Friday, October 26, 2012

Some new looks at Billie Holiday

I guess if youve ever read my blog you know I have an unwavering love for all things Billie Holiday. That love goes back to the age of about twelve and though I dont listen to her as much she still has her own playlist on my Ipod. So imagine my surprise when my phone rings at about 1am a time when 6 days out of 7 I am sound asleep and my real annoyance when I heard my ex on the phone excitedly proclaiming " Get on your computer theirs something you have to see! I found it just for you!" I figured if someone calls at 1am knowing how nicely I string curse words together then it must be important and indeed it was! Pictures of Billie I had never seen. So I share with you.....
I cant help think what the prim and proper Ms. Hazel Scott thought of Billie Holiday as a woman first and foremost. Being she became the wife of a pastor and all. However,I remember in Billies Memoirs she tells a story of the young Hazel Scott auditioning for a job at Barney Josephens cafe society and Billie was really or rather her ghost writer was rather crass in their description of her.
Its always nice to see people finally not hoarding photos of Lady and for that I guess we can build an idol of Bill Gates and praise him twice a damn day....enjoy
Someone with a foot fetish must have taken this but those are a sharp pair of shoes!
I love this one you know damn well Billie didn't ski but you love this pic all the same!

Ethel Moses

Actress and dancer Ethel Moses, who became a leading lady in silent and sound black films, was the daughter of well-known New York Baptist Minister W.H. Moses. She began her show business career as a dancer in 1924, when she was cast with internationally-renowned entertainer Florence Mills in Dixie to Broadway. From 1928 to 1933, she along with her sisters, Julia and Lucia Lynn, performed as part of the Cotton Club Girls chorus line. In between performing at the Cotton Club, Moses appeared in Blackbirds (1926) and the Broadway Revival of Show Boat (1927). Wanting to diversify her career in show business and inspired by her sister Lucia Lynn (who received short-lived acclaim for her performance in the 1927 silent film, The Scar of Shame) Moses delved into world of race films, first appearing in Oscar Micheaux’s 1935 crime drama Temptation. In 1936, Moses married Cab Calloway’s pianist Bennie Payne and continued to perform in nightclubs throughout Harlem, New York where her alluring features and enterprising personality made her one of Harlem’s most notable entertainers of her time. Moses was a fixture and sex symbol in a variety of Micheaux’s films during the late 1930s, appearing in Underworld (1937), God’s Stepchildren (1939), and Birthright (1939). Yet, as the making of all-black cast independent films faded, Moses’ film career ended. By the beginning of the 1950s, she had retired and remarried, this time to Frank Ryan, a factory worker. The couple settled away from the limelight in Jamaica, Long Island. Though forgotten in the history of black film, Moses remains an important figure as she was one of the few black underground actresses who represented African American characters in roles that accurately reflected black life during a time when most major Hollywood filmmakers refused to do so. Sources: Edward Mapp, Directory of Blacks in the Performing Arts, (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1978); Anonymous, “Cotton Club Girls,” Ebony, April 1949, Vo. 4, No. 6; Anonymous, “Parsons Pretty Daughter Chooses Stage Career,” The Pittsburgh Courier, October 4, 1924. Contributor:

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ye Olde Colored Theater presents "LYING LIPS" Oscar Micheux

nightclub singer refuses to "date" customers, so she's framed for the murder of her aunt, convicted of the killing and sent to prison. Directed by Oscar Micheaux. BTW James Earl Jone's dad is in this. Category: Film & Animation Tags: nightclub singer refuses date customers framed drama murder aunt convicted prison License: Standard YouTube License

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ye Olde Colored Theater Presents "God's Step Children - Part 1"

