Billy Stewart was an R&B singer active in the 1960s.
He met Marvin Gaye through the Rainbows, a Washington, DC vocal group. Bo Diddley has been credited with discovering Stewart in Washington, DC. This led to a recording with Bo Diddley’s label Chess Records.
South African singer Johnny Clegg died on July 16, 2019 of pancreatic cancer. He was 66. He was instrumental in bringing South African music to a broader audience during the apartheid era.
Here is Johnny Clegg performing “I Call Your Name” with his biracial band Savuka in 1988:
Is this cultural appropriation? We’ve become more sensitive to this issue over the years. I don’t know how Johnny Clegg was perceived at the end of his life, but 30+ years ago, cultural appropriation didn’t stick to him, as he immersed himself into Zulu culture, to the point that he was called the White Zulu.
Gucci Westman, formerly creative director for both Lancôme and Revlon, has launched her own #cleanbeauty line Westman Atelier.
Below she demonstrates how to do a dimensional (read contouring and highlighting) face using three shades of her Vital Skin Foundation Stick ($68.00 a piece!). She blends ATELIER I (Fair, with neutral undertone) and ATELIER II (Medium fair, warm beige undertone) to create an under eye concealer.
The video runs five minutes. Gucci said that she could do the makeup in two minutes if she weren’t talking and demonstrating her makeup application. Yeah, sure. Easy when you’re a pro like her.
Alright, Canadians. For some reason this proud American feels obliged to post about Canada Day when I post about our Fourth of July. Actually I love Canada.
Since I posted a playlist for the 4th of July, I was inspired to post a playlist for Canada Day. Here’s k.d. lang’s Hymns of the 49th Parallel, in which she performs songs by Canadian stalwarts like Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, and Leonard Cohen.
A (belated) Happy Canada Day to our Canadian readers.