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REPORT: Black National Anthem to Play Before Week 1 NFL Games

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“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will reportedly be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during  Week 1 of the upcoming season.

The song, considered the Black National Anthem, was originally written as a poem by civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson in 1899. It was later set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson, per TMZ.

The announcement comes after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently apologized for the league’s handling of Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protests and the movement he inspired. 

During a conversation last month with ESPN’s “The Return of Sports,” Goodell stunned many fans of the sport when he encouraged teams to sign the quarterback.

Kaepernick has not played since the 2016 season, when he sparked outcry for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

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In a conversation with Mike Greenberg, Goodell flipped the script on his previous stance about marrying social issues with the league, saying he would welcome Kaepernick’s voice on discussions of racial injustice.

“Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.”

He added, “If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities. We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time,” Goodell said. “But I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”

Hear/watch him tell it via the clip above. 

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing will be played when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans to kick off the NFL regular season on Sept. 10.

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The Pulse of Entertainment: Guitarist Norman Brown Releases 3rd Shanachie Album, ‘Heart to Heart’ / LISTEN

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Grammy-nominated guitarist Norman Brown releases ‘Heart to Heart’ on Shanachie.

*“We are one, part of each other,” said Grammy-nominated lead guitarist Norman Brown about the meaning of the title to his 12th album and 3rd project on the Shanachie Entertainment imprint. “God created all of this. Everything is interconnected like machines are interconnected.”

Brown connected with a group of musicians that included Peter White (guitar), Jeff Lober (piano), Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis (keyboard), and David Mann (sax) to complete the “Heart to Heart” project.

Norman said the featured musicians on his album understand his sound and went on to say, “Jeff and I wrote a song together but never used it…been trying to work together every since. (Big Dog) I decided to do something different…and called Big Dog. We stayed up all night. I did a duet with Peter White, it’s the title track.”

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As a lead guitarist Norman Brown has collaborated with the elites in the music business which includes Brian McKnight, Miki Howard, Gerald Albright, George Benson, Peabo Bryson, and Chante Moore. His solo debut was in 1992, a collaboration with Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder and Kenneth H. Williams, and it was produced by drummer Norman Connors. He launched the trio BWB in 2002 with Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun and they have released three albums.

About his unique style of guitar playing Norman said, “I do what music tells me to do.”

Norman Brown was really philosophical about the meaning to the album, adding, “No one can succeed alone, as soon as we understand that the better the world will be.”

Get “Heart to Heart” with Norman Brown on Shanachie. www.Shanachie.com www.NormanBrown.com

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Happy 47th Birthday to the Break Beat! [EUR Video Flashback]

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DJ Kool Herc’s 1973 flyer for the house party that birthed hip hop

*On August 11, 1973, in the Bronx, NY, a neighborhood DJ known for throwing house parties decided to try something different for the “Back to School Jam” he would hold that night in the rec room of his apartment complex.

DJ Kool Herc noticed that people on the dancefloor had more energy during the instrumental breaks of the songs he’d play. So the 18-year-old figured he’d spin only the intros and breaks of his vinyl stash and see what happened.

Welp, what happened was the birth of the break beat that, in turn, birthed hip hop. The instrumental breaks gave his friend, Coke La Rock, a music bed to shout out individuals among the 300 or so people who showed up to the party.

For parties in Cedar Park the following summer, Herc figured out a way to make those instrumental breaks continuous, providing an endless music bed for emcees to talk over.

Watch below:

This merry-go-round technique would be refined and expanded with scratches and such by other DJs like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, but it was Clive Campbell, a.k.a. DJ Kool Herc, that started the break beat 47 years ago today in that rec room at 1520 Sedgewick Ave. in The Bronx.

The three songs that Herc used in his very first merry-go-round experiment deserve just as much credit for the birth of hip hop. Below are the tracks in their entirety, and more.

James Brown – Give It Up Or Turn It a Loose [at the 4:20 mark]

James Brown – Give It Up Or Turn It a Loose Live 1971 (Remastered)

Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock

Incredible Bongo Band introduces themselves on “Action 73,” hosted by Dick Clark

Incredible Bongo Band reunited (Scene from “Sample This” 2012 documentary)

Babe Ruth – The Mexican

Babe Ruth – The Mexican – Live in Montreal 1975 (Remastered)

At the 3:06 mark below, Janita Haan and Alan Shocklock of Babe Ruth on finding out that their “progressive rock” song “The Mexican” was being used as a hip hop break beat | #SFLive Interview

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