The Colored Section doubles as a history lesson about African-Americans' struggles, challenges, and still-undaunted hopes--a new millennium soundtrack to playwright George C. Wolfe's satiric stage tak

Bred from the Atlanta wellspring that's given birth to such peers as India. Arie, singer/songwriter Donnie definitely has plenty of message in his music. On first listen, his retro soul sound and vocals call to mind Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, as on the harmonica-flavored groove "Wildlife," the Latin-tinged "Do You Know," and the inspirational "You Got a Friend." But on subsequent spins, The Colored Section doubles as a history lesson about African-Americans' struggles, challenges, and still-undaunted hopes--a new millennium soundtrack to playwright George C. Wolfe's satiric stage take on the subject, The Colored Museum. With edgy lyrics punctuating body-moving rhythms on such songs as the title track, self-esteem-themed "Beautiful Me," the minstrelsy-backdropped "Big Black Buck," and the cutting "Our New National Anthem," a no-holds-barred Donnie tunefully illustrates that The Colored Section can be a beautiful place, indeed.--GM

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