Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, dies at age 76

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Aretha Franklin — the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and known as the “Queen of Soul” for powerful anthems like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” — died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit. She was 76.

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Born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, to C.L. Franklin, the most prominent black Baptist preacher in America during the mid-20th century, and a gospel singer, Aretha Louise Franklin began performing in front of her father’s congregation at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, which she considered her hometown. She became a star on gospel caravan tours with her father, known as “The Million Dollar Voice,” who became her manager when she was 14.

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Cleveland Anchor Returns to Television after On-air Racial Slur

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A week after making national headlines by using a racially offensive term on the air, Kristi Capel returned to WJW Channel 8’s morning newscast. And it was a business-as-usual 4:30-10 a.m. Monday run for the Cleveland anchor.


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“Good morning, everyone, I’m Kristi Capel,” were the familiar words heard as the newscast kicked off at 4:30. She then introduced a story about snow-plow operators, settling back into her anchor chair on the Channel 8 news set.

Owned by Tribune Media Group, the Cleveland Fox affiliate pulled Capel from the morning news for three days. She was missing from the station’s Studio A for last week’s Wednesday-Friday newscasts, although Channel 8 executives did not confirm whether this was an actual suspension, paid or unpaid. Stacey Frey filled in for Capel.

Capel ignited an Internet firestorm after using the word “jigaboo,” a derogatory term for African-Americans, while praising Lady Gaga’s performance at the 87th Academy Awards. She apologized to Channel 8 viewers during last Tuesday’s morning newscast.

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8th Grade Metal Band From Brooklyn Lands Sony Record Deal

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Three little cuties rocking it out!

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Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal band comprised of three 8th-graders from Brooklyn, has been signed to a two-album recording contract with Sony. The deal comes with a $60,000 up-front advance and an option for four additional LPs.

The band, made up of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, was founded in 2007 and has been riding the lightning to metal fame thanks to a steady run of heavy-beyond-their-years busking in Times Square and Washington Square Park.  Now the Daily News reports that the boys have finalized a deal with Sony that could net them as much as $1.7 million over a possible six albums.

“What started out as play dates went to Times Square and now this. It’s been one great thing after another,” Dawkins’s mother, Tabatha, told the News. The boys competed in the Apollo Theater’s amateur night (under the name Tears of Blood, no less)…

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Friday Fun: Motown Really Had a Hold on the Beatles

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With so much drama in the world, don’t you want to have some Friday Fun?

On their second album, The Beatles wore their influences on the record sleeve. Released in the U.K. less than three months before the Fab Four’s U.S. invasion, With the Beatles featured eight original compositions, one Chuck Berry cover, one show tune and a whole lot of Motown.

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The Chuck Berry cover, “Roll Over Beethoven,” was a natural, as the St. Louis guitar slinger was a prime influence on John Lennon’s rock ‘n’ roll soul right from his first band The Quarrymen. “If you tried to give rock ‘n’ roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry,” Lennon once said. The McCartney-sung “Till There Was You” — which The Beatles performed on their debut Ed Sullivan Show performance on February 9, 1964 — was penned by Iowan tunesmith Meredith Wilson for the smash stage-and-screen productionThe Music Man. It foreshadowed later McCartney compositions like “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.”

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Some Parents Upset After L.I. School Removes Religious References From ‘Silent Night’

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The song “Silent Night” is at the heart of a concert controversy on Long Island.

Kings Park school officials removed several religious references, including “Holy infant” and “Christ the Savior,” from the popular Christmas carol before a student concert last week, WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs reported.

The intent was to avoid offending non-Christians, but the change left others upset.

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Eugenics and the Circle of Black NON Invention…i.e…The Circle Game

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We are a part of media mind control. We have mainstream as well as alternative media that have blurred the lines of reality until people can’t differentiate the truth, thus becoming confused. This is a condition called, cognitive dissonance. We here at The Confirmation Files (a forward, free- thinking site) try to bring both points of view and at times we write and post material that reflect our surroundings. Some of it is positive and some of it is negative. For example, eugenics is a word people don’t favor in its usage associated (usually) with population control. While it can be used for purposes of breeding, adoption, or elective it is also used in diminishing…e.g. prisons!

Imagine a circle, in this instance the imagery will be a cycle. The cycle I speak of has to do with music and prisons. Some may want to invoke racism, but that’s really a trick. It’s more than racism, it’s about groups that have ownership. Let’s look at racism, however, since it does apply in this case. Racism is a competitive relationship between groups of people who are competing for the ownership of control of resources and power. Racism has to do with a unifying group effort.