Before Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed" there was Naomi. Well here it is fans, Part 1 of this wonderful 1938 movie directed by Oscar Micheaux that has a combination of elements from the movies "Imitation of Life" (1934) and "These Three" (1936). The story focuses on the young light skinned girl named Naomi who is dropped off by her black mother to black widow Mrs. Saunders who soon grows up to be a troublemaker towards everyone around her as a child, and later as an adult. This movie stars Jacqueline Lewis, Ethel Moses, Alice B. Russell, Gloria Press, and Carman Newsome. There are eight parts in all so I hope you all enjoy this 70 minute classic that is the only known version of the movie at the moment. Certain scenes have been edited out shortly after it's release due to public reaction of them by black audiences that found them offensive. A few of these cut scenes however can still be seen in the film's opening preview trailer (Note: the woman holding baby Naomi in the opening trailer is Trixie Smith, not the woman that plays Naomi's real mother. That's Dorothy Van Engle who was unfortunately uncredited along with Cherokee Thornton who plays Clyde Wade later on in the movie). Also, it took me seven hours to split the parts up in the right spots but it's all worked out perfectly. Remember, this was a low budget movie so it wasn't filmed as sharp as you may want it to look. The picture may be hard to see at times because of the lighting but that only happens a few times.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Within Our Gates (1919) Movie Of The Month

A silent race film produced, written and directed by novelist Oscar Micheaux, it is the oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director.
The film dramatically expresses the racial situation in America during the violent years of Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Migration, and the emergence of the "New Negro". The story focuses on an African-American woman who goes North in an effort to help a minister in the Deep South raise money to keep a school open for poor Black children. Her romance with a black doctor eventually leads to revelations about her family's past that expose the racial skeletons in America's closet, most famously through the film's depiction of a lynching.

Oscar Micheaux
Gene DeAnna (restoration titles), Oscar Micheaux
Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements and James D. Ruffin

I Hear Music- Billie Holiday 1940

"Dream Of Life" Billie Holiday 1939 vocalion

Things That I Think Are Just Plain Stupid

1. Nicki Manaji- Their is nothing more silly then looking at a grown up African American female dressed up and acting like a white Barbie Doll toy... 2. The House of Darion- I love Beyonce but really I don't think of her and her mom when I think couture 3. Jobless or unemployed people with IPHONES and Blackberrys- Can u say priorities first? Geez talk about putting the cart b4 the damn horse! 4. Free porn sites- half the fun was trying to find that stuff back in the days now? Its just all up in our faces cant even get excited personally I feel like a medical doctor looking at a patient when I see pornography these days! 5. Anti virus software that never finds anything but yet and still your computer crashes! 6. Hiring grown, able bodied,healthy, goodlooking men to work in the school system and then acting surprised when they mess around with a 16 year old- Isnt that alot like putting in crack head in a crack house and telling him to keep everything safe?m Theres a reason why those dudes dont want to work too hard trust me! 7. Men on the DL that get on tv and the internet saying they are DL ummmmk aren't you defeating the purpose with that stroke of genius??? 8. People who don't believe in safe sex I mean cmon why not just do us all a favor kill yourself and let the state cremate you it will be cheaper than caring for your dumb ass in the long run. 9. The US government I mean come on why elect a president then let a bunch of people decide what he can or cant do then talk junk about him? 10. Religious people who talk and witness about the Lord and then have sex in parks and cam all night...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New York Drag Culture for the love of Pat Cleveland

