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15 Years Ago the No. 1 Album in the Country Was …


Britney domination officially started today!

When Britney Spears' debut album was released on January 12, 1999 everyone disregarded her as another pop tart who couldn't hold a note if it were strapped to her back.  A critic from NME ranted: “Britney ‘lizard-lounge’ Spears is already halfway through her lucrative showbiz career.”  Brit-Brit got the last laugh because she has been lip-synching for her MFing life for over 15 years and is still considered one of the baddest chicks in pop music.

Exactly 15 years ago today …Baby One More Time hit number one on the Billboard 200 — knocking DMX's Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood off the top spot.  The Jive Records album spent six weeks at number one and was eventually certified diamond — Brit didn’t produce or write a lick. 

Check out Britney singing live!

30 Years Ago the No. One R&B Song in the Country Was …


Exactly thirty years ago today the legendary Patti LaBelle had a breakthrough in her solo career.  On January 28, 1984 she scored her first no. one R&B hit with “If Only You Knew” from the album I’m in Love Again.  

The song was a huge moment for Ms. LaBelle who famously struggled for  songs that would fit her powerhouse voice.  In addition, Patti turned down huge hits like ”If You Don’t Know By Me Now” and “Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby)” — but the diva got it right with this ballad produced by the super producer Kenny Gamble.  In addition, it was a rare song that you heard in her mid-range.  

Check out vintage Patti below!


I am so honored to have been married right alongside two of best friends in the world @jamizzi & @octaviusterry! It was such a comfort to sit right next to each other and experience the whole day of magic together. One of the best moments in my life and my two best friends will forger be a part of that memory! I love you both so much and congratulations from the bottom of my 💙! So mad that we were late for that amazing reception. 😢 we missed a treat and I want to see all the footage. I say we’s married now! #grammywedding #grammys2014 #macklamore #queenlatifah #madonna


The changing math of gay marriage. The 17 states (and the District of Columbia) in which gay marriage is legal account for 204 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. That’s 76 percent of the vote noted to get to the White House.

If you add the states with civil unions (CO-9 electoral votes, NV-6 electoral votes, OR-7 electoral votes) or domestic partnerships (WI-10 electoral votes), the number rises to 236. And if you add the two states where judges have recently struck down gay marriage bans (UT-6 electoral votes and OK-7 electoral votes) but action is pending, the number increases to 249. Utah and Oklahoma aren’t likely to vote Democratic in any upcoming presidential election, but the 204 electoral votes in the states that do have same-sex marriage reflects how the Democratic Party has shifted so dramatically since Republicans tried to use marriage as a wedge issue to defeat John Kerry just 10 years ago. With 204 electoral votes at stake, it’s inconceivable that any Democratic presidential candidate would ever again oppose marriage equality.

And for Republicans, as support for same-sex marriage continues to grow, eventually the electoral map will tilt so far against them that they will have to cave in on this issue, risking a potential rift with its base of social conservatives.


In a 1968 sermon delivered just days before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed:  “If a man doesn’t have a job or income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility of the pursuit of happiness.  He merely exists.” Today, far too many Americans are denied employment—and the economic security and fulfillment it brings—for the simple fact that they have an arrest or conviction in their past.

(Photo by AP)


Had to post another picture of Janis because I can’t get enough of her smile. #happybirthdayjanis


I just saw filmmaker Roger Ross Williams on The Daily Show talking about his film, God Love Uganda, about American missionaries preaching against homosexuality in Africa. The interview came the same day when the president of Kenya signed a sweeping new anti-gay bill in that country. I haven’t seen the film yet but it looks to be very necessary and very timely.

Today Is Zore Neale Hurston’s Birthday


I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” - Zora Neale Hurston

These are words I have lived by.  Take out the word “colored” and replace it with gay, woman, transgender, poor, disabled, etc. and the quote has the same impact.  

Goodbye WWRL: Listen to the Final Broadcast of ‘Clay Cane Live’


Today is the final day of WWRL 1600 AM, which was on air for 86 years.  If you have not heard, the station will become Spanish-speaking with music and talk as of tomorrow.  WWRL was home to legendary disc jockeys like Frankie Crocker, Carlton King Coleman, Herb Hamlet and others.  In later years, Mark Riley, Ed Schultz and Reverend Al Sharpton lent their voices to the iconic station.  

I am  happy to say I was a member of the WWRL 1600 AM family — over two years and 97 episodes.  Special thanks to radio veteran John Campanario for giving me my break in radio.  Also, big thanks to all of the co-hosts who graced the airwaves over the two years from Damion West to Mark Corece (pictured above) and especially J’Nara Corbin (pictured above), who was with the show from episode one on November 3, 2011.  It was a great run!  

Click on the red button below to hear the final episode!

'Clay Cane Live' Episode 97: December 17, 2013

MTV’s Biggest Music Moments of 2013


Check me out on MTV Europe, MTV Asia and their various other international channels for MTV’s Biggest Music Moments of 2013.  The special airs everywhere except the U.S. of A. — I feel like Josephine Baker!  

Along with other hilarious commentators, we talk Rihanna, Beyonce, P!nk, Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus and more.  Check your local listings.  

Final Broadcast of ‘Clay Cane Live’ Tonight


WWRL — the longest running black radio station in the New York City area — is changing to a Spanish-speaking format on January 1st.  Therefore, all of the current programming on WWRL 1600 AM will be no more, including Clay Cane Live.  

We’ve had over two years of Clay Cane Live and tonight marks 97 original episodes.  It’s been an incredible run.  We originally started with one-hour at 11pm EST on Thursdays.  Due to strong ratings, we were upgraded to 8pm - 10pm EST on Tuesdays.  So many great guests joined us over the past two years: Brandy, Clay Aiken, Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tichina Arnold, Aubrey O’Day, Norm Lewis, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Keith Boykin, Kandi Burruss, Mike Ruiz and others.  

Along with Mark Corece and J’Nara Corbin (all of the other amazing co-hosts we’ve had, including Damion West), I am happy to say Clay Cane Live via Equality Pride Radio is part of WWRL and radio history with our diverse format, which reached out to the LGBT community but transcended all labels. 

For 86 years, WWRL has been the voice of black radio.  It’s unfortunate WWRL as we know it will be no more, but everything changes.  Most importantly, thank you to all of our loyal listeners.  Please tune-in to our final show at 8pm EST tonight!

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