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Black Musicians

D'Angelo Makes SNL Matter for a Few Mesmerizing Minutes

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.01.2015 | 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.

The Antidote for 'Anaconda' and Minaj

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.

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.

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.

Where Are All The Black Classical Musicians?

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts

Black men and women have built practically every musical tradition in the West: jazz, blues, rock and roll, funk. But when it comes to classical music...

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...

60 Black Music Style Icons

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 06.07.2013 | Style

When I wasn't playing dress-up or scribbling in journals as a child, you could find me dancing or singing. I watched BET's "Video Soul" and "Planet Gr...

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...

60 Black Music Style Icons

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 07.31.2012 | Black Voices

When I wasn't playing dress-up or scribbling in journals as a child, you could find me dancing or singing. I watched BET's "Video Soul" and "Planet Gr...