D’Angelo talks about the political motivations behind ‘Black Messiah’

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D’Angelo opens up

R&B singer D’Angelo gave a rare televised interview to Tavis Smiley this week. The reclusive singer, who surprise-released his long in the works album “Black Messiah” late last year, told the host about the political motivations behind the album. “‘Black Messiah’ is, I think, the most sociopolitical stuff I’ve done on record,” he said. “I think in lieu of everything that’s been going — the sign of the times, right — something needs to be said. There’s so few doing that right now, and that was funny to me because there’s so much going on. The Black Lives Matter movement is going on, young black men and women are getting killed for nothing. I’ve always been a big reader and fan of history, and I love the Black Panthers... I’m not trying to be like a poster child or anything of the movement, but definitely a voice as a black man — as a concerned black man and as a father, as well.”

AC/DC suits up

Legendaryrockers AC/DC will perform at Ford Field on Tuesday, and fans can get geared up in their best Honolulu blues for the occasion. At the show, a limited run of AC/DC football jerseys, fashioned to look like Detroit Lions jerseys, will be available at merchandise stands for $150. The jerseys feature the AC/DC logo along with the number 15 — for 2015 — on the front, and the backs boast the name A. Young, for guitarist Angus Young. Tickets for the concert, AC/DC’s biggest area concert to date, are available via detroitlions.com.

Calling all professional musicians

There will be a “Musicians Free Dental Clinic” sponsored by the Detroit Federation of Musicians and the charity MusiCares 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10. at the Detroit Federation of Musicians, 20833 Southfield Rd., Suite 103, Southfield. The clinic will offer dental exams, x-rays and cleaning for music professionals. You don’t have to be a union member, but you must be able to document at least five years as a professional, and call ahead for an appointment. Call MusiCares at 1-877-303-6962 for more information and to get an application.

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Today’s birthdays

Bob Newhart, 86

Werner Herzog, 73

Michael Keaton, 64

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