The dark shadow to the demise of a relationship doesn't always lie between the two people dating. Many times it’s the opinions, thoughts, and manipulative ways of close friends that can take your man or females mind in other directions. Men and women often look to their closest associates or friends to vent or share their personal issues, but what if that advice is purposely misguided. When your friends should be there to guide you in the right direction they become the dark shadow that follows the relationship to its end. Let's talk about it with the lovely ladies of O.W.W.H.H.!
Music World Gospel recording artist Amber Bullock, soared to the top of the gospel music charts after capturing the hearts of millions as she topped a talented field of singers to become the 2011, Season 4 winner of BET’s Sunday Best, the #1 rated weekly gospel music competition show. Her debut CD project, Thank You, was released in December, 2011, on Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel label. The EP entered at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Thank You featured the Top 10 Billboard hit, “Thank You Lord,” a rendition of Walter Hawkins’ anthem as well as other contemporary classic songs.
Bullock, the St. Louis native and single mother of three-year old Amya, is building a diverse fan base with her signature jazz-infused and neo-soul inspired style. Her unique approach to gospel and inspirational music is front and center on her sophomore CD project, So In Love, which will be available in stores and online everywhere on July 10, 2012.
So In Love is produced by PJ Morton for 2PM Music. Bullock describes their musical partnership as a “match made in heaven.” The result is ten songs of feel-good inspirational music that ranges in style from neo-soul, to jazz, to contemporary gospel, to reggae, with even a little country thrown in. The songs on the CD highlight Bullock’s incredible vocal range and her unique singing style.
“I love music, so I don’t want to just give my listeners the same type of music that’s already out there,” says Bullock. “I want to give them fresh, memorable songs that they are still humming long after the song has finished playing, the kind of songs you keep on repeat.” On her new CD, she does just that.
Bullock wrote her first single, “Lord You’ve Been So Good” with a friend, when she was in college. The song was updated for this CD project with the help of PJ Morton. The upbeat, neo-soul style song features a driving horn section and shows off Bullock’s wide range and effortless runs. “Done For Me,” was also written by Bullock, with Shaun Martin, Greg Brown and Kirk Franklin, who is featured on this song. It has a catchy tune and a powerful message about God’s unconditional love. Bullock goes reggae in “I’m So In Love with You,” which was penned by PJ Morton. “Second Chances,” is a contemporary gospel song that Bullock describes as “dramatic” with instrumentation that features strings and an organ. The song reminds the listener that God’s love and forgiveness are great gifts to us. “Changed,” written by PJ Morton and featuring Isaac Carree, has a contemporary gospel style and a memorable hook. “My daughter sings along with this song every time she hears it,” says Bullock.
The R&B style “Yes,” starts with drums and keeps on pumping energy. The song, written by PJ Morton, is one of Bullock’s favorite on the CD because of both the catch tune and the message. “Yes is a powerful word,” she says. Written by Juante Hall and Jonathan Dunn, “Nobody Else” has jazzy undertones and a message about going to a secret place to meet only with God. “Take it Back,” written by Josiah Martin, reminds us that everything we do or have comes from God. That message is delivered in a pop style song with techno-rock undertones. “Ruler” is a contemporary praise and worship song that Bullock describes as “a little bit country.” Bullock continues, “My most powerful worship experience is when I’m focused on how powerful and loving God is, and how He keeps blessing me, even when I don’t deserve it.” The last song on the CD, “Same God,” was written by Bullock and Shaun Martin. It’s a simple but powerful worship song that acknowledges the faithfulness of God.
Tonight's Topic: Who Holds The Power in Romantic Relationships: Men vs. Women
We live in a world where whoever has the control stands supreme. How does the balance out in romantic relationships? Does one sex have more power over another? Does one sex hold the reins over another? Tonight, we will discuss the power struggle between men and women. Which sex has been endowed with the ability to sway a relationship in one direction or another.
