James Brown performs “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud” on Playboy After Dark
Great to see James with the natural ‘do. Great to see that blond say, “Fuck it” at the 2:25 mark and get black and proud. The brunette (Asian?) to her right definitely went out and got herself some dark meat that night.
So much to love about this one. The collar. The Carl Weathers mini-fro. The…wait a fucking minute. George Benson is roller-skating and playing the guitar at the same time! A classic example of something that I’ve stated numerous times: Rock Star trumps everything. Everything about George Benson in this video should, at the very least, feel dated and cheesy. But it doesn’t. It just feels fucking great.This is why—try as I might—I can’t really hate on smooth jazz radio stations. Because, I know that if I listen for more than a few songs, they’re gonna play something like this and make me want to fucking hug someone.
This documentary film from Raymond Gayle examines “the struggles of the black rock musician and the stigma they face in the black community and the music industry.” It features tons of great performance footage and interviews with journalists and musicians like Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Vernon Reid of In Living Color, and Cody ChesnuTT. Although the film is a bit rough around the edges, it’s got a lot of heart and certainly tackles an interesting and timely subject. The success of bands like TV on the Radio (one white guy) and Bloc Party (fronted by a black guy) might signal a shift toward an acceptance of more rockers of color. Watch it here, or by all means go buy a copy.
And here’s the Saturday Night Live performance that first made me a Fishbone fan.