This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

December 11, 2009

Old School Friday: Always In Prince’s Hair

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I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

~”Hair” from Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

Finally! I am back in the Old School Friday swing of things. I’ve been out of the groove for a while: semester-specific increased workload, chronic medical condition fatigue, annoyance at racial and political nonsense…. I missed last week’s theme, “Gone, but not forgotten“; I missed the week before that on musical crushes. But I am back now so all else is forgotten.

This week’s theme is “Blame it on the hairstyle.” I decided to go with a single artist who has gone through several hair style incarnations.

That artist is Prince.

In chronological hair order, first up is a young Prince with full afro from his For You album: “Soft and Wet”

Moving from big ‘fro to long permed locks is Prince in his self-titled album the following year. The funny thing about his look during this phase is that I had, at about the same time, a hair style almost exactly like it: The slightly off-center part, the Farrah Fawcett-inspired feathered bangs—Prince and I could’ve been twins!

“Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?”

From the looks of him in the band picture on the inside of the liner notes, Prince next did a kind of jheri curl-looking hair style on Dirty Mind—so very 80s! (And he was singing about ess ee ex—so very naughty!) And in another bit of PPR_Scribe-Prince confluence, I too sported a curl for a minute—just before my last year of high school in ’81. I cut all my long hair off—much to the horror of the ladies in the beauty shop at the time. One threatened to call my mother, certain that there was no way she would approve of me chopping my hair down to two inches or so.


Fast forward through several years and several albums.This next style, I am happy to say, is where my hair similarities with Prince ended. Newly released from all his record label drama, by Emancipation he had changed both his hair and his name: O(+> His hair was in a kind of close cropped, full banged style with a space shaved just above one ear in which he sported his unpronounceable symbol.

“One of Us”

These days Prince is once again Prince, and he wears a very mature and surprisingly conservative short wavy style. In my opinion he has been at his best recently with his live albums. On Indigo Nights he went Old (Rock) School with this Led Zeppelin cover:

“Whole Lotta Love”

I’m not sure I “blame” anything on Prince’s hair. But his styles over the years have been fun to watch—almost as much as his music has been fun to listen to.

Have a great Old School Friday and a great weekend!

As always, a big thank you to OSF hostesses, Marvalus at Conversations with Marva and MrsGrapevine. Please check out the rules for joining and list of other OSF participants here.

November 8, 2009

“Good Hair,” Man-style

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Though I’ve yet to see Chris Rock’s Good Hair, I have been following a lot of the blog chatter as a result of it. What I have heard very little of, however, is the fact that Black women are not the only ones to “perm” their hair. I find this lack of discussion especially interesting given that Rev. Al Sharpton, himself the sporter of a perm, apparently makes an appearance in the film.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I came across this post commenting on the top Black Man Perms of all time, by a blogger who always wanted a man-perm but was to be forever kept from this fashion statement:

So, in my disappointment I turned to the study of man perms. Over the last twenty years, I have studied man perms extensively until I have emerged as an expert. And it is with that authority that I present you “The Greatest Man Perms of All Time: An Evolutionary History by Max Reddick.”

Of course, I’m a little ticked that Prince does not rate the number 1 man perm. I mean, surely he belongs ahead of Snoop!

July 31, 2009

Sparkle in my Eyes: OSF First Love/First Date Songs

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First lovesfirst dates…and the songs that were their soundtracks. That is today’s Old School Friday theme. Now, some of us have to reach back a little farther than others in our memory banks and LP crates for these songs. But it is, as they say, all good. These songs stay with us even after the special ones who may have inspired them are long forgotten.

My first song is not a love song, but a classic of funk. My first “dates” were not so much one-on-one affairs, but group outings. We’d all meet up at the skating rink—kids from junior high schools and high schools from all over the city. Parents would drop us off with five dollars in our pockets and reminders to be outside at X-o’clock sharp or risk spending the night at the rink. Then we would go inside and pair up.

In this environment, my first “date song” was a classic roller skating song. Parliament’s “Flashlight” would come on, the lights would go out, and everybody would get out on the rink with their flashlights. It was an amazing sight, all the moving circles of light in the dark to the thumping bass. It was the highlight of my Saturday date.

play-ville-de-lumiere-by-gold “Flashlight” by Parliament

Probably my first “our song” was this one. I can still remember slow dancing to it with…whatsisname…at the end of the basement party, just before the DJ intoned those famous words, “Y’all ain’t got to leave, but ya gots to get tha hell outta here!”

play-ville-de-lumiere-by-gold “Sparkle” by Cameo

Finally, my husband and I have several “our songs.” Many of them are by Prince, as we are both fans. This one is one of my favorite Prince songs, and favorite slow jams by anyone.

play-ville-de-lumiere-by-gold “Adore” by Prince

Well, that about wraps another OSF edition. Have a good one and a great weekend!