We'll also break down what each sex does right or wrong when it comes to beginning, maintaining and dissolving a romantic relationship. Will the men trump the women, or do the ladies dominate over man. We'll be joined by the authors of Fearless: A Bold Approach to Reinventing Your Life, Candace Kelley, Caryl Lucas and Gilda Rogers. Let's get ready to rumble....right here, on "Live in the Vocal Booth"!
We navigate changes in our lives from the small to the life altering. We live under the threat of terrorist, drive by's and Mother Nature. How do we explain these uncertainty to our children and prepare them for a future where their security will be a bigger priority than ever before in history? Tonight the Live in the Vocal Booth will discuss this very sensitive subject coming off the recent tragedy in Colorado and the everyday tragedies taking place in our inner cities. Tune in and be heard www.bks1radio.com. Jump into the live chat or call in 646-233-1302
Special Guest: Lenny Harold
In a world where executives make copy-cat decisions, a new wind blows in a voice, an emotion, a sound that moves hearts and people begin, once again to dream. Have you ever been so enchanted by sound that it literally excites you in that moment? It's honesty intrigues you so and its emotions evoke love. Well, let's formally introduce Lenny Harold to you.
New Jersey native, Lenny Harold, already has many accomplishments. Under his old moniker "Chanj" he's the final winner of the late-night TV Talent Show; Amateur Night At The Apollo, sang tribute to Patti Labelle at Harlem Summer Stage/Apollo Tribute, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson at The Urban Network Tribute to Motown and performed for the Apollo's Theater's 75th Anniversary. He's worked with such greats such as Teddy Riley, Dre and Vidal, Mike City and Marsha Ambrosius. He's toured from North America to Europe, been a special musical guest for various political events, performed for the troops in 2009, received numerous achievement awards for his volunteer work in his home town, as well as, received the key to the city of Newark, NJ.
After some signing failures, a new direction and a new name, Lenny Harold is ready to hit the stage again. Backed by 1st N 10 Entertainment, KP Entertainment, BlackBelt Music Group and his own company Drink Up The Music, Inc, Harold finally has an open door to sing the song of his heart without the watered down tailoring of the music industry.
With his March 22, 2011 debut release, "The Journal of Wonders: Tale of the Phoenix in the Moon Labyrinth" the first chapter of his musical saga and what he has humbly coined as "Hybrid Soul" has already made a lasting impression on listeners. This experience of sound is definitely cementing his place in this industry with it's unique combination of gentlemenism and edge. With production by Cass Maya, Taylor Ryan and Solomon Cortes of WMC Productions, this carefully crafted, beautifully vivid tale in sound will be an inspiration to listeners for years to come.
As Lenny branches into his new sound and name he has found himself numerous times on the acclaimed Highline Ballroom stage in New York City, performed for CMJ Music Festival, Eclectic Ride Music Festival with Urbanworld, and has recently been added to the BET Music Matters campaign.
"I've always set the goal for myself of being some form of a legend. Music that moves, creates, brings forth and sets free nothing but goodness and inspiration. I wanna be able to open doors for someone else with a dream that is often misunderstood by executives, and let them know to keep pushing forth, do it yourself and MAKE others believe. I've had so many put me down, it's now my time to be heard. And I'm so excited!!" proclaims the singer/songwriter.
Without a doubt the movement has begun, let the saga begin. "BE love, SPREAD love, LOVE" - Lenny Harold
Whether you're young or old everyone wants someone to hold, share with, and love. For those who can't seem to find that special person or better yet someone they can build with they often turn to other forms of mingling to do so. Many women are journeying into this "problem" for the first time and others have tried time again, and simply can't strike gold. Women are constantly looking to find "a good man" to fit their standards, needs, or values even in instances where the relationship is based around "friends with benefits".
