Grammy Award Nominated Jazz Guitarist Doc Powell Releases His New Album “This Is Soul” Oct. 22, 2016

 

Pre-order “This Is Soul” for only $7.99 until October 8, 2016.
Go to: itunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1154372369?ls=1&app

 

doc-1Doc Powell is an American jazz guitarist and composer. He was born and raised in Spring Valley, New York. He attended college at University of Charleston.[1]

He has worked with Wilson Pickett, who chose him to be his musical director. He has also worked in the same capacity for Luther Vandross for over a decade. He has also worked with high-profile musicians including Stevie Wonder, Bob James, Grover Washington, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Teddy Pendergrass.

Powell’s debut album, Love Is Where It’s At (1987), received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Instrumental for his cover of Marvin Gaye‘s “What’s Going On“. His credits include work on the music for the feature films The Five Heartbeats and Down and Out in Beverly Hills.

docDoc Powell Solo albums

 

  • Love Is Where It’s At (1987)
  • The Doctor (1992)
  • Laid Back (1996)
  • Inner City Blues (1996)
  • Don’t Let the Smooth Jazz Fool Ya (1997)
  • I Claim The Victory (1999)
  • Life Changes (2001)
  • 97th and Columbus (2003)
  • Cool Like That (2004)
  • Doc Powell (2006)
  • For Old Times Sake (2010)
  • This is Soul (2016)

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Its Never A Good Time To Discuss “Black On Black Crime”

blackcommunityI recently read an article and the topic was  “Black On Black Crime”.  Now I am not here to prove nor do i have an hidden agenda. This is not about statistics , Black Loves Matter or any other organization. it is to bring attention to the plight of our youth in the black community  when it comes to guns, drugs, gang, violence and murder.
black-on-black-violenceRecently a 23 year old girl was shot and killed at a House Party in South Florida & i’m sure there were killings in black communities all over the the country this weekend. (Our prayers go out to the family & friends of the young lady that was murdered in Florida). *These are our Black sons and daughters, both young and old committing these murders. The killings i’m talking about are not committed by the police nor any of the people who we stand up to fight against and denounce.
Black-on-Black-CrimeI know a lot of you are the parents of men and women who have shot & killed people in our black communities. Some of your children are incarcerated or just came home from Prison after serving time for committing these killings. My prayers also go to you for the pain and suffering you experience as the parents of a child who has killed someone. The point of this writing is to start a discussion on how we can all do better to help our young people deal with the problems they encounter in the streets in other ways than grabbing a gun and killing someone.
Everyone has a theory & some even justify what the killers do as part of the life that they choose to lead. some say the streets , drugs, gangs , jealousy or hate is the reason so many people are shooting up our communities. And for those who say the Whites, the Latino’s or the Asians etc .are also killing in their communities or commit more crime than we do. That is not the point of this piece,they need to reach out to their young man and women as well.
#RIPMySisters #RIPMyBrothers #StopTheShooting #StopTheKilling #NotJudging#JustSaying #NotMyBrother #NotMySister #NotMyParents #NotMyChildern

5.0 out of 5 stars His Final Deal Is The Real Deal

Available Formats: Paperback & Kindle
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Theresa A Campbell shows her versatility as a writer with her book “His Final Deal”. This Urban Tale set in the heart of Jamaica tells the story of Smooth Suave a Jamaican Drug Dealing Rude Boy who has his mind on his money and his money on his mind. He has it all money, women, power and respect but his thirst to rule the streets may prove to be his downfall .

As we all know heavy is the head that wears the crown an that life at the top of the drug world is a dangerous and deadly place to be. When a rival Kingpin threatens to take him out and take over his empire he is forced to look at his life and make a decision that will give him the freedom and the life that he so desperately wants to hold onto.

We have all heard of the story where a man makes a deal with the devil, but the author has put a twist on this plot that i guarantee you will not see coming

DJGBC “Books Of The Month” for May 2016

DJ Gatsby Book Club is featuring a few of our favorite authors this month as well as a few newcomers with our Book of The Month selections. Back are Monica Mathis-Stowe with her Children’s book “I’m Trey Jones and I Know it” , KWAN with “The Fix 3”, Silk White with “Business Is Business 3” and Keisha & Trigga 4: (A Gangster Love Story) by Leo Sullivan & Porscha Sterling. As Always we encourage all of our members, readers and followers to #Buy #Read & #Review all of our Book Of The Month selections.

