It also made me pose the question, does a Black man really have to go this far to make it in Hollywood?

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Comment by Old School C on June 7, 2009 at 5:01am
Well, it wasnt about money with Dave Chapelle. He proved that by turning down a 50 million dollar deal. In Tyler Perry's case, he shouldn't have even been in this video cause he was wearing the dress LOOOOOONG before Hollywood. Im a huge HUGE Paul Mooney fan! Ol Paul aint never scared lol.
Comment by KnightD12 on June 3, 2009 at 1:14pm
I have to admit Ving Rhames surprised me too. If you have a tough guy image, I think you should stick with it. lol But i don`t concider wearing a dress in a move..selling out. If you are doing a Comedy, you gotta expect to do funny stuff. Case in point, Tyler Perry`s movies hardly make any money at all...untill he puts on DA DRESS! His last movie ( with dress, I might add ) was through the roof at the box office. And these were Black folks buying those tickets. Funny is funny. Just let somebody wanna pay me a couple 100 G`s to wear a dress. My only question would be...."What color pumps do I wear with it?" ROFL
Comment by Edie Antoinette on June 3, 2009 at 9:21am
Yes...too bad because these dudes are genuinely funny. I'm real selective about what I watch and listen to--always have been, even going back to Richard Pryor. My former husband loved all that stuff-they would sit around (he and his friends) and listen to "The Niggas Crazy and stuff like that. No offense to the comics at all.

I just can't stand cussin--especially the F word and B word...ugh
Comment by Old School C on June 3, 2009 at 2:51am
I dont think anyone is more foulmouthed than Katt Williams LOL!! Katt's mouth is a porta potty LOLOL!
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on June 2, 2009 at 4:32pm
I have to say that i agree with both OSC and Knight on this one, it can be very entertaining, but at the same time i'm like there is no way i could do that and when Ving Rhames did Holiday Heart, i was like NOOOOOOOOOOO HE DIDN'T....LOL
Comment by Edie Antoinette on June 2, 2009 at 4:30pm
I take issue with the blaring title of the clip. It's deceptive. Branding. I did appreciate seeing what goes on from another angle though. He cracked me up mimicking the producers and director...LOL!!!!

It's all moot for me though...I don't watch him because he is too foul-mouthed for me.
Comment by Old School C on June 2, 2009 at 3:12pm
That Will Smith joint was sick though. Couldnt stomach that one bruh. Im just glad that Dave took a stand and said NO!! I REFUSE TO SALE MYSELF THIS WAY!. He got tired of being a whore for the entertainment industry so he left. His self respect and self pride was worth more that 50 million dollars.
Comment by KnightD12 on June 2, 2009 at 12:52pm
That was interesting. I`m not surprised that Dave Chappelel doesn`t want to wear a dress. After all, he is the guy that turned down Millions and ran off to meditate in Africa. Robin Williams,Tony Curtis, Dustin Hoffman and lots more white guys have worn dresses. So, whats wrong about a black guy wearing one? The only question I ask is "Is it funny?" And 9 times out of hillarious! I`ve never thought any of them were gay to be doing it. I watch movies to be entertained, Period. Of course I can see why some people may not like it.for various reasons. It sure beats seeing blacks portrayed as slaves, pimps, crackheads and winos. This is just my opinion, everyone is entitled to their own. Peace

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  16. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  17. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue

The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 

As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.


The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)

Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
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