Could it be that these women are the problem or is it that they are looking in all the wrong places for their "Prince Charming", and ending up with the same no good men. It's said that, "wherever you find a man thats where he'll be all the time". Maybe thats true and maybe its not, but lets be real! Many woman aren't going to Church every Sunday trying to find a man that will "Put a Ring On It". When it comes down to it, finding a man usually brings women back to square one, the "Nightlife" also known as "The Club". The place where 99% of women go after their first breakup, the place where they can let loose, have fun, get drunk, and forget it all the next morning. If that doesn't work you better know they can count on their "girls" to drag them to another party, find themselves hooking up on a social network or dating site, speed dating out of desperation that all hope is lost, or letting their "friends" set them up with someone they feel is "Just Right". It may seem sad or lackluster to some, but thats reality.
NOT everyone has the patience or the time to keep waiting for love to come knocking on their door, and in most cases many women find themselves unconsciously looking for love, but at what point does looking become a man hunt? or At what point do women realize it's not about where they find it, but how they go about getting it. Maybe they're looking in all the wrong places, or maybe it's poor judgement and poor female intuition that keeps bringing them back to the same ol' dead end.
Why do people stay in bad or toxic relationships? Is it because of familiarity to them and fear of change? The fear of the unknown and uncertainty of the result, whether it will be bad and disappointing as well will cause someone to remain in an unhealthy situation. Another reason could be the person has been brainwashed and led to believe that they need to be in the relationship to survive. Along with those reasons one of the most common factors is the dominant partner will separate the other from their family, friends , and loved ones making them believe that they are the only ones in their corner. Lets get vocal with it tonight on the LIVB show and help someone who may be in this situation!
Special Guest: Gina Hiraizumi
2012 is the year of International Actress and Recording Artist, Gina Hiraizumi. The release of her first U.S. single/music video, NEVER SAY NEVER is directed by the filmmakers of the Black Eyed Peas’ Filipino-oriented hits, “Bebot” and “APL song” – Patricio Ginelsa of Kid Heroes Productions. Gina’s first full-length English album, in the Pop/Hawaiian genre will soon follow. Adding to an already packed schedule between movies, appearances and global travel, she is releasing her 2013 Calendar produced by the photography team behind the Kardashian empire, Slickforce Studios.
Gina is primarily a working Actress based in Hollywood - notable television credits include CASTLE and FLASH FORWARD (ABC), SHARK (CBS), QUINTUPLETS (FOX). In film, Gina co-stars as the beauty queen wife of martial arts superstar, JASON SCOTT LEE (Dragon: Bruce Lee Story) in the WWII period piece feature, ONLY THE BRAVE and co-starred in DAY OF INDEPENDENCE by Academy Award Winner, Chris Tashima.
Always a crowd favorite, the seasoned performer has sung the National Anthem for the NBA ad MLB of audiences of 50,000+, venues including the STAPLES CENTER, DODGER STADIUM, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN and the ESPN/NCAA DIAMONDHEAD CLASSIC, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the first Asian-American singer to perform on the gospel show, PRAISE THE LORD on TBN - the only Christian talk show, consisting of a billion viewers worldwide. It is no surprise, that her vocal training was nurtured at THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL in New York City.
Along with an overseas fanbase that's garnered an upward of 800,000+ hits to her youtube, Gina's celebrity endorsement deals include KILAUEA FIRE (Hawaiian Hot Sauce) as seen in the HAWAIIAN AIRLINES MAGAZINE, and NYLA SHOES through dept store, NORDSTROM. Gina is recognized on a global level - she is named as one of the most promising Japanese stars, as seen in THE PENINSULA - a 5 star hotel conglomerate in Tokyo Japan.
Gina is the oldest of 3 sisters and was raised in Torrance, CA. She is fluently bilingual in English/Japanese, a classically trained pianist and was the MVP of her basketball team in high school. A devout Christian, Gina is regarded a role model to the youth, bridging the gap between a Hollywood lifestyle and a strong woman of God. She is constantly requested by Bishops and Pastors for speaking engagements at churches on a nationwide level.
Sometimes men and women expect the people closest to them to take the words loyalty, friendship, respect just as seriously as they do. Sometimes we expect that men and women will have the same morals and values when it comes to "Treating Others They Way They Would Like Too". Sometimes we hold people on a pedestal and make them out to be "saints" when really they are the last person you should trust, mainly because they’re so close to you. Still don't get it confused it's ok having a best friend or to share your deepest of secrets or most sacred of memories, with your sister or close relative, but when it comes to your relationships there should always be a line drawn. Not everyone feels this way, but as I said some friends can just do no wrong.
