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The James Brown Dance Party Is My Happy Place

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

The more I expose myself to live music, the easier it is for me to infuse those feelings of pure joy and happiness to seep into my everyday experience. The James Brown Dance Party is the band that does that for me to the max.

'I Can't Breathe': Soldier's Final Minutes Captured In GRAPHIC Jail Video

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices

Sgt. James Brown was an active-duty soldier who had served two tours of duty in Iraq. But he didn't survive a two-day DWI sentence in 2012. New ...

Speaking With Your New Favorite Artist -- KaiL Baxley

Salvatore Bono | Posted 05.04.2015 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Singer/songwriters always have something to say, even when they are not performing. Something is always on their mind and generally their stories are some of the most fascinating. One singer/songwriter in particular is South Carolina native KaiL Baxley.

Lena Hall at Café Carlyle: "I'm a B Side Kind of Girl"

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

She'll be performing at the Carlyle till April 18. Watt White, her music director said that the Carlyle may mark the beginning of a tour; he will be joining Hall in San Francisco, bringing "Sin and Salvation" to Feinstein's at Hotel Nikko.

Why You Gotta Be the James Brown of Your Workout

Jenny C. Evans | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Jenny C. Evans

So the next time you workout, I want you to channel your inner James Brown. Sweat buckets. Blow people away with your energy.

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

'Dark Girls'

Suna Senman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Suna Senman

The overall tone gives a glow of positivity -- like the sunlight warming a cold place in the shadows. Dark Girls gives us all an opportunity to reflect on our unconscious thoughts, words and actions.

Judge Orders The Diary Of James Brown's Widow To Be Kept Secret

AP | JEFFREY COLLINS | Posted 02.05.2015 | Black Voices

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A freelance journalist is fighting an order telling her to share how she obtained the diary belonging to the widow of soul sin...

Former Backup Singer Declared As James Brown's Wife

New York Times | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices

In a decision likely to significantly affect the long-running dispute over James Brown’s estate, a judge in South Carolina has ruled that Tommie Rae...

Book Excerpt: Management, and Fun, by Wandering Around

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Field Notes from a Music Biz Life.

Play That Funky Ukulele, White Boy

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 12.22.2014 | Comedy
Rob Hiaasen

There shall be no Stones or Who or Metallica coming from my ukulele. Instead, I hope to conjure the spirit of the late Hawaiian mountain of a man, Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole, whose "Over the Rainbow" will break then mend your heart.

James Brown on HBO: Deconstructing Mr. Dynamite's Moves

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Alex Gibney's documentary, Mr. Dynamite, limns the extraordinary rise of James Brown's career, and more: Interviews with his sidemen give a history of rhythm and blues, and race.

'Get On Up' Star: Black Actors Are 'Up Against Odds'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 10.07.2014 | Entertainment

When Chadwick Boseman was first approached to play James Brown in "Get On Up," his first thought was "I definitely do not want to do another biopic." ...

James Brown Held the Spotlight, No Matter How Dark Life Got

Ted Fox | Posted 11.05.2014 | Entertainment
Ted Fox

From what Mr. Brown told me, and as the wonderful new movie, "Get On Up" powerfully shows, whatever frustrations he was dealing with then couldn't begin to match the pain, rejection and daily obstacles he endured as boy and young man.

Ray Kelly Blasts Missouri Officials, 'Seriously' Considered Running for NYC Mayor

Dominic Carter | Posted 10.26.2014 | New York
Dominic Carter

He was cautious and deliberate. I left the 30 minute interview almost shocked.

Get Up Offa That Thing!

Craig Bowron | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Craig Bowron

As an editorial in the latest edition of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings proclaims, sitting is unhealthy. An accompanying research article suggests that the sedentary life may be less unhealthy if one manages to maintain good physical fitness despite the excess chair time, but it's still unhealthy.

James Brown's Widow Reveals True Horror Of Icon's Estate

Philly.com | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices

James Brown's grieving widow was left distraught amid a slew of legal battles over the star's estate after a judge ordered his body to be cut up so DN...

10 Things I Learned #NABJ14

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

In no particular order of importance here are 10 things I learned during the 39th Annual National Association Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair held in Boston, Massachusetts.

10 Things I learned From Screening "Get on Up" #NABJ14

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

1. Viola Davis, Dan Akyroyd, and Octavia Spencer, should all get Oscar nods. 2. Chadwick Boseman is funky as the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite, ...

Police Behavior, James Brown, and the Struggle Continues

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 10.04.2014 | Crime
Rev. Al Sharpton

Whether it's James Brown or Eric Garner, police shouldn't be trained or allowed to go above the law in the name of enforcing the law.

Feel James Brown's Groove: Get On Up

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 10.04.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Reese Halter

Universal Pictures 'Get On Up' is an inspiring, emotional and masterful biopic of James Brown, one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century.

ReThink Review: Get On Up -- Soul Brother No. 1 Lives Again

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you hear that there's a biopic coming out about an influential African-American icon, the six words you don't want to hear connected to it are "From the director of The Help".

The Whitewashing Of James Brown

Gregory Allen Howard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Gregory Allen Howard

James Brown was the blackest entertainer in the history of America. The blackest. There was nothing integrationist about his art, at all. He never tried to crossover. You had to come to him. He was iconic and not just musically.

James Brown Told Me I Have Soul: How a Meeting With the Godfather Changed My Life Forever

Karen Fragala Smith | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Fragala Smith

The way James Brown saw it, the hardships in his life -- born in a shotgun shack in the woods, abandoned by his mother, spending days as a child picking cotton under the hot sun, troubles with the law, substance abuse issues, the betrayal of friends and business associates -- were not disadvantages, but rather, sacred consecrations.

Get On Up

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Warts and all, in fits and starts, finally the Hardest Working Man in Show Business gets his story told.