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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 125–132.
Published: 01 September 1989
... of followers rarely comment on him, as though they are sworn to secrecy. Of greatest interest is his claim to divine messiahship in "I Would Die 4 U" on his 1984 album, Purple Rain. In this song he says he is a dove hovering above human pettiness. Claiming the ability to make the cold warm, the sad happy...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 224–226.
Published: 01 March 1992
... of Tammi Terrell, his younger brother Frankie's firsthand accounts of atrocities in Vietnam, the escalation of the civil rights movement into black power advocacy, the widespread invasion of drugs among unemployed black youth, and the rise of ecological consciousness produced the greatest album in Afro...
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Black Sacred Music (1987) 1 (2): 33–36.
Published: 01 September 1987
...Donna McNeil Cox © Copyright 1987 JBSM /Jon Michael Spencer 1987 You Can Count On Me Kenneth and Theresa Ford Donna McNeil Cox You Can Count On Me1 , the debut album for up-and-coming husband and wife team Kenneth and Theresa Ford, offers a mix of styles ranging from traditional gospel...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 254–264.
Published: 01 March 1994
... on that occasion to sense their equality. The theme albums Willie has produced have been the most useful for me in my ongoing theological reflection. One of these is Phases and Stages, an album about divorce, on which one side is the wife's point of view and the other side is the husband's point of view. I have...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 282–294.
Published: 01 March 1992
... the Power" revealed more explicit concern with the public life and political welfare of AfroAmerica. Ironically, this concern was exemplified most clearly in the greatest album produced by Motown: Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. True to their religious roots, Afro-American popular musicians and writers...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 85–97.
Published: 01 September 1989
... called soul. n.e Last Soul Singer Dateline: 1973, Oakland Coliseum Arena. It's SHOWtime! Here's a young man's GOT to be solid gold! The prince of peace! The god of love and happiness!. . .. Four gold singles! Two gold albums! That makes you the world's greatest superstar! Here he is: Al GreenJs Al Green...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 1991
... whites say "rape" they mean "black."6 The r99os extension of this conjecture contends that when whites say "rap" they mean "rape." This is the confusion that the legal defender of 2 Live Crew's album was fighting to untangle when he stated to an all-white Florida jury on October 3, 1990 that "rape...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 68–74.
Published: 01 September 1989
.... As reflected in his albums Let's Get It On (1973) and I Want You (1976) and in his hit single "Sexual Healing" (1982)1 part of his disenchantment was that he was literally possessed by the sensation of transcendence and escape that sexual ecstasy brought him. It was a hedonistic addition he attempted to give...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 68–79.
Published: 01 March 1991
... whether their album As Nasty as They Wanna Be was being sold in violation of Florida's obscenity and organized crime laws. 1 In June 1990, the album was judged obscene by a U .S. district court judge in Florida, Campbell was arrested on charges of obscenity after the group performed in Florida's Broward...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 253–261.
Published: 01 March 1992
..., not the scholarly experience of score study. Thus, the examination of Chapman's music Tnrq Chapman 2S1 is as much an analysis of her performance of the songs as of the songs themselves. The two albums combined comprise twenty-one songs composed by Chapman and copyrighted between 1982 and 1989-eleven in Tracy...
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Black Sacred Music (1987) 1 (1): 47–52.
Published: 01 March 1987
..., 447. 4Prince, "Let's Go Crazy from his 1984 Warner Bros. album, Purple Rain. 50f course, in the Black religious experience the dominant tension has always been racism. In addition, it should be noted that the issue of sex has been more recently eclipsed in larger society by campaigns against drugs...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 146–158.
Published: 01 September 1989
... of religious importance," said Jon Michael Spencer "He explicitly talks about the necessity of loving God . . . on his 'Lovesexy' album. Other songs on the same album deal with issues like war, nuclear arms, drugs, AIDS and poverty Prince is clearly somebody who is spiritual, who is religious, and who embodies...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 12–24.
Published: 01 March 1991
.... Run-DMC's stunning commercial and critical success almost singlehandedly landed rap in the homes of many black and nonblack youths across America by producing the first rap album to be certified gold (five hundred thousand copies sold), the first rap song to be featured on the twenty-four-hour music...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 41–50.
Published: 01 March 1991
... of Islam ideology are absolutely essential to understanding Public Enemy's music and its 1990 release Fear of a Black Planet. In an interview, Chuck D made this remark regarding the overall theme of the Fear album: "For me, I don't believe in black and white. There is no such thing. I believe...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 232–243.
Published: 01 March 1992
..., Bruce Springsteen's album Tunnel of Love may be a more important Catholic event in this country than the visit of Pope John Paul II. The Pope spoke of moral debates using the language of doctrinal propositions that appeal to jor repel) the mind. Springsteen sings of religious realities-sin, temptation...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 142–145.
Published: 01 September 1989
... is often tied to the fortunes of the rap group Run-D.M.C. Their short but important history has produced the first rap album to be certified gold (500,000 copies sold), the first rap song to be featured on the 24-hour music video channel MTV, and just recently, the first rap album-Raising Hell-to go triple...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 133–141.
Published: 01 September 1989
... dilemmas, if not the primary dilemma, confronting the American national conscience is improper sexual activity.s In the minds of many, sexual promis- 4. Prince, "Let's Go Crazy," from his 1984 Warner Bros. album, Purple Rain. 5. Of course, in the black religious experience the dominant tension has always...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 75–84.
Published: 01 September 1989
... entitled "Rev. Stevie Wonder presents (Finally!) Psalms in the Key of Life." In this interesting assessment of the album Songs in the Key of Life, John Pareles stops just short of calling Stevie Wonder naive in his use of such lyrics as: "For solving the problems of all men, women, little boys and girls...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 244–249.
Published: 01 March 1992
... as an artist but that hers is one of the most compelling voices of the eighties." !2) The lyrics of the album run from harmless to devout. In the title song, God's voice calls the singer's name, and it feels like home. That "Like a Prayer" is in fact a prayer is evident from the lyrics themselves, from...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 218–223.
Published: 01 March 1992
..." and submerge ourselves in the musical sounds that could help empower our souls. We began a midweek "secular prayer meeting" in the dorm room of one of the brothers. The first liberating testimony came from the song "Old Man River" on the Temptations Live! album (1967). As we listened to this soul-healing music...