PJ Morton 1st artist in residence at Dillard University
Morton is the first artist in residence at a historically Black private university in New Orleans. Dillard University announced that Morton will teach master classes in songwriting, music publishing, studio production and talent management during the 2021-22 academic year. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)NEW ORLEANS – Grammy-winning musician PJ Morton is the first artist in residence at Dillard University, a historically Black private university in New Orleans. “I’m so excited to be partnering with Dillard University. His most recent project, “Gospel According to PJ,” is a Grammy nominee for this year’s best gospel album.
Despite bleak 2020, celebrities make effort to brighten year
(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES – Yes, 2020 may seem like a complete fail with all the constant bad news and tragic moments. It’s been filled with gloom and doom(scrolling), but some celebrities and those inspired by them have tried to brighten a bleak year. He reassigned his 10 seamstresses in New York to produce thousands daily for health care workers on the frontlines. The singer and husband Emilio Estefan's restaurant Estefan Kitchen served up homemade meals for health care workers in Miami. The challenge coordinated offers by celebrities and athletes to raise funds to feed those in need during the pandemic.
T3 and Young RJ keep breathing new life into Slum Village as they head to Ann Arbor
click to enlarge Courtesy of Blind PigTy Dolla $ign, Questlove, Erykah Badu, and Common are among those who have cited Detroits late great rapper and producer J Dilla as an inspiration. Keeping Slum Villages iconic underground hip-hop sound alive is sole surviving member T3 and producer Young RJ, both of whom released a pair of collaborative albums with the Abstract Orchestra last year. The instrumental records, Fantastic 2020 V. 1 and Fantastic 2020 V. 2, interpret early Dilla compositions from Slum Villages first two records. For this Ann Arbor performance, Slum Village will share the stage with D. Vaughn, the Illest, Pariis Noel, and DJ Chill Will 734. Doors open at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Blind Pig; 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555; blindpigmusic.com.metrotimes.com