 

I’m Trey Jones and I Know It! (Volume 1)

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I’M TREY JONES AND I KNOW IT! is the first book in this series. It introduces six year old Trey who is full of confidence and certain he knows everything. His high level of energy is contagious as he introduces himself to his class on the first day of school. The students love Trey. But his teacher, Mrs. Perkins, quickly realizes having Trey Jones in her classroom is not going to be easy.

The Fix 3 (Fix Trilogy) Paperback

In the third and final installment of The Fix Trilogy, two worlds that have been running parallel finally collide.

Persia Chandler has managed to get her life back on track. Things are calm at home, she’s preparing to leave for college, and she is even feeling confident enough to start dating again. More importantly, she’s drug free and plans to stay that way—until Chucky slithers back into her life. He’s determined to make Persia his again, and he isn’t willing to take no for an answer.

When trying to woo her doesn’t work, Chucky plays hardball and gives Persia an ultimatum: go along with his latest twisted plot, or have her junkie past exposed to the new man in her life, Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Vaughn Tate. Fearing that her dirty laundry will damage not only Vaughn’s reputation but also their budding romance, Persia agrees to Chucky’s terms.

Chucky thinks he’s got Persia right where he wants her, but little does he know that she isn’t the same naïve little girl he remembered. There is no way Persia is going to allow him to make her a slave again, even if she has to see him dead to prevent it.
In another part of town, Li’l Monk is discovering that a friend in need isn’t always a friend indeed. After helping his old running buddy, Charlie, out of a jam, he finds himself the victim of a triple-cross when a prominent mobster is found dead and all signs point to Li’l Monk as the murderer. To prevent a war with the Mafia, Pharaoh has passed a death sentence on to his young lieutenant, but he will soon learn that killing the monster he helped to create is easier said than done.

The cards have all been dealt, and now it’s time to play the last hand.

#Welcome2Addiction

Business is Business 3 Paperback

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Business Is Business 3 picks up right where part 2 left off. Millie Mason has just been released from prison and now she’s back to claim what’s rightfully hers the only problem is a lot of things have changed since, Millie’s been gone. Join the, Mason family as they head on a very dangerous journey back to the top of the food chain.

Keisha & Trigga 4: A Gangster Love Story (Keisha & Trigga: A Gangster Love Story) Kindle Edition

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The epic saga has come to an end…but has justice been served?

After finding love in the midst of the most treacherous circumstances, Keisha and Trigga decide to leave everything behind them and focus on their marriage and new baby. But when Trigga overhears interesting news regarding the baby’s paternity, it leaves him doubting the loyalty of the only woman he’s loved. After all they’ve endured to be together, will this new challenge ruin them?
Lloyd, still the thorn in everyone’s side, is more merciless than he’s ever been being that he’s a street nigga with absolutely nothing to lose. But luck strikes when someone comes to his aid to finally nail Keisha and Trigga for good. However, it’s the last person anyone would suspect.
Austin’s intentions when it comes to his cousin’s empire, slowly begins to come to the light and the more they are revealed to Lloyd, the more he is unwilling to let Austin run free in his streets. When Lloyd calls on his infamous Ground Patrol to teach Austin a lesson, he feels that he’s finally rid himself of his conniving cousin for good. The problem is, Austin has never been one to not get his way. And, just as he plans to show NeTasha, if he claims something as his, he won’t stop until it is. Even if that means joining with an unlikely ally.

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The Misty Copeland Ballerina Barbie Is Coming — Here’s Why It’s So Awesome

Story courtesy of mic.com Mic May 2, 2016

History-making ballerina Misty Copeland will be receiving a Barbie doll in her honor, according to ABC News.

Copeland’s doll will be a part of the Barbie Sheroes program, which honors, “female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere,” according to a press release.

Mattel felt like Copeland was “at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries,” Lisa McKnight, who is senior vice president of Barbie, said in a press release. “As a brand, we want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring the next generation of girls to live out their dreams,” she added.

Other Sheroes dolls are Zendaya, Emmy Rossum and Eva Chen.

The Misty Copeland Ballerina Barbie Is Coming — Here's Why It's So Am
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“I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on,” Copeland said. “It’s an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll.”

Copeland’s doll will wear her Firebird costume, which was her first as a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, according to ABC News.

Last July, Copeland became the New York’s theater’s very first black female principal dancer, which was revolutionary, since ballet remains a field where racial diversity is lacking. “It’s important for me to set an example of what a healthy image is, what a ballerina can be — that she doesn’t have to be a white woman that’s rail-thin,” Copeland told Time in April 2015.

