Hip Hop Would Not Be The Success It Is Today If It Wasn’t For This Pioneering Woman.....

After watching her family on the reality series, The First Family of Hip Hop, I wanted to know more about Mrs. Robinson and her contribution to hip-hop which we don’t hear being acknowledged much. While creating this post, I’m also reminded about a post from a few weeks ago in my archive about black women’s contribution to music in which one of my fellow sista follower/blogger said and I’m probably paraphrasing, “I wouldn’t be surprised if a black woman invented hip hop.”

Sylvia Robinson (née Vanderpool; March 6, 1935 – September 29, 2011) was an American singer, musician, record producer, and record label executive. Robinson was best known for her work as founder/CEO of the hip hop label Sugar Hill Records.[3] Robinson is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre; “Rapper’s Delight” (1979) by the Sugarhill Gang,[4] and “The Message” (1982) by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; which dubbed her as the “Mother of Hip-Hop”. Robinson received a Pioneer Award for her career in singing and being the founder of Sugarhill Records at the 11th Annual Rhythm and Blues Awards Gala in 2000.[5] Robinson died of congestive heart failure on September 29, 2011 at age 76.

A movie about her life story is in the works. Read about it here.

I Salute this AMAZING HER-STORY Making Sista!


Founded as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons’ Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

The Four Tops Career Awards

The Four Tops have won many awards during their long and distinguished career,including the following:

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990)
  • Vocal Group Hall of Fame (1999)
  • Hollywood Walk Of Fame (1997)
  • Grammy Hall Of Fame (Reach Out I’ll Be There-1998)
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2009-51st Annual Grammy Awards)
  • Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award (1997)
  • Billboard Magazine Top 100 Artists of All Time(#77)
  • R&B Music Hall of Fame Induction (2013)
  • 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (#79-Rolling Stone Magazine
Paul Walker was a role model for the MTV audience since the very beginning of his too-short career. Our audience grew up with him, from Varsity Blues to the Furious franchise. He was a movie star that they could relate to. Paul’s humanity and kindness clearly showed through every role. We’re honored to be able to spend a moment in this year’s Movie Awards to celebrate him.
—  MTV President Stephen Friedman

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as “The Wallflower”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind” for which she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and was the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.

So I’m only a couple away from 900 followers and I cannot even show my thanks to all of my incredible followers because of this.  I’ve only been on tumblr since June 2015, and it’s amazing that only a few months later, I’ve decided to host my first tumblr awards to express my gratitude!


-mbf me

-reblog this post; likes only count as a bookmark

-this must get 50 notes or it will not happen


Finnick Odair Award - Best URL

Nikolai Lantsov Award - Best icon

Blue Sargent Award - Best theme

Isabelle Lightwood Award  - Best multi-fandom blog

Luna Lovegood Award - Best Harry Potter blog

Hermione Granger Award - Best Booklr

America Singer Award - Best Selection blog

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius Award - Best Throne of Glass blog

Nina Zenik Award - Best under appreciated blog (under 250 followers)*

Sansa Stark Award - Personal Favorite

Feyre Award - Best original content**

Linh Cinder Award - Best posts overall

* send me a photo of your follower count
** send me a link to your original content



- A follow from me if I’m not following you already

- 1 URL aesthetic

- 1 character aesthetic/writing if requested

- 1 promo requested during the month of March

- a spot on my blog as a winner

Runner Ups:

- 1 URL aesthetic

- 1 character aesthetic/writing if requested

- a spot on my blog as a runner-up 

I will be choosing winners and runner-ups on March 12, 2016 and announcing them shortly afterwards.  Follow the tag “bookreviewwizard tumblr awards” for news

Note: If necessary, I will add extra awards and allow extra winners

Okay, so I’m getting close to a follower goal so I wanted to do something to celebrate xD


  • Must be following this supernatural trash
  • Reblog this post to enter (likes only to bookmark)
  • Has to reach a decent amount of notes (or I’ll cry)
  • Ends on April 30th
  • 1 winner and ½ runner ups per category!


  • The Changing Channels Award: Best URL
  • The Reading Is Fundamental Award: Best Icon
  • The Folsom Prison Blues Award: Best Theme
  • The Mystery Spot Award: Best Supernatural
  • The I’m No Angel Award: Best Multifandom
  • The Free To Be You And Me Award: Nicest Blogger
  • The Lazarus Rising Award: Best Rising Blogger *
  • The Caged Heat Award: Best Posts
  • The Fan Fiction Award: Best Original Content **
  • The Point Of No Return Award: Best Overall


  • +f from me (if not already)
  • My eternal friendship
  • 5 promos and a screenshot promo on request
  • 3 promos on request for runner ups
  • Spot in my updates tab until next TA
  • An icon set of your choosing (made by me)

*submit to me a screenshot of your follower count (must be less than 500)
**include “mywork: where to find it/tag” when you reblog this post, or submit to me a link to your original content.

The lineup for the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards presented by Journeys keeps getting better and better! Tune in to ASXTV on July 22nd to catch the show! Visit the website for more information:  

What Would I Do
Charlie Whitehand
What Would I Do

I wrote this song for my dad with Marcus Bonfanti (Bristish Blues Awards Winner and Artist) to perform as a surprise for his 60th birthday. It has a lot of relevance to our relationship and is very personal to me. I hope you enjoy it :)

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