Author Archives: Alex Hardy

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Black In The Day: The Black Joy Playlist

Welcome to Black In The Day, your bi-weekly serving of yesteryear’s magical, inimitable and unforgettable Blackety Blackness courtesy of Alexander Hardy. Life can be wack sometimes, especially when living and working amongst shitbag-electing jive turkeys, rabid Iggy Azalea stans, kitten heel hoarders and such. Contending with chirren, work, honey shortages at Popeye’s, and automobills can…

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Black In The Day: Self-Care Playlist

Welcome to Black In The Day, your bi-weekly serving of yesteryear’s magical, inimitable and unforgettable Blackety Blackness courtesy of Alexander Hardy. Life can be wack sometimes, especially when living and working amongst shitbag-electing jive turkeys, rabid Iggy Azalea stans, kitten heel hoarders and such. Contending with chirren, work, honey shortages at Popeye’s, and automobills can drain…

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Black In The Day: Stage and Screen Mainstays

Welcome to Black In The Day, your bi-weekly serving of yesteryear’s magical, inimitable and unforgettable Blackety Blackness courtesy of Alexander Hardy.  Whether in person, on stage, or on screen, Blackness in motion is a gift to behold. Pop charts, musical trends, ultra tardy mainstream fashion crazes, and inescapable dance fads and catch phrases all reflect the magic so effortlessly…

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Black In The Day: Always Extra, Always On Point

Welcome to Black In The Day, your bi-weekly serving of yesteryear’s magical, inimitable and unforgettable Blackety Blackness courtesy of Alex Hardy. As creators of culture and keepers of “The Cool,” our well of greatness is infinite and our brilliance knows no bounds. Let’s keep it funky: even when we’re not physically present, we (and the shadow cast by our inescapable influence) are…

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Black In The Day: Excellence Express

Welcome to Black In The Day, your bi-weekly serving of yesteryear’s magical, inimitable and unforgettable Blackety Blackness courtesy of Alex Hardy. As creators of culture and keepers of “The Cool,” our well of greatness is infinite and our brilliance knows no bounds. Let’s keep it funky: even when we’re not physically present, we (and the shadow cast by our inescapable influence) are…

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The Revisit: Kelis’ “Wanderland”

“A funhouse.” That is the first image that came to mind when I first heard the blaring car siren that opens Kelis’ Neptunes-produced masterpiece “Young, Fresh n’ New” back in the senior year of high school. I was preparing to lead my dance company, Grüvment (“groovement”), to a competition and needed something big, funky, and…

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Black Movie Soundtracks Are A Lost Art

When was the last time a movie soundtrack made you feel something? When was the last time you sought out all of the music from a film driven by a desire to re-experience the narrative musically? If you, too, were born before Whitley and Kinu dropped Patti’s prune cobbler, it has probably been at least…

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The Revisit: Janet Jackson’s ‘The Velvet Rope’

I missed half of the video, but that didn’t matter. When those stylish, glistening black folks with funky hair twisted, swayed, and jived across the screen in the clip for “Got Til Itʼs Gone” during Planet Groove, I knew I couldn’t miss this. I jumped up from VIDEOS VHS tape. I recorded over Mariah Carey’s…

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