I remember the summer of 1987 very well why? Because I went to what is now known as a legendary gay ball. A old fashion Harlem, NY ball held by the Royale House Of Princess in New York. I remember being underage, very skinny, not particularly well dressed and scared to death of the Bronx, NY. I also remember dating a 27 year old by the name of Raymond Moore who knew everyone who was in the ball scene and had a sister that was a model and lived in Chelsea.He loved fashion and was a great dresser in what was then the best style of the day that preppy Polo look. During this time balls were a mostly drag queen affair. The catergories I remember were very limited, they were held in the wee wee hours of the morning after most of the "girls" would come off 3rd ave or the Kentucky strip ( 8th, 9th and 10th ave strolls) it was mostly about beauty and realness and labels(clothes labels) that's why everyone went to these things. Truth be told my mother had a friend that worked at Rikers Island jail in Elmhurst, Queens her name was Miss. Gearldine and she was a member of our church. I knew when a ball was going to be because the "kids" would be in jail for stealing out of Saks, Bergdorf, and Bloomingdales! This before the flyers would even announce the affair! The legendary boosters had the good stuff like Chanel Dior, Ted Lapidus and of course Ralph Laurens Polo No bootleg in those days! The category called "Pieces from a magazine" and during that time when you entered a club an obnoxiuous yet fabulous fem queen would check your label his name was Miss Stacy I adored her/him because they gave me my first Dior shirt and stiff lecture on Herion and drugs and to never drink or smoke anything anyone gave you. also he spent the night in the major department stores and was quite the legend just for that! He was sort of a mentor and I remember him having given me a Chanel tie a big deal to a 8th grader! Also a leather portfolio for my school books. My friends didn't want me to get "Read" because my mother shopped at Macys, Ohrbachs and Sears. So I was the kid everyone just cared about and gave stuff to that I had hell explaining to my Mom where i got it to...My memory serves me correctly inspite of the morals or whatever they were genuinely nice people who looked out for my crew a gang of mangy teenagers that ran 8th avenue from Penn station to west 42nd street. Mostly the majority of this crew died during the AIDS/HIV epidemic that rocked New York City ( RIP) I miss them.
Men that emulated women. New York to me had the top in this category (not to be taken lightly. I had already been on Central Avenue in LA in 1988 with two of my friends and saw the ones that hung at the old waldorf bar no match for NYC in my eye!)due to the popular doctors at the time that made these people beutiful Dr. Felix Schiffman on Park Avenue and Dr. Wallman(sic) in Brooklyn produced legendary beautys such as Candy Lebji, Vanity, Onjanee, Portia and Patasa were a few of the more famous ones during this period that I actually met. For the hustling girls there was a boot leg doctor called "Jimmy Treetop who I remember got accused of selling Monkey hormones" God only knew what these were! drag queens that looked like models that was the big deal in those days . But their were others that were just as famous " Mona" and Silicone Paris were popular for the sheer amounts of work they had (implanted silicone in their bodies) and Mona whose husband beat her and her silicone shifted causeing her to walk with a limp and it had to be scraped out in LA Striking to look, lovely to see was one such person who left me with what can only be described as a gasp and a sigh. "She" was tall and very beautiful light complexed and wore a dress with a white fox cape! Drinking a high ball at the now defunct Sallys Hideway ( formerly Blues bar) which was on west 43rd street I believe off seventh ave. Even though they were whores and drug abusers in my youthful mind this was a new world and it really fasinated me. i didnt want to be LIKE them i did want to be AROUND them. Plus I was a nice looking guy who looked mature and they loved showing me off they never molested me or any of my friends tho. They had morals when it came to that! We all got into this cab and went to the Bronx The Savoy Manor I believe or the Elks Club I cant remember correctly which it was 5 am thats when these events started in those days. One of the people in the cab said "Isnt she giving you Pat Clevland? I had no idea who the hell Pat Clevland even was I had to be about 12 or 13 years old at the time because I was in Junior high School and was just learning the New York City scene as I was raised in Long Island ( The two places are like night and