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What Black Music Needs Now More Than Ever

Michael Mauldin | Posted 06.19.2015 | 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...

Hip-Hop's Anti-Gay Tone Shifting: Could A Gay Rapper Be Next?

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 10.23.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK — Snoop Dogg has rapped in songs where gay slurs have been tossed about. He's even said them, part of a long list of rappers who have ...

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?

A "Positive" Impact During Black Music Month

Tom Burrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Burrell

In honor of Black Music Month, we have officially launched "Positive Push," a social media campaign aimed at promoting positive music, images and culture.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops Give Chicago Something To Barn Dance About

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Jeff Pinzino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit It used to be that Chicago had the most famous country music radio show in America. The WL...

Singing, Crying and Whining the Blues

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

As I scope out Denver's upcoming concerts, checking the calendar for any hint or mention of an act associated with blues, jazz, gospel or old school soul, I am left feeling a bit stranded.