The Misty Copeland Ballerina Barbie Is Coming — Here's Why It's So Am
Source: Barbie Media

Afeni Shakur, mother of hip-hop legend Tupac, dead at 69

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:02 AM
Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac, dead at 69
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Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of late rap legend Tupac Shakur who was the subject of one of his most iconic songs and who oversaw his posthumous legacy, has died. She was 69 years old.

Marin County deputies responded to Shakur’s home in Sausalito, Calif., Monday night after she suffered a possible cardiac arrest, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning. She was taken to a local hospital and died just before 10:30 p.m.

Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams, changed her name when she moved to New York City and joined the Black Panther movement. She and other party members were arrested in 1969 and charged with conspiracy to bomb multiple, busy city landmarks.

TUPAC SHAKUR DIES DAYS AFTER DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN 1996

Afeni Shakur speaks onstage at Tupac's 40th Birthday Celebration at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on June 16, 2011.PRINCE WILLIAMS/FILMMAGIC

Afeni Shakur speaks onstage at Tupac’s 40th Birthday Celebration at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on June 16, 2011.

In May 1971, she was acquitted on all charges — and she gave birth to Tupac just one month later.

She was the subject of his 1995 song “Dear Mama,” in which Tupac detailed his childhood struggles and respect for his mother.

“There’s no way I can pay you back/But the plan is to show you that I understand/You are appreciated,” he rapped.

LOVE LETTER TUPAC SHAKUR PENNED IN HIGH SCHOOL SELLING FOR $35K

After her son’s 1996 shooting death, Shakur took over the late rapper’s estate, which reportedly earns about $900,000 each year.

Earlier this year, she filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years, Gust Davis, and was allegedly in a legal battle over the fortune, TMZ reported. Davis demanded half of the monthly $20,000 Shakur took home every month.

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In 2014, Shakur co-produced “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a Broadway jukebox musical featuring her son’s works.

A movie about Tupac’s life, “All Eyez on Me,” is set for release in November, with Danai Gurira cast as Shakur. Shakur served as an executive producer for the film.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office will lead the investigation to determine the cause and manner of Shakur’s death.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Man who served 10 years for ’64 NYC killing cleared of crime

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DJGBC “Books Of The Month” April 2016

With the sounds and smells of Spring in the air DJ Gatsby Book Club gets you in the swing with 4 great Spring reads to choose from. Author and books include George Naim Cash “The Sounds Of Sing Sing Prison”, KD McGregor “Backs Against The Wall”,  Lady Qetesh “Lies,Sin & Desire” and National Bestselling Author Sonovia Alexander “Cartel Princess”. As always DJGBC, support your favorite and Authors and #Buy #Read #Review their books.

Lies Sin & Desire (Kindle Edition)

lady qChicago native Tabitha Green has always been the “good girl.” College, good job even her dating life is bland. An epiphany sends her down a path she never thought possible, with not one but two sexy eligible bachelors at her beck and call, allowing her to indulge in pleasures and desire she’s only dreamed about. To make things more interesting, she uses her suitors to her benefit, choosing to have her cake, and eat it too. While keepig her secrets close, one of her paramours is keeping a secret of his own. Will those lies lead to Tabitha’s demise?

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DJGBC “Books Of The Month” April 2016

With the sounds and smells of Spring in the air DJ Gatsby Book Club gets you in the swing with 4 great Spring reads to choose from. Author and books include George Naim Cash “The Sounds Of Sing Sing Prison”, KD McGregor “Backs Against The Wall”,  Lady Qetesh “Lies,Sin & Desire” and National Bestselling Author Sonovia Alexander “Cartel Princess”. As always DJGBC, support your favorite and Authors and #Buy #Read #Review their books.

Backs Against The Wall

kdThere’s only one thing that certain in life: from the day we are born we will surely die.what make life interesting is everything that happens in our lives in between the beginning and the end.the Jordan family were no different from anyone else just a loving family trying to make ends meet in the Brooklyn projects. After the unexpected passing of there of their father, the Jordan brothers found themselves pulled into a life of crime struggling to keep there mother, their girlfriends,and most importantly of all each other from being swallowed up by the mean streets of Brooklyn. How far would you go to protect the ones you love?what lines would you cross? The question facing the Jordan’s is the same one each of us might have to face any day now : What would you do if your back was AGAINST THE WALL

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