day)Long Island is the country or suburbs and all I knew about was GQ magazine and my mothers Ebony which had a fashion fair section in it. I read it after dark when no one was looking little boys didnt read that type stuff without a lot of questions and funny looks Its amazing the old new York u could do anything and go anywhere underage! However, years went and even more balls in those days their was at least a ball or two a month. The house of lebeji, the house of Wong, Dupree, lebeji yu can call the role on those legendary houses thatthrived before that shit got international it was as columist Cindy use to say "Only in New york Kids!" and I had never even seen a picture of Pat Clevland tho people described her beauty and she was quite popular still even then. Their was no Google in those days so old information was obtained by micro film at the libary or scanning old magazines from garage sales. At that age .....No thank you Sometime in the early 1990s while visiting Colledge Park, Ga a suburb of Atlanta we all went out slumming to a bar called The Marquette or The Queasy to celebrate someone named Nicoles birthday another trans gender that I remember wore her hair like Josephine baker, wore no make up and was a dead ringer for the person I met in New York and watched walk in the house of princess ( Now defunct) ball. The club was owned by a guy named hunter whose father was in the service with my father and later worked as a guard in jackson ga at a State prison their if my memory serves me right. he owned this gay bar alot of ppl probably still remember it. Again I heard someone in our party ask the same question "Doesnt Miss. Nicole give you Pat Clevland? " I remember replying " Looks like Josephine baker to me" My escort at the time a guy from the old Techwood housing projects had driven us to his old home ATL said they call that perfect emulation he can emulate a woman to perfection.....He loved the whole art of it and in those days it was at its peak Well, up to that point the best emulators all seemed to have one thing in common " Looking like Pat Clevland tall, light skinned, and skinny" it was still a few years till I got my first Tandy computer and finally laid eyes on the Great Pat Clevland herself but if you guys are still alive and kicking I am ,putting it in writing " Yes both of them looked like Pat Clevland! enjoy the blog my memories and the bio on this wonderful model and the pictures and Happy February.
Who was Pat Clevaland? (orginally posted by dpbenson) Pat Cleveland -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I searched and searched and was shocked to discover that she does not have her own thread. From One of the first women of color to enjoy worldwide recognition, American model Pat Cleveland got her break when she was 14, after being spotted on the subway by a Vogue editor. She is best known for her playfully over-the-top poses and worked with Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Yves Saint Laurent. Also, together with Karen Bjornson and Anjelica Huston she was one of Halston's original models. They were so loyal that they became known as the Halstonettes. Cleveland returned to the runway five years ago, walking at the Bill Blass and Stephen Burrows shows in New York and is now in her late fifties. From Contrary to popular belief, Naomi Campbell is not the runway queen. That title belongs to Pat Cleveland who became the best runway model in fashion history. Affectionately called Cleveland. Pat Cleveland (pictured above to the left) would dominate the runway like no other model. Legendary performer Josephine Baker made it well known, she wanted Cleveland to portray her in a film, if her life story was ever adapted for a movie because Cleveland bore a resemblance to a younger Baker. The things that Cleveland did on the runway; have yet to be duplicated. She had a partner, male model and dance partner, Sterling St. Jacques, pictured above, (son of late actor Raymond St. Jacques), they walked the runway like two graceful black panthers and they were known to break into a Tango. The crowd would stand on their feet in anticipation when they came on stage and they didn't disappoint. At one event, St. Jacques came out carrying Cleveland on his shoulders. They were also dance partners on Soul Train. Pat Cleveland is currently signed with the Legends division of the Ford Modeling Agency. When she isn't working on the modeling circuit, she relaxes at her Chateau in the Swiss Alps. She loves to vacation in Monte Carlo, eating smoked barracuda on private yachts. When she attends Fashion Week in New York, she has reserved ringside seats and she's treated like royalty. Read more: Pat Cleveland - the Fashion Spot

