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Don't Disturb This Groove! EP 20 - AMerry R&B Christmas Show

A Merry R&B Christmas edition, Lady T spin her favorite Christmas R&B Songs
Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.

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Don't Disturb This Groove! Episode 19

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.
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Be Celebrated, Not Tolerated

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Wrapping up another award season, earlier this month was the American Music Awards and this past Sunday was the 30th annual Soul Train Awards that aired on BET. As long as I can remember I have been watching the soul train awards. Of course I watch the AMA's, the VMA and Grammy Awards. I am a music nerd this is what I do, you know this.

But the soul train awards is special, this award show specifically caters to the achievements of African American artists, In R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel. (They need to bring Jazz back to the show). When I was coming up the soul train awards use to come on Saturdays in March (My birthday month) on the fox network and as I got older it was the UPN network now known as the CW.

I could always count on seeing my favorite artists perform, present and pick up their awards. In the early days of the Soul Train Awards. Everybody use to show up, From Whitney Houston all the way to Run DMC. But as the show moved through the years, the A li…

These Are The Times We Are In

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It is 2017 and I have been having conversations about slave trading as a part of my general conversation. I have been providing links and videos on my social media news feed In regards to the current crisis of the slave trade that is happening in the country of Libya. We have heard and read reports about human trafficking.

But to see it unfold on this level in this day and age is baffling beyond thoughts and words at this point. If you have not been aware of what is happening  with the Slave trade in Libya. Let me fill you in. Currently migrants are being forced into Libya from other countries around Africa. They are being forced into selling  markets in Libya, this is the meeting ground to get the migrants transported over to Europe.

The migrants are being forced into cheap labor as well as prostitution in some cases, media outlets are reporting that there are about nine markets through out Libya. The fact that human beings are selling other hum…

Don't Disturb This Groove! Boys Vs Girls 90's Groups Edition Part I

This is Part 1 of a series that will take place through out the months. Featuring a time in the 90's that will focus on the artists and the groups whose music defined the genre during 1990's decade
Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.
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Don't Disturb This Groove EP 17 - Soul Glow

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.

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Make R&B Music Great Again!

Google Images: Ty Dolla $ign
Ty Dolla $ign  just recently dropped his latest album and third installment of the beach house series. And he sat down with Rolling Stone magazine to discuss the project and also chatted about bringing R&B music back to the charts. The most standout Ty quote in the article is when he said "Remember when R&B used to be on the Hot 100? It just stopped. I felt like I had to dumb myself down a lot" - rollingstone.com

Lets examine that statement right there, he is right R&B use to be up and down the billboard hot 100 charts. Through out my childhood, teen and young adult years R&B was a dominate force. The 1990s and early 2000's specifically was a great time for R&B artist and the music. It even went through phases like contemporary R&B, New Jack Swing, R&B/Pop, Hip-Hop Soul and Neo soul. 
There was a variety of R&B artists featured on the mainstream charts on a regular basis. There was the vocalists and balladeers.…

When All Is Lost

Google Images: Chrisette Michelle, Top: Tina Campbell, Bottom
Recently singer Chrisette Michelle announced her recent miscarriage and being dropped from her record label, and also having suicidal thoughts. If you are not aware during  the Trump presidential  inauguration earlier this year
Chrisette Michelle decided to perform at the festivities. Which was truly a bad idea on her and her team part. It caused the biggest backlash of her career. Many supporters of her music, vocally stated they will be boycotting and no longer supporting the artist.
And now the singer states the effects and stress of this fall out has caused major conflict in her life.
Let me say this, I am terribly sad to hear about her miscarriage. I would not wish that on my worst enemy. I cannot even begin to imagine what that is like. And the emotions and thoughts of suicide is a beyond unfortunate burden to bare.

Her sharing this information may garner sympathy from some. But overall people are still pretty pissed of…

The Crossover

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December 25 2016, Christmas Day Singer George Michael passed away. In his home in the United Kingdom. October 30th will mark the 30th anniversary of his debut solo album “Faith” in 1987 when his album arrived George was already a mega superstar. Coming off his success being a part of duo Wham!

He was a different kind of pop artist, he was one of the very few that crossed over  from Pop to the R&B music charts. That was my formal introduction to George Michael music. In Buffalo NY on the urban radio station 93.7 WBLK. Songs from George first solo album faith was played a lot on my hometown radio station.
Songs like “Father figure, One more try, Monkey, Hard day, Kissing a fool” (Quiet Storm Gem). All received airplay on urban radio in my hometown and other urban radio stations across the country. He received what they call the blue eyed soul treatment. Think pop artists Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith songs being apart of R&B and urban AC …

What's Going On?

