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Waiting on latest Jay Z album, and RIP Prodigy

The phrase “one and done,” so synonymous with the National Collegiate Athletic Association/ National Basketball Association pipeline, is a once a year, celebrated, life-changing occurrence.

Soul Town, New York

The verbiage indicated it would be a ‘soul man’ dominated few days, originating on Long Island and reaching a crescendo uptown in Harlem.

Maysa Leak and her soulful

Maysa Leak and her soulful DNA

Introducing Christopher Johnson’s ‘100:1 Crack Legacy’

It could be effectively argued that visuals destroyed the process of visualization. This theory, once applied closely to the arts, as video popularity sometimes supplanted that of the song it was to support, has trickled into everyday life.

Mary J. Blige shows strength of a woman

Human nature is a little twisted sometimes, especially when love is involved. Case in point: Imagine if you are in a 20-plus year friendship.

Cleveland ole skool soul

Cleveland? If I were to stay true to the core tenets of loyalty to my town, I’d want no parts of anything from that city, especially from the perspective of an avid sports fan. Here’s a quick then/now synopsis as ...

Eric Benét and Marsha Ambrosius rock BB Kings

When we rock with you, we rock with you, especially when it’s family. Their journey is ours. May 2 and May 3 BB Kings played host to a family reunion as two of our favorite kin, Marsha Ambrosius and Eric ...

Ruff Ryders take over Brooklyn

For artist Lil Waah, Drew James, Quadir Lateef and Brillo, an assumption of extreme jitters was justified on the evening of Friday, April 21. That night, they were thrust into the fire and were about to showcase their wares in ...

‘Shots Fired’—Reality, music, movement

If you are a native of the Bronx, you’re quite familiar with the expression, “Shots fired!” and the actions associated with it.

The Kalief Browder story should have been even more real

Had it focused only on the subject matter, it would have been a very good film. What elevated “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” to great was that it nuanced how common behaviors we may take for granted can powerfully affect ...

Charlie Wilson, the world’s consummate performer

College is supposed to be that time when people begin to find themselves and make inroads to maximizing their potential.

Spring time, Trey Songz, Maxwell and Queen Mary J. Blige!

True, that foot-high, dirt-covered pile of snow may belie what that month says, but we have a season change. It’s hard to write when you have your pinky finger lifted to the moon.

MC-ing, b-boy, graffiti, DJ-ing and knowledge—The tenets of hip-hop

In the early stages of this thing called hip-hop, the DJ was the end all, be all.

This season of Knicks state of play, Oakley and Garden gentrification?

When all signs point to the worst, it’s the intrinsic nature of a true fan to look for the bright side.

Musiq Soulchild bringing the R&B narrative

True story. For roughly three days a week, the routine was the same. The dude would arrive at the room, break out the bag containing the grub and eventually pull out the checker board—12 red pieces versus 12 black pieces, ...

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