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Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Justin Timberlake – Pusher Love Girl

28 Apr

I don’t know about the fellas but according to the ladies on Facebook, 9 out of 10 women, white and black,  give Justin Timberlake’s new album their seal of approval.

Just bought the CD and the first song, Pusher Love Girl, makes me understand why my friend Tanisha didn’t want to leave her car while listening to the baddest white boy in R n’B (according to one Youtuber).


Most Popular Google Search Leading To Wendy Jane’s Soul Shake: White Girl Stereotypes

21 Mar

Every time I check my blog’s dashboard for visitor statistics, the most popular daily search term is:  white girl stereotypes, and variations thereof including,   stereotypical white girl things, funny white girl stereotypes, what is a stereotypical white girl, stereotypical white girl dress…well, you get the picture.  Wendy Jane’s Soul Shake is actually the second listing on the first page of Google, right under Yahoo Ask.  And, all because of the post I put up in July 2012, White Girl Stereotypes, a follow-up to my post, One-Of-A-Kind Black Girls.

In One-Of-A-Kind Black Girls I recalled my high school days when I had to admit that I and others seemed to prescribe certain roles to the black girls at our school, which included, the super-funny black girl, the angry and/or sassy black girl, and the shy, church mouse black girl.  I included a few white girl stereotypes I experienced and imagined were projected on us as well, like rich white girl, stuck-up white girl, and bookworm nerdy white girl.  A few days later I Googled around for what others were saying about white girl stereotypes to make my counter White Girl Stereotypes blog post.

It’s curious to me why so many people want to find out about white girl stereotypes.  And, of course, when you Google black girl stereotypes there are just as many listings.  Is it so people can laugh at the other race, and silently chuckle to themselves, saying, see it’s true…just what I thought…white girls really do say, um, totally, and flip their hair a lot.  Or…see, it’s true, all black girls do have an attitude.

While we all ponder this, here are two more videos to give us food for thought.  I would love to hear your comments on the subject in the Comments section below: […]

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Suite For Ma Dukes: Reminisce

17 Feb

Something hip and smooth for your bagel and lox, coffee drinking, New York Times reading Sunday morning–which is perhaps the kind of morning I’m wishing for, one I haven’t had in a million years, and am not having right now because while you’re tuning in, I’m at work…still, enjoy.

I was turned onto this by my friend, Warren Leach, who posted this on his music page on Facebook: Melodies and Harmonies (The Unsung, Underplayed and Underappreciated).  Thanks, Warren!

And look what I learned about the Suite For Ma Dukes by visiting Wikipedia:

A Suite for Ma Dukes is a live musical tribute to J Dilla  (dj and hip-hop artist, music producer who died at the age of 32 from a rare blood disease) arranged and conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson with the help of Carlos Nino and a 60-piece orchestra. Originally a four-song EP of a selection of J Dilla’s works, the project expanded and culminated into a series of live events that were recorded for a subsequent live album release. The concert, the second in the Timeless Conductor Series presented by Mochilla, included orchestral renditions of several J Dilla’s productions and featured appearances by soul singers Dwele and Bilal, rappers Posdnous, Talib Kweli and Illa J, along with various instrumental and vocal contributions by some of Dilla’s close collaborators like Karriem Riggins, Shafiq Husayn, Thundercat and Amp Fiddler. Atwood-Ferguson said, “Dilla’s music is so heartfelt, soulful and transcendent. It is perfect for someone like me to reinterpret and celebrate in my own way. It’s really been fun for me to explore his music in an orchestral setting.”1




SOURCE:  www.facebook.com – Melodies and Harmonies page

www.youtube.com – Suite for Ma Dukes featuring Bilal posted by artdontsleep

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J_Dilla


Happy Anniversary to WJSS, and Happy Valentines Day – Let’s Stay Together

14 Feb

One year ago today, I put up my very first blog post, Be Mine, here on Wendy Jane’s Soul Shake.

144 blog posts later, I am still in love with, and still obsessed with news on black culture and matters of social justice, as they relate to race relations.  Whether it  was discovering a singer I hadn’t known before like Lee Fields, or learning How To Be Black while reading Baratunde Thurston’s popular hit book of the same name, or on a more serious note, trying to process the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, I am grateful for all I’ve gained along the way of what still feels like the beginning of my journey.

I’ve appreciated all the comments, honest feedback and support I’ve gotten from you my readers, and for all the wonderful news of all things black that you send my way.  I’ve grown from your knowledge and experience in matters of institutionalized racism, the history of racism and oppression, and from you challenging me when you feel I’ve got things wrong, or you don’t agree with my point-of-view.

I think I’ve become braver in sharing my thoughts, feelings and experiences that relate to race in pieces that have seemed to resonate with y’all, like the one where I catch myself racial profiling two young black men in a shoe store,  or the post where the tables are turned and I’m the thief in the black neighborhood.  I also loved being able to share the musings of my daughter Leni, who I often discuss matters of race with.  My greatest love, though, has been to connect with all of you, to listen to your opinions, and to hear how the stories have made you feel, or how they bring up certain memories and direct experiences of your own.

Going forward in 2013, I want to have more of those connections and conversations.  I would love to hear from you on what kinds of posts you’ve enjoyed most, and what topics you’d like to see more of.

And, so, as I sign off here on WJSS’s anniversary, which I am so glad falls on Valentines Day, I have a question for all of you.  Last year, I asked black people if they’d Be Mine.  This year I am counting on you, dear readers–whether you are black, white, hispanic, latino, asian, native american, straight, gay, and/or any combination thereof of the above, and/or any other ethnicity or nationality not mentioned, “Will you Be Mine for another year?  Can We Stay Together?

Thank you for giving me a most amazing first year here at Wendy Jane’s Soul Shake.  I wouldn’t be here if you weren’t reading.


Source:  www.youtube.com, Al Green-Let’s Stay Together, richradtylr2