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Ga Ga: Sipping Papaya-Mango Juice With Santogold

Santi White, better known as Santogold, let the New York Times follow her as she was out for a night on the town. Decked out in "tight white pants, an oversize yellow shirt and black Reebok high-tops with rainbow stripes and a gold slash," the 32-year-old poly-genre singer was out at a Mexican restaurant near her home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with friends (including April Roomet, a stylist for Snoop Dogg). “I don't drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t smoke and I don’t drink after someone drinks my drink,” Santogold, who drank papaya-mango juice, said. Next up for Santogold: a free concert at the Central Park SummerStage in NYC on July 20 before accompanying Coldplay on tour.
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Ga Ga: Jero’s Big In Japan!

Jerome Charles White Jr. is Japan’s first black Enka singer. The Pennsylvania native traveled to his grandmother’s homeland after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in computer engineering in 2003 and has been successfully co-opting Japanese culture ever since. He first entered an amateur singing competition on the long running TV show NHK Nodo Jiman and is now a rising Enka singer. Using the moniker Jero and clad in American Urban clothing, he climbed the charts to the Top 5 in Japan with the single “UmiYuki”. Enka music is the melodramatic fusion of the Japanese five pitch per octave scale with Western harmonies and it’s singers usually appear in some type of formal or traditional dress.
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Ga Ga: Black Kids Play Glastonbury

black_kids Florida indie rock band Black Kids (contrary to their cheeky name, only lead singer Reggie Youngblood and his younger sister Ali are black) took the stage at Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset. During their set, the band (who Rolling Stone listed in their Artists to Watch feature in 2007) played their hits, 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You' and 'Hit The Heartbreaks." Keyboardist Dawn Watley, according to NME, asked the crowd: "Are you naked?" We'd drop trow to hear them play, "Hurricane Jane." PHOTO: Courtesy of Rolling Stone
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ObamaNation: Inside Those Ears

Barack_Rolling Stone Cover Appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone, Barack Obama talks about (what else?) the soundtrack of his political life! Proclaiming Stevie Wonder as his "musical hero," he tells the magazine that "Maggie’s Farm" (1975) by Bob Dylan is "one of my favorites during the political season. It speaks to me as I listen to some of the political rhetoric." Obama, who has been endorsed by Dylan, gushed, "I've got to say, having both Dylan and Bruce Springsteen say kind words about you is pretty remarkable. Those guys are icons." Here's a snippet of what goes through Obama's endearing ears via Bob Dylan:

I got a head full of ideas That are drivin' me insane… No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more. Well, I try my best To be just like I am, But everybody wants you To be just like them.

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Ga Ga: Sipping Papaya-Mango Juice With Santogold

Santi White, better known as Santogold, let the New York Times follow her as she was out for a night on the town. Decked out in "tight white pants, an oversize yellow shirt and black Reebok high-tops with rainbow stripes and a gold slash," the 32-year-old poly-genre singer was out at a Mexican restaurant near her home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with friends (including April Roomet, a stylist for Snoop Dogg). “I don't drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t smoke and I don’t drink after someone drinks my drink,” Santogold, who drank papaya-mango juice, said. Next up for Santogold: a free concert at the Central Park SummerStage in NYC on July 20 before accompanying Coldplay on tour.
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Ga Ga: Jero’s Big In Japan!

Jerome Charles White Jr. is Japan’s first black Enka singer. The Pennsylvania native traveled to his grandmother’s homeland after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in computer engineering in 2003 and has been successfully co-opting Japanese culture ever since. He first entered an amateur singing competition on the long running TV show NHK Nodo Jiman and is now a rising Enka singer. Using the moniker Jero and clad in American Urban clothing, he climbed the charts to the Top 5 in Japan with the single “UmiYuki”. Enka music is the melodramatic fusion of the Japanese five pitch per octave scale with Western harmonies and it’s singers usually appear in some type of formal or traditional dress.
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Ga Ga: Black Kids Play Glastonbury

black_kids Florida indie rock band Black Kids (contrary to their cheeky name, only lead singer Reggie Youngblood and his younger sister Ali are black) took the stage at Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset. During their set, the band (who Rolling Stone listed in their Artists to Watch feature in 2007) played their hits, 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You' and 'Hit The Heartbreaks." Keyboardist Dawn Watley, according to NME, asked the crowd: "Are you naked?" We'd drop trow to hear them play, "Hurricane Jane." PHOTO: Courtesy of Rolling Stone
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ObamaNation: Inside Those Ears

Barack_Rolling Stone Cover Appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone, Barack Obama talks about (what else?) the soundtrack of his political life! Proclaiming Stevie Wonder as his "musical hero," he tells the magazine that "Maggie’s Farm" (1975) by Bob Dylan is "one of my favorites during the political season. It speaks to me as I listen to some of the political rhetoric." Obama, who has been endorsed by Dylan, gushed, "I've got to say, having both Dylan and Bruce Springsteen say kind words about you is pretty remarkable. Those guys are icons." Here's a snippet of what goes through Obama's endearing ears via Bob Dylan:

I got a head full of ideas That are drivin' me insane… No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more. Well, I try my best To be just like I am, But everybody wants you To be just like them.

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