Dorothea Towles " The making of a legend"

Before Pat Cleland, Naomi Campbell or Iman Their was the lovely Parisian African American model Dorothea Trowles her life story reads like an exciting fairy tale and her beauty exquisite. I first stumbled upon her name while cleaning a elderly neighbors home Mr. Boynton here in Brooklyn, New York he had old copies of Jet magazines laying around the house very casually I might add. Imagine my surprise when my ex and I were looking and I noticed the date and it was a 1950 something issue and in the usual Jet magazine layout among other pictures was a picture of Ms. Towles- Church . I took a picture of the cover I dont think cell phones had camereas then this was in the mid 1990s Mr. Boynton wasnt keen on letting kids take his prize posessions and I posted on the now defunct danger web site. A then popular website for the cellular phone known as the Sidekick. During the closing of the official "Black History month" I am choosing to celebrate with you her beauty. She was the consumate professional often seen on Diors and Balmains runway which to this day is the signature look of the 1950's ( Think New look 1947 created by Christian Dior") enjoy her shadow on these pages with a bio from wikepedia....
Early life Church was born in Texarkana, Texas. She was the seventh of eight children in a farming family. She attended Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, where she majored in biology. After her mother's death, a wealthy uncle invited her to move into his house in Los Angeles. She transferred to the University of Southern California, where she received a master's degree in education. Church is of African American descent. [edit] Modeling career Church initially considered an acting career, but was discouraged by the lack of roles for black actors. She enrolled in the Dorothy Farrier Charm and Modeling School in Los Angeles. She found work modeling for magazines with a black readership and in fashion shows on the West Coast. Her sister, Lois Towles, sang in the Fisk University concert choir during its European tour in 1949. Church scheduled a two-month vacation in Paris that coincided with the Fisk choir's concert schedule. While in Paris, Church decided to try out for some modeling assignments. Christian Dior hired her on the spot to replace one of his regular models who was out on vacation.[1] Church found Paris so inviting that she decided to stay in France. She told her husband, a wealthy dentist several years her senior, that she wouldn't be returning to California. Church also designed her own gowns with samples she bought from Paris designers using her model's discount. In 1954 she returned to the United States and began a tour of black colleges, showcasing her couture line. Her fashion shows served as fund-raisers for Alpha Kappa Alpha, a sorority for black women. She later signed as a model with the Grace del Marco agency in New York City. Shortly after moving to New York she met Thomas Church, an immigration lawyer. They married in 1963 and had one son. They remained married until Thomas Church's death in 2000. [edit] Racial Barriers Church was revered in France during the five years she modeled in Paris. Church recalled her experience in Paris of the early 1950s in a 2004 interview for Women's Wear Daily: "For once I was not considered black, African American or Negro. I was just an American." The French fashion establishment "treated you like a queen," she said.[citation needed] In her 1998 book Black and Beautiful, author Barbara Summers quotes Church about her celebrity status in Paris at the beginning of the 1950s: "I got invited out all the time. I was the only black model in Europe and I just thought I was an international person." Church was not totally immune to prejudice in Paris, however. Pierre Balmain would not allow her to borrow his designs for an Ebony Magazine shoot out of concern Balmain's white clientele would be offended.[citation needed] [edit] Death Church died at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Her death was attributed to heart and kidney disease.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Early life Wale was born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 1984.[1] His parents are of the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria and came to the United States from Austria in 1979. Wale's family first lived in Northwest Washington DC before moving to Montgomery County when Wale was 10. He graduated from Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2001 and later moved to Largo, Maryland.[2] Wale attended Robert Morris University and Virginia State University on football scholarships, then transferred to Bowie State University but dropped out.