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5 Songs Inspired By Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to celebrate the great historical legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. There are many different ways one can go about observing the holiday, but one in particular is to take in all the different forms of media that have been inspired by King. There have been documentaries, films, and plays that tell all or part of his story. But instead of looking at straight adaptations of parts of his life, let’s instead go to the world of music and see how artists took inspiration from King and channeled it into song. Here are 5 songs inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy.

“Glory” – Common and John Legend

This song was written for the 2014 film Selma, which depicts the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by King. John Legend brings some great soul to the chorus of the song. That pairs well with Common’s rapped verses, which highlight the importance of what King did and how it continues to resonate today.

“Pride (In the Name of Love)” – U2

One of U2’s classic tracks. It’s understandable if someone was too distracted by the sweeping guitar work and big bass line to realize who the song is about. The lyrics are simple, but are meant to achieve a more emotional feeling for the song.

“Happy Birthday” – Stevie Wonder

 For anyone that didn’t know, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was placed where it is on the calendar to be close to King’s birthday. Wonder wrote this song before the holiday was officially created to help popularize the idea of it. The laid-back synthesizer groove of the song draws you in to what is, along with it’s great message, just a nice track to listen to.

“By the Time I Get to Arizona” – Public Enemy

Of course, while many were receptive to the idea of a holiday to celebrate such an iconic figure, there will always be people that are behind the times. That’s where this song comes in, written as a hard-hitting retort to the governor of Arizona who refused to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. Day once it was officially created in 1986. The track has a great beat and Chuck D’s strong lyrics flow really good on top of it.

“Abraham, Martin and John” – Dion

This song connects Martin Luther King Jr. with Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy as four people who tried to do good for people and were taken from the Earth too soon. The instrumentation of the song along with Dion’s vocal come together to create an emotional song that laments the loss of such forces for good, like King.

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Featured image courtesy of Columbia Records.

MLK Day Tribute in Alabama

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To pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and fellow actors from the Oscar-nominated film Selma marched with a large crowd in Alabama. Oyelowo, who played the iconic leader in Selma, spoke to the crowd about his admiration for Dr. King, Jr., and what it was like playing the role.
“I felt his pain. I felt his burden. I felt the love he had for his family,” Oyelowo said. “I only stepped into his shoes for a moment, but I asked myself, ‘How did he do it?'”

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Bernice King also spoke to the crowd about her father, and referenced the recent deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice. She pleaded to the crowd to take a stand against injustice, but to also remember her father’s words about practicing nonviolence.
“We cannot act unless we understand what Dr. King taught us,” Bernice King said. “He taught us that we still have a choice to make: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. I challenge you to work with us as we help this nation choose nonviolence.”
Common and John Legend also performed their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” at Sunday’s remembrance event.
“We are the ones that can change the world,” Common said. “It is up to us, and it takes all us — black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, whatever nationality or religious background. There is a certain togetherness that we’ve got to have.”
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MLK Day Tribute in Alabama: Featured image courtesy of AP

Kimye’s Italian Wedding Extravaganza

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West finally tied the knot this weekend, and are officially a married couple. The lavish, out of this world, wedding ceremony took place in Florence, Italy and will definitely be viewed as the rival of all weddings. Then again, we could expect nothing less from the iconic newlyweds. Some photos from the wedding have surfaced and I must say that Kimye looks madly in love.
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This shot captures the beautiful couple walking down the aisle hand in hand, after just saying their “I do’s”. If you look close enough you can adorable baby North in the arms of her fashionable grandma Kris Jenner. This photo also gives us a full view of Kim’s stunning wedding dress. Kim dazzles in her Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown and a long silk veil, as hubby Kanye dominates in a custom Givenchy tuxedo.
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In this picture we are given a glimpse of Kim’s long, intricate, dramatic veil as well as a perfect silhouette of her one of a kind dress. This pic is from the final dress fitting at the Givenchy atelier in Paris with Riccardo Tisci.
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After the beautiful ceremony concluded, the happy couple and their loved ones partied at a banging reception that included a four-course meal and 7-tiered wedding cake. According to E! Online, Kim changed into a short, cream-colored, custom Balmain dress and was also regaled by an epic 20-minute speech from her new husband. Kris and Bruce Jenner also gave some pretty emotional speeches, while R&B heartthrob and wedding guest, John Legend serenaded the newlyweds to his hit song “All Of Me.”
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In this adorable photo booth inspired photo, Kimye sports some trendy biker jackets that read “Just Married” while striking a pose. You can tell by their facial expressions that these two are a match made in celebrity heaven.
A big congratulations goes out to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on their new marriage! I wish you nothing but love, peace, prosperity and maybe a sibling for little Nori. Kimye’s Italian wedding extravaganza is definitely one for the record books.
(All Images courtesy of E! Online)
 

