Tag Archives: steven ivory

  • Steven Ivory: Ode to the One Hit Wonder

    Apr 21, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *“When A Man Loves A Woman,” the classic R&B ballad by singer Percy Sledge, who passed away last week, was like somebody I knew.   Not the man, the song. Released on April 16, 1966, the Atlantic single could easily have been a younger kid in the neighborhood of my childhood; someone I’d notice at the […]

  • Steven Ivory: When the Nigger is White

    Apr 14, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *There’s an old, facetious basketball adage that white men can’t jump. However, not only can white men jump, apparently they can be niggers, too. Those uninitiated on the subject  learned this from University of Kentucky basketball player Andrew Harrison, a 20 year-old black man, during the April 4th press conference after Kentucky’s Final Four 71-64 […]

  • Steven Ivory: What TV’s ‘Empire’ Doesn’t Have

    Mar 11, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *I didn’t want to watch “Empire,” Fox TV’s hot musical drama about the fictional Empire Entertainment company and the family that runs it. Not because I’d heard anything bad about it. I hadn’t watched because I didn’t care to witness yet another TV show get the music business thing all wrong. Most TV dramas—movies, too—usually […]

  • Steven Ivory: Ga Ga for Gaga

    Feb 25, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    *After Lady Gaga let go of the last note from her “Sound of Music” performance, you could almost hear the collective dropping of jaws from coast to coast and around the world. Gaga  left the audience at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre stunned. Julie Andrews couldn’t conceal her awe. This wasn’t a flavor of the moment sticking […]

  • Steven Ivory: The Edge of (Suge) Knight

    Feb 3, 15 by blueolive Comments Off


    * “Is he strapped?,” asked music executive Kedar Massenburg, looking across the lobby of the New York Ctiy offices of Universal Records at the formidable black man in a dark suit. Massenburg, who had leveraged success as manager of so-called  neo soul stars  D’Angelo and Erykah Badu into his own Universal-distributed label, matter-of-factly inquired whether […]

  • Steven Ivory: Raheem’s Theory

    Nov 18, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *He pulled the big, maroon Buick duce and a quarter into the shopping area parking lot, found a space close to the sidewalk and intersection and slid out from behind the wheel. Already giggling at the mere thought of what was going on here,  I stayed behind in the passenger seat, wondering just when he […]