February 2011

Do Better Thursday: Servathon 2011

by dre of onustees.com on 24 February 2011

It’s time to really Move with The Movement & Do Better!

This Spring, the Do Better Movement is taking it to the streets… Joining the wonderful volunteer efforts of Greater DC Cares, we will be out in force contributing to various service projects in Washington, DC… If you’d like to join the Do Better Movement team this Spring… Check out pictures from previous volunteer events and details below…. Sign up and Move with The Movement!
– dre’ of onustees.com

The Queen & Volunteer…
You never know… The Baddest Man on the Planet might show up!
Do(ing) Better in action…
What: Greater DC Cares Servathon – the largest day of service in the region!
When: Saturday, April 16
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm.
Cost: $25 Volunteering is NOT free. Registration fee helps cover the cost of supplies for the day (trash bags, paint, ladders etc).
Why should I volunteer?
I shouldn’t have to answer this question, but…Volunteering helps build the capacity of the nonprofits, schools, and community based organizations in our community. Plus it feels good as hell to help others, try it on for size!
Who’s Involved?
Over 8,000 volunteers, but we’re trying to get a Do Better Movement Team together. If we get 25 or more people on our team by March 9, we’ll get our team name on the t-shirt. So let’s go folks!
What will we be doing?
The fine folks over at Greater DC Cares are still developing service projects. But past projects include – playground enhancements at area schools (painting basketball courts, four square, us maps on blacktops), landscaping projects, interacting with seniors, improving the look at feel at recreation center and nonprofits and more.
I’m not sold yet. Tell me again why I should volunteer.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 10 – 16) and the great accomplishments from the day Greater DC Cares is organizing the annual Servathon After-Party. So come out to volunteer and celebrate.
I’m in! How do I join the Team?

  1. Click here to register
  2. Select the Register Here button
  3. Accept the Waiver
  4. Select Join a Team
  5. Search for Do Better Movement
  6. You got it from there!


A brother who truly deserves an Unsung special…

Here’s the reasons why you should know Leroy Hutson…
  • He was roommates with Donny Hathaway at Howard… (I didn’t discover Hutson until I went to the Capstone…)
  • Co-wrote Hathaway’s “The Ghetto”
  • Handpicked by Curtis Mayfield to replace him for The Impressions
  • Released a strong catalog of solo albums on Mayfield’s record label, Curtom
  • He made… “I’ll Be There, I Still Care”… if you don’t immediately dig this song… you might want to check your pulse…
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFwjswBL3WE]
Check that pulse…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsvYuxU6JNM]
Used by Kidz In The Hall for “Mr. Alladatshit”…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NzUYtfcs98]
Hutson in action…

What you know about that Gentlemen music…


The woman with the voice as pretty as she… 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPqzzuBHT-E]


“The Duke of Earl”

Today we give roses to the Eugene Dixon… better known as Gene Chandler… He is primarily recognized for his hit “Duke of Earl”… However, my favorite work is his 1978 album Get Down… highlights on the album are “I’m The Traveling Kind”, “Please Sunrise” and the popularly sampled “Tomorrow I May Not Feel Same”…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9PoUsRibtE]
“Duke of Earl”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ohRCTpsgg8]
“Nothing Can Stop Me”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9WXzr7LHgc]
“Tomorrow I May Not Feel The Same”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpqmyUg-VsU]
“I’m The Traveling Kind”


Black Music History “Giving Them Roses” – Day 16: Leon Ware, Happy Birthday!

16 February 2011

Helped populate a sizable portion of the Black community… This may be unfair… but it’s easiest to explain the legacy of Leon Ware by stating he’s a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac… Extremely talented and gifted… However, in the eyes of his label, Motown… He lacked that certain look when compared to his counterparts… Namely, Marvin […]

Black Music History “Giving Them Roses” – Day 15: Lonnie Liston Smith

15 February 2011

“Believe me… You know my style…” It’s, admittedly, wrong to roll up an artist’s entire body of work into one piece of art… Especially, with such a decorated journeyman as Lonnie Liston Smith, Jr… But bottom line… he’s the brother that gave you this… [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=487W_vBeGFQ] …where it all began… …due to this… [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1ue1CbwcpI] […]

Black Music History “Giving Them Roses” – Day 14: Sylvia Robinson, Happy Valentine’s Day…

14 February 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day from Sylvia Robinson [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CT0iDjqLhc]“Hey there, Sweet Stuff…” Check out her tribute from the Ladie’s Reign posts…

Black Music History “Giving Them Roses” – Day 11: Bobby Womack

11 February 2011

Your talented crazy uncle… Robert Dwayne Womack. I’m not sure why he feels like family but Bobby Womack does… Maybe it’s his handling of “Harry Hippie”… He approaches the song like story-time chat at the card table after Thanksgiving dinner… Both sharing the tale and resolving the issue of dealing with Harry, all the while […]

Do Better Thursday: Wonderful World of Sports

10 February 2011

It’s Do Better time… *does Championship Belt Move* On the heels of the Green Bay Packers victory in the Super Bowl… It’s time for a Do Better Thursday post with a sports slant… Clock’s running out… Let’s get to it… DOING IT RIGHT!!! Wake Forest baseball coach donates kidney to freshman player and becomes MVP… No […]

Black Music History “Giving Them Roses” – Day 10: Roberta Flack, Happy Birthday!

10 February 2011

Happy Birthday Lady Roberta… Check out her tribute from the “Ladies Reign” posts…