Can you believe that ON THIS DAY, February 8th 1974, ‘Good Times’ made its DEBUT!!!
Good Times is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from February 8, 1974, to August 1, 1979. Created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series’ primary executive producer, it was television’s first African American two-parent family sitcom. Good Times is a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family. Continue reading On This Day.. 45 years ago #GoodTimes PREMIERED! [vid]→
ON THIS DAY in HISTORY—BLACK HISTORY. It was February 1, 1960, David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), and Joe McNeil, four African-American students from North Carolina A&T State University, staged a sit-in in Greensboro at Woolworth, a popular retail store that was known for refusing to serve African-Americans at its lunch counter. Not long after their protest, sit-ins began occurring across the South, including the North Carolina cities of Charlotte, Durham, and Winston-Salem. These young men came to be known as the Greensboro Four. Continue reading On This Day in HISTORY: The #GreensboroFour staged a SIT-IN to protest segregation! [vid]→
It’s SATURDAY! So you know we got to SLING IT BACK, right? ON THIS DAY in 1999, Britney Spears RELEASED her DEBUT ALBUM,’Baby, One More Time’!
Upon release, the album received mixed reviews from music critics, with many labeling it silly and premature. …Baby One More Time was a large commercial success, debuting atop the Billboard 200 chart and Canadian Albums Chart, and reached the top 5 in several countries. It received worldwide certifications, including a 14× platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of over 14 million copies in the US, of which Nielsen SoundScan recognizes 10.6 million copies sold. …Baby One More Time is Spears’ most successful album with sales of 25 million copies worldwide,making it one of the best-selling albums of all-time. Continue reading Saturday Slingback: #BritneySpears ‘Baby, One More Time’ [vid]→
CAN YOU BELIEVE it’s been 24 years since the RELEASE of Mary J. Blige’s CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED album ‘My Life’. Her SECOND album was released on November 29, 1994 by Uptown Records.
Many of the topics on My Life deal with clinical depression, Blige’s battling with both drugs and alcohol, as well as being in an abusive relationship. Unlike her debut, What’s the 411? Blige co-wrote fourteen of the album’s tracks, making it her most introspective and personal album at the time. Similar to her debut album, My Life features vast production from Sean “Puffy” Combs for his newly founded label, Bad Boy Entertainment, which was at the time backed by Arista Records. Continue reading ON THIS DAY… in 1994 #MaryJBlige released ‘My Life’ [vids]→
Can you believe that 22 years ago, Foxy Brown RELEASED her DEBUT album, ‘Ill Na Na’?! Well the HIT DEBUT actually dropped November 19th 1996. It was reissued on September 29, 1997 in the United Kingdom with an addition of the song “Big Bad Mamma”. Brown began working on the album after being discovered by the production team Trackmasters and appearing on a number of singles by other artists, such as LL Cool J, Case and Jay Z. The immediate success of the singles led to a bidding war at the beginning of 1996, and in March, Def Jam Recordings won and signed the then 17-year-old rapper to the label. Mostly produced by Trackmasters, Ill Na Na features guest appearances from Blackstreet, Havoc, Method Man, Kid Capri and Jay Z. Lyrically, the album mainly focuses on themes of fashion, sex and mafia.