Good morning, good morning, GOOD MORNING Everyone!!!
I am soooo excited right now it’s not even funny! So upon awakening I discovered that one of my ABSOLUTE favorite artists, Esperanza Spalding, has a music video that came out recently, Feb. 1, 2012!!! How fitting! “Black Gold” on the first day of Black History Month and premiered on BET! Yes, I’m a couple days late, but better late than never! And I must say…not only is that quite appropriate but also a BRILLIANT marketing strategy as well…kudos to Esperanza and her promo team! But I digress…
Esperanza’s forthcoming album is titled “Radio Music Society” and is the follow up to the critically acclaimed “Chamber Music Society” album, which caught the attention of both fans and critics alike, garnering not only the nomination for “Best New Artist” at the Grammy Awards, but also the WIN, beating out popular artists such as Justin Bieber. I’ve been listening to the snippets from the new album over and over again for the past month, and needless to say, the anticipation has been building!
The first single for the new album (which is set to be released on March 20, 2012; can we say EXCITING!!!) is called “Black Gold” and features the GORGEOUS voice that belongs to one Algebra Blessett. I’ll be honest, prior to hearing the snippets of this track I had no idea who Algebra Blessett was, and I feel horrible about that. But as SOON as her voice entered the song…my entire BEING melted! Her voice is soooo smooth, y’all! It makes me put on a screwed up face everytime I hear her because she is so dag on good! Esperanza and Algebra’s voices on this track are just….mmmm. Buttah! For lack of a better term…lol
But enough of me rambling about the song! This post is about the beautiful music video! The scene begins with two BEAUTIFUL little Black boys getting out from school and running towards their father who is waiting for them. Can I just pause right here? Okay, the greatest thing about this video is the way in which Esperanza chose to shed a light on the strength of the Black man. Seriously, how many times do we hear all the negative stereotypes about deadbeats, prisoners, good-for-nothings, etc. etc. Videos like this remind us, especially us Black women looking/waiting/hoping/praying for a good Black man to come our way (and yes, I said us; take that as you wish lol), that they really are out there! She showcased not only his strength, but his intelligence, the way that he made ends meet. Y’all they were eating white rice and drinking water for dinner! But they were eating!
The video also highlights the positive role models in African history that often get overlooked when students go through primary and even secondary education. But again, enough of me rambling. Take a look at the video below and ENJOY! Not just the good music, but also an excellent message.
Remember to support good music by LEGALLY PURCHASING a copy of Esperanza Spalding‘s new album “Radio Music Society” when it drops on March 20, 2012.
Have a wonderful and educational Black History Month and remember, make your own mark on history in a positive way.
Love and God Bless,