Most often its only takes one thought for someone to cheat or fool around, but no one wants to hawk the people are most important to them. A person could drive themselves crazy, but Trust is a hard thing to come by especially when it involves matters of the heart. Most men and women in relationships say "I trust you, I just don't trust him/her"....CLASSIC phrase, and its never completely true... so Who's fault is it when a best friend cheats with the girlfriend or a sister fools around with the ex-boyfriend. Is it the cheated for not hawking or being so naive or is it the cheater for lacking any human decency whatsoever. Its funny to think of it when its someone else going through the motions, but what if it were you in such scenario's. Does the classic phrase "Bro's before hoes" come in to play after all or do you dead both for being so thoughtless and dishonest. Who is worst for sleeping with the enemy?!
You thought it was love at first sight, but as time went on and the newness wore off you started to see that the relationship was going nowhere. You spend more time disagreeing than agreeing or you fight over nonsense. No more quality time together you seem to be moving in separate directions, but for some reason you are holding on to a relationship that has no life. Why do men and women stay in relationships way past the point of knowing things are not right? Why can't we simply just move on? Tonight join the conversation as the Live in the Vocal Booth team discusses dead end love and how to get out of that dead relationship. Jump in the live chat www.bks1radio.com or call in 646-233-1302. Remember BKS1RADIO.COM where your voice matters.
Special Guest: T.J. Boyce
Some of the best performers on the planet have come from the south-giving rise to Gospel, Blues, Jazz, and R&B especially a predominant and independent talent T.J. Boyce. Representing Houston, TX; home of humidity and candy paint--Boyce is a breath of cool air. While there is a lot of love for the artists who put Houston on the map, history will consider Boyce as one of the pioneers of a new Houston R&B sound. The changing soundscape of Houston R&B begins with the identifiable craftsmanship you would expect from a multi-talented performer. Boyce is a singer, writer, and producer.
He is well-poised to compete and collaborate with today’s artists and beyond. “I want to represent a new sound, a new energy, a new spirit, a new mind-set, focused primarily on the music,” Boyce offered in a brief interview. Artists such as Otis Redding, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Bob Marley helped to refine the sort of musical dexterity that suits T.J. Boyce. These influences implement home-cooked, experience-laden, music that sticks to your ribs. The type of music that touches people; it’s something you feel and experience no matter how old you are. It is sincerely anchored in the wisdom of his grandmother, who expressed with such emotion. This emotive reflection mesmerized the young Boyce and cemented the way he would later share his music with the world. “I am a musician, producer, writer, and vocalist. When I create a record, I think of the entire production as if it were a painting or puzzle. My musical sensibility relies upon being able to understand the nuances of the human spirit.”
Passionate about his music, the craftsmanship of T.J. Boyce represents a unique link that connects lyric, content, style, and emotion; real music that the fans can feel and experience. The T.J. Boyce experience is special because it comes from an honest place of expression; tailor made for the musically inclined. It chronicles stories from his life, the lessons he’s learned, and the fabric of working hard as an independent artist. A cursory listen to his music, finds T.J. Boyce in a similar realm with today’s popular artists such as R.Kelly, Trey Songz, and Chris Brown. T.J. Boyce is a consummate gentleman and a fierce competitor, equipped with producing results that separate artist from singer and performer from entertainer.
T.J. Boyce is the complete artist. He experiences the music. Boyce revealed that his music is both therapy and a craft that he enjoys perfecting every day. “There was a time I stopped doing music and I turned into a different person, I am much happier now. I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer; it is where I am most comfortable.” Boyce reveals. The musical craft of T.J. Boyce is constantly being polished as he works on being emotionally honest, more skillful with words and sounds, as well as maintaining a certain amount of diligence in the overall scope of work.
