Old School Video of The Week: Phil Collins – “One More Night”

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Phil Collins

The year was 1984 when Phil Collins released the single “One More Night” off his album entitled No Jacket Required. No Jacket Required will be my personal introduction to Collins, but he released albums before this one that were solid. No Jacket Required, would be one of my favorite albums of the 80’s and made me an immediate and loyal fan of Collins, where researching his previous work, which includes with the group Genesis.

“One More Night,” reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts, and would go down as one of the successful soft-rock ballads of that decade. Phil Collins would continue to drop numerous hits after his critical acclaim album, which only solidify him as a legend.

-Ms Scripter

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Book Review: You Have The Right To Remain Innocent by James Duane

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You Have The Right To Remain Innocent

“Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances.”-Former United States Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Watts v. Indiana

Many times, we hear about convicted offenders who confess to crimes, who would later admit they didn’t commit the crime and it turns out that they weren’t lying. Some suspects feel pressure by the police to talk, during the interrogation process. Even in simple traffic and pedestrian stops like we now call stop-n-frisk citizens give out too much information, that might find them in the nearest jail or prison because one didn’t know when to keep their mouth shut.

I have always said, if I commit a crime let’s say hypothetically robbed a bank I won’t say a damn thing to the police If I’m picked up and question as a possible suspect in the crime and I’m innocent, talking to the police is the worse thing one can do. Let’s use the Central 5 case as an example, where five young black men were interrogated for hours, and eventually confess to a crime they didn’t commit. What should have happened in that case is that all of them shouldn’t have said a word. Once the parents arrived, the parents should have requested their kids to be released or charge. Otherwise, everything (especially talking to the police) is off the table.

Well, author and law professor James Duane breaks down when a citizen should talk to the police, which is in very rare circumstances in the book entitled You Have The Right To Remain Innocent. Duane let’s the readers becomes aware that the police’s job is to use one’s words against you and that one has the right to remain silent.

Real cases are discuss and evaluated to give the reader an understanding at what’s at risk when one discloses too much information to the police. Some of these real life stories are nothing short of how the criminal justice system needs revamping in the worse way. It’s frightening how so many innocent people are caught up in the criminal justice system, who were innocent because they just couldn’t keep their mouth shut. In other words, the things one says can be used against you.

This book is a guide, that should be followed especially in the event that one finds themselves in the presence of the police being peppered with questions. If one wants the extreme short version, a simple Google search of James Duane on YouTube would be suffice in getting the same information that is in this short guide, but it’s still worth the read. Lastly, this guide is imperative to those who need to get familiar with one’s constitutional rights as it relates to interactions with the police, and it drives home the consequences of those who talk to much to them, which can be used against you.

Rating 4 out 5.

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: King of Swing – “Nod Your Head To This”

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King of Swing

The year was 1990 when the group King of Swing released the track, “Nod Your Head To This” off their only album entitled Strategy. The group consisted of Sugar Kay, Mike Master, and DJ Cocoa Chanelle. One couldn’t travel in NYC, without hearing this track blaring out of Volvos, Nissans and Wrangler jeeps. “Nod Your Head To This,” was part of the 1990 summer anthem.

King of Swing may have had a head nodding single, but their success was minimized, and Sugar Kay and Mike Master fell off to obscurity. One can’t find too much info on King of Swing, they appeared and contributed to the golden-age of hip-hop in a flash, and was gone as fast as they arrived.

Unlike her group members, DJ Cocoa Chanelle made a name for herself, as a DJ in the New York scene. Chanelle was the first woman to DJ for BET’s Teen Summit (whatever happened to that show?), and she secured a gig at Hot 97. It is a rarity that a woman spun for a group of men who rocked the mic. In fact, I don’t think that has been done after Chanelle (where are my hip hop scholars who dispute this?) Chanelle is hip-hop royalty, and even though King of Swing didn’t have a longevity on the hip-hop scene, their contribution to the genre should always be recognized.

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Old School Video of The Week Tribute: A Tribe Called Quest – “Oh My God”

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ATCQ

Used to have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue
It’s not like honey dip would wanna get with me
But just in case I own more condoms than T.L.C-Phife Dawg

There are times when I reminisce about my years in high school and can always identify with groups and artists, that paved the way to the soundtrack to my life. That is the case when it comes to A Tribe Called Quest. From the very beginnings of my teenage years, ATCQ were the blueprint, and I would continue to play their music, even when they had stopped making music together in the present.

With the news of the passing of one of the founding fathers of ATCQ in Malik Taylor who goes by the stage name Phife Dawg, something clicked inside of me. I felt a blanket of sadness because I knew the group would no longer be the same without the “five-foot assassin”. There have been too many instances lately, where parts of our golden-age of hip-hop legends have departed too soon. From Heavy D, Guru, and now Phife, the sudden death of these icons has left a residual feeling of grief though out the hip-hop community.

