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Panther, the 1995 film that took a look at the leadership of the Black Panther Party through the  fictional narrative of a member-turned-informant was slightly underwhelming and left much to be desired when it comes to chronicling the builders of the revolutionary organization.

However, the soundtrack to the movie was pretty dope and one of the standout tracks was the oh-so-90’s posse cut “Freedom”, which had both an R&B and Hip-hop version and featured damn near every Black female artist of the era. Both songs were reworkings of a track from Joi’s 1994 album Pendulum Vibe and the vocals were arranged by Angie Stone and Me’Shell Ndegeocello. Among the sixty women featured on the project were Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, Amel Larrieux, SWV, TLC, Tracie Spencer, Brownstone, En Vogue, Xscape, Zhane, Queen Latifah, Jazzyfatnastees and Monica. I can’t even fathom the industry pulling together a track like that today, largely because there ain’t that many women who can sing that well that are popping like these ladies were back then. Ahh, the good old days…

 

 

 

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