alicia williams

New York sludge/doom pioneers 13 are best remembered as being the band that launched Liz Buckingham’s career before she joined Electric Wizard, but this does a great disservice to their talented poet laureate of a front-woman, Alicia Morgan. A one-time girlfriend (and still close friend) of Eyehategod’s Mike Williams, Alicia was a bit of a trailblazer on this music scene back in the early ‘90s - not many women were fronting doom bands back then, little on women with androgynous/harsh vocal deliveries. Along with drummer Ellen Mieczkowski, 13 created a memorable sound and helped to pave the way for other women to enter the doom metal scene, which is now largely dominated by female musicians.

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Solange, Julez, Alex Ferguson, Kelly Rowland, Tim Witherspoon, Usher, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Cassie, P. Diddy, Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Alford, Janelle Monae, Carmelo Anthony, LaLa Anthony, Serena Williams & Jourdan Dunn in New York heading to Beyoncé’s 35th Soul Train themed Birthday Party 05/09

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Jazz pianist/R&B singer Patrice Rushen is not only one of the baddest musicians in the game (Junior Mafia and MaryJ. Blige are among the slew of artists who have sampled her work and Rushen was the first woman to serve as the musical director for the Grammy Awards), she’s also a trendsetter as far as American natural hairstyles go. Rushen’s funky, fun take on colorful beaded braids brought new life to African-American protective styling and traces of her impact can be spotted in some pretty cool places. Thanks Mama Rushen for indirectly helping me keep my pre-k looks hot for the 99 and the 2000.

Listen to Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots” below.

Issue #17 of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is out today, and I finally finished my third Squirrel Girl Mix CD! Could The Cardigans’ cover of Iron Man be Tony Stark’s ringtone? We may never know. And you can actually get a parody song called Only Squirrel (In the World) if you are so inclined, but I have the original on my playlist because…Rihanna. Also, I continue to be delighted by the fact that so many songs are about/mention squirrels in some way! Keep up the good work, musicians!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Mix Volume 3

  1. I’m An Animal–Neko Case
  2. Railroading On The Great Divide–Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
  3. I Have a Plan–Warner/Chappell Productions
  4. Iron Man–The Cardigans
  5. I Think I’m a Clone Now–”Weird Al” Yankovic
  6. Just This Side Of Blue–Squirrel Nut Zippers
  7. Kicks–Paul Revere & The Raiders
  8. My Team–Randy Valentine
  9. Look At Me–John Lennon
  10. Crime Fighting Buddy–SNUZZ
  11. Know Who You Are–Pharell Williams (with Alicia Keys)
  12. Only Girl (In the World)–Rihanna
  13. Big Yellow Taxi–Joni Mitchell
  14. I Am the Brain In the Jar–Bobby & the Chuxx
  15. O Canada–The One World Ensemble
  16. Me, Myself & I–G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha
  17. Empire Ants–Gorillaz Feat. Little Dragon
  18. Heist–Ben Folds
  19. Like a Cat–SHONEN KNIFE
  20. The Two Little Squirrels (Nuts to You)–Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
  21. The Magic Of A Kind Word–Belle & Sebastian
  22. (Still A) Weirdo–KT Tunstall
  23. I Talk to Squirrels–the passerbyes
  24. Crash The Party–OK Go
  25. Save the Day–Thalia
Ice Dance AU cont.

(see part one here)

Okay so I wanted to explore the other check please kids as skaters so:

Georgia: she’d be jacks coach and would most definitely be pushing for him to be partners with bitty

Shitty: I’m thinking shitty would be a coach but like the really chill coach that’s super encouraging. Or that skater that is at the comp all day just cheering people on. He probably spends most of the sessions he’s on talking to people or goofing off but he’s decent

Ransom and holster: they’d be a pair team (not ice dance but freestyle). Ransom would take the ‘lady’s’ spot and would be thrown or lifted (it’d be hard for holster to throw cause ransoms also large but they’d figure it out). They’d have hilarious programs probs. Holster would always push for (and win a few times) broadway themed programs. They would definitely be crowd favorites tho. And they’d have lots of media presence, they’d go to events, host things. They’d have great skating fail videos where they’re lifts don’t go well or they’d do some crazy things on the ice. Everyone would just be so confused how they manage to lift such a large man but holster is just that much of a beast

Dex and nursey: I can’t tell if they’d be a pair or singles. It could really go either way. As singles, they’d have a lot of competition between each other. Dex would probably complain about nurseys sad (moving) programs but he really loved how smooth and fluid his skating was. Also one time nursey would do a more hip hop one and dex would be f l o o r e d like he wouldn’t know what to do he’d probably trip getting onto the ice after him cause damn he didn’t know nurseys body could move like that. And maybe nursey kept that trend going cause he liked how red dex got. Maybe they’d do a show and they were told to do a duo and they argue a lot at first but they’re so synchronized (just as ransom and holster are. Like, dmen, man). Maybe they’d do a tango style routine (cause the sexual tension would be so high) or one where one of them is trying to get he other and they’re not interested at first but they ease into it. Also I’m sure that at some point dex did an Irish jig kind of program and it looked so natural

Lardo: I think lardo would be the ice manager? But definitely does freestyle on the side? She coordinates the shows and whatnot. Definitely pairs dex and nursey together

Farmer: farmers a synchro girl who does freestyle on the side. Maybe she’s on a team w the other beautiful ladies of omgcp. They’re a senior team and they do a lot of girl power programs and they’re super badass. They’re super friendly tho and make friends w all the other teams. Her and chowder always come to each other comps and he can always spot which one she is (in synchro it can be hard to spot everyone). Obviously they’d hang on the freestyle sessions and maybe that’s when they meet?

Chowder: he’s a freestylist. He’s super smiley during his programs and you just gush every time he skates. His kiss and cries are just precious. His signature stuffy is a shark obviously and everyone always throws them on the ice after his programs. When he doesn’t do well tho everyone still cheers super loud and they cry when he does at the kiss and cry. That boy. He also probs does a good serious program and at first it was startling but it really fits him and he’s really powerful in it. Also he’d coach learn to skate and he’d be so precious w the kids. Okay scratch what I said w farmer, they both coach the little kids and one day chowders w his kids and the doin a little race and he accidentally hits farmer and then they meet and fall in love. And lots of little kids surround them and chirp them a ton

Tango: I’d like to see tango on the synchro team. Always questioning the steps and choreography. Does freestyle as well.

Tater: he and jack met at some training camp in Russia for ice dance and he meet Kent when he visits

Bob and Alicia: they were a power duo pairs team. They were loved by the fans and they still do a lot of modeling and reps for athletic companies and just everything really