Big Mama Thornton: Everything Gonna Be Alright

  Today you are in for a treat. You may think you don’t know Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, but you do. Big Mama was the first person to record Hound Dog years before Elvis Presley prettied it up and made it palpable for a white audience. Not only did she record it, she sold 2 million copies in the four years before it was recorded by Elvis and rocketed to fame in the mainstream listening audience. Elvis made millions off Hound Dog. Big Mama made only $500.00. Listen to…

Alabama the Ugly? Pretty is as Pretty Does.

By now my fellow Alabamians have read the story and heard the outrage about the poll conducted by Business Insider declaring us the state with the ugliest people. Now, I don’t put a whole lot of stake in polls. But this one kind of got me a little riled up. Not so much because Business Insider polled some random folks who have more than likely never even been to Alabama and had probably formed their opinions from watching Florida-loving, Alabama-hating Danial Tosh trash talk us on Tosh.O. (Folks, he’s just…