Did you know November is National Native American Heritage Month? I didn't either until a couple of days ago, so don't feel bad. However, if you're like me and you don't necessarily have a direct connection to Native American culture, you might be wondering, well how should I celebrate? How about if you just try to pay attention to some of the people, places and things that make our culture wonderful that come from Native Americans. That way you'll have a month of endless celebrations.
For example, one of my favorite most overlooked female singers is Cree Summer. Technically, she's Black and Native Canadian, not Native American but since she was born in the US, I think we can claim her for this month's celebratory purposes. Some of you may know her from her role on the 1980s sitcom, A Different World, where she played Freddie Brooks. Or, if you have kids, you'll know her as the voice of Clifford the Big Red Dog's poodle friend, Cleo. Clearly, she's multi-talented, but her solo album Street Faerieis why I will always love her. I love every single song on the album. But for some reason her studio didn't push the album and we've never gotten a new album from this amazing musician.
But hold the phone, I just found this video on YouTube which is her most recent work, I believe. It's powerful stuff people. Can somebody get on the phone and get Ms. Summer to make another album?