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Fall Into Music: Venus Sings’ List of Favorites, November 2015

FALL INTO MUSIC:
Venus Sings’ List of Favorites, November 2015

by Reza Corinne Clifton


Other songs by Yuna that I enjoy jamming to are “Live Your Life,” and, from her album “Nocturnal,” “I Want You Back,” and “Lights and Camera.” And her cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” is spectacular!

PROVIDENCE, RI – A few nights ago I had the pleasure of running into a friend I collaborated with in my previous role as co-producer and co-host of Voices of Women on WRIU. I miss the show and the corresponding opportunities, adventures and pursuits that came with having a slot where I curated and presented two hours of music every month. In particular, I miss the way the show inspired me to locate, uncover and share music made by hard-working women in and from all over the world. I was reminded of the rush and given another chance to relive the good ol’ days, when my friend asked me for recommendations for new, sultry women she could share on the show.


The song “Mama Says,” by Ibeyi, inspired me to write a poem that you can find here. “The River,” another song by Ibeyi, has a video that blends the shockingly surreal and shockingly real.

Twenty minutes later, I sent Liza the following list of artists that I thought she should check out:

  1. Ibeyi
  2. Yuna
  3. Jhene Aiko
  4. The Internet
  5. Melanie Fiona
  6. FKA Twigs
  7. Hollie Cook

No, it’s not that all of these women are new, though some are, yes. On the other hand, all of them are artists that fit the sound that my friend seemed to be seeking out. In case she’s reading, and because, in hindsight, seven seems like a strange number, here are four more artists I’d recommend based on new music they’re producing and/or the timelessness of what they’ve already done.


Jill Scott has been out for nearly two decades. Still, as one viewer on Youtube wrote, “She pulled the words out of my heart” with this one. A couple other favorites of mine from over the years include “A Long Walk” and “So In Love.” 

  1. Nneka
  2. Santigold
  3. Solange
  4. Jill Scott

I hope to share additional recommendations before the year ends. In the meantime, leave your favorites in the comments or with me on Twitter @rezaclif.

Celebrating a Decade of Blogging and Chillin’ with the Guys: Reza Rites Visits The Codex Prime Podcast

Article by Reza Corinne Clifton. Photo/Collage Credit: Codex Prime, R.Clifton
Article by Reza Corinne Clifton. Photo/Collage Credit: Codex Prime, R.Clifton

I don’t remember where I was when it hit me: Reza Rites, you are celebrating a decade of blogging.

My first site was called RezaRitesRi.com, my first post went up in 2005, and it’s how I earned the nickname Reza Rites. Some of the work I posted there earned me awards, and some job opportunities where I was asked to replicate the style or topics I was publishing on the site. My presence, persistence, outreach and networking also helped me start and run other sites (including VenusSings.com and AmbitiousBlackFeminist.com, the two sites I run today) and contributed to readers and collaborators not only from RI, but also from and within different spaces and quarters around the country – and world – like Washington, DC, Boston, MA, New York, New Bedford, and even San Sebastian, Spain. In short blogging has been a big part of my personal and professional development, so it feels significant that I’ve been doing it for about a decade.

Soon after realizing and reflecting on all of this, I found myself in one of the chairs in the home studio where Maurice, Aris, Carl and Victor tape their weekly podcast, “Codex Prime.”

Codex Prime, if I had to describe it in one sentence, is a space for nerds, blerds, gamers, techies, fantasy football players and/or Comic Con enthusiasts. In my case, I was invited as a guest to talk broadly about music and my current projects (ie, as a music nerd). But after hearing about my decade of blogging, and two trips to Cuba that happened before that, the window opened for a full, fun conversation with me and the guys.

Click on the Soundcloud file below to hear the Codex Prime Podcast that featured me, Reza Rites, as the special guest. And check out the show info below, from the Codex Prime page, to learn more about their program and about some of the topics that arose during the show.

The Famous Foursome of Maurice, Victor, Aris and Carl are joined by writer, digital storyteller, cultural navigator, and friend of the show Reza Clifton. Their awesome conversation delves into Reza’s work in media and education, Aris’s tales of salty Best Buy employees, Victor’s reviews of The Martian and Sicario, Reza’s experiences with the Afropunk and Afrolatino Festivals in New York this past summer, and some super cool music talk as well.

All of this and so much more, so listen, like, subscribe, GET IT!

Recorded October 6, 2015
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Venus Sings: www.venussings.com/

3 AM is the New Black: www.facebook.com/3amblack
+ instagram.com/3amblack/

Sonic Watermelons: www.bsrlive.com/shows/sonic-watermelons

Ambitious Black Feminist: ambitiousblackfeminist.tumblr.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/rezaclif
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LINKS OF INTEREST:

Afropunk: www.afropunk.com/

Afrolatino Festival: www.facebook.com/afrolatinofestivalnyc

Ixcanul (trailer): www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMMP0Z21zqU

Gary Clark Jr. music: www.youtube.com/user/garyclarkjr

High School of the Dead: www.hulu.com/high-school-of-the-dead
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Email: CodexPrimePodcast@gmail.com

CATCH CODEX PRIME AT:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/codexprime
Twitter: twitter.com/codexprimecast
Instagram: instagram.com/codexprimepodcast/
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/codex…id998035389?mt=2
SoundCloud: @codex-prime

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