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LaTanya Richardson, Chandra Wilson, Lorraine Toussaint, Tessa Thompson, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Yolanda Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kim Wayans, Rashida Jones, Loretta Devine, Beverly Todd, Alfre Woodard, Octavia Spencer, Edwina Findley, Viola Davis, Diahann Carroll, Aja Naomi King, Ruth Negga, Cynthia Erivo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rosario Dawson and Adepero Oduye attend Alfre Woodard’s 8th Annual ‘Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree’ on February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Just One Word November BPC
Day 29: Recap

Not shown what I read on my e-reader: Four Seconds to Lose, Vengeance Road, The Distance Between Us, The Beginning of Everything, Before I Fall, Avoiding Decisions, Avoiding Temptation, Everything Everything  

songs covered by broadway performers

» run away with me : part 3  | a mix of songs covered by our favorite broadway stars [listen]

01. run away with me - aaron tveit | 02. dear theodosia - leslie odom, jr. | 03. oh, what a beautiful morning - renee elise goldsberry, telly leung, michael mcelroy| 04. four five seconds - alice lee & jenn damiano | 05. i dreamed a dream - darren criss | 06. natural woman - joshua henry | 07. beautiful mashup - jessica keenan wynn | 08. almost there - adrienne warren | 09. losing my mind - jeremy jordan |10. what i did for love - austin mackenzie with sandra mae frank signing l 11. i can do better than that - cynthia erivo | 12. i’m not afraid of anything - charissa hogeland  | 13. love song - patina miller & joshua henry | 14 the guilty ones - leslie odom, jr. | 15. not for the life of me - laura osnes | 16. godspell hairspray wicked medley - shoshana bean | 17. wake me up/touch me - ben fankhauser 

billboard.com
Cynthia Robinson of Sly & the Family Stone Dead at 69

Robinson was one of the first female black trumpeters to gain notoriety in a major recording act, and saxophonist Jerry Martini tells Billboard that she should never be considered a background figure. “She covered a lot of ground,” he says. “She was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn’t in the back. She was out front telling you to get up and dance to the music, and she could blow with the best of ‘em, always.”

The Sacramento-born Robinson’s roots ran deep in blues and R&B. She told Family Stone biographer Joel Selvin, “I used to hear all these guys on 78s at my mother’s when I was a teenager…I used to daydream that I was onstage playing the solos; I’m playing with B.B. King and I’m playing with Lowell Fulsom, Jimmy McCracklin. And I literally ended up being in a band that backed them up at different clubs. It was like a dream come true, but that was as big as I could dream.”

Robinson joined Stone – who dubbed her “one of the best trumpeters in the world” – in his Sly and the Stoners band in 1966 and stayed on board as he crafted the pop/rock/R&B synthesis that became the Family Stone. After the group’s dissolution in 1975 she went on to play with bassist Larry Graham’s Graham Central Station and also worked with George Clinton, Prince and as part of Sinbad’s Aruba Summer Soul Festival. Since 2006 she’s been part of the Family Stone with Martini and drummer Gregg Errico. The group also features her daughter with Sly Stone, Sylvette Phunne Stone, a singer and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. (Robinson had one other daughter, Laura Marie). [Read More]

That feeling when you get new ballet slippers 😱

Just so you all know, these are Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers. When I went vegan I didn’t know what to do about shoes, since the majority of them are leather, or have leather soles. But these slippers are entirely vegan, and pretty durable. 

My last pair lasted through 8-12 hours of dance a week since Summer 2014, which I think is pretty good.  I had to stitch them once on the sole and resew the elastics at one point, but after I fixed them up a little they kept on going for another few months.

So yah, they come in this beautiful pink color, as well as tan and black, and they’re a great alternative to buying slippers made of animal products since you won’t be supporting animal cruelty. (:

taylorswift: Last night at the BMI Awards, I got to hug Carole King, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann. Winning Songwriter of the Year was incredible, and I’ll never forget seeing my heroes in person. Thanks BMI for treating us songwriters so well and throwing this event every year honoring our work.