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Starting with a soft note for Father’s Day, with a song that will always embody for me a daughter’s love for her father. Nat King Cole he first recorded “Unforgettable” on an album of the same name in 1952. In his album previewCharles Waring wrote:

Unforgettable begins with his memorable title track, written by Irving Gordon – who wrote “Me, Myself And I” for Billy Holiday“And it’s one of Cole’s career-defining performances.” His ultra-smooth, finely nuanced delivery is perfect and enhanced by the fine accompaniment of an orchestra elegantly arranged by Nelson Riddle.

The final biography of Nat Cole Unforgettable: The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole by Leslie Gourse also refers to the song. In 1992, his daughter’s album Natalie Cole, Unforgettable … with love sweeps Grammy with many awards. Through the magic of digital technology – Natalie and Nat, daughter and father, were united in a duet.

One of Dad’s most powerful R&B tunes was recorded by Luther Vandrosfrom his 2003 album, Dance with my father, which earned him four Grammys in 2004. Billboard announced that the song’s music video is a visual tribute to the love of Vandross from his friends when he was hospitalized with a stroke.

The music community features Beyonce and her father Matthew Knowles, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Monica, Wyclef Jean, Patti Labelle, Celine Dion, Nona Gay, Ruben Studard, Whitney Houston, Babyface, Brian McKnight and Johnny Gill. “It’s an expression of the love and gratitude I feel for him,” Wonder said of his participation in the video. “It’s just an honor to know him and be friends for us.”

New Jersey Nets basketball star Jason Kidd is also appearing, as are actors Wayans, Holly Robinson Pete and Garcel Beauvais. Along with the star power, children’s photos of Vandros and his family can be seen.

Last but not least, for Father’s Day, I repeat favorite from last year Black Music Sunday, a song written for a stepfather. The Winston family’s “Color Him Father” was released in 1969 and tells the story of a man who marries a widow with seven children. Fromm the texts of Richard Davis Spencer:

Our real old man was killed in the war
And she knows that she and her seven children could not go very far
She said she thought she would never be able to love again
And then he stood with that wide, wide smile
He married my mother and adopted us
And now we belong to the man with that big wide smile
I have to color this male father
I will color it with love
I have to color his father
I believe I will color this man’s love

Enjoy the touching visuals accompanying the song below, edited by YouTuber Rudolph M.

Black family gatherings across the nation consist not only of food, but from the youngest to the oldest, family members and friends also get up and dance – line up to participate together in the old standby mode – the electric slide , which was from the mid-70s when it was written by a Jamaican reggae superstar Bunny Wailer. Mitch Green described the genesis of the dance in detail Afro:

It’s a gathering of a black family: the music explodes, the rhythm falls and one aunt gets up and starts moving, then another joins in and suddenly everyone is “at a party” doing “Electric Slide”.

The song itself is electric. When Neville “Bunny Wailer” Livingston wrote “Electric Boogie” for his longtime girlfriend Marsha Griffiths to sing in 1976, the song proved to be the perfect tune to combine with choreography – so much so that white choreographer Richard Silver created a 22-degree dance. to go with him the same year. However, the song went through several iterations before the melody lifted everyone to their feet.

By 1983, “Electric Boogie” had gained some strength, but the 1989 remix really made the masses dance. In fact, this reporter’s parents got married in 1989, and one of the most enjoyable parts of their wedding video is watching everyone groove, browse, grove, making the “electric slide.”

Black Family cooking playlists are a legion – and I won’t even be able to scratch the surface here today, although I’ll post a lot in the comments section below. BET had a great list of Memorial Day suggestions, which largely covers all outdoor events, so here is a link to their list, and I’ll just release their number one pick here, which is Kool & The Gang’s 1981 hit “Get Down On It.” The world-famous group was on the music scene since 1969.

From Nairobi to Newark, Kool & the Gang have performed continuously longer than any other R&B band in history, and their armored funk and jazz arrangements have also made them the simplest R&B band of all time. A reviewer recently called their presentation a “24-carat show” and every year, even after half a century on the road, he gives a continuous schedule of shows around the world. […]

In 1969, Kool & the Gang released their self-titled debut album / This was the introduction to the theme, music is the message that Kool & the Gang stand to this day. The instrumental album is an expression of their deep love for music. It was also an introduction to their company sound and the fierce horn arrangements created by Khalis, Dee Tee and Spike. Their debut album spawned their first single on the Billboard R&B charts Cool and the gang and later Let the music take you.

