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New Jack Swing Day at the Apollo

Maybe that verse was the proverbial time capsule. It was a known fact back in the late ’80s that New Jack Swing was a movement and Teddy Riley was its alpha and omega.

New Jack swinging at the Apollo

The tree at Rockefeller Center wasn’t the only thing that got lit last week. Per usual, as the year heads down the home stretch, New York City becomes more electric. On my end, the first of December was set off ...

First Corinthians Baptist Church hosts Thanksgiving Day community meal

First Corinthians Baptist Church (1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., Harlem) hosted its wonderful annual Community Thanksgiving Harvest Feast on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 4 p.m.

‘Baduizm’ was on the Soul Train

Going into the 2018 Soul Train Awards, a good news bad news scenario was presented. First the bad news. Erykah Badu won’t be the host of this year’s proceedings. Fret not though, because her replacements were the kindred spirit, effervescent ...

Get on board the Soul Train 2019

It was only a matter of time before the “Hippest Trip in America” expanded into other territories. Providing alternative methods of transport, metaphorically of course, has helped to expedite matters. The train moved things along by land and by sea, ...

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’

What if this story had come out when it was supposed to? Peep a few scenarios of things that might have been affected.

Thank you and R.I.P. Mr. Roy Hargrove Jr.

Was one of those loooong work weeks and the forthcoming week shapes up to be an exact replica.

Here comes the sixth annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo

Just when it looked as if we turned the corner, Netflix pulled the plug on “Luke Cage” after the second season. Huh? On strength of the music alone, Season 3 should have been in the bag. The show to was ...

Apollo—Black and proud at 50

Sometimes it’s not just about singing. You need that extra umph, that proverbial battery in your back. Where does that come from? I guess realistically it varies, but idealistically, here’s a theory.

Yo, Kanye, a word please

Will it ever end? I mean, it’s nonstop with this dude.

Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud at 50

After hearing it blared all summer, I never ever thought I to would have to pose the question, but after Tuesday, Oct. 9, I might have to.

Music fests fill out the waning days of summer

When legends transition, although it seems as if time stops, we know the real.

Celebrating the King of Pop

As the world sat on the threshold of bidding adieu to the physical being of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, across country was a grand celebratory fete for another musical royal.

Rock steady Aretha—R-e-s-p-e-c-t, and Black Girls Rock!

A few of us have had the pleasure to have seen it from its infancy.

Celebrating Black music from Nashville to Brooklyn—all is love and pride

It’s the morning of Aug. 16, 2018. So far so good. My flight landed as scheduled. What it do Nashville?

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