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Loudon & Friends: The Wain-Wrights Of Passage

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

It's a family that needs almost no introduction. But here it is anyway. It started with Loudon -- a musical legend -- and continued on to Sloan, Rufus, Martha, Lucy, Lexi, Suzzi...and, well, you almost need a genealogy chart, or at least a timeline, to map it out.

Bride Serenades Husband With Soulful Rendition Of 'Natural Woman'

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Weddings

Who needs a wedding band when you have killer pipes yourself? Bride Courtney Simmons treated her new husband Yanir Demri, along with all 250 of their ...

Summer Music Festivals Worth Traveling For

ZEALnyc | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts

Tanglewood Music Festival By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, June 24, 2016 Whether you're looking for chamber music, symphonic music, j...

Raymond Myles and the Rocky Road to Redemption

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Myles's otherworldly voice, choir direction and transcendent pianism -- not to mention his wild stagecraft, the sequined suits and the flowing Jheri-curl -- struck some as the second coming of Little Richard. But Leo experienced a prophet. He vowed to devote himself to helping Myles deliver his message to the wider world.

Aretha Franklin Performs Powerful Cover Of Prince's 'Purple Rain'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.02.2016 | Black Voices

Prince’s purple reign lives on! Nearly two weeks since the music icon’s untimely passing, on Friday evening Aretha Franklin and renowned pianist a...

Picasso and Pornhub: What I Learned From Magazines This Week

Roz Warren | Posted 04.16.2016 | Media
Roz Warren

Reading magazines this week, I learned that: Sally Field dislikes gefilte fish. (Vanity Fair, 3/16) Pornhub, an explicit-video-sharing site, gets 2....

Aretha Franklin On Biopic: 'This Is Gonna Be 'Straight Outta Detroit''

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.17.2016 | Black Voices

Turning 74 is “absolutely fabulous!” Just ask the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. On Thursday evening, Franklin held her annual birthday soiree s...

Bruce Springsteen Won't Sing In North Carolina. Here's A List Of Bands Scheduled To Play There This Summer. Who's Next?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 04.13.2016 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

More big-name musicians must step forward and say: "There's always more money, but I only have one name. And I won't have people shouting my name in states where there are citizens who have no rights."

A Look Back At A Few Shady Moments From Our Favorite Divas

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices

It's officially Divas Week! Powerhouse vocalists and legendary singers Chaka Khan (3/23), Aretha Franklin (3/25), Diana Ross (3/26) and Mariah Carey (...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Grammy Night I'll Be Sending Dave Bassett "Ex's & Oh's"

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

"Algorithms can't make us feel," writes Kristi York Wooten in her recent piece about why we're all still watching that video of Aretha Franklin singin...

Aretha Franklin: 'Ms. Patti Is Gonna Have To Move That Pie To The Side!'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices

It appears Aretha Franklin wants a piece of Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie success. Well, sort of. During an interview with Detroit’s WDIV Local...

In Flint, Big Names Helping With Town's Big Water Problems | Posted 01.27.2016 | Black Voices

Relief from big names and big business is rolling into Flint amid the city's man-made water disaster.

Aretha Franklin To Donate Hotel Rooms, Food To Flint Residents

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.27.2016 | Entertainment

The Queen of Soul’s got a big voice -- and a big heart, too. As residents of Flint, Michigan continue to grapple with the toxic water crisis, Aretha...

Why We're Still Watching That Video of Aretha Franklin at the Kennedy Center

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

When she dropped her fur coat to the floor to free her arms and belt the ending of the song, we reveled in her divadom. Yet, we were actually also cheering the triumph of music.

Watch Aretha Franklin's Amazing Performance Of 'A Natural Woman'

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment

Aretha Franklin is a living legend, so naturally, when she took the stage at last night's Kennedy Center Honors presentation, the crowd went wild. As...

The Time I Met John Lennon

Stu Kreisman | Posted 12.09.2015 | Entertainment
Stu Kreisman

John Lennon was always one of my heroes. I'm damn lucky to have met him. It's a moment I'll never forget. And on a day when everyone is talking about his death, I just figured today was the right time to tell this story to you.

Judith Hill Goes Back In Time

Mark Joseph | Posted 11.29.2015 | Entertainment
Mark Joseph

A: I went up to Paisley Park to jam with Prince. At the time, there was no real plan to make a record. But then I played him some of my songs and we began working on arrangements. Both of us were so excited about how great the arrangements sounded!

75 Facts About Dr. John for his 75th Birthday

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 11.21.2015 | Arts
Karen Dalton-Beninato

#7 Had a finger shot off protecting a bandmate whose mother told him she would "chop his cojones off if anything happened to her son." #8 So he switched from playing guitar to playing piano.

Aretha Franklin Says Pope Francis Embodies The Lyrics Of 'Respect'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.28.2015 | Black Voices

Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Philadelphia will be a star-studded event, as a slew of entertainers are scheduled to perform for him during the Fes...

Aretha Franklin Lawsuit: Producer Agrees Not To Screen 'Amazing Grace'

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices

Alan Elliott, producer of the documentary “Amazing Grace,” has agreed not to hold screenings of the film or show footage of a 1972 Aretha Franklin...

'Amazing Grace' Bidding War Erupts, Aretha Franklin Lawsuit Could Be Resolved

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices

Buyers who attended a private screening of the Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace” on Saturday were told that the litigation between its p...

Lost in Translation: The 'Translational Fallacy' in Analyzing Lyric Writing

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.02.2015 | Arts
Michael Sigman

Translating lyrics can be a noble calling. It's simply not what Carl did. When writing a lyric -- whether or not there was an already existing foreign-language one -- he focused on one thing and one thing alone: creating the perfect "wedding" of words and music.

Do Mothers-in-Law Deserve a Punch in the Face?

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 07.09.2016 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

After all the admonishments about how mothers-in-law should behave, it's my duty to offer some tidbits in exchange. Here are my suggestions for how to be the daughter-in-law who doesn't deserve to be punched in the face.

6-Year-Old Girl Brings Down The House With Sassy Aretha Franklin Dance

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents

Six-year-old Johanna Colón stole the show at her dance recital this weekend with her fierce and fabulous performance to Aretha Franklin's "Respect." ...

Cassandra Wilson Says 'Happy 100th, Lady Day'

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Of the many tributes to Billie Holiday's 100th birthday today (April 7), the most compelling I've heard is Cassandra Wilson's Sony Legacy album Coming Forth By Day, a strange, atmospheric brew produced by Nick Launay (whose credits include music by Nick Cave and Arcade Fire) with shimmering string arrangements by the incomparable Van Dyke Parks.