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May 21: Speeddating While Cosplaying
SPECIAL GUEST: BOWLEGGED LOU (@thebowleggedOne) Lou George aka Bowlegged Lou, is part of the six member award winning, performing, music producing and song writing group known as Full Force. In college he majored in theater and he has also acted in 3 movies – “Who’s the Man” starring Ed Lover, Doctor Dre and Ice-T along with the hit films “House Party 1 and 2” starring Kid n Play and Martin Lawrence where I played the funny squeaky voiced high school bully known as PeeWee.
George, along with Full Force produced and wrote music for UTFO, Doctor Ice, Samantha Fox, Patti LaBelle, Jasmine Guy, The Force M.D.s, the R&B all-female group Ex Girlfriend, Britney Spears, James Brown, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, La Toya Jackson, and Selena. Full Force produced UTFO's "Roxanne Roxanne" (1985), a record that led to several answer records, most notably one by Roxanne Shanté. The group produced Rihanna's 2005 hit "That La, La, La," which appears on her debut album Music Of The Sun. The Black Eyed Peas' worldwide hit "Don't Phunk With My Heart" was also written as a collaboration between Full Force and will.i.am of the Peas. Full Force produced several hit singles from Samantha Fox, including “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)”, “I Wanna Have Some Fun” and “Hurt Me! Hurt Me! But The Pants Stay On”. For Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, they also produced some of their prominent hit songs, such as “All Cried Out”, “I Wonder If I Take You Home” and “Can You Feel The Beat”. Additionally, the group wrote and produced most of the singles from La Toya Jackson's fifth studio album La Toya, including "You're Gonna Get Rocked!" "You Blew," and "Such a Wicked Love," as well as Patti LaBelle's track "I Got It Like That", for which they also provided prominent background vocals from her 1989 album Be Yourself.
Full Force provide backing vocals on two Bob Dylan songs recorded during sessions for Infidels: "Death Is Not the End" (released on Down in the Groove (1988) and "Tell Me" (released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991).
Although not included on the soundtrack, Full Force's track "Ain't my Type of Hype" was the track used in the dance battle scene with Kid 'n Play in the 1990 film House Party.
Full Force's biggest hit (production-wise) from the 1990s was the Backstreet Boys' hit single "All I Have to Give." Full Force worked with Prince's ex-wife Mayte on her album Child of the Sun. However, the songs were all produced by Prince, so they remained unreleased. Full Force also contributed to the production on Blaque's 2002 unreleased album, Blaque Out, and was then featured on Lil' Kim's 2003 release, La Bella Mafia, on her song "Can't Fuck with Queen Bee." In 2006 Paul Anthony had developed mantle cell lymphoma that caused him to go bald, It is mentioned on TV One's Unsung Documentary.
In addition to their production résumé, the group have also released their own albums and music. They placed several hit singles under their own name on the US Billboard R&B chart during the latter half of the 1980s. Tracks such as "Unselfish Lover" (off their self-titled debut) and "Temporary Love Thing" (off their follow-up album, Full Force Get Busy 1 Time!) received substantial airplay. "All in My Mind" became the group's first and only single to date to reach the R&B Top Ten in 1988. Their 1985 single "Alice, I Want You Just for Me!" only made the dance and R&B charts in the US but became a mainstream Top 10 hit in the UK in January 1986. Two greatest hits compilations are available, one by Thump Records and the other by Collectables.
George is also a public and motivational speaker and has spoken at various colleges, high schools & seminars. He received an honorary degree from the Pennsylvania School of Business in 2010 while giving a well received graduation speech for over a thousand students. The Savannah School of Art & Design also awarded him an honorary degree in 2011.
On a more serious note, after being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, he started a non-profit, Hope With A Vizion whose mission is to support and bring visually impaired individuals together with designated programs and serves needed to empower their quality of life and independence. All while creating awareness and driving home the point to inspire research that focuses on eyesight.
GUEST HOST: TIMOTHY JONES (@tdj6899 ) I am a proud native of Brooklyn N.Y. and I’m a writer, educator, and pundit. A project from the projects, I believe in transforming the lessons that I learned growing up in the classroom of life with Hip-Hop being one of my most influential classmates. Hip-Hop and I grew up together and over the years we have had our differences, but our bond has always created the desire and space to consistently represent one another to those who try to tear us apart. I am a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Accounting. While at Howard University I establish relationships that play a role in my life more than 20 years after my graduation. My friends and I created the first national Hip-Hop Conference in 1991 entitled “Hip-Hop at its Crossroads: Seizing the Cultural Initiative.”
My life long relationship with Hip-Hop has influenced my work as a youth development professional, hip-hop education strategist, and a minister. I currently am the Director of Teen and Satellite Programs at Martha’s Table (www.marthastable.org) in Washington, DC, and a minister specializing in how youth popular culture impacts youth and young adults at The Believers Worship Center (www.tbwc.org) in Upper Marlboro, MD. I am one of the content developers of #HipHopEd, a weekly twitter chat on issues related to Hip-Hop and Education every Tuesday from 9-10 pm EST. My life is balanced by my faith in the Lord, great friends, and my wonderful wife and two children (My Hip-Hop Crew).