David Goodson | 8/1/2013, 11:03 a.m.
“For the past two years, I’ve had a radio show called ‘The Raheem DeVaughn Show’ on www.blis.fm that airs every Sunday night.” The two-hour show features DeVaughn as a personality with opinions on what transpires in the world through his perspective while blending in elements of lifestyle and pop culture for all listeners to appreciate.
“This is huge for me. It’s important to have this show for the preservation of our music that I love,” DeVaughn said“but I also wanted to create a platform for myself so people can see me in a different light, on an entrepreneurial level, as well as a platform for my peers.”
While he has many things to smile about on the horizon, the discussion had a tinge of melancholy, as it came after the Trayvon Martin verdict was unveiled, thus making his current release, “Trigger Man,” featuring Styles P, all the more relevant.
On the verdict, DeVaughn offered, “The song is self-explanatory, but the verdict itself says that our country in a dire state of distress. It’s at the tipping point of chaos. … So we definitely have got to be conscious of that. It’s like a ticking time bomb with these decisions and events that are taking place. I think people are fed up as a whole— not just Black people— about the injustice, period.”
On Sunday, Aug. 4, DeVaughn headlines the fifth annual WBLS R&B Fest, along with Lyfe Jennings, Donnel Jones and Erika Campbell as part of the SummerStage concert series. Showtime is 3 p.m. at the Rumsey Playfield, which is located on the east side of the park near the entrance at East 69th Street and Fifth Avenue.