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REST IN POWER: TEDDY PENDERGRASS | American Soul and R&B icon, Teddy Pendergrass (1950 – 2010), passed Wednesday night, 01.13.10 at the age of 59, after a pro-longed 8-month recovery from colon cancer surgery,  in a hospital in his native Philadelphia with family present.

Pendergrass had been paralyzed from the waist down since a 1982 car accident, though he had returned to recording and occasional performances within 1 year, and launched his non-profit organization, The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, whose mission is to encourage and help people with spinal cord injuries achieve their maximum potential in education, employment, housing, productivity and independence.  DONATE HERE: http://www.teddypendergrassalliance.org/

After performing and recording as a drummer and singer with famed 1960’s Do-Wop group, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy embarked on a solo career in the 1970’s that would make him the 1st black male vocalist in history to record 5 consecutive multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-Award-nominated albums, becoming a legendary ladies’ man and inking his stamp on the Philly Sound, made famous by producers Gamble & Huff.  His hits such as “Life Is A Song Worth Singing” and “When Somebody Loves You Back” are staples in Classic, Soul, R&B, and American music collections the world over.

— Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology.com

Get “The Essential Teddy Pendergrass” on Amazon.com


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YELE HAITI: The devastating 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti on 01.12.10 officials fear may leave over 100,000 – 500,000 people dead or severely wounded. Still recovering from the damaging hurricanes of 2008, the unique and struggling Republic of Haiti, as Fusicologists know, is one of the most impactful centers of Soul and Roots music culture.

Grammy-nominated, Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean‘s non-profit organization, Yele, which funds efforts year-round in his home country, has set up a bonafide donation program via their website and via cell phone: Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5


The Haitian Alliance, Inc. is another non-profit organization to which you can donate now via their Transform Haiti website.

Fusicology – Atlanta associate representative, Jodine Dorce, is currently looking for her father and baby sister, who were in Haiti working at their family’s school, and from whom the Dorce family in Atlanta have yet to receive any communication. Help Jodine find her family here.

— Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology.com

Hard to believe it’s been 10 years already since the inaugural Detroit Electronic Music Festival back in 2000, and despite its changing hands several times, 09 had a subtle feeling that something big is about to happen again both in Detroit and in electronic music (was it the great weather too?)… now being dubbed by influencers as the “Detroit Future Music Festival.”  Some of our fave performances @ Movement Festival this year came from Afrika Bambaataa, Flying Lotus, Exchange Bureau, Osunlade ft. Oveous Maximus, Kevin Reynolds, Carl Craig and Detroit House legends Al Ester and DJ Minx.  The ladies of Fusicology certainly had an amazing weekend re-connecting with all our hometown people!

The afterparty circuit had us bouncing as if it were WMC in Miami for a few nights, with hot sets from DJ E-Man, Karizma, Rick Wilhite, Spinna, Daz-I-Kue, Jeremy Ellis, John Arnold, Josh Adams, Scribe, Moonstarr, Arch_Typ, Billy Love, Tortured Soul, Family Funktion, Jeff Mills, Chuck Love, N’Dambi, Blue Neffertiti, Malik Alston, Chez Damier, Kai Alce, DJ Dez, and more – wow!

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| Check out Fusicology’s exclusive interviews with Afrika Bambaataa and Derrick May, along with their video clips courtesy 6 Minutes TV!  |  Fusicology Movement Festival 2009 Photo Wrap-Up and Staff Video fun!  |  Thanks to Oh!Beatrice Photography (Triple Threat Pre-Party | Exchange Bureau Live) & EdwinHoPhoto for capturing some of the best moments @ Movement Festival 2009!  |

Well we come to another Black History Month in the most interesting of times. Amidst controversy within Hip Hop culture, Obama running for the presidency, and the still increasing violence amongst black males against one another. 2008 is an interesting time indeed. I think this year more than any instead of dwelling in the past, we should look at the now. I say this because it’s like that old fat dude that sits around reminiscing about his high school football exploits and has done nothing since. What have we done as a black community recently? What if Martin Luther King Jr. and others could see us today?

Well we’re in better economic standing right? Wrong. We still receive the same fraction of this country’s wealth as we always have. The only difference is the overall wealth of this country has grown and the few of us that are “living the good life” are magnified on television as if to say “See! Blacks are doing better.” An impressive deception if I must say so myself. While on the phone the other night with a friend of mine, I found myself realizing that Hip Hop could simultaneously be one of the best and worst things that we as a people have created. Best because of the creativity involved in the art form that is still evolving and has connected mankind worldwide on many fronts. Worst because it has been used to perpetuate negative stereotypes about blacks in the media and, most sadly, has been a tool used to convince young blacks that it’s cool to be ignorant, uneducated, violent, and disrespectful.

I think its time for tough love. Mr. Bill Cosby tried to give us that tough love and was met by a backlash from the black community. How much longer can we blame “The Man?” When we will take responsibility for our behavior as well as the behavior of our brothers and sisters? When will we stop hating ourselves? Urban and upwardly mobile blacks looking down their noses at one another. Young blacks and older blacks having no respect for one another. For ages we have tried to rekindle the spirit of the 60s but that time is passed. In this time of world crisis, I feel there’s only one way to reverse the psychological damage in the black community and work towards curing the ills of the world. Recognize each other as human beings first. That person is not just your brother because he’s black. It’s because he is a human being, just like your Latino and Jewish brothers.

So in summary, Black History month is cool I guess. But I won’t rest until they abolish Black History Month (which is an insult being it’s the shortest month of the year if you ask me) and incorporate “Black History” into the regular school curriculum here. It’s not black history. It’s history…PERIOD. The advances these great men and women we study every February made help all of mankind in most cases. So why confine it to a month? Black History Month is a blatant testimony that things haven’t progressed as much as we think, even if they vote Obama in. Your thoughts?

– Thoth