Boyce also realizes the business part of the music industry. He is one of the hardest working independent artist in Houston right now, recording and performing on a regular basis, his latest release, “No Panties”has been featured on the local station in Houston 97.9 “The Box” and is available on iTunes. “No Panties” is sexy, sleek, seductive and sure to entertain. It allows Boyce to display a vocal range that is seldom seen in today’s R&B music.
T.J. Boyce is especially thankful to his mother who is responsible for his musical curiosities. The vast variety of music she played, as he grew up, has heavily influenced the T.J. Boyce that we have come to appreciate and better understand today.
There are many women today that have put more important things before their love life such as their careers, children, and their success. Some women use these reasons as an excuse for why the right man hasn't come along, but in actuality maybe they have prioritized their lives in such a way that they've missed out on MR. RIGHT. While it's easy to blame men for women's relationship demise it's fair to say that women tend to stand in their own way when finding true love. Many women are attracted to the wrong men, and thus never find what they are looking for usually because they strive to have their cake and eat it too. In other words they want a man that will respect their independence yet play jealous and lay down laws for the relationship also known as "being a man".
They want men that are strong yet controllable, bold yet sensitive, protective yet conservative, "the cake and eat it too". Sometimes women tend to push their men away trying to construct them into their idea of a perfect man. In other cases there are older women late 40's-50's that have been married, separated, or divorced who are or have become so independent that they turn their nose up to any man that isn't their idea of MR. RIGHT as if they have men lining up around the corner. Hell, this may be true, but in all actuality men their age with similar pasts are not looking for the rowdy cougars, but the younger women to fulfill their desires. "Getting Over The Hump", is easier said than done being that it takes more than wanting the right man to keep a strong relationship. It takes women stepping out of their own way and figuring out themselves before trying to find the right man who will compliment their lifestyle instead of trying to attract men temporarily in hopes of keeping them for the long haul.
Not all women play games, but let’s be honest everyone at some point in time plays a game in hopes of "breaking the ice" or getting the others attention. For women it’s about getting a man right where they want him until they realize sooner than later just how tight that leash really was from the beginning. A sweet smile, nice eyes, or slick talk can only go so far with men and many women get wrapped up in their efforts they forget that it's about keeping a man’s mind, once you've got his attention. Sex means more to women than men especially when they realize they've been chucked the deuce. Yet some women find excuses for their inhibitions, and cry case of a broken heart when their "-gina" isn't taken as exclusively as the relationship they think they’re in or hoped for. This topic isn't to go against women, but to expose why getting over the hump to find love feels more like getting over a mole hill, pushing an SUV, without all wheel drive. It's not all their fault, but dammit there are definitely some things women could change before ganging up on men for their behavior/outlook in relationships and women. Yes! We all can bear witness or claim victim to a broken heart or a man that hurt us, and yes in most cases it is their fault for the relationships end (or do we make it that way?), but there must be women out here doing something wrong for our men to behave the way they do or choose to "run away" from commitment.
Either way looking at all aspects of the totem pole there are women standing in their own way, men who stand victim to the doings of women whether that is how some exploit themselves, or game men, women who are innocent to a broken heart, and men that don't know a good woman when they see one. Tonight on OWWHH we will discuss women's views on their career vs. love, female priorities and dating lifestyle, the difficulties with dating at a certain age, being a mother while finding love, competing with younger women, media influences and imagery on the perfect woman, women who stand in their own way, the many ways women can find true love, and more. We are keeping it real and one hundred about our fellow ladies in question and why being single isn't the problem, but finding love after years of relationships could be too little too late for some.
Special Guest: Motivational Speaker Wil Townsend
Wil Townsend is a sought after motivational speaker, coach and mentor who spreads hope, love and joy with his interactive presentations throughout the U.S.A and Canada. With his blazing quick wit and amazing stage presence, Wil delivers a high-energy message that enables women, men and youth to live up to their own personal greatness which in turn makes it possible to have healthy, loving relationships.