Google Images: Devastation from Bomb Attack in Mogadishu, Somalia

I may talk about music and culture, It is my way to ease the pain with all the things I see going on in this world. But it is too much to ignore, last weekend there was bomb explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia. As of right now it has been reported that 300 lives has been lost due the terrorist attack.

I do my best to keep up with what is going on, whether it's in pop culture, local or national news. And with this recent terrorist attack. The one thing I don't see flooding up and down my time lines on my social media feed. Is  #PrayForSomalia, that is something that is very scarce across the feeds. But I bet your bottom dollar I can see the endless memes of bitches not being shit and its numerous likes.

That goes without fail, I posted a few links about this horrific incident and all I have heard is crickets. If I posted a joke and made fun of reality star. It would have been likes and comments galore. I am not tell…

Don't Disturb This Groove! Episode 16 Fall Madness

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.
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Culture At A Price!!!!

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For a true a music lover, we love to whole experience of music, listening to our favorite artist on the radio. Getting on the music streaming sites looking up entire catalogues and playing them in the background. Going to the concerts and purchasing the merchandise. Typically concert tees are around 30 bucks a pop. Depending on the artist, a typical music lover may shell out the $30.00 for the tee and keep it moving.

When I was youngster coming up on the Eastside of Buffalo NY. I use to frequent the neighborhood corners stores. These were the type of stores where you could buy a honey bun, lotto tickets and heat up a hot pocket and purchase a whole outfit all in one place. The same stores use to sell the concerts tees or some would call them the bootleg concert shirts. Who ever was the popular artist at  the time faces were all over the shirts. 

At this point in time it was artist like, Aaliyah, Brandy, …

Episode 6 - Behind The Groove! The Aaliyah Show

Behind The Groove! Host Lady T and J.Jones will discuss and explore the life and legacy of Aaliyah. This past August 25th was the 16th anniversary of Aaliyah untimely passing. They will also talk about the current state of music labels and how or do they value their artists?

Don't Disturb This Groove EP 15

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.

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Don't Disturb This Groove Episode 14

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.
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Next Episode Of Behind The Groove! August 30th

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On the next episode of Behind The Groove! Host Lady T and J.Jones along with Tekei will discuss and explore the life and legacy of Aaliyah. This past August 25th was the 16th anniversary of Aaliyah untimely passing. The crew will also talk about the current state of music labels and how or do they value their artists? And much more stayed for show on August 30th @ 5pm Right here on iamshema.blogspot.com

Behind The Groove! Episode Five - How To Make It In America

Hosts Lady T. J.Jones and Tekei give their take on How To Make It In America. The team discuss the updowns of working a everyday job. Also how more and more Americans are moving more into become freelances and entrepreneurs in this modern day and time. Stay tune as the discuss this and more......
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Don't Disturb This Groove! Episode Feat Interview with Lo Profile

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.

On This Episode, features an interview Buffalo NY hip hop artist Lo Profile, who will discuss debut album Lo Cut Grass and much more. Check out his latest single "Trust You Like My Tre 8" now on Spotify


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Don't Disturb This Groove! EP 13

Next Episode of Don't Disturb This Groove! airs on Saturday, July 29th 2017 @ 4pm on radiophoenix,org. This episode with feature a interview with Buffalo NY hip-hop artist Lo Profile, He will be letting us know about his upcoming projects and more! Tune in..........

Friends

Google Images: Top image: Girls Trip, Bottom Image: HBO Insecure
In the past week the box office and television has been grace with the presence of seeing African American female friendship on the big and small screen. Most recently and long overdue female buddy comedy Girls Trip, starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett- Smith, Regina Hall & Tiffany Haddish. A tale of four friends who comes together and go down to the Essence fest. Along the way there is a lot of laughter, debauchery and most importantly camaraderie amongst friends.
In the land of TV one of my favorite shows returned back for it's  second season and that is Insecure that airs on HBO. Created by Issa Rae and she is also the star of the show. One of the main draws for many viewers of the show. Is the characters Issa and her best friend Molly played by Yvonne Orji. In the first season we had a chance to see the up and downs of Issa and Molly friendship.
In watching both film and show, it made me reflect on my own l…

Don't Disturb This Groove! Episode 12

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.

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Behind The Groove! Episode 4 - Jay-Z 4:44 Album & More

Hosts Lady T & J,Jones give their take on the latest album from Jay-Z, 4:44 a project that he just released. Join the hosts as they give their thoughts on the song the influence and many more.