Let’s go down!

Black family and community gatherings across the country today have the added weight and joy of the Juneteenth. Over the years, I wrote here in the Daily Kos around the Eleventh, his storyon its realization as a federal holidayand is connection to my own extended family history.

I just came across a video of this powerful poem from the eleventh, “Free at last” from the former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, California, Tenant Kincaid Roll:

On June 19, also known as the Juneteenth, we celebrate the end of slavery in the United States, the freedom of black Americans, and the countless contributions they have made to American culture. This video was created by our team in collaboration with the author, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, who wrote the poem and provided the voice reading for our video. Our goal is to honor this important date and ensure that we all continue to remember the history of our country and the struggles that many face in order to be where we are today.

To tell the story of the Eleventh to young people, music is a great instrument. Written by Rebecca Jane Stokes this review for Fatherly, last year:

The Eleventh, traditionally the black holiday of slave emancipation in America, was officially declared a national holiday by President Joe Biden, and that means a hell of a lot more than getting another day off. As a white American, I learned about Juninaiti until I was a teenager, and even then I didn’t understand the full consequences of what the holiday meant – and I wasn’t alone. As is the case with many holidays, many people do not actually know the history of Juneteenth, except to see it as a time to celebrate, gather, and enjoy good food.

That is changing now, with a little musical help from Fyütch. The artist, educator and creator teamed up with the Auckland Grammy nominees The rockers of the alphabet to write “Juneteenth”, a song that does more than teach you the story of the true Juneteenth, it celebrates Black Joy and is perfect for sharing with your family. Fyütch has worked with Dr. Sherri Mehta, in order to create a truly bouncy song that does not stop with the Proclamation of Emancipation, she reviews and praises the work of the United States Color Forces, which have been central to spreading the word about slavery that slavery is illegal.


Do you know the story of the Juneteenth
When the enslaved realized that they were free
Two years after 1863
The proclamation of emancipation

Freedom – What it means to be free
Were you born with it? Is it from God?
Or there is a price to be free
The constitution says we are 3/5 human
How can there be a Democracy built on stolen land
Freedom is a right and not a privilege
Freedom from false restrictions
Skin color, place of birth
Respect the ways we are all different
Let’s take it back 100 years
Quick – let me paint this picture
America in the Civil War
There is no Marvel movie, this story!
President Lincoln had a plan to end slavery only in the south
But black people when they heard about it
Start spreading this by word of mouth
He took up arms and joined the Union
To fight for their own freedom
Colored troops help win the war
They gave this proclamation a new meaning, yes
You have to believe!


Justice – When they saw him and knew him
Who are the ones who raised him
I took it from the idea to show what is fair
Let’s talk about the soldiers who were free
Risking my life for people like me
All the relatives you may never know
We took a lead that we could all follow
Follow ‘call for what? Justice
It was bigger than land for the enslaved
When you think of this Proclamation
Emancipation is to know that WE are brave
200,000 soldiers are organized
Home strategy for women and children
Paper protests, learned to address
The power of truth and the cultural uprising


I can’t stop this joy
Freedom is not individual, but collective
I can’t stop this joy
Freedom is not individual, but collective
Freedom is not individual, but collective
When you think of Juneteenth
remember how we broke free,
How we stayed prepared.
We will prevail because we are tilting the scales, closing all prisons and we will not fail!
You believe, you dream, you move, you serve.
For those who have passed – for our culture.
We can be sure
We stand, we rise on this joyful ride.
We stand, we rise on this joyful ride.
We stand, we rise on this joyful ride.

Final chorus
Now you know the story of the Juneteenth
When the last slaves knew they were free
We came to victory
Victory. . . Victory!

And just in time for this year, June 16, all three-Vocal and instrumental ensemble, Grammy Award winner,Sounds of blackness, ”Released this song and video. I love their high energy!


Join the party in the comments section below and don’t forget to post your music for the day.

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