[SLYT] is a 1973 documentary film about the 1972 Wattstax music festival, held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. Featuring performances by Isaac Hayes, Albert King, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Staple Singers, The Emotions, The Bar-Kays, and other greats of soul, R&B, and gospel, Wattstax
also incorporates relatively unknown comic Richard Pryor's musings on life for black Americans in 1972, "man-and-woman-on-the-street" interviews, and audience footage. [NSFW] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Jul 3, 2014 -
What we talk about when we talk about gangs
"Gangs (and their many incarnations) are complex social networks whose roots are deeply intertwined with those of the communities and socio-economic environments they call home.
Not unlike the military, they offer youth a surrogate family, something to belong to, someone to watch their back, and something to fight for.
But they also offer so much more – the promise of a social circle, the possibility of controlling what would otherwise control them, an outlet for frustration or revenge, and a name, status, and “juice” (respect). Respect, in particular, is a highly coveted commodity for kids that feel beat down or oppressed by circumstance. If they can prove themselves worthy of being feared, people will be less likely to mess with them just for the hell of it." [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered
on Mar 22, 2014 -
Later this year will mark the 45th anniversary of Bill Cosby's first self-titled sitcom
, The Bill Cosby Show
. Ten years ago, the original jam sessions were released, which are notable for the "various collection of notables who steal the show with contributions at various points."
Pianist Les McCann, sax man Ernie Watts, and guitarist Arthur Adams get things going on "Groovy Gravy
," Tom Scott shows some legit chops on "Toe Jam
," while Jimmy Smith offers sampling of his Hammond B3 on the interlude "Jimmy Cookin' On Top
." If seeing Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby get top billing confused you, the album credits reference their roles
, which are not front-and-center, except for some vocal improv by Cosby on "Hikky-Burr
." You can hear more tracks on Grooveshark
, and if you're into more of that modern dance remixery, you might (also) enjoy The New Mixes, Vol. 1
, which can also be sampled on Grooveshark
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 24, 2014 -
The performer Reggie Watts
(wiki) is truly sui generis: comedian, musician, stream-of-consciousness performance artist, he rolls his talents and laid-back, slightly stoner persona together into something quite unlike anything you've seen or heard before
(that's a long-ish video, but well worth it, BTW). Imagine Spalding Gray mixed with Andy Kaufman, channeling a hiphop Sly Stone while reading Gertrude Stein on LSD, and you still won't get what it is that makes Watts so great. [more inside]
posted by ornate insect
on Apr 30, 2008 -
Rep. J.C. Watts to Retire.
The only Black Republican in Congress is retiring to spend time with his family. Dems say they have a shot at winning his seat, and hopefully, the House. Republicans are already vying for his #4 position in the House. I'm giddy already.
posted by jennak
on Jul 1, 2002 -