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dynastylnoire:

sistabigtheoriginalpoet:

Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog

You ain’t nothing but a hound dog (x)

The original FUCK Elvis!

You heard it right. Elvis stole the song from her and got all the credit.

White artists stealing black art and  sterilizing it for white audiences is nothing new. 

While I don’t care for Elvis, the above isn’t true.

It is true that Elvis stole musical stylings from Black musicians, but Hound Dog isn’t an example of that. Big Mama Thornton recorded it first, but Hound Dog isn’t her song and Elvis didn’t steal it from her. Hound Dog was written by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, both white men. Lieber and Stoller wrote songs for Elvis and Hound Dog was one of their songs that Elvis recorded.

Oddly enough, Hound Dog is an example of Elvis jacking other white people. The version Elvis recorded was “borrowed” from the Freddie Bell and the Bellboys interpretation of the song after he saw them performing live. Hear their version here. That’s actually who Elvis copied.

If you want an actual example of a Black artist being erased by Elvis, then Otis Blackwell is the perfect example. He wrote the song ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. Elvis took most of the royalties. Blackwell wrote some of the biggest hits Elvis ever had btw. Elvis became a very rich and popular person because of Blackwell. Many don’t know who Blackwell is, even though he’s written some of the biggest hits in music history. He wrote hit after hit for a lot of people.

Blackwell also wrote ‘Great Balls of Fire' made popular by Jerry Lee Lewis and the song 'Fever' popularized by Peggy Lee and later on Madonna. The person who recorded Fever first was a Black kid named Little Willie John who was 18 at the time. Click here for the original recording of Fever.

humansofnewyork:

"I can’t see, so he guides me. Whenever I make a sound, he will come running. He reads to me. He cooks for me. And he got the second highest ranking in his 6th grade class."
(Nurpur, India)

humansofnewyork:

"I can’t see, so he guides me. Whenever I make a sound, he will come running. He reads to me. He cooks for me. And he got the second highest ranking in his 6th grade class."

(Nurpur, India)

yahoonews:

Burger King in Japan goes black

The black burgers, one a Kuro Pearl at 480 yen, has black buns and cheese smoked with bamboo charcoal and black sauce made of squid ink. The other, the Kuro Diamond at 690 yen, comes also with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise.

The burgers are available from September 19 through early November in Burger King restaurants throughout Japan. (Getty Images)

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I recently watched ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’. I forgot that Forest Whitaker had cornrows in this movie.

I recently watched ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’. I forgot that Forest Whitaker had cornrows in this movie.

roberthoren:

atane:

Talking children, women and Africa with Chimamanda Adichie

atane
she is coming to speak in buffalo but i am so sorely sorry that i am going to miss it completely!! I’m so sad, i couldn’t believe she was coming to my small city.

She’s always traveling and speaking, so I’m sure you’ll catch her sometime in the near future in Upstate New York.

Talking children, women and Africa with Chimamanda Adichie

Cop Suspended After Video Shows Him Kicking Suspect During Chaotic Arrest »

An NYPD officer has been suspended and stripped of his badge and gun after video surfaced that appears to show him kicking a suspect during a chaotic arrest in Sunset Park on Sunday. The altercation between officers and vendors started after the NYPD tried to end a street fair and disperse the vendors.

A heated verbal dispute devolved into a physical altercation after officers moved to arrest one of the vendors. As police struggle to handcuff a man in a black and white jacket, one officer can be seen kicking him in the side, and then walking away.