Wil has interviewed hundreds of men and tells it how it is from a man’s point of view. He goes into depth about men and women’s needs and desires and also points out the game, the pitfalls and the red flags that women should be on the lookout for. His powerful message implores women to take back their power and respect by taking the proper steps in setting a strong foundation; which in turn creates positive energy internally and within the relationship.
The Blueprint to the Izm is a guide, a helping hand, an information pack, a book for helping women to take back their power.
Special Guest: DominicanSoul
AR Garcia / DominicanSoul Writer / Playwright / Radio Personality / Blogger
WRITER I have written for various magazines, mens magazines and online publications.
PLAYWRIGHT I wrote a Play called "She Hates Coffee" which will premier Off Broadway early 2013 at La Tea theater in NYC. I also have another play in the works to e produced Off Broadway as well later on in the year of 2013
RADIO PERSONALITY I have an Internet radio show called "LIVE with DOMINICANSOUL" on Bottommusicradio.com each and every Thursday 8:00pm to 10:00pm. The shows is about Life, Love, Sex, and Relationships from a Males perspective.
BLOGGER I have a Blog that I created about 6 months ago. It's not an average blog where I am chiming in on current events but more so about my thoughts and feelings on life, love, sex, and relationships from my perspective. It can be found at www.thedominicansoul.com
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Once upon a time there were great funk/R&B bands like Earth Wind & Fire, The Meters, War, Kool & The Gang, Slave, and numerous others who constantly broke down musical barriers. The musicality of these units was superior – they could rock or funk out as easily as they could move the crowd with a tenor soulful ballad. The rise of electronic music gradually undermined self-contained bands but in the 90s a dynamic young new band emerged—Mint Condition, now the greatest self-contained R&B band of our time. Anointed early on by superstar producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (formerly of the band The Time), Mint Condition does it all—delivering hard-bitten funk with a hip hop edge, rocking out with screaming lead guitar, and crooning lush, "baby-making" soul ballads.
The much sought after band, who mark their 20th Anniversary this year, has amassed a string of hits and performs hundreds of live shows each year. In the Fall of 2010 when Prince took the podium at the legendary Apollo to announce his "Welcome To America," and his plans to feature his favorite artists, it was no shock to many that Mint Condition was among them. The only band on his list that day? Mint Condition. During the month of February, TV One tapped Mint Condition as the house band seen and heard every night on the show "Way Black When," which celebrated the biggest African American stars throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. With not one but two current hit singles on board—the sumptuous "Caught My Eye" and lead singer Stokley's duet with Kelly Price, "Not My Daddy," Mint Condition marks the 20th anniversary of its first chart hit with the release of 7 (Mint Condition’s seventh studio album) due out on Shanachie Entertainment/Caged Bird April 5, 2011.
You may love your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend but maybe their kids don't love you! Maybe you have a problem with the way your step kids talk to your mate? Maybe you have a little "Baby Boy" running around in your life? How do you handle it? Maybe the child's biological parent who is not with your mate now is causing problems telling your spouse "He better not discipline my child! I'll do that!" How do and you handle that? Do step parents always get the respect of their step children? When is it ok to tell your mate about what you don't like about THEIR child? Tonight the Vocal Booth tackles this interesting topic with the help of the Chat rebels and ask for your opinion and stories on the call in line of (646)233 1302. join us tonight at 11pm on bks1radio.com LIVE IN THE VOCAL BOOTH!!! Where you at Jooooo-deeeee!!!!!!
Special Guest: Carl Carlton
Detroit native Carl Carlton got his start in the record business through baseball. When a neighbor yelled down from an apartment window to some kids playing baseball in vacant lot to stop playing ball and to turn that radio off, they yelled back "that ain't no radio, that's Carl!" The neighbor ran down to see where this astonishing soulful voice was coming from. Later, he took Carlton to Lando Records where he began recording in the late '60s as Little Carl Carlton. His first single was "I Love True Love." Carlton had some previous experience from singing in church and being snuck into clubs to perform for tips by his older siblings. When a later single, "Competition Ain't Nothing," started to take off in the summer of 1968, the single was picked up by Don Robey's Back Beat Records. Carlton signed with the label and moved to Houston where the label was located. It was a big change for the youngster to go from Detroit's notorious Black Bottom neighborhood to waking to fresh country air and the gentle mooing of Jersey cows on Robey's spacious ranch.
