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This song is now stuck in my head, both versions. So for me it’s a toss up on who is doing it better.
I present the original:
And the remake, which is only a few weeks older:
Coco Avenue’s cover definitely has more soul, which I’m used to.
Which, for me, leads me back to the question of black fans for KPop: where are we in that genre, can we love the music and not expect anything back from the performers we love and why is it many of the artists and record labels that are pursuing entry into our tough markets aiming more for mainstream white audiences instead of targeting specific genres like R&B, soul and forming alliances with black artists?
I guess that’s a topic for another day but I’d love to hear your thoughts as my nascent ideas begin to form. Drop your opinions below as well as who won between these two groups. For me: tie.
For a minute we were all going to move to Sleepy Hollow then we found out that not only could it’s citizens turn a blind eye to a horse being ridden by a headless man around town but it’s creators could also suddenly forget the people of color who initially populated the small burg during it’s first season.
In 2013 Sleepy Hollow took everyone by surprise. It probably took the producers and the network by surprise as well. It was an abbreviated season with 13 episodes but the online fans were vocal about their love so that by the summer it was referred to as the surprise hit of the season.
Fast forward three years later and Nicole Beharie is packing her bags and leaving for regions unknown as but we can be sure that she’s done with the East Coast small town demon busting. Abbie Mills is dead.
So what happened?
It started with an article written about the show in season two by New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley where she referred to Abbie Mills as Ichabod Crane’s sidekick. Fans pushed back, taking up for Abbie as a co-lead and superstar in her own right.
Then the season started and Abbie was barely seen that season, the character of Katrina (Ichabod’s wife played by Katia Winter) seemed to have more storylines and screen time than Abbie.
Perhaps Abbie was spending time with all of the people of color who walked those Sleepy Hollow streets only to disappear in 2014.
The only people left were Abbie’s sister Jenny (whom we saw sporadically) and Captain Frank Irving who we barely saw at all.
Instead we got a lot of Katrina Crane. Newly freed from purgatory and overhyped by Ichabod as the most powerful witch ever we learned that Katrina really couldn’t do more than Aunt Esmeralda from Bewitched. But somehow Katrina was soaking up screen time and running cases with Ichabod.
Then next was Nick Hawley, treasure hunter and all around sexy dude set to be a love interest for… which sister?
Who knows, who cares.
When he left I was happy; I was so tired of seeing his character. Where is Frank? Why was he slaying (literally slaying not the good fashion kind) people in the preview we were given at the beginning of the season? Where are his wife and child? Where is Abbey’s sexy Latino boyfriend? Where are all the people of color that were in the previous season? The Amerindian who helped with the Windego? The conversations that mashed up the bible, past histories, people of color, and the current state of our nation? Where is the show that held promise at the end of season one?
I felt like we were given a bait and switch; we were shown a show that was diverse and innovative (a 21st X-files) only to have a show that had white savior issues while black people helped out in the background.
Viewers were vocal in their complaints on Twitter (I know because I was one of them). The season premiered in late September and by early November people knew something was off. I guess the writers and the new showrunner don’t read TV think pieces or pay attention to Twitter. Maybe they did and was too committed to the course of the season to turn around. Maybe they didn’t want to turn around. Checking the writers list on IMDB it seems that they had more writers of color contributing in season one than they did in the last few seasons. When it came time to do the voice overs for the season two commentary they left Nicole Beharie out just like they tried to minimize her character out of the season.
I watched until the end of season two but was not satisfied. I watched the first half of season three but I still felt something was missing so I didn’t continue when the show came back from hiatus this February. We got more Abbie but the vibe of season one was gone. They promised a love connection for Ichabod and Abbie (the Ichabbie fans were elated) but the cross over with Bones wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t what we wanted.
And now Beharie is gone.
Not sure what Sleepy Hollow will be like without Abbie Mills. Personally, I feel they should cancel it. It’s a show where the showrunner and writers refused to listen to their fandom and, ironically, their other main star. Tom Mison has always been a proponent of the Ichabbie relationship. With the year long hashtags of #iamabbiemills and #abbiemillsdeservesbetter I’m letting Abbie Mills go and leaving Sleepy Hollow behind. Nicole Beharie is a great actress and she deserves better. After fighting the demons that was hiding out as workers on her show, I hope her walking away becomes a victory for her.
I want to see this film.
I probably will eventually find it on Netflix or have to request it as an Interlibrary Loan book before it makes its way to me. But I am going to see it.
Just for the fact alone that is has a gorgeous AMBF couple in it, which the beautiful Teyonah Parris is a part of.
The movie was written and directed by J.P. Chan. You may remember some of his earlier work, like Digital Antiquities, which I have briefly written about in an earlier blog.
And if you go see it and you liked it, leave me a comment in the box.
I really do read them.
Today, Will and Jaden Smith joined rapper Jay Park to announce that he was chosen to sing the ending song for the new Smith SciFi movie, After Earth.
Jay Park is a former member of the KPop group, 2pm. Since leaving the group he has released several solo albums and mixtapes.
