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Cassandra Wilson Says 'Happy 100th, Lady Day'

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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.

Mini-Pad Girl

Shelly Peiken | Posted 03.08.2015 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Now I'm not recommending that you affix a feminine hygiene product to your iPad when you're on your way to meet a prospective collaborator. This was something that happened quite inadvertently.

Queen of Soul Commands in Philly

Lew Whittington | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Aretha was intimate with the audience throughout the night and fondly remembered her start in Philly at the famed jazz club Pep's on South Broad St. and expressed appreciation for Philly's gospel legend Clara Ward and radio personalities Mary Mason and Georgie Woods.

Proof Taylor Swift Had The 'Best Birthday Ever'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.13.2014 | Entertainment

Taylor Swift can definitely show you some incredible things. The "Blank Space" singer turned 25 years old on Saturday and celebrated by taking a pi...

Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans: The Legends Return

Stephen Grant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Stephen Grant

Our favorite voices of the '90s return with albums to remind us that soul still lives in R&B music.

Aretha Franklin To Sue Over Unauthorized Biography

New York Post | Posted 11.13.2014 | Black Voices

Aretha Franklin is threatening legal action over a new unauthorized biography, “Respect,” by her former ghostwriter David Ritz — which makes wil...

Aretha Franklin Gives Update On Long-Delayed Biopic

Posted 11.17.2014 | Black Voices

Following the success of Aretha Franklin's latest studio effort, which netted her highest debut charting album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva ...

My Conversation with David Ritz

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Over the course of our conversation David and I talked about a range of topics, including his intellectually demanding father, how he deals with the challenge of stuttering -- something he still copes with every day -- and why he is so drawn to musicians and their craft.

Aretha Notches Another Milestone!

Billboard | Posted 10.10.2014 | Black Voices

Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (s...

Obama Disrupts Quiet Chelsea Block for $25,000-per-seat Fundraiser

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.07.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

President Obama is visiting the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City today and is expected to descend upon a $16 million historic brownstone.

Queen Of Soul Says New Covers Album Feels Fresh

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 10.07.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin says her new album brings out an excitement she hasn't felt since 1982 and the music feels as good as Marvin Gaye's ...

Listen to Aretha Franklin Cover Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment

Aretha Franklin's new album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics," arrives Oct. 21, and the first single is a total showstopper. Franklin c...

Aretha Franklin's ‘Surprise' Album Delayed

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 10.02.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic ...

Friends, Rain Plans, Love Songs & Lullabies: Conversations with Smokey Robinson, Israel Nash & Darryl Tookes

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Smokey Robinson: "When I sit down to write a song, every time I try to write a song, I'm trying to write a song that people would've sung 50 years ago, now, and 50 years from now."

Queen Of Soul Set To Debut New Music

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 09.28.2014 | Black Voices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food. "I love the s...

Aretha Franklin Slams Johnny Rockets

AP | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) — Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn...

Brennan Williams

How The Man Behind 'American Idol' Went From Harlem To Hollywood

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

Keyboardist and orchestral arranger Ray Chew has been a key figure on some of television's most watched shows, serving as music director and/or compos...

Chats With Ivan Neville and The Berman Brothers, Plus Exclusives by Geneviéve Bellemare, Home Video and Dream Alive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ivan Neville: "I've bleen doing a little bit of this, a little bit of that, you know. I'm playing with my band Dumpstaphunk and doing other stuff, a few recording sessions here and there."

Guess Who Aretha Is Working With To Finish Her New Concept Album

Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

As Outkast continues their comeback tour across the country, Aretha Franklin has summoned one half of the rap duo, Andre 3000, to help wrap up her sch...

Vaneese Thomas: Launching "Blues for my Father" at the Cutting Room

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Just after the Father's Day weekend, when Vaneese Thomas sang backup for Aretha Franklin at sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall, the singer had a ...

Aretha Franklin Ready For Broadway 'Respect'

New York Post | Posted 05.29.2014 | Black Voices

I’m here to relay a message from the Queen of Soul to the producers of the Tony-nominated “After Midnight.”...

Music and Movements: The Tradition Continues

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.

Aretha Franklin Reveals The Truth Behind Alleged Fight With Patti Labelle

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices

--Aretha Franklin responds to rumors regarding her alleged fist fight with Patti Labelle. (USA Today) More Notable/Quotables: ...

11 Songs That Prove We Can't Get Enough Of These Fabulous Divas

Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices

This week marked an annual occurrence of epic proportions. We celebrated the birth of not one but four dynamic divas that have all made a major impact...

Aretha Franklin Celebrates 72nd Birthday With Denzel Washington

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The fellas love Aretha Franklin: Denzel Washington helped the Queen of Soul celebrate her 72nd birthday in style, and Andre 3000 and...