#ShirleyEllis . 1964 American Bandstand performance (for 1963 hit "Nitty Gritty" & the following interview.
#BRONX , NYC born American Soul singer and co-songwriter. (She even wrote 2 songs for 'The Chords' a black group in that era.) Shirley was of West Indian descent. Half Bahamian, Half Montserratian.) She retired from music the same year King was murdered, '68. Her spirit transitioned right in her birth city of New York in 2005. #Asé .
Wonder if her movements wouldve been more loose in a colored venue. Voice so strong! I love seeing how we crept into White homes, the same ones that despised us within that same era. Nothing can win against soul. Not even racism. The parents might have refused to used the bathroom stall after her and her crew, but their kids hips were swinging baby. So many stories of bands of that time having to enter through the back to perform places. Like I'll be on TV, or I'm selling out venues- and I'm still confined to racist, prejudice bullshit? Now they exploit the starving dummies & beg them to come through the front. Salute to the true musicians though. The ones who write all their lyrics. Time has changed a bit. You can be your FULL self if youre strong willed. We control the narrative of our art.
EXTRA: ABS dancer during her performance- Bobby Banas, who's seen before in numerous movies, like West Side Story, choreographed this to the Shirley Ellis song. One of the male dancers didn't show up so Banas had to dance it too, and goes all out. Bobby wasn't playing w mfs!
La cultura Hip Hop está de luto, uno de los pioneros del graffiti el señor Lonny Wood mejor conocido en la cultura como PHASE 2, inventor de las Bombas del graffiti o letras burbuja en la época de los 70 cuando fueron los comienzos de este arte urbano.
Mucha de su fama se debió a que se encargada en los comienzos de la cultura Hip Hop a diseñar los flayer (volantes publicitarios) para iconos como Grandmaster Flash y Afrika Bambaataa en los comienzos de las fiestas en el Bronx la ciudad que vio nacer a esta cultura.
A causa de una enfermedad llamada Lou Gehring fallece este gran icono de nuestra cultura a los 64 años de edad, artistas del graffiti hoy rinden homenaje a este hombre atravez de su arte alrededor del mundo.
Descanse en paz PHASE 2.
The other morning it was cold in #NYC and I was missing some lush green (my favorite color) and whom do I run into after getting off the 6 train ( #greenline ) at Astor Place? It was @jahearnart in fly shades of green ... when #bronx is #downtown and #winter is #green
it is easy to attack someone who is in the wrong, but where is the healing in that?
helping versus hindering
if you disagree, swallow your pride and listen to the other side
if something is blatantly wrong, present facts, and *try* to leave emotions at the door
this is not easy, but good things always require effort
my hope is that we stop labeling groups of people as this or that
when we do this, we lose sight of each, special & unique human within the group
they are not all good, but they are most certainly not all bad either
take time to listen
take time to learn
there is no peace or healing that comes from criticizing, condemning, or compartmentalizing
eschew the labels, give love, tenderness, and kindness a chance...for others & yourself **speaking to myself as much as i am to “you”