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Isaac Hayes Family Slams Trump Using His Song for NRA Speech

The family of Isaac Hayes has spoken out against former president Donald Trump walking off and dancing to one of the late soul music pioneer’s songs following his controversial speech at the annual NRA convention. The ex-president’s speech at the gun-lobby event, mere days after 19 schoolchildren and two teachers were massacred in Uvalde, Texas, featured Trump reciting the names of the victims (to gong sounds) and calling for more armed teachers. Immediately after his remarks ended, Trump broke out his signature wooden dance moves on-stage to tune of a 1966 soul classic written by Hayes. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of ‘Hold on I’m coming’ by Sam and Dave by Donald Trump at this weekends @NRA convention,” read a tweet posted to the late soul music pioneer’s account this weekend. “Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere.”
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Family of soul musician Isaac Hayes calls out Trump for using song during NRA speech

The family of Isaac Hayes has rebuked Donald Trump for walking off and dancing to the late soul musician’s song after delivering a controversial speech at the National Rifle Association convention this weekend.On Friday, the former US president delivered a speech at the gun association’s annual convention in Houston, just 280 miles east of the site of the school shooting in Uvalde that left 21 people dead on Tuesday.Following his remarks, which included suggestions to arm teachers and put up metal fencing around schools’ perimeter, the one-time commander in chief began to make his way off stage while dancing...

New exhibit celebrates iconic Stax soul singer Isaac Hayes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Legendary Stax soul singer Isaac Hayes is the subject of a new exhibit coming to the Museum of Science and History in Memphis, opening next month. ‘Isaac Hayes: Black Moses Gives Back’ opens April 9 at MoSH and runs through July 31, 2022. Museum officials said the exhibit will feature Hayes’ collection of dashikis and his humanitarian work in Ghana and his hometown of Memphis.

Exhibit celebrating Stax legend Isaac Hayes set for Museum of Science & History

The Afrocentric legacy of Memphis musical icon Isaac Hayes will be the subject of a new exhibit opening in April. The Museum of Science & History (MoSH) has announced “Isaac Hayes: Black Moses Gives Back,” which will focus on the Stax Records star’s humanitarian work in Ghana and showcase his unique collection of African garments. The exhibit — which is being presented in conjunction with the Stax Museum — will open April 9 and run through July 31.

Hollywood Flashback: Isaac Hayes and ‘Shaft’ Electrified the Oscars in 1972

“Heavy!” Sammy Davis Jr. exclaimed, applauding as he took the stage at the 44th Academy Awards following Isaac Hayes’ performance of his Oscar-nominated song “Theme From Shaft.” Davis was making history that night as the ceremony’s first Black host (alongside co-hosts Helen Hayes, Alan King and Jack Lemmon). But before the night was over, Isaac Hayes too would make history as the first Black winner of best original song — as well as the first Black winner in any Oscar category outside of acting. Hayes was a songwriter, producer and recording artist at Memphis-based Stax Records when he was approached about...

‘Hot Buttered Soul’: How Isaac Hayes Invented Symphonic Soul

In one of the very first critiques of Isaac Hayes’ 1969 album, Hot Buttered Soul, it was dubbed “symphonic soul.” For anyone brought up on the sweet soul music of Stax or the mellifluous melodies of Motown, this was a whole new ball game. It wasn’t what was expected of soul music, nor was it the kind of music that was normally played on radio… even given the fact that by the end of 1969, when Hot Buttered Soul was released, radio stations were moving away from the three-minute single.

Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Remembered

Today (August 20th) would have been R&B pioneer Isaac Hayes' 79th birthday. Hayes is best known for his years as a writer, performer, and producer for the legendary Stax label, having composed, along with his partner David Porter, Sam & Dave's landmark '60s hits “Hold On! I'm Comin',” “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,” “You Don't Know Like I Know,” “Soul Man,” and “I Thank You,” among other hits, including Carla Thomas' “B-A-B-Y.”

Alicia Keys Reflects on Working With Isaac Hayes on 'Songs in A Minor': 'I Was in Awe'

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Alicia Keys' debut studio album, Tidal is celebrating Songs in A Minor in June with commentary from the artist herself as well as her collaborators, and Billboard has the first look. In an exclusive video, Keys unlocks the stories behind the track "Rock Wit U" and working with the legendary Isaac Hayes.

Rick Ross Teases New Track Sampling Isaac Hayes

Rick Ross is fresh off the momentum of his latest track with Drake entitled, “Lemon Pepper Freestyle.” The title alone speaks to Rozay’s influence. Over the years, he has been extremely vocal about his multiple Wingstop franchise ownership. He even popularized the lemon pepper flavor. While “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” is set to land pretty high on the Hot 100 in the upcoming week, Ross is gearing up to release his 11th studio album, Richer Than I’ve Ever Been.