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  1. Ms Mary Mack Gets Jazzed Up

    October 8, 2014 by 16stone

    “Slave children were taught corn ditties, (the original name for Negro spirituals) to take their young minds off harsh plantation life. They would work & clap their hands in rhythm while singing. Miss Mary Mack happened to be one of those ditties. As other corn ditties, Miss Mary Mack was symbolic in that the Merrimack was an ironclad Union ship coming to fight the confederate army. It was built with rivets (silver buttons) & ships have always been referred to as females. There is also symbolism behind asking her mother (the Confederate States of America) for fifty cents (a metaphor for change) to see the elephants (symbol of the Republican party who “freed the slaves”) jump the fence (Mason-Dixon line).”

    Check out my new video for the song “Ms Mary Mack”. Video was directed by Richard Louissaint & shot in Bedstuy. If you like what you see & hear, feel free to spread the word. Every share helps! Also be sure to download the free mp3 at https://soundcloud.com/classicbeatz/feat-sixteenstone-mrs-mary-mack


  2. Family Week: Auntie Jean

    August 8, 2014 by 16stone

    As my family reunion approaches this weekend, I feel compelled to finally share some of my family members with you all. Starting with one of the most fascinating members of  my family, auntie Jean Terrell. Jean is my grandfather’s sister.

    When I was growing up my great grandparents Lovick Jr. and Annie were the rocks of our family. When I was little, they demanded that the family always spent time together.  They raised their children with love, tenderness, and respect. All those things trickled down to me. I had access to shining examples of loving individuals in my family. It seemed like every weekend we were at someone’s house singing songs, eating food, and sharing stories. As a result, I grew up with close relationships with my great aunts and uncles, as well as all their children and any other extended family. At one point, my family lived with my great aunt Geniver and my great grandfather Lovick Jr. lived there as well. Since he lived there, everyone in the family would stop by to see him and bring their entire families as well.

    One of my fondest childhood memories was the 1992 Terrell Family Reunion. From what I remember it seemed like there was over 200 family members in attendance. The best part was the music. So many of my family member are musically talented. So every family reunion, they would get together as a live band and perform. Although we had much talent in our family as a whole, the standout performer was always auntie Jean. Naturally she would be the best singer in our family since she was a professional. Auntie Jean was once part of the famous girl group The Supremes. She was chosen to take Diana Ross’s place after being discovered while singing with her brother Ernie Terrell’s band.

    Take a look at my wonderful aunt Jean Terrell...

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  3. Finally… an Ebony Magazine post

    June 30, 2014 by 16stone

    It was brought to my attention the other day that in all my years in posting on this blog , I’ve never posted Ebony magazines. Admittedly, I’ve always admired Ebony. It was a staple magazine in my household growing up. I’m even featured in some ads in past issues. My mother was friends with Mr. Johnson, the publisher of a lot of these wonderful negro magazines. Every year he would give us free tickets to the world famous Ebony Fashion Fair. In honor of these memories, below are my favorite Ebony covers.

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  4. Jive Magazine part 2

    June 17, 2014 by 16stone

     

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  5. Hep Magazine part 3

    June 17, 2014 by 16stone

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  6. Bronze Thrills part 3

    June 17, 2014 by 16stone

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  7. Vea Magazine: Mexican Pin Ups

    May 5, 2014 by 16stone

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  8. Pam

    May 5, 2014 by 16stone

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  9. Felicia

    April 25, 2014 by 16stone

     

    Video Credit: Prelinger Open Archives


  10. The Negro Review

    March 31, 2014 by 16stone

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