SciFi nerds, like myself, have been awaiting this movie for a while now. Although he’s just singing the song “I Like to Party” as the end credits roll and people leave the theater, this is a big opportunity for more people to hear Park’s music.
In case you missed it, there is a movement of black women taking control of their health and getting fit.
Not getting “skinny”, not changing one eating disorder (overeating/bulimia) for another (anorexia) but learning about eating better, eating healthier and making a change.
Although we don’t want to change it up too much. Being slim is ok, but black women love, love, love their curves.
Wendy Ida proves that you can be slim and curvy at the same time.
Today is her birthday and I don’t think she minds my telling everyone that she is 61 years old.
Yes, she’s 61.
No, I’m not dyslexic, she’s not 16 she’s 61.
Yeah, that 61. Three score and one.
She looks good.
She first came to my notice when I saw her on a promo for the Jeff Probst show.
I was agog. She was 60 looking half her age. And it’s not just her look; she’s also moving better than a lot of women half her age.
And she didn’t start in her 20s or 30s, she started at 43. And she holds two Guinness World records for fitness, one for burpees. I am not going to lie, I hate burpees.
Yet, I also hate being dead… so…
If you want to hear about how she extricated herself from that relationship, click here to go to Beyond Black and White.
Again, happy birthday Mrs. Ida. You are a beacon of light for many women who feel encased in darkness. Just by being you, you are showing many women that it’s never too late to escape hell and then re-start the clock. Hell, you look like you turned back the clock.
I bet you thought I’d never do one of these again. I wasn’t sure if I would since I haven’t found songs I’d like to compare.
Today, the two songs we have to juxtapose is an original and a remake. And this time when I ask “who rocks it” we have a candidate that actually does rock.
First the original: SHINee.
So SHINee comes out strong with their song Dream Girl which reminds me of the Pop-Funk dance music of the early 90s. This song was released about two months ago (19 February 2013).
Next we have the contenders: DTMG featuring Puma Shock.
DTMG took the song in a totally different direction, they threw down the guitars and rocked the song. I also love that they sang the song in the original Korean instead of Sukiyaki-ing it (yes, I made that noun into an verb. What!)
Puma Shock is a favorite of mine, as evidenced by previous blog posts.
Verdict: I can’t decide. I am a big fan of electro pop music so I like the original.
But then I also like rock music and I am so glad that these guys came correct on the song, made it their own without detracting so much from the original that you can’t tell what it was.
I am going to make this one a toss up. Because really, depending on the day I am into dance or I am into rock.
What is your POV? Leave a comment down below if you have a favorite.
I am going to set aside that Chris Brown is a man-child who is prone to throwing tantrums in green rooms when people bring up his public behavior.
I am not going to talk about how he, a child of abuse, abused his famous girlfriend and then got back with her to the dismay of nearly all his fans.
Over the last few years those things have been hashed about by better writers than myself, who know more information and follow more gossip rags than I do. If you are on Team Breezy then there’s nothing I can say to deter you.
But! I will parse his new video.
First off I’m like…. waaaaah?
We come in on a young Chinese family where the father talks about belonging to a triad (gangsters) but can’t let his daughter date a guy who is young thug.
Shot to the daughter who is wearing a dress that looks like a 21st century cheongsam.
And I ain’t gone lie, I covet that dress.
Underlying story, he’s the boy next door, how can he be a thug?
Then, Chris goes into song and dance à la Michael Jackson, “The Way You Make Me Feel“.
If you remember anything about MJ’s song and the context behind it, you will remember it comes at a time before the child sexual allegations but at the height where people were starting to feel a bit uncomfortable with his Peter Pan/asexual imp act. He was grabbing his genitals on stage but hanging out with Emmanuel Lewis and McCauley Culkin, something wasn’t right.
MJ had to change the narrative to make himself seem like a ladies man, which he accomplished by spending 4 minutes chasing after female doppelgänger Tatiana Thumbtzen then one minute to two minutes taking out his sexual angst by demolishing a car.
Yeah, that happened.
So, where MJ tried to cultivate an air of masculinity in the late 80s and early 90s by telling you he’s bad, Breezy is trying to defend his image by allaying your fears.
“It’s alright, I’m not dangerous” he sings. “When you’re mine, I’ll be generous.”
At the end of the video the father comes back to defend the Karreuche Tran look-alike. But really, I don’t think the young lady is supposed to be a stand in for Karreuche or even Rihanna. The person Brown is trying to love but keeps seeming to be taken from him is the public love. Fame is china fine: delicate, expensive, hard to obtain. In the end we have a stand-off between Team Breezy fans, Team Breezy critics who are keeping Brown away from his lady love.
So the question is, was Brown’s song and dance good enough to get back his lady love? Are you applauding it? For a minute we had fun (though we didn’t truly believe) that Michael had fun with Naomi Campbell and Iman in his early 90s music videos. He even went as far as to sell an album as dangerous, although he was singing about a woman.
By the end of the 90s things turned around a lot differently for MJ.
Maybe things are different. Maybe Brown is as innocent and innocuous as his music purports.
And if he isn’t, his fans will have good music to dance to.