[3][1] Wale's love of the game of football and the Washington Redskins has led to a longstanding rumor that Wale had a tattoo of tight end Chris Cooley.[4] He is also the cousin of actor Gbenga Akinnagbe. [edit] Career [edit] Beginnings Wale's first recording was called "Rhyme of the Century".It was his first song to ever be played on local radio. He was featured in the "Unsigned Hype" column of The Source magazine in 2006. He was signed to a local label called Studio 43 in 2006. "Dig Dug (Shake It)" became popular in Washington, D.C, Maryland and Virginia and was a tribute to Ronald "Dig Dug" Dixon, percussion player for the go-go band Northeast Groovers.[3] The song became the most requested song by a local artist in D.C. radio history and Wale was the first local artist to get any BDS spins since DJ Kool in the early 1990s. The song was included in Wale's first mixtape, Paint a Picture. In July 2006, Wale found representation in Daniel Weisman, a former club DJ and promoter who had no previous experience in management.[5] Weisman had been tipped off about the rapper by a friend in Washington, D.C and connected with him through Myspace.[5] In September 2006, after dropping another go-go influenced single, "Breakdown", sampled from Huck-a-Bucks "Sexy Girl" and getting a mention in The Washington Post,[6] Wale released his first non-go-go original single, "Uptown Roamers." On September 14, 2006, "Uptown Roamers" debuted on XM Radio Channel 66 and was played twice in one day. Both "Breakdown" and "Uptown Roamers" were on Wale's second mixtape, Hate Is the New Love. Wale's song "Breakdown," was featured on the video game Madden NFL 2009. Wale won the award for "D.C. Metro Breakthrough Artist of the Year" at WKYS's Go-Go Awards in November 2006.[7] On December 15, The Fader magazine associate editor Nick "Catchdubs" Barat visited Wale for an interview and photo shoot which appeared in the March 2007 issue of The Fader.[8] Manager Weisman told HitQuarters that the Fader feature, given the magazine's music/culture/fashion orientation, laid an important foundation for Wale to position himself as a "cool, smart, up-and-coming hip-hop artist".[5] In January 2007, Wale released a new single to radio called "Good Girls" produced by Gerard Thomas and Demario Bridges for TeamMusicGroup. Wale later appeared on Mark Ronson's remix of Lily Allen's "Smile"[9] and was a headliner on Ronson's UK tour that year promoting Ronson's second album Version.[10][11] In June 2007, Wale signed to a production deal with Ronson's Allido Records.[3] In May 2010, Wale abruptly canceled a scheduled performance at DC Black Pride, an annual black gay pride event. In an email to the event's organizer, Wale's manager claimed he was unaware it was a gay event when he agreed to perform. However, on May 28, 2010, it was announced he would perform alongside the headliner for free.[12] [edit] National attention and major label signing Wale released his third mixtape, 100 Miles & Running, on July 11, 2007 as a free download on his Myspace page. This mixtape includes features from Mark Ronson, Daniel Merriweather, Amy Winehouse, and Lily Allen. It was released on the same day as his performance at the Highline Ballroom, in Manhattan. The Highline show was to promote the US release of Mark Ronson's album and included performances by Mark Ronson, Wale, Saigon, and Daniel Merriweather. Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Maroon 5, Clive Davis, Eve and Danny Masterson were all in attendance. There, Wale was interviewed by MTV News correspondent J.D. Tuminski for his first national TV feature on August 16, 2007.[13] With Ronson, Wale performed "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.", a remix of Justice's "D.A.N.C.E." from Wale's 100 Miles mixtape, at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.[14] The Washington Post profiled Wale on the front page of the Sunday Style section in the October 21, 2007 edition.[1] Wale was featured on the cover of the 150th issue of URB along with French electro group Justice. In March 2008, Wale signed a joint venture deal with Mark Ronson's Allido Records and Interscope, joining Rhymefest and Daniel Merriweather as Allido artists.[15] Epic Records, Atlantic Records, and Def Jam all competed to sign Wale.[3] On May 30, Wale released his fourth mixtapeThe Mixtape About Nothing, heavily produced by Best Kept Secret.[16] Wale said that the television show Seinfeld inspired The Mixtape About Nothing: "the TV show's 'honest dialogue' mirrors his lyrical style, which frequently references pop culture and politics while avoiding gangster-rap bluster".