As always, a big thank you to OSF hostesses, Marvalus at Conversations with Marva

and MrsGrapevine.

Please check out the rules for joining and list of other OSF participants here.

June 7, 2009

The Curious Case of Prince…

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…who, though he turns 51 years old today, looks as if he’s aging backwards! To celebrate, check out this program this evening from Afronerd Radio:

Stop by for a very special broadcast as we celebrate the music and career of the artist currently known as Prince. The extraordinary musician, producer, arranger and Academy award winner celebrates his 51st birthday today, June 7th. In attendance-Michael Dean of Freedom Train Online, filmmaker Raymond Gayle (Electric Purgatory) and Team Afronerd-Mr. Starks & Dburt.

May 29, 2009

OSF: Don’t Box Me In

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I am still getting caught up on all my Old School Friday colleagues’ posts from last week and here it is Friday again. So, I’ll make this a quick one. The theme is “Out of My Box“—our opportunity to post songs that are outside of our comfort zone. I am not sure I really have a comfort zone, as I’ll try any music at least once.

My playlist features a country and western legend—Johnny Cash. One time when we were traveling by car we stopped off at a Cracker Barrel and picked up Johnny Cash’s greatest hits as a gag gift for someone. We ended up playing the CD in the car and loving it. We had to buy a different gift.

Also featured are a couple of versions of Prince songs by people I might otherwise have never listened to. Not only am I a huge Prince fan, but I am fascinated by cover versions so these tunes fit both bills.

So, listen—enjoy! And happy Old School Friday!

May 8, 2009

Peace, Love, and Soooooooul Train: Old School Friday

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"Ball of Light." PPR_Scribe

"Ball of Light." PPR_Scribe

I’m going to get straight to it today. The OSF theme: Soul Train.

I have to start with the one song that says “Soul Train theme” to me: “The Sound of Philadelphia” by MFSB.

And next up—because I have always been a huge fan and thus (as a Black girl) felt vindicated when he appeared on this very hip, very Black show singing this song—Elton John singing “Bennie and the Jets.”

And I can’t leave the Soul Train without featuring another of my most favorite artists. Prince premiered several songs from his Gold Experience on Soul Train. My favorite was this duet with Nona Gaye, “Love Sign.”

And finally, a true blast from Soul Train past. “Pop That Thang” by the Isley Brothers is one of my favorites. Sure, it is a good and funky song. But it also made me think a lot as a young kid. I just knew they had to be singing about something nasty, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out exactly what. Look at that rooster and hen? And pop what thing? Was my thing supposed to pop?

In case you are wondering. Yes, that is my disco ball in this photograph. Don’t you have a disco ball hanging in your house?

play-ville-de-lumiere-by-goldGo ahead. Form two parallel lines and bust out your best moves down the Soul Train line. Don’t be shy! Happy Old School Friday, y’all. And have a funky weekend!


As always, a big thank you to OSF hostesses, Marvalus at (her new place) Conversations with Marva

and MrsGrapevine.

Please check out the rules for joining and list of other OSF participants here.

February 27, 2009

When I was in 10th grade…

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That is the Old School Friday meme theme for this week.

I was a sophomore in high school for the last year of the ’70s and first year of the ’80s. And music-wise, there is nothing for me to ponder or search my memory banks about. That year was all about Prince.

The rules of OSF say no X-rated lyrics. That makes things kind of difficult, as 1980 was the year of Prince’s aptly named Dirty Mind album–the one that first made me a superfan. So, I’ll go with something clean from the 1979 self-titled release instead.

“I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince play-ville-de-lumiere-by-gold

I ain’t got no money
I ain’t like those other guys you hang around
And it’s kinda funny
But they always seem to let you down
And I get discouraged
’cause I never see you anymore
And I need your love, babe yeah
That’s all I’m living for
I don’t wanna pressure you, baby
But all I ever wanted to do
I wanna be your lover…

And in the spirit of my own Re-make Theme, I’ll also throw in a remake of another cut from that album: “I Feel for You” as interpreted by my favorite female vocalist, Chaka Khan.

“I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan play-ville-de-lumiere-by-gold

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