Happy birthday to James “J Dilla” Yancy. Today the announcement of Jay Electronica finally releasing his album in 40 days feels like a present from the legendary producer. Dilla would have been 46 years-old today. He left an indelible mark on the world with his style of production. The soul of his creations permeates the mind and allows the listener to travel with him on a journey.
A few years ago while listening to Snap Judgement on NPR I came across this amazing story. It speaks to how Dilla has managed to continue to touch lives and keep his legacy alive through his music. Imagine coming across a J Dilla beat tape out of the blue. Check out the story below.
Happy Birthday, Harriet Tubman. Thank you for your courage for your boldness and for your determination. You risked your life to free thousands many times over. Today we honor you and your legacy and hope that we continue to move with the wind at our backs with freedom as the destination.
Watch Joelle Lamarre as Harriet Tubman singing “I Am Moses” from Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom an opera in two acts by Nkeiru Okoye (composer/librettist)
When we view the news clippings and headlines it is clear who Dr. King was fighting for. The fact that he was 33 years young had a family and was a pastor of his own church tends to be overlooked. I am always amazed at what he was able to accomplish in his short time on earth and how his influence continues to reverberate throughout the world.
Dr. King thank you for your bravery, resolve, and determination that has changed the circumstance of so many black people over the years. Thank you for inspiring those who continue to fight for our freedom and equality. Thank you for your family who has continued to push your legacy forward. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
Your birthday will always serve as a reminder that none of us are free until we are all free and injustice will not be swept under the rug. We continue to strive for freedom. We are thankful for you and we honor you.