The Best Of The 2014 Met Gala Red Carpet

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So yesterday night was the Met Gala, the single most important fashion event of the year. Red carpet regulars include Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marc Jacobs and Chrissy Teigen just to name a few. This extravagant event kicks off the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly Costume Institute exhibit, and the stars all always ready to wow the paparazzi with some stunning couture looks. This year the theme of the night is a tribute to Charles James, America’s First Couturier, meaning bright colors and lots of over the top gowns. There were a lot of celebrity couple sightings on this year’s red carpet, as well as a lot of beautifully fabulous singles. I have put together a list of celebrities who I felt shined brighter than the rest and look absolutely amazing. Here is The Best of the 2014 Met Gala Red Carpet.
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To kick off the fabulous couples, we have Beyonce wearing Givenchy Haute Couture alongside her dapper husband Jay-Z.

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Next is the soon to be newlywed couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The fashionable pair are both dressed in Lanvin.

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Next up is sultry singer John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigan, who are both adorned in sleek Ralph Lauren.

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Now we’re focusing on some chic celeb divas and who better to start with than the playful songstress Ms. Janelle Monae.

She is regally dressed in Tadashi Shoji.

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Next up is the beautiful Victoria’s Secret angel, Adriana Lima, who dominated the red carpet in Givenchy Couture.

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Here is the lovely Zoe Kravitz who wasn’t afraid to show a little skin in her daring Top Shop dress.

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Glee star Lea Michelle definitely stood out in her gold Altuzarra ensemble, looking radiant as ever.

Talk about some ultimate celebrity eye candy! These and many other fashionable stars all looked top notch last night. Just looking at some of these beautiful gowns makes me swoon, and I can only imagine the price tag on some of these designer ensembles. But price means nothing to celebrities during this iconic event. It is all about showing out and looking your best while doing it. I hope you all enjoyed my red carpet best dressed list. I can’t wait to see what looks hit the red carpet next year.

(All Images courtesy of HarpersBazaar.com)

Fall In Review

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Fall is officially here and below I’ve reviewed the albums you need to pick up today. Whether for the weekend road trip, a night on the town with friends, or just for simple listening pleasure, here are four Fall albums worth checking out. BY LAURA ANDERSON

John Legend – Love in the Future

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John Legend is back after a five-year break since his last album. Love in the Future touches on love, life, and relationships. “The Beginning” sets the tone for the rest of the album; it’s a breezy, piano-centric R&B song. Kanye West had a hand in Legend’s latest production and listeners will certainly pick up on Kanye’s influence. This album is tailor-made for all those hopeless romantics out there.

Check out:  “The Beginning,” “Who Do We Think We Are,” “Made to Love”

Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

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Earl’s first full release since his 2010 mixtape doesn’t disappoint. Earl proves himself one to watch out for, dropping his gore/shock tactics for a more mature outlook examining life struggles and growing up. Dark, murky beats are the backdrop for Earl’s lyrical palette. The album has no shortage of guests; Pharrell lends a hand on “Burgundy,” Wu Tang’s RZA on “Molasses,” and there are a few more including Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, and Mac Miller.

Check out: “Burgundy,” “Hive,”“Chum”

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty

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Chelsea Wolfe’s latest album, Pain is Beauty, blends a melody of goth, rock, psych, folk, punk, and 90’s noise to create a beautiful and seamless album. The opening track, “Feral Love,” builds slowly and continues throughout the first few tracks. “The Waves Have Come” is a chilling tune about love lost and destroyed by a natural disaster (inspired by the 2011 Japanese tsunami). Wolfe’s dreamy, hazy vocals are both haunting and beautiful, and Pain is Beauty takes listeners on an almost supernatural adventure.

Check out: “The Waves Have Come,” “Destruction Makes The World Burn Brighter,” “We Hit A Wall”

Arctic Monkeys – AM

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The fifth album from Arctic Monkey’s is a wild ride exploring themes of sex, love, loneliness, and frustration. The band mixes 70’s hard rock with classic hip-hop sounds, creating a hip-shaking, head-banging masterpiece. Lyrically, frontman Alex Turner takes a cue from John Lennon, painting vivid images for the listener. Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme also contributed to this album, guesting on “One for the Road” and “Knee Socks.”

Check out: “Arabella,” “One For the Road,” “Fireside”

Feature image courtesy of Flickr via user Valentin Ottone
All album work is public domain

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