Happy 25th Anniversary, ‘Brandy’

Timeless. That is the word that I think of when discussing the album Brandy. IAll of the tracks on the debut album from singer/actress Brandy Norwood resonate on many levels, from first love to first heartbreak, with great friendship in between. The album, released by Atlantic Records in September of 1994, was one of the first albums of itsContinue reading “Happy 25th Anniversary, ‘Brandy’”

Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Stay With Me’

I remember where I was when I first fell in love with Regina Belle‘s voice. I was standing in front of my radio listening to her golden voice as she belted out the ad libs to “Baby Come to Me.” That wasn’t from her first album, All By Myself (although looking back, the single “Show Me the Way”Continue reading “Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Stay With Me’”

Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’

It was a soundtrack of a generation. That’s the best way to describe the album that changed many lives, that taught a generation how to use its voice for both activism and entertainment. For music and a movement. From the all black everything outfits to the innovation that gave the concept of a music videoContinue reading “Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’”

Happy 20th Anniversary, ‘Let There Be Eve’

I don’t remember where I was when I first heard Eve on my radio. All I know is that when I did, I made that face you make when you hear something different. Something so dope, you weren’t ready for it. At all. And that was just on a guest verse. Since that first time, the self-proclaimedContinue reading “Happy 20th Anniversary, ‘Let There Be Eve’”

A Tribute to a Legend: Remembering Toni Morrison

It took me until now to be able to speak about the passing of Toni Morrison. Not because I didn’t have anything to say. But instead because sometimes it takes that long to put into perspective just what a legend means to you. Every book she authored over her 40 plus year writing career, everyContinue reading “A Tribute to a Legend: Remembering Toni Morrison”

Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Raw’

No, this post is NOT about the Eddie Murphy comedy special, Raw. It’s an appreciation post for the 1989 album Raw by Def Jam recording artist Alyson Williams. You remember that Raw, right? You should. It was the project that gave us the smash singles “My Love is So Raw,” “Just Call My Name” and “I Need Your Lovin’.” It wasContinue reading “Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Raw’”

Women Making History Project: Dr. Madeline Y. Sutton

During the month of March, which is Women’s History Month, #DawsonWritesAmerica will be placing a spotlight on WOMEN MAKING HISTORY, a series acknowledging the very best of us.  Dr. Madeline Young Sutton knew from an early age that she wanted to be a doctor. There were several contributing factors that helped her reach that decision, but two that really stoodContinue reading “Women Making History Project: Dr. Madeline Y. Sutton”

Women Making History Project: Daria Petties

During the month of March, which is Women’s History Month, #DawsonWritesAmerica will be placing a spotlight on WOMEN MAKING HISTORY, a series acknowledging the very best of us.  Daria Petties recently spent her mornng at a Bronx elementary school speaking to students about future careers. She answered every question, and talked to them about what freedom really meansContinue reading “Women Making History Project: Daria Petties”

Women Making History Project: Wendy Reynoso

During the month of March, which is Women’s History Month, #DawsonWritesAmerica will be placing a spotlight on WOMEN MAKING HISTORY, a series acknowledging the very best of us.  Wendy Reynoso has 20+ years experience in the non-profit & global educational field, specifically working with vulnerable children and families. She has a proven track record in non-profit management, leadership coaching, fundraising, strategicContinue reading “Women Making History Project: Wendy Reynoso”