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Happy Birthday Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie September 16, 2014

   

(Via A Mighty Girl on FB)

(Via A Mighty Girl on FB)

   

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Danger of a Single Story

A Mighty Girl website

A Might Girl Facebook page

   

 

Cover Battle – “Love is a Battlefield” September 12, 2014

 

Classically trained as an opera singer, Pat Benatar broke out into superstardom during the 1980’s and became a bona fide badass rock goddess. At the age of 61 she and her collaborator, guitarist, husband Neil Geraldo are still touring and going strong.

 

Her song, “Love is a Battlefield” plays as a kind of empowerment anthem. This theme is actualized in the official video where Benatar (as a runaway) becomes … a dancehall girl (??) and eventually leads her fellow coworkers in a dance/rebellion/walkout against their sleazy controlling boss. I mean, this guy even has a gold tooth. And I think it’s chipped!

 

This song doesn’t seem to be a popular one for covers. Sure, there are random regular people doing various versions all over Youtube but I couldn’t find any name artists that have done one. However, I was inspired to choose this song from a commercial for an upcoming Lifetime movie, Deliverance Creek. I was only half listening to it, then I caught the words and realized what song they were doing. I listened more intently and decided to track it down. And here we are.

 

Holly Knight’s Story of O, featuring Sara Skinner is the group that performed the Deliverance Creek cover. It’s very dark and creepy. It brings an element to the song that is totally fresh, yet haunted. And twisted. And decayed. I love this reinterpretation. And I may actually watch Deliverance Creek, too. Incidentally, Holly Knight is one of the original writers (along with Mike Chapman) of “Love is a Battlefield”.

 

There’s a version done by Canadian artist Jann Arden that I’m not such a fan of. I really liked Jann’s 1994 album, Living Under June, so I was looking forward to hearing what she did with this. She takes it much slower than the original, but not as a slow as Story of O. I think, maybe this midway tempo just beiges it out and makes it the aural equivalent of decorator neutral. It’s blah, meh and uninspiring.

 

The last one I have for you today is not actually considered a cover. It’s billed as a “literal version” where the words comment on and make fun of the imagery of the actual video. The few I’ve seen have been very funny and enjoyable. This one is as well.


 

   

   

 

Chocolate Me Stories!: Misty May 18, 2014

   

   

Misty Copeland

Chocolate Me!

American Ballet Theatre

   

 

‘Fourth of July Speech’ Danny Glover Reads Frederick Douglass – July 4, 2013

‘Fourth of July Speech’ Danny Glover Reads Frederick Douglass –.

 

Survivors of Sexual Assault – The Art of Healing May 28, 2013

   

   

Project Unbreakable

   

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Maya Angelou April 4, 2013

   

CREDIT: WENN

CREDIT: WENN

   

IT TAKES TIME

   

GOING HOME

CONSISTENT COURAGE

TRANSCEND THE PAST - 4

RESPECT EACH OTHER - 5

STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY - 6

PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE - 7

   

YOU BETTER WORK

   

 

Women In the World: 125 Women Of Impact April 1, 2013

Newsweek/The Daily Beast honors 125 women who changed the world, drove the conversation and fired our imaginations this year.

via Women In the World: 125 Women Of Impact.

 

A Letter to Victoria’s Secret From a Father | Rev. Evan Dolive March 26, 2013

A Letter to Victoria’s Secret From a Father | Rev. Evan Dolive.

 

Comic Genius November 20, 2012

   

   

Marvel Comics creates hearing-aid superhero

   

 

 
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