Audio Vision: Esperanza Spalding & Algebra Blesset Accentuate The Positive In 'Black Gold'

Friday, February 3, 2012



What a breath of fresh air this is.

As you should know Black History Month begins this month, and while I'm one of those who puffs out my chest and says, "We only get a month?! Bah! I make Black history every day!", I still say there is room for the month to be an extension of the celebration of cultures and achievements the Black race has put forth over the centuries. I especially think we still need to be aware of the month in order to teach the children, whom, in all sappiness, 'are the future' and you have to know the past to go forth to your future---as my late Granny always relayed to me. Even though Black history was barely taught in my school growing up, I distinctly remember being enthralled by the people and achievements that I read of in books and saw in historical movies, and of course, was in awe of the word-of-mouth dialogues from my elder relatives about my own roots. So yes, the month is important in that aspect.

Esperanza Spalding knows exactly that tradition, as she expertly displays such attributes in her music video for newly minted single, "Black Gold", which is off her upcoming Radio Music Society set. With the equally talented Algebra Blessett by her side, the ladies pay homage to all facets of the African diaspora as well as making sure to extend that knowledge and pride to the young ones. Positive in every way, "Black Gold" and it's accompanying video is definitely the mood lift I needed this week, and it's sure to become an anthem in no time flat.

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