The circle begins with prisons. Prisons today are a for-profit business. For prisons to be profitable to the investor and to receive government funding it has to be at 70 percent capacity: the bigger the percentage, the bigger the funding. Since I’m speaking for black and poor folk, when your rights are taken by the state and you’re put in cages, according to the 14th amendment, you are considered a slave. AMENDMENT XIII: SLAVERY- Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall exist within the United States, or and place subject to their jurisdiction. Prisons are erected in places firstly, economics and secondly if children are performing poorly between 2nd to 5th grades.


I know you’re wondering how am I going to relate this to music ? It’s simple, music elites invest heavily in prisons. As Stan Monteith who wrote the brilliant book Brotherhood Of Darkness, says “too many clues”! The more ignorant, violent, the better the sales. Like this headline “Rapper T.I. Says Atlantic Records Hates His New Positive Image” … T.I.’s family oriented TV show, T.I & Tiny: The Family Hustle, that’s just one example from a popular selling artist. Music within itself is a spiritual thing , a force. Experiments have been done with plants. Two styles of music were played, heavy metal and classical. After a prolonged listen to both, the plants exposed to heavy metal began to wither and die while those exposed to classical began to grow. To be fair, metal music does play more dropped tuned/distorted notes. And speaking of music did you know there is only one black owned radio network but the music programmer is white! Talk about to adding insult to injury,


After a person is released from the cage, they forever have a stamp.  And secondly they have to find employment: a lot more difficult for one with a criminal record. The system(intended)makes it evermore difficult by further disenfranchising them. If said person needs assistance, some states want drug tests, finger printing. Without many options(depending on the affluence of the person…i.e., means)they may go commit a crime and the cycle continues. Also the person can no longer vote in order to help change their condition and they can’t legally purchase a fire arm to protect themselves. Prisons are private businesses that sells cheap labor while making whooping profits. This is called the circle game!

If the kids are listening to music that further pushes all things negative then what is being feed in their collective consciousness? If you only listen to music that further exacerbates your current condition of non-achievement and the systems continues to make laws that further disenfranchises black youth, whats the other option they are hoping for: CRIME! Look, not everyone that listen to rap or hip-hop is going to commit crimes, that would be stupid, but steady diets of any forum, music, movies, video games can lead to complacency.

The subject in this post is not exhaustive. I’m only scratching the surface. We live in a ready-made world, with polar opposites which when bombarded by opposing information  causes cognitive dissonance. It continue to keep the ignorant, ignorant and the stupid, stupid!

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Richie Havens, Folk Singer Who Opened Woodstock, Has Died

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R.I.P Havens is the only cat I know who can take a Beatles song and make it his. His version of strawberry fields is perfect!

The crowd at Richie Havens’ Woodstock-opening set on Aug. 15, 1969.

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Richie Havens, a Brooklyn-born singer who sang gospel as a teenager, began playing folk music in Greenwich Village clubs in the 1960s and was the opening act at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in Jersey City, N.J., according to his agent. He was 72 years old.

Havens had a long career as a musician, but if he had done nothing else, his performance at Woodstock would secure his place in American music history. Havens was the first performer to walk onto the stage at the festival; he sat on a stool and performed for nearly two hours — including an improvisation that incorporated the spiritual “Motherless Child,” later called “Freedom.” It became a highlight of the documentary about the festival and introduced him to audiences around the world.

As a black performer, he was a rarity in the folk-dominated Greenwich Village scene. His sandpaper soft voice and percussive guitar playing caught the ear of folk impresario Albert Grossman, who first signed Bob Dylan and helped create Peter, Paul and Mary. Havens released his breakout album, Mixed Bag, in 1967.

Havens went on to act in films and on television, and he continued recording for more than 40 years. He had a Top 20 hit in 1971 with a cover of The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” and released his last album, Nobody Left to Crown, in 2008. But it was onstage — with his guitar — that Havens was in his element. He toured constantly and in 2008 told NPR that he never planned his shows beyond the opening and closing songs.

“Many times people have come up to me after and they’d, they’d say, ‘Richie, do you know what you did?’ I’d say, ‘What?’ They’d go, ‘I wrote these songs down for you to sing and you sang ’em all in a row.’ That’s the kind of communication happens, you know,” Havens said. “It’s like if you let the audience lead, then you are the audience.”

Havens connected with audiences from stages large and small for more than 50 years.

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