When he wasn't touring or flying around the country doing recording dates, he'd perform at Robey's club, the Duke Peacock, which was also the name of Robey's other label. During this time, Carlton worked with a then-struggling songwriting/production duo named Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, producer David Crawford (Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free"), and producer/writer Bunny Sigler. Carlton scored some minor chart hits for Back Beat in the late '60s and early '70s, with "46 Drums - 1 Guitar," "Oh Mary How I Got Over," "I Can Feel It," and "Drop By My Place," which broke the R&B Top 20 and the pop Top 40. When Don Robey sold his Duke Peacock/Back Beat labels to ABC Records in 1972, a compilation album of Carlton's singles was released, You Can't Stop a Man in Love. Former Temptations David Ruffin was a friend of Carlton. After listening to one of Ruffin's albums, Carlton got excited about one song, "Everlasting Love."
Carlton wasn't aware that the song was previously a Top Ten hit for Robert Knight in 1967. In spite of the song's previous success, the first Carl Carlton single on ABC was "I Wanna Be Your Main Squeeze" with a low-key version of "Everlasting Love" on the flip. After given a more disco-friendly arrangement, "Everlasting Love," produced by Nashville's Papa Don Schroder (Bobby & James Purify's "I'm Your Puppet"), garnered Carlton his first Top Ten pop hit in 1974, peaking at number six and going to number 11 R&B. An album, Everlasting Love, produced by Bob Monaco (Rufus, Three Dog Night), was released and included two other singles, "Morning Noon and Night" and a cover of Rufus' "Smokin' Room," which gave Carlton his second pop hit. 1975 saw Carlton travelling to Philadelphia to work with producer/songwritwer Bunny Sigler.
Though the album credits the backing musicians as MFSB, the core rhythm section is Instant Funk, which was a part of MFSB and scored a million-seller four years later with "I Got My Mind Made Up." The resultant album, I Wanna Be With You, is generally regarded as Carlton's best album. Carlton's vocals are much more relaxed and supple than on the Everlasting Love album. Despite good reviews in Right On magazine and the release of three singles, "Ain't Been No One Before You" (released January 1976), "Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody (About You) (charted the summer of 1976), and "Live for Today, Not for Tomorrow" (released late winter 1976), the album weakly charted. Some believe that it had to do with the royalty dispute that Carlton was involved in with ABC at the time. For a year and a half, Carlton had to wait until his contract with ABC lapsed until he could do anymore recording. He resurfaced in late 1977 with a Mercury single, "You You," a lovely lush ballad produced by the Dramatics' L.J. Reynolds along with the group's musical director John Brinson. On the flip was a funky blues number called "Something's Wrong." There were two other tracks recorded, but they were never released. With a lot of time on his hands, Carlton got into fitness. Weightlifting and jogging appealed to him and he found a workout partner in boxer Thomas "Hitman" Hearns. Carlton continued to perform around Detroit. Many people in the music business promised to work with Carlton, but the only one to come through was veteran soul singer Leon Haywood.
He flew Carlton to California and worked with him in his recording studio. Getting him a singles deal with the label that he was signed to, 20th Century, Haywood produced a cover of his own "This Feeling's Rated Xtra" with a James Ingram tune, "Fighting in ihe Name of Love" on the B-side. It charted briefly, doing well enough for 20th Century to release the next single, "She's a Bad Mama Jama." "She's a Bad Mama Jama" earned Carlton a gold record in 1981, staying at number two for eight weeks straight, kept out of the number one spot by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's "Endless Love." An album, Carl Carlton, was released with a front cover of a shirtless Carlton showing off his chiseled physique. The album went gold also. Such success afforded Carlton the opportunity to appear on such top-rated TV shows as Solid Gold, Soul Train, and American Bandstand and to tour major venues doing some dates with Rick James. The next single was "I Think It's Gonna Be Alright," a gentle acoustic guitar-laced ballad that briefly charted. Various rappers have rapped over "She's a Bad Mama Jama" in later years. His next album was The Bad CC (RCA), which included a catchy synth-heavy cover of the Four Tops' "Baby I Need Your Loving." Produced by David Rubinson and Friends, it features one of the last performances by Sylvester sideman/synth wizard Patrick Cowley.
