Without “Celebration” there is no way to have a party. So take it with you, Kool & the Gang.
We have some ideas about music Kamala likes – she has released multiple playlists in the past, so today I’m trying out a few from one she released for Black Music Month in 2017, long before she ran for the presidency.
“No matter where you come from or what you look like, music is a connection that can bring us all together.”
In honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month, which is recognized in June, Harris published a public playlist through music streaming service Spotify, which includes some of the most talented and influential black musicians.
“Our nation has an indelible soundtrack, songs that have become globally recognized anthems.” Harris said in a statement to HuffPost. “Much of this soundtrack is inspired and informed by the extensive contributions of African American artists in the fields of jazz, R&B, rap, hip-hop and beyond.”
The playlist contains 45 songs from timeless artists like Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Prince, as well as hits from contemporary artists like Andra Day, Janelle Monae and Chance The Rapper. There are popular rap songs from hip-hop artists like Migos and soulful slow jams from singers like Aretha Franklin – whatever your mood, Harris’ playlist has you covered.
I grinned when I saw Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road, Jack” on their list because it was recently a tune that people used to lead Donald Trump out of the White House and create “Hit the Road, Trump” parodies .
Not on their playlist, this blues jam deserves to be played at our party. Hat tip to Black Kos editor JoanMar for publication.
Back to Harris’ playlist that included “One Nation Under a Groove” by Parliament Funkadelic, a group that we covered in an earlier part of this series. This version of The Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences choir is proof that new generations will drive music forward.
In 2019, MVP Harris shared her “Mood Mix” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
From this list comes “The Sun is Shining” by Bob Marley and the Wailers, which is reminiscent of their Jamaican ancestry.
“The sun is shining, the weather is sweet now
Let your dancing feet move, yeah “
Our MVP is not just “Madame Vice President”. According to her hometown basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, she is the MVP of her heart James Dator signed up for SBNation.
Harris was born in Oakland and spent the first part of her legal career as assistant attorney general in Alameda County before rising to California Senator and now the White House.
The Warriors presented Harris with a signed # 49 jersey to remind him that she is the 49th Vice President of the United States. It came along with a message from Steph Curry encouraging her to display the jersey in her White House office, which she proudly plans to do.
Grab the Kleenex if you haven’t seen it yet.
She may be an Oakland homegirl, but Harris and Joe Biden have been taken into the hearts of so many people in the United States.
The inauguration had its own playlist that included Kamala Harris’ walk-out song “Work That” by Mary J. Blige, which she used at both the Democratic National Convention and for her first speech as elected Vice President.
Blige spoke to Andy Cohen about the moment she learned that Harris had chosen one of her songs.
The lyrics clearly agreed with Harris, and it’s easy to see why.
There are so many girls that I hear from that you ran
From the beautiful queen that you could become
You can look at the palm of my hand and see the storm coming
Read the book of my life and you will see that I have overcome it
(I don’t want the drama, lose you)
Just because the length of your hair isn’t long
And they often criticize you for your skin tone
Do you want to hold your head up because you are a pretty woman?
Make progress on your runway and keep going
Girl live your life
What a great milestone for Blige, 30 years after their first album “What’s the 411?” Has been published.
The “Dance Across America” segment of the opening ceremony was choreographed by Kenny Ortega to the music of Martha and the “Dancing in the Street” by the Vandellas. It’s a 1960s anthem that still gets people of all ages moving.
I really enjoyed this segment, and I’m sitting here and now dancing along. I was moved by the diversity of who we see in each picture. Vice President is Kamala Devi Harris a living, breathing symbol of this diversity.
Okay, that’s enough for me. What songs do you play to celebrate our new MVP?
Let’s have a party!