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You’ve got to laugh at the great Cab Calloway easing out of the way as The Nicholas Brothers come to the stage for “Jumpin’ Jive” in the classic 1943 film, “Stormy Weather.” Unrivaled athleticism and elegance were the hallmark of The Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000). They enthralled audiences with their unforgettable performances in films like this iconic, never to be duplicated number from Stormy Weather in 1943. The brothers danced, sang, and acted together all the way up to the early 1990s when they made a memorable appearance in Janet Jackson’s “Alright” video with other legends like the great dancer Cyd Charisse and Mr. Calloway.

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On this day in music history: July 30, 1979 - “Risqué”, the third album by Chic is released. Produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, it is recorded at The Power Station, Electric Lady Studios in New York City and Kendun Recorders in Burbank, CA from March - May 1979. While their highly successful second album “C'est Chic” and its second single “I Want Your Love” are riding the charts and ruling the dance floor, Chic return to the studio in the early Spring of 1979 to begin working on their third full length release. Continuing their prolific writing and production work, band leaders Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers continue to expand and evolve the musical boundaries of Chic’s sound on “Risqué”. With the Disco phenomenon reaching the apex of its popularity, Edwards and Rodgers songs also reflect the shifting tide. With most dance music clocking in at tempo of 120 BPM or higher, the more uptempo material on the album sports none of the trademarks or cliches that are common in Disco including the stereotypical four on the floor kick drum anchoring the tracks. The dance oriented material feature more syncopated rhythms combined with Chic’s sophisticated string arrangements. With its centerpiece, the landmark single “Good Times” (#1 R&B, #1 Pop) leading the way, it spins off two other singles including “My Forbidden Lover” (#33 R&B, #43 Pop) and “My Feet Keep Dancing” (#42 R&B, #101 Pop Bubbling Under), the later featuring tap dance solos by tap legends Fayard Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers), Eugene Jackson (of Our Gang), and Sammy Warren. Other stand out tracks on the album include the languid “A Warm Summer Night” and the ballad “Will You Cry (When You Hear This Song)”. The LP’s elegant retro styled black & white cover and inner sleeve photos (taken by photographer Ken Ambrose), feature the band depicting a scene from a 1930’s murder mystery thriller. Original pressings of the vinyl LP in the US and many other countries feature reproductions of Atlantic Records original silver and black labels used on 78 RPM discs during the labels first year of operation. First released on CD in 1991, the album is remastered and reissued by Warner Music Japan in 2011. It is also reissued as a limited edition 180 gram vinyl LP by Friday Music in 2014, issuing it in a gatefold sleeve rather than the original single pocket sleeve design with an inner sleeve featuring printed lyrics. The Friday Music LP is the first time the classic album is available on vinyl in more than two decades. “Risqué” peaks at number two on the Billboard R&B album chart, number five on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Legends: Honoring Black Excellence in Black History Month

Clip from: Stormy Weather (1943) | Starring Lena Horne, Bill Robinson and Cab Calloway and the Cotton Club Orchetra

Dancers: The Nicholas Brothers 

From: Southern born, Philly grown

Fayard and Harold Nicholas were American choreographers, dancers and actors that become renowned in history as the world’s most famous (and some would say the best) tap dancers in the world.

Known as The Nicholas Brothers, they were born to their father whom was a drummer and mother whom was an orchestra instructor. After years of being surrounded by music and exposed to African-American vaudeville acts, the brothers created a style of flashy-acrobatic tap dancing that set them above and beyond the rest. By 1932, Harold at 11 and Fayard at 18, became featured acts at Harlem’s infamous Cotton Club, in the vibrant era of the Harlem Renaissance.  

Their career inevitably led them to Broadway, world touring, choreographing, tap dance instructors at Harvard and teachers to the legends like Micheal Jackson and Debbie Allen. They also had an extensive presence in cinema, but due to racial prejudice could only appear as guests and never featured in plots. They appeared in over 45 films. It was during this time that Harold met and married actress Dorothy Dandridge. They were together for nine years. 

Harold passed away in 2000 at the age of 71. Followed by his brother who laid to rest in 2006 at the age of 91. 

LES LIAISONS DE MARIE ANTOINETTE :

The fame of the petit appartement de la reine rests squarely in the hands of the last queen of France during the Ancien Régime. The restored state of the rooms that one sees today at Versailles closely replicate the petit appartement de la reine as it appeared during Marie-Antoinette’s reign.

Reference : Verlet, Pierre (1985). Le château de Versailles. Paris: Librairie Arthème Fayard.

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Guess who’s been listening to too much swing 8D I watched some videos of people dancing the swing, and I realised Amelia has that curl so I added more (resembles the popular spit curl in the 20s). Went a step further and gave her a tux and some sick dancing moves ye (they’re reffed)

végérarien

Les « végétariens » peuvent aussi incorporer, comme tout le monde, et symboliquement, du vivant, de la chair et du sang - d'homme ou de Dieu. Les athées aussi, ils aiment encore « manger l'autre ». S'ils aiment, du moins, car c'est la tentation de l'amour même.
Jacques Derrida, Elisabeth Roudinesco, De quoi demain, Fayard et Galilée, 2001, p.114.