[17] After signing with Interscope, Wale began recording tracks for his major label debut: in a 2008 interview with Express, a newspaper published by the Washington Post Company, Wale announced that he was recording a song with Chrisette Michele called "Shades", which discusses inter-black racism.[18] Wale also appeared on Interscope label mate DJ Greg Street's single "Dope Boys" which samples Hip Hop classic T.R.O.Y. alongside Lupe Fiasco and Kardinal Offishall.[19] Rapper Young Chris of rap duo Young Gunz also began plans for a collaboration mixtape with Wale.[20] On June 19, 2009, Wale released his fifth mixtape, Back to the Feature, on which eleven of the tracks were produced by 9th Wonder, with contributions also coming from Mark Ronson and others.[21] The album's title, a play off the name of the movie Back to the Future, referred to the fact that a lengthy list of rappers joined Wale on the songs, including K'naan, Talib Kweli, Joell Ortiz, Beanie Sigel, Curren$y, J. Cole and Bun B.[22] The mixtape received positive reviews from Vibe magazine[22] and website Pitchfork Media,[23] but Colin McGowan of Cokemachineglow commented that it represented neither "a step forward or back [for the artist] so much as shouting-in-place."[24] Wale did a guest performance on "Change", a song by the Australian singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather. It was written by Merriweather and Andrew Wyatt and produced by Jayceon Dolinh and Mark Ronson. It was released on January 30, 2009, in the United States and Canada, and February 2, 2009, in the UK (where the song peaked at no.8). The song is included on Merriweather's album Love & War. On September 13, Wale, alongside the DC-based musicians of UCB (Uncalled 4 Band)- The Board Administration artists, served as the official house band for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.[25] [edit] Attention: Deficit (2009) Wale performing at Georgetown University's 2010 Midnight Madness On November 10, 2009 Wale's debut album, Attention Deficit, had primarily positive reception. It debuted at the number 21 spot on the Billboard 200 and sold 28,000 copies in its first week. Interscope claimed that the LP was undershipped and that was the reason for the low sales numbers. Daniel Weisman, Wale's manager, claimed that Interscope didn't ship enough copies of the album.[26] The first single off Attention Deficit was "Chillin", featuring Lady Gaga, followed by "Pretty Girls" featuring Gucci Mane and Weensey and "World Tour" featuring Jazmine Sullivan. Other guest artists on the album included Pharrell; Bun B; Chrisette Michele; K'Naan; Marsha Ambrosius; J. Cole; and Melanie Fiona.[27] In March 2010, Rapper Wale announced he and K'Naan would kick off a short co-headlining tour across the east coast of the US, beginning at the end of March in New York City.[28] According to Wale, he is in the studio with Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, Roscoe Dash, Sean Garrett, and Drumma Boy. On August 3, 2010, Wale released sixth mixtape, More About Nothing hosted by DJ Omega a follow-up to his critically acclaimed The Mixtape About Nothing under The Board Administration[29] - an independent label co founded with Marketing Executive Le'Greg O. Harrison. More About Nothing took the internet by storm resulting in 100,000 plus downloads in 90 minutes.[30] More About Nothing creatively integrates sitcom material with rhyme and wordplay to present Wale's frustrations on his plight to reach mainstream acceptance and success. Features include Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka, Daniel Merriweather, UCB, Board Administration Artists' Tiara Thomas, Black Cobain, Fat Trel, and NBA Player and DC Native Kevin Durant. In the last half of 2010, inspired by Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Fridays project, Wale started re-release a track from one of his previous mixtapes for free-download on his own website every Thursday, calling this enterprise "Throwback Thursday". From then, guests on those tracks included Bun B, Pusha T, John Mayer, Lil Wayne and K'Naan. On February 5, 2011, during Super Bowl XVL festivities he announced his signing to artist Rick Ross, Maybach Music Group.