July 26, 2014

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Michelle Obama Honors Janelle Monae At Grammy Luncheon

published on July 18 by Shannon

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Awards Luncheon Wednesday on the importance of arts education in our school system. She was also there to honor singer Janelle Monae for her mentorship with young students through the Grammy Museum’s educational efforts. The six-time Grammy nominated singer was honored along with teacher Sunshine Cavalluzzi.

As she honored Monae, Mrs. Obama spoke about the importance of the arts in education to the our children, while adding that an expansion of the program is needed so that every child is involved.

“Engagement in the arts can unlock a world of possibilities for our young people. … For many young people, arts education is the only reason they get out of bed in the morning,” Michelle said (via the Los Angeles Times). “Just like Janelle, they go to school each day because there’s an instrument they want to play, a musical they want to perform in, a painting they are dying to finish. So then once they arrive in those classrooms, that’s when we can teach them something else, like math and writing and science. That is the power of the arts for so many of our young people.”

Janelle Monae also gave a moving performance at the event.

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July 24, 2014

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July 24, 2014

New Music: “Share It All,” Jessie Ware (2014)

Jessie Ware just announced that her second album will be called “Tough Love.” This is the second song released from it. Any thoughts? Are you looking forward to another Jessie Ware project?

(Source: machine-factory / JessieWare)

July 22, 2014

Trailer: “Dear White People,” Oct. 17, 2014

Wow! This project has come so far in these two short years. Writer and director Justin Simien wrote the first draft of the script in 2005 and the film premiered at Sundance back in January of this year. After all of that, the official full-length trailer is finally here! Check it out above and share it with your friends if you’re feelin it.

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July 22, 2014

Songs You Should Know: “Phoenix Rise,” Maxwell (2009)

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July 22, 2014
I am

so so so soooo out of the loop. This week has thrown me off my game completely.

What’s up in the music world that I need to know from the past few weeks? Albums, mixtapes, songs, news, etc.