Phife’s contribution to the young genre has had a significant, profound impact on the hip-hop. From Phife’s witty lyricism and wordplay, he has had a definite influence on the new breed of rappers that have emerged. Phife Dawg will be missed, but never forgotten as he is forever embedded into the rafters of hip-hop royalty.

There are too many songs to choose from out of the ATCQ’s catalogue that would have made the old school video of the week. I have tons of favorites, like “Electric Relaxation”, “Scenario”, “God Lives Through” etc, l decided to go with “Oh My God” featuring Busta Rhymes off of ATCQ’s classic and downright epic album 1993 Midnight Marauders. Rest in peace Phife; you will be immensely missed.

 

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Old School Video of The Week: Tony! Toni! Toné! – “It Never Rains”

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Tony! Toni! Toné!

The year was 1990, when Tony! Toni! Toné! released “It Never Rains (In Southern California)” off their platinum album The Revival. Lisa Bonet star of The Cosby Show and A Different World directed the music video. The Oakland trio captivated a wide-based audience with the use of a sound that also paid homage to the earlier funk and soul area, without sounding dated.

“It Never Rains (In Southern California)” reached #1 on the R&B billboard charts and also garner Raphael Saadiq great success as a solo artist and his work in another group called Lucy Pearl. Tony! Toni! Toné! who continued to display exceptional songwriting and self-production which was their signature, would ruled the R&B era of their time.

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Old School Video of The Week: Cheryl Lynn – “Encore”

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Cheryl Lynn

The year was 1983 when Cheryl Lynn released the single, “Encore” off her album Preppie. The video has some racial overtones, so I wouldn’t take too much stock into the concept. Looking back at how the industry participates in this type of thing, I would bet Lynn wouldn’t even co-sign to the concept of this video.

“Encore” is the first hit number one hit, by producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “Encore” continues to be a song that when played (especially around the 40 and up group) gets the party going.

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Old School Video of The Week: Antoinette – “Who’s The Boss”

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whosthebossThe year was 1989 when rapper Antoinette released “Who’s The Boss”, off her album with the same name. The Queens native secured points with me immediately with this title track, and became part of the wave of other female emcees who dominated the microphone in a crowd of men.

Antoinette’s crafty hardcore flow and overall no non-sense attitude was her signature during the Golden-Age of hip-hop.  At times, Antoinette was compared to Big Daddy Kane or Rakim, which was flattering considering they were one of the elites in that decade. Antoinette may not have had a long career like her rival MC Lyte (“10% Diss” may be the cause of that short career), but she secured a place in the genre that gave her just enough shine to never be forgotten.

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Old School Video of The Week: Candi Staton – “Young Hearts Run Free”

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Candi Staton

The year was 1976 when Candi Staton released the single “Young Hearts Run Free” off of her album with the same title. “Young Hearts Run Free” was about an abusive relationship that Stanton was in, which she discussed with producer David Crawford, who would later pen the lyrics to Staton’s hit song.”Young Hearts Run Free” debuted number one on the R&B charts.

Staton is still making music and has an album out now entitled Life Happens, which is available on Amazon.

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Old School Video of The Week: Another Bad Creation – “Iesha”

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Another Bad Creation

The year was 1990 when Another Bad Creation known as ABC for short, released the track, “Iesha”. These cute little boys had the summer on lock with their fun and kiddy style, which was crafted by New Edition member Michael Bivens.

This also was a time where Motown Records were still in the game, even though their light will dim a few years later. “Iesha” reached #9 on the Billboard charts.

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Old School Video of The Week: Queen Latifah – “Just Another Day”

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Black Reign

“Stomach ache, head to Steak-N-Take for a bean pie.

Get a Final Call from the brother in the bow tie.

 I’m where little kids, dream, and fiend for fun

Lots of laughter, moms, no pops playing with her son

I passed by a girl’s wake, they say she died at seven

Hit by a stray, but I pray that there’s a hood in heaven

Fake brothers claim there’s no shame in their game

You know my name, show me a real nig*a with a brain

So it’s back to the block, time to play

It’s just another day around the way, hey.”-Queen Latifah

The year was 1993 when Queen Latifah released, “Just Another Day”, off of her album Black Reign. This song is reminiscent of the time on the block in the Fall specifically and has the nostalgia to match. Co-written by the late Apache, “Just Another Day”, which was a nice little anthem to coincide with Queen’s other single, “U.N.I.T.Y” had a lay back vibe to it.

I sure do miss this type of hip-hop with an emphasis on women that rock the microphone, with class and elegance. Hopefully, without the nakedness, just cool out lyrics minus the overabundance of sexuality make a huge comeback in the future.

-Ms Scripter

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