[31] He states that he will still continue to be able to put out the music that he believes in behind the support of Rick Ross. Wale currently since 2009 has been signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation for management along with other artists such as J. Cole, Mark Ronson, Melanie Fiona and Rihanna. [edit] Ambition (2011) May 6, 2011, Wale shared plans with MTV Networks regarding the potential release of two albums in 2011. Later the same month, he confirmed Pre Production efforts for Ambition his second album slated for Fall 2011 release under Maybach and Warner Music Groups. Production for Ambition took place at ZAC Recording, in Atlanta, Georgia with The Board Administration Producer Tone P. Anticipation for Ambition was incited through the release and heavy viral promotion of Mixtape, The Eleven One Eleven Theory done under Wale's label, The Board Administration. The Eleven One Eleven Theory debuted August 17, 2011 on Life and Times in honor of Wale's Twitter milestone of reaching one million followers and was purposefully made with the intent to build widespread anticipation for November 1, 2011 the scheduled release date of Ambition.[32] This marketing strategy was the brainchild of The Board Administration CEO Greg Harrison and was executed through savvy social media integration resulting in the first shut down of renowned file sharing site Hulkshare in the first 4 seconds of posting the link.[33] Wale is the first mainstream artist to officially crash Hulkshare.[34] September 7, 2011 Wale announced plans for a 32-city domestic tour titled The Ambition Tour, which initiated October 2, 2011 in Minneapolis Minnesota and has dates through December 2011.[35] The Board Administration artist Black Cobain is the official opening act for each date and is followed by a rotation of various artists in select markets which include: Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Pusha T, J. Cole, Big Sean, Miguel, and more.[35] September 28, 2011, Wale revealed Ambition was complete and released single "Lotus Flower Bomb", featuring Miguel on Twitter.[36] September 29, 2011, Funk Master Flex debuted Wale's song "Tats On My Arms", featuring Rick Ross.[37] The next day Wale released the album cover for Ambition.[38] October 14, 2011, Wale released single "Focused", featuring Kid Cudi.[39] The official Ambition track listing includes 15 songs.[40] The Board Administration launched a robust social media campaign integrating never-seen-before social media strategy and savvy to virally promote Ambition. The promotional campaign included a five-part making of documentary; a Twitter campaign centered on a hashtag blitz–aptly named #Ambition and daily new music and video releases from Wale; and promotional materials for purchase through Warner Music Group and Maybach Music Group such as Ambition wristbands and graphic tees.[41]These efforts were also supported through televised making of episodes through networks such as MTV that hosted Sucker Free Road to Release.[42] The never-seen-before element of Wale’s Ambition promo blitz included a partnership formed between the current most popular file sharing site Hulkshare and The Board Administration.[41] Greater than 3 million footsteps frequent Hulkshare daily in pursuit of the hottest new music, and through this collaboration could view banner ads on practically every Hulkshare download page, each rectangular space flanked with Wale’s profile and a clock counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the album comes out.[43] October 27, 2011 Wale unveiled an Ambition snippet sampler on Youtube for people to preview the album.[44] Later the same day, a private Ambition media listening event, held at the Gansevoort Hotel of Chelsea New York, was attended by music executives, bloggers, various artists, and hip hop heads.[44] On November 2, 2011, Myspace and Hot 97 will presented a complimentary Wale and friends midnight Ambition release show at The Highline Ballroom in New York City. The event was hosted by Miss Info and featured special guest DJ Funk Master Flex.[45] The album debuted number two on the Billboard 200 selling 162,600 copies in its first week.[46] The album received mixed reviews, including a negative one in Wale's local Washington City Paper.[47] On November 25, 2011 shortly after the release of Ambition, Wale announced on twitter that he has already begun working on his third album.[48] [edit] Musical style In an interview with Flavorwire, Wale said that he incorporates elements of go-go in his music.[49] Cyril Cordor of allmusic described go-go as "a more raw, percussion-driven offshoot of disco" that originated in the Washington, D.C. area. Wale's early singles that were played primarily in his local metropolitan area heavily sampled 1990s go-go records.[3] Reviewing Attention Deficit, David Jeffries of allmusic remarked that Wale had a "post-Kanye, post-Lil Wayne, alternative-meets-hardcore style" and commented that Wale's single "Chillin'", which featured Lady Gaga, "crafts an instant floor-filler out of a sample from the '70s hit 'Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye'".[50]

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