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  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Giant Step Records
  • ASIN: B00007E8RR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Welcome to the Colored Section
2. Beautiful Me
3. Cloud
4. People Person
5. Big Black Buck
6. Wildlife
7. Do You Know?
8. Turn Around
9. You Got a Friend
10. Heaven Sent
11. Rocketship
12. Masterplan
13. Our New National Anthem
14. Welcome to the Colored Section

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The eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Colored Section, his new release heralds Donnie's foray into a new musical philosophy that mixes soul, funk, rock, hip-hop and the blues into a combustible scoio-political gumbo: The Daily News

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Atlanta singer-songwriter Donnie's Colored Section debut is uneasy listening of the highest order, as the album's title--referencing an ugly manifestation of racial prejudice--suggests. Donnie has a message; actually, he has a grocery list's worth. And he scatters them throughout his Southern-fried soul songs in blunt, riveting language. In a voice plainly reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, Donnie challenges notions of inequality, and while his words are sobering, he never loses sight of the groove. The horn-infused, swaggering "Big Black Buck" is pure New Orleans funeral march, while "Beautiful Me"--a razor-sharp pronouncement of individuality--builds on an almost gospel foundation, albeit one with a percussive spine. "Our New National Anthem" has a finger-snapping Philly-soul vibe, and while a reference to the impact of 9/11 seems, at this point, a bit like declaring the sky blue, it's a rare misstep in an otherwise fluid and funky debut. --Kim Hughes

Customer Reviews

I can listen to this CD over and over.
Tasha
Donnie's lyrics preach messages of hope, salvation, empowerment, and love, but unlike India.
The Groove
It was such a breath of fresh air to hear real music.
Reader Rabbit

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Monalisa D. Moody on November 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This phenomenal singer/songwriter may be new to many of us, but to many this debut release from Donnie, "The Colored Section" has been a long time coming! Those who have patiently waited, supporting Donnie's EP releases and shows around the world, feel that it has definitely been worth the wait! Donnie's inspirational courage and talent was singled out in India Arie's recent debut CD, Acoustic Soul, where she claims in the album's credits, "one day the world will know what I have known for so long". With a voice that has been compared to greats before him such as, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder, Donnie holds his own! "The Colored Section" contains thought provoking, honest, heartfelt lyrics over funky, jazzy, hip, 70's reminiscent tracks. With titles such as, "The Colored Section", "Beautiful Me", "Big Black Buck", and "Our New National Anthem", ones curiosity has to be stimulated. Wonder no more, pick it up, you won't be disappointed. This one is definitely for "GOOD" music lovers...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Neil Sol on December 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Prepare to be MAJORLY moved, especially if you're African-American. Deep. DEEP, I tell ya! He HAS to be the most racially/socially conscious singer out there right now. This brotha's stuff?...Goes DEEEEP! Hell, the title is deep! Controversial cuts like "Big Black Buck" lets you know this ain't ya ordinary "Bump-N-Grind" CD ya got hea! Great music. Stevie-esque sound, and it's all good. "Cloud" isn't about what you think it is...of course it's deeper. See the theme here: DEEP! Great music matched with a great vocal and consciousness and this CD is hotter than a working oven on Mercury. This may not be for everyone, but it should be...if you ctach my drfit. Get this and you will see what I mean.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Poet on February 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
What is wrong with you people? I am continually reading where some make the comment that Donnie is a Stevie Wonder wanna-be, or "Is this Stevie's kid", or "He is ok, but he sounds too much like Stevie", and my response is, SO WHAT!!!!!!!! Over and over again it is continually mentioned and commentated that "These young people with their hip-hop music,they have no lyrics, they degrade women, they shed a poor image on other Blacks". And now here we have a wonderfully young man, who chose not to cave in to the pressures of mass media and corporate America, who knew that if he compromised a little, he could get much recognition, and he chose not to. Why? Because he chose to stay true to himself! And what does he get in return, "He sounds like a Stevie Wonder wanna-be"? Oh, and pray tell, did not Stevie sound like others before him, when he was younger? Did he not emulate the great masters before him? Show me any profession, and I will show you the teachers that inspired their students to greatness in those professions, no man/woman is an island. Our world has us intricately tied to the other, our lives are intertwined and interwoven. Let us not even go further than that...what of you growing up? How did you learn to walk? To talk? To eat? You were taught, you emulated. In time you developed your own style, yet still and in fact, even with your "own" style, there are parts of you that are still like your parents, why? Because you become what you behold! How can you choose to villify Donnie because he "sounds" like Stevie? You mean he sounds like a master! We human beings grab inspiration from what is around us, from the things we see, hear, feel and touch each day. The only true Originator is the Creator, all of us just work off of the material he provided.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on November 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Who says talent doesn't run in the family? Laylah Hathaway and Jakob Dylan are respectable performers who have paid their dues and earned their fame independently of their influential parents. Add to this list a Kentucky-born brother by the name of Donnie. A cousin of the legendary Marvin Gaye, Donnie has released his debut "The Colored Section," which is shaping up to become the year's best recording by a male vocalist. A jaw-droppingly brilliant stroke of down-to-earth soul, "The Colored Section" is beautifully conceived, flawlessly arranged, and crafted with affection. Donnie's lyrics preach messages of hope, salvation, empowerment, and love, but unlike India.Arie, he doesn't insult your intelligence with self-help cliches and predictable catchphrases. And his voice? It's smoother than silk. I've been intrigued by this brother since I heard his dynamite "Our New National Anthem," which appears on the excellent "Soul Sessions" compilation released a few months ago. The rest of the album picks up where that song left off in a big way. He steps up to those who use the word [n-word] in the rousing "Beautiful Me," recalls 1970s Stevie Wonder in the classy "Heaven Sent," and sharply criticizes society's spending habits and likens it to slavery in "Big Black Buck." The music has a vintage, elegant feel; it gives off a genuine, authentic vibe without resorting to overproduction or studio gimmickry. Quite simply, "The Colored Section" makes 27-year-old Donnie a soul brother without peer, and like all good albums, its ample riches gradually reveal themselves after each listen. Classics like "Songs in the Key of Life" and "What's Going On" have weathered trends and quietly earned their reputation as milestones in soul. "The Colored Section" seems destined to follow a similar path. Yup, it's THAT good.
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