with jobs and education. Okay…what about the education of teaching our young ladies to wait… and understand the difference between love. lust and war!
We see the set up to keep the family in pieces which breeds more complications in the long haul. It sounds simple but more and more women aren’t the slightest embarrassed by the multiple children’s fathers. I don’t get it! If you are struggling as one bringing another mouth to feed will bring what? There seem to be money for the foolish things in life but it seems as if being crazy is the new scapegoat. If you can’t handle the pressure what environment are you setting in motion. Ask about the violence. You will hear the cry from the children the abstinence of the father.
Things that I stumble upon until now… Dealing with the cries of the people started in student Council, in elementary, the ability to lead without struggles is a gift… This formed who I am today! The bad things catapult me to be stronger when I deal with rejection and opposition. Who wans to hear another story unless someone is transparent enough to say how bad it was and still is…being victorious in chaos! In public you get these wonderful stories and people are shock that I go there! I’m tired of the superficial you can tell by the way I write that something has pricked my humanness. I appear as the odd ball and that’s fine. I can celebrate me. Haven’t quite grown to a point when my guards have to be down…Hurt and betrayed by too many that say that they loved me and abused by those who can’t understand me! I am not looking for a crowd to follow me!
I am still discovering things about myself. Not perfect but in touch with myself enough to know that there is self-created imbalances. I know who I am will help build others! How much building goes on with so many are self-centered to gain power and prestige at the expense of throwing their own under a bus. If it is called politics there is serious danger to think you are untouchable. When someone is wrong I am witness how God not man cuts them down and off! I think so many lose their way because “self” is on it’s mind on a constant. I know my greatest rewards didn’t come because I “dogged” people to get there! It was because what I “sowed” came back to me 7 times greater!
I am not a number chaser! A number chaser doesn’t necessarily mean the sincerity of people who can only relate on top and never the deeper things. It’s not that you set out to do things on your own it just comes up through life experiences..Either you will become wiser or dumb down for acceptance! Which is still a way of being a fake! I look at the papers and I current events.., Who are we fooling its tearing down rapidly and I am middle age! What’s more frightening is that the love of “self” might be winning temporary.
The cold reality is that people come away with nothing even with the do good-ers is because of the deception of them that stay in prominence pretending to care for the people. How does anyone with the wrong agendas stay in power? Pride comes before destruction! Even when some who have done the wrong things we have to learn the power of letting it go! Their day comes harshly!
I refuse to give away to the maneuvering schemes of those who abuse authority, or lie to get advancement. That’s not success! The first signal of those who got positions or opportunities are “always” afraid they someone wants their position! If you know something is given in right there is never the threat of what one can take or miss. God still elevates based on faithfulness to being a servant not-self servants and hirelings. Assignments in life have term and time limits. Some have missed community upgrades by not being realistic about their own value systems.
FOR EXAMPLE… YOU LOVE PEOPLE …. BUT ABUSE THEM AT THE SAME TIME!
The fact remains that we have some “cut throat” people doing community work and or ministry! Compassion is something that is a deeper part of a personality. Everyone don’t have compassion but prefer accomplishments and accolades for being apart of our country or communities! Some get terribly offended and I ask why when you doing the right things. I agree, persecution come with causes but in time some start to care more about build their resumes and the cause if aborted. It’s in time you see where they really are!
We need to be more aware of the greatest community activism starts within our family unit and then extend from there! so many make money off of trying to save someone else in fact they have missed the mission all together. That’s not the price of discipleship but the ignorance of those who don’t know what discipleship is… The life of the discipleship wasn’t as successful as one likes to teach and preach. They abandoned Christ even in the simplest task even if it was 1 hour of their time. All talk but displayed their love in actions by not having his back. Being a disciple does cost but never at the expense of abusing your own. Although they spent the time seeing all t his wonderful stuff Christ exemplified it was only during each experience that the realize that they didn’t really know Christ! The misconstrued versions of being a disciple and all the work they done… We have to remember God showed us the agenda of his disciples!
When someone tears down their own family to save another is a fraud! Charity begins where? We have to many so-called leaders who say one but do another… How can they save all others when the family dynamics is more powerful than anything in the universe? If mentors and role models are needed for our dying communities and this country…LOVE, LUST AND WAR DIDN’T START ON ITS OWN… THE ATMOSPHERE IS SET FOR MORE MORAL DECAY WHICH LEADS TO MORE TROUBLE DOWN THE ROAD!
Does it not start with what leads? We seem to perfect more sin than honest men!
I bet if you ask just how bad it is at home… there is your answer!