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New Jack Swing & R&B: Is Bruno Mars A Culture Vulture?

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New Jack Swing, R&B and soul aren’t just forms of black music, but simply forms of  American music.

Bruno Mars, one of the most admired acts in music, is the latest to be accused of appropriating black culture. Culture appropriation is when someone uses components of a culture that isn’t their own, and not showing or telling where they got them from. Several instances however, point to the crooner, not actually being responsible…

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Since his arrival to the music scene, Mars has included music genres such as New Jack Swing, rhythm and blues, and soul into his albums.

On many occasions, Mars, who is of Filipino and Puerto Rican decent, and real name is Peter gene Hernandez, pay tribute to his African American predecessors frequently. Sought after black musicians have came to his defense as well.

Take one of Mars most recent songs off of his latest album for example, “Finesse”. Mars sings over a New Jack Swing beat, that was frequently used by black artists in the 1990’s. In the remix video featuring rapper Cardi B, at the very end it reads “Dedicated to In Living Color”, a popular show in the 1990’s that was a platform for up and coming black artists, and actors.

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Back in November of 2017, Mars’ live performance at the legendary Apollo Theatre was aired, as he performed songs from his latest album, 24K Magic.

The Apollo , a TV show that Mars grew up watching with his family, was a stage where many esteemed black artists of yesteryear performed. Mars had one goal that night, to bring everyone together under one roof, no matter what you look like.

Mars is not the first artist accused, and won’t be the last. Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and Robin Thicke have all been in the spotlight for acts of appropriating black culture, with the ladder in legal disputes for taking the sample of a Marvin Gaye song without consent.

“So, if you were born in the 1970s and 1980s….dancing in your living room to New Editions “NE HeartBreak” or watching Janet’s “Rhythm Nation 1814″ videos as a kid….it’s called INFLUENCE, which has no racial barriers…,” tweeted hip-hop producer 9thwonder, which has since been deleted.

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Mars like many before him. makes it clear who he was influenced by. New Jack Swing hasn’t been heard or used in decades.

Charlie Wilson showed his support of Mars using the sound, tweeting a photo that reads.

 

“The sounds from the late 80’s and early 90’s hadn’t been present until Bruno and he did a damn good job bringing it back!!! Just want to join in the convo and stand up for my friend @BrunoMars!✌🏾🎤🕺🏽#callingallmylovlies #chunky #versaceonthefloor #finesse #24kmagic pic.twitter.com/v2xHF9GPB8

— Charlie Wilson (@ImCharlieWilson) March 9, 2018

If these well respected people in the music industry are supporting artists who aren’t African American like Mars and others who are carrying on the legacy of great black artists, who came before them, then why can’t everyone else?

It is especially important in today’s society that we all come together as one, no matter what race, religion or creed. Mars shouldn’t be excluded from popular black genres for the simple fact that he isn’t African American, because for everything the United States stands for, that would be hypocritical. New Jack Swing, R&B, and soul aren’t just forms of black music, but simply forms of  American music.

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Crazy Trump Fan Yells ‘Heil Hitler! Heil Trump’ At Theater Performance

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The outrageous act of anti-Semitism is the latest proof that people actually believe Trump’s rhetoric and similarity to Hitler.

This past Wednesday audience members at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore were in a heavy panic as a man stood up during intermission, raised his hand in the Nazi salute, and shouted “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!”

In utter shock and fear, audience members began running toward the exit, afraid that gunshots were soon approaching The Hippodrome Theater has already issued the following statement:

What do you all think? Please comment below and in other Trump and culture news:

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Frank Ocean Finally Said “Fuck It” And Made His Instagram Public

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Living under a rock definitely has its limits. Now, Mr. Ocean has lifted the veil and offered an intimate look at his life. Can I get an amen?

Known for keeping a low profile as of late, the best songwriter alive, Frank Ocean gifted his fans by making his Instagram account @blonded public. Since we were waiting for new music on his latest episode of Blonded Radio, this will due…for now.

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And to celebrate the public announcement, Frank posted a topless welcome photo to commemorate the now 217,000 followers. His account is nothing spectacular unless you are a die-hard fan. It features 307 photos that offer an intimate look at the world of the mysteriously enigmatic artist. There is no word on why Frank Ocean decided to open his Instagram account to the public, but let’s hope that it’ll be worth it.

Check out the new Instagram account here and in other Hip-Hop news:

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Sour Patch Kids is Now a Cereal We Can Either Enjoy or Toss Out

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The sweet and sour candy, known as Sour Patch Kids, is no longer going to be just a snack. The candy brand is stretching it’s reach into the kitchen’s of early morning risers.

Starting Dec. 26, Walmart will sell Sour Patch Kids cereal, by Post. Just like it’s signature taste, the cereal will start off tart, before turning sweet. And just like Rice Krispies or Frosted Flakes, the cereal is meant to be eaten with milk.

Boxes will start at $4 USD. Other major food retailers will sell the cereal at some time in 2019.

What are your thoughts? Should this cereal remain a candy, or are we ready for an evolution?

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