Behind The Groove! Episode 4 - July 8th

On next episode of Behind The Groove! Join Lady T and her crew as they discuss Jay-Z latest album 4:44. Also they will be discussing the album impact on the culture, and the maturity of the rap artist. This Saturday July 8th on iamshema.blogspot.com

Don't Disturb This Groove EP 11: 80s Baby Edition

Don't This Disturb Groove! Is hosted by Lady T, she is a lover of all things R&B. Join her on this journey to bring R&B back to the forefront and into the valley. Tune in every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday each month. This show will feature R&B music, from the past present and future.



Sipping Lemonade at 4:44

 "I would be emotionally available if I invited you over"
-Jay Z "4:44"

Black music month has came to an end, and this year it went out on a good note. Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z released his 13th studio album 4:44. A very introspective album from the celebrated and seasoned MC. At this time I am pretty sure most of you have heard or read about this album. After his retirement he came back with 2006 "Kingdom Come" and that was the album I assumed that would have the same sound as what is now being heard on 4:44

When Beyonce released her album Lemonade a year ago, she gave the listeners a glimpse into the private lives of her and Jay relationship. Created much controversy about Jay-Z cheating on queen bee. Aside from that Lemonade over all was a great body of work.

Visually stunning and deeply poetic album from Beyonce, at this time speculation was will Jay-Z have a follow up to lemonade? Is the warm up to rumored their joint album?  The buzz was going crazy …

Sign Of The Times!

Google Images: Joe Budden and Migos BET Gray Carpet Incident

Sunday June 25th 2017 was the 17th Annual BET awards celebrating the best and the brightest in Music, sports and entertainment. This year was an interesting year for the BET awards, more interesting than past awards shows.

No Gospel Representation During Live Broadcast: Since The incarnation of Black Entertainment Television, long before the award show became a staple on the network. The genre of gospel music has always had it place on BET. From the Bobby Jones Show to Lift Every Voice. Gospel music and the artist has always had a presence. Every year on the award show there has always been performances from Yolanda Adamas, Marvin Sapp, Mary Mary just to name a few.

This year gospel music was a no go during live broadcast and it was the next day when I realized what someone on twitter mentioned and saying the show was missing that element. Others chimed in to point out that gospel artist received their awards earlier in the…

No Such Thing As Half Way Crooks: R.I.P Prodigy

Google Images: Prodigy of Mobb Deep
June is historically known as Black Music Month, A time when music of the African American culture is celebrated. Well it use to be like that, There use to be different music specials that would come on and many album releases would come out during this time.

The music nerd in me still looks forward to this time of year even though things in music has changed greatly I still celebrate Black Music Month. Well this year this month on June 20th. Hip-Hop has lost a very valuable member of the community. Albert Johnson better known as Prodigy, 1/2 of rap duo Mobb Deep passed away at the age of 42 years old.

Currently as of late his death is still being reported that the cause may have been due complications of sickle cell anemia. Prodigy was born with the disease and if anyone is familiar with Mobb Deep music. He has rapped numerous times about dealing with sickle cell anemia. Prodigy and Tboz from TLC who also suffers from the disease. Has to me in my …

Behind The Groove! EP 3 - Michael Jackson Hour

In celebration of black music month, host Lady T and J. Jones with special guest Tekei. Discuss the legacy and impact of Micheal Jackson. On June 25th 2009, the day that music changed when Micheal Jackson passed away. Join the host as they give their thoughts on the King of Pop.

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Don't Disturb This Groove! EP 10 - Easy Breezy Jams

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Is it Too Late? : Aaliyah Music & Legacy

Google Images: Aaliyah, 2001
I was listening to a music podcast earlier in the week and there was a segment where the hosts of the show ask the question would anyone be interested in new music from Aaliyah? The general answer amongst the host was a no. Fears of music sounding dated and the fact there is a whole new generation.

Me personally I would love to hear some unreleased music from Aaliyah's music catalog. Here is the thing I am bias, I am not a casual fan, I am an avid fan. I grew up on her music, I felt a big loss in music when she passed away. But that is just me, so I am always going to want to hear some new music from her catalog.

However it has to have the right production behind it, back in 2012 when Drake and his producer 40 Shebib released an unreleased Aaliyah track "Enough Said" I loved it, I thought it was dope. Then there was talk of a possible full Aaliyah album produced by Drake and his team. Well that came to abrupt end due to conflict with family …

Next Episode: Don't This Groove!

Saturday June 3rd @ 4pm MST on radiophoenix.org is the next episode 9 of Don't Disturb This Groove! Hosted by Lady T. In this songs will be featured from R&B legends that are gone but are not forgotten!