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The Message Is And Has Always Been In The Music

Omo Misha | Posted 07.28.2016 | Arts
Omo Misha

Reaching back into the crates, we are reminded through the music that not much has changed. A rare live performance of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On w...

We've Been In Formation: New Artist Lish's Black Superhero Music

Michelle Boachieansah Norton | Posted 05.25.2016 | Black Voices
Michelle Boachieansah Norton

Before Beyoncé's ode of unapologetically standing firm, unapologetically being proud, hot sauce in her bag, and more importantly not being controlled by long centuries of negative portrayals and ideologies that have been systematically pushed concerning Black people, there was Lish

Homage to Purple

Shan Wells | Posted 04.27.2016 | Denver
Shan Wells

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Remembering Prince

Michael Mauldin | Posted 04.22.2016 | Black Voices
Michael Mauldin

Although the shock and disbelief was instant, the lingering effect resembles that of an actual family member. I was a fan of his music and admired his talents, but I can't help think of the meaningful times that our career paths crossed and complimented each other dating all the way back to 1978.

Why 2015 was One of the Most Outstanding Years of Anticipated, Appreciated and Awarded African-American Artistic Achievement in the History of the United States

Mark Batson | Posted 12.19.2015 | Black Voices
Mark Batson

An African-American woman releases a #1 rock album, Queen Latifah totally dominates the screen with her performance as the great blues singer Bessie Smith, and Alicia Keys raises $25,000,000 at her annual Black Ball for AIDS research. Who does that???

Embracing the Youth of Today, Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

Michael Mauldin | Posted 07.23.2016 | Black Voices
Michael Mauldin

Even if we can't always relate to their music, don't understand what they're doing on social media, or think they push the envelope a little too much, let's embrace the next generation and take time to listen to what they have say.

What Black Music Needs Now More Than Ever

Michael Mauldin | Posted 06.19.2016 | Black Voices
Michael Mauldin

Black music is the core of American music and the foundation of all popular music. But does it get enough recognition or acknowledgement -- more than just a month of appreciation and reflection?

Dangerously in Denial

Kim Lute | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Lute

After seeing Beyoncé fumble and falter her way through Mahalia Jackson's classic, "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," it can now be argued that artists aren't merely tossing about their faux manes, they're also throwing around their supposed professional clout.

D'Angelo Makes SNL Matter for a Few Mesmerizing Minutes

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.03.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Saturday Night Live became relevant again for about five minutes during Episode 13 of its 40th season. But it wasn't the writers or the cast that did it. It was D'Angelo.

St. Kitts Sets the Bar for Caribbean Music Festivals

Richard Powell | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
Richard Powell

The 18th St. Kitts Music Festival has brought together some of the best-known Caribbean and International artists - including Kelly Rowland and Beenie...

James Chance: A Super Bad Fellow With Swagger

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

You won't ever find James Chance out of his suit, neckwear or pompadour. And what may read a bit antsy on the outside is the opposite on the inside, for James is focused within the realm of his radical energy.

Questlove: 'Hip-Hop Has Failed Black America'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Questlove has grown weary of artists at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy making art that mostly celebrates being at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy -- meaningless, cynical stuff created and packaged to appeal to the masses.

The Ballad Of Geeshie And Elvie

The New York Times | Posted 04.18.2014 | Black Voices

In the world of early-20th-century African-American music and people obsessed by it, who can appear from one angle like a clique of pale and misanthro...

The Apollo Theater: Behind the Legend

Ted Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is bursting with music, theater and dance, and it looks marvelous, thanks to millions in renovations and upgrades -- an appropriate state for this iconic American cultural institution.

Taking on Hip-Hop

Kim Lute | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Lute

Sadly, for the most part, American music has gone the way of American cuisine. That is to say quality and originality have been replaced with fast food-type mediocrity.

Life According to Trey Songz

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 08.23.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

As a result of that faith and hard work, Trey is being honored by The Recording Academy on June 25, 2013 for his contribution to music thus far.

Keeping Our Jazz: From Fort Greene to the Musicians' Village

Rajul Punjabi | Posted 08.21.2013 | New York
Rajul Punjabi

Anyone who knows about Fort Greene knows that it has undergone miles of evolution during the past few decades. On Jay-Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt, he raps with Biggie about the 'hood as a drug sales hotspot.

Why 'Black Music' Matters

PJ Morton | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices
PJ Morton

This month, for Black Music Month, I've taken time to reflect on what music means to me. I've traveled all across the world, seen people of all different walks-of-life and there's a commonality -- a love of black music.

Young Dirty Bastard: I Want My Dad's Masters Back, PRONTO!

Posted 06.13.2013 | Black Voices

It seems Damon Dash can’t catch a break after his highly-publicized 2004 split with Jay-Z. Adding to a laundry list of negative press and legal ...

Which Song Had The Most Impact On Black Culture?

Posted 06.06.2013 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that music is a form of self-expression. And many artists not only use the recording booth as a hit-making platform, but also as a me...

PHOTOS: Most Memorable Album Covers In Black Music

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

Recording a masterful opus requires various elements upon completion including producers, songwriters, and musicians just to name a few. Not to mentio...

Remembering Marvin Gaye

The Huffington Post | Khristopher J. Brooks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Black Voices

Marvin Gaye, the Motown recording artist whose smooth voice captured Americans in the 80s, would have celebrated his 73rd birthday today, had he been ...

Hip-Hop Music and Culture, From the Beginning

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marlynn Snyder

To research and report on the history of hip-hop is a huge undertaking. In Dan Charnas' exhaustively researched The Big Payback, he does exactly that.

Second Chance: El DeBarge Has a Winner

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marlynn Snyder

The road from hell back to creativity and peace of mind is a difficult one, indeed. R&B/pop legend El DeBarge has made the journey with his considerable gifts as a singer and songwriter intact.

Can Blacks Rid Themselves of the Use of the N-Word?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

Whether used as an expletive or term of endearment, what is it about this word that captures the rage and shame of the American public?