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Keepers of the overground underground, prepare yourself for Rapsody

For the pure fans of hip-hop, there’s a few times when we meet that fork in the road. It occurs when we find that diamond in the rough that bears the responsibilities of what true emceeing is about—finding your voice, ...

2017 Soul Train Awards

Hard to imagine, but the first Soul Train Award ceremony took place in 1987.

Anita Baker—the songstress and the T-shirt

I’m sitting here trying to figure out how her energy emerged and became newsworthy. As a reach I found that out of her eight solo projects, she has had two albums originally released close to today’s time-frame: “Giving You the ...

Celebrating Johnnie Wilder—Real soul and R&B bands

By music industry standards, in which success is measured for soul/R&B bands relatively low. The concept itself of a band in Black music is such an anomaly that a top-10 record on the R&B charts is all that’s expected

There’s no one like Miss Patti

At 73 years young, with 54 years of professional experience, Patti LaBelle deserves her spot in the pantheon of all-time great singers.

Hip-hop honoring itself at BET Awards

got bars! Even have a moniker: Lil’ Ole Yungun. By this time next year, I would’ve walked the red carpet as the new hottest thing in hip-hop and secured a few trophies honoring my achievements.

Racism, activism, hurricanes and TIDAL waves

Make plans, God laughs. The results from last season led us to believe that we had restored the defensive identity associated with the championship runs we’ve had in the past and that we had an offense, buoyed by one of ...

Avery always brings the Sunshine

It can be said that true art has the ability to activate the senses. For little Denise White, Black music served in that capacity.

Black music—A real narrative

In the annals of Black music history, we all know what Detroit had poppin’ with Motown.

Boogie Down Bronx rocks Made in America stage

We back! Yes, yes y’all! It’s been awhile now, but we can say the phrase just as Boogie Down Productions did back in ’88, “My posse from the Bronx is thick!”

Mayweather did what he was supposed to do

It was all a dream—or so we thought. In fact, it may have begun here in New York City at the world’s most-famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

Black Girls Rock!

“When I tune into my beautiful self, I get happiness. Everything in the universe belongs to me.” These are profound thoughts by newly fallen soldier, Dick Gregory.

Colin Kaepernick diss inspires boycott call

It’s been a long road for these dudes.

Cool R&B summers in NYC

What happened to B in R&B?

Brooklyn hosts annual Hip-Hop Festival

Since it was established in 2005, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has put forth the best balance of celebrating and preserving hip-hop’s legacy through culture-based educational events, exhibitions, movie screenings and the climactic block party.

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