The single did good in the U.S. and was a Top Ten hit in Australia. "Everyone Can Be a Star" was the flip side of "...Loving." It was co-written by Carlton and Gavin Christopher and may be Carlton's most autobiographical song. 1986 saw the release of Carlton's sixth album, Private Property (Casablanca). It is safe to say that Carlton wanted and needed a hit. So one can probably excuse the title track and first single for being a "Mama Jama" clone. It did the trick, landing in the upper half of the R&B charts. The same can be said for the follow-up, "Slipped, Tripped and Fall in Love." But the album shouldn't be overlooked because of this. It's one of the last albums produced by Memphis hitmaker Allen Jones with able backing from his main band, the Barkays.
There's a sweet cover of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." Sam Dees produces the unique "Mama's Boy," and his heart-tugging ballad "Never Got Over You" has to be one of the best things Carlton has ever recorded. Dropped from the Casablanca roster, Carlton started working with Leon Haywood again in 1994, releasing a single, "Rock N Roll" b/w "Main Event."Give Carlton self-admitted fault of "going for the cash" and signing bad contracts, the lyrics of "Main Event" seem appropriate: "Obstacles have come at me/although somehow I've overcome/I can see the prize just waiting there/so through the maze of life I run I run/I fight each battle round by round/maintain my quest for higher ground." An album, Main Event, was released later that year.
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Domestic violence should not happen to anybody, but unfortunately its a reality that some people especially women know all too well. When domestic abuse does happen, there is always a way to get help. Whether you have lived with abuse or it happened once; maybe you work or live next or near someone who is being abused whatever the circumstance you can to different outlets to get help for yourself or someone else by referring them to a hotline, therapist, or even involving the police.
Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation. Domestic violence, so defined, has many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; neglect, and economic deprivation. Alcohol consumption and mental illness can be co-morbid with abuse, and present additional challenges in eliminating domestic violence. Awareness, perception, definition and documentation of domestic violence differs widely from country to country, and from era to era.
Domestic violence and abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. Domestic violence can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking. Domestic violence can trigger many different responses in victims, all of which are very relevant for any professional working with a victim. Major consequences of domestic violence victimization include psychological/mental health issues and chronic physical health problems. A victim’s overwhelming lack of resources can lead to homelessness and poverty. There are many community organizations, which work to prevent domestic violence by offering safe shelter, crisis intervention, advocacy, and education and prevention programs. Community screening for domestic violence can be more systematic in cases of animal abuse, healthcare settings, emergency departments, behavioral health settings and court systems. Tools are being developed to facilitate domestic violence screening such as mobile apps.
One organization that provides outstanding support for women and children being abused is the YWCA. The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, we have more than 25 million members in 122 countries, including 2 million members in 266 local associations in the United States. More important than the numbers, is their mission to empower women. The YWCA provides safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress. Women come to the YWCA in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence. They come for job training and career counseling, childcare, health and fitness, and a variety of other reasons. These women leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives. The YWCA associations are divided by regions nationwide. This enables their associations to pool resources, provide additional services for their clients, and combine their voices for change at the national and local levels.
The YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program is a non- profit program operating with assistance from public and private funds. Funding sources include: Title XX, Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Council, Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Lafayette and West Lafayette Community Block Grant, Tippecanoe County Revenue Sharing, United Way of Greater Lafayette, United Way of White County and Clinton County, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Emergency Shelter Grant. The YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program provides services without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, affectional preference, or handicap.