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Bonnie Raitt Just Keeps Getting Better

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 08.23.2016 | Entertainment
Harvey Wasserman

Only so long you can keep this charade Before they wake up and see they've been played Too many people with their livin' at stake Ain't gonna take it....

Exclusive Interview And Video Premiere Of Lafa Taylor & Aabo's New Single, "Turn My Music Up"

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Photo by Lafa Taylor Known for his soulfully expressive, genre-bending hip hop, West Coast vocalist/producer Lafa Taylor's career has been on a stead...

The Show Never Stops For Cancer Survivor And R&B Queen Sharon Jones

The Huffington Post | Felicia Kelley | Posted 08.10.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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MJM Made The Best R&B Album Of The Year

Rebecca Bohanan | Posted 08.09.2016 | Entertainment
Rebecca Bohanan

A few tracks into my first listen of MJM's latest record, MJM Parables Part 1, an EP released by the artist last month, my only thought was, "What?! How is this guy not already insanely rich and famous?"

Jay Sean Chats About His New Single

The Huffington Post | Kara Ramonetti | Posted 08.05.2016 | Entertainment

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Professor Longhair and the Genius of American Synthesis

Marty Lipp | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

As the rhythms roll and tumble across the piano keyboard, sometimes it seems the world comes together in the hands of Henry Roeland Byrd, better known...

Conor Maynard Seamlessly Fits R&B Hits To Drake's 'Controller'

The Huffington Post | Karli Bendlin | Posted 07.12.2016 | Entertainment

Conor Maynard, the British musician known for his amazing mashups, set out to answer the question we didn’t know we needed to be answered: How many ...

In Frank Ocean's Defense

Stephen Bardo | Posted 05.10.2016 | Entertainment
Stephen Bardo

Frank Ocean's career has always been about timing. He and his team are calculated. This is chess, not checkers and I think all of these false alarms and rumors are part of the plan. Music needs some mystery. It needs deep thinkers. It needs Frank Ocean to bring balance to The Force. Basically what I'm saying is, let the man cook.

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.

Terrace Martin Paints Jazz and Beyond with Velvet Portraits

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Ari Sadowitz

Just as the dust from Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly seemed to settle, the rapper dropped untitled unmastered., a collection of what were once c...

Video Premiere: Vindata - "Getting Away"

Shawn Russell Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Entertainment
Shawn Russell Johnson

Vindata isn't exactly what you'd expect coming up in the electronic scene. Growing up heavily influenced by the hip-hop scene, their passions took a d...

My Introduction To Eryn Allen Kane

Craig Carpenter | Posted 03.23.2016 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

There's a famous Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Potter Stewart which contains the phrase, "I know it when I see it." Without getting into the specifics of that case, the phrase itself is appropriate to describe the feeling I had when I first heard, and even more so, when I first saw Eryn Allen Kane.

Saving Your Valentine's Day Mix with Jarreau Vandal

Buster Ross | Posted 02.12.2016 | Los Angeles
Buster Ross

I have always been a valentine-giving, mixtape-making, hopeless romantic. This year I decided to call in the heavy artillery, asking groundbreaking producer Jarreau Vandal to help me out with a few recommendations for this weekend's mix.

Jarreau Vandal (Soulection) Saves Your Valentine's Mix

Buster Ross | Posted 02.12.2016 | Entertainment
Buster Ross

I have always been a valentine-giving, mixtape-making, hopeless romantic. This year I decided to call in the heavy artillery, asking groundbreaking pr...

Chaka Khan Is Spreading Positive Self-Esteem With Her New Song

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.23.2016 | Black Voices

Chaka Khan released her first song in eight years on Monday, "I Love Myself." The song, which is an ode to self-love, positive self-esteem and accepta...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: R&B Star Monica Puts Us on 'Red' Alert

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Only a handful of artists -- especially in the R&B genre -- have had a lengthy, always-relevant career in the biz. Monica clearly is one of them.

A Shade of Jade: Interview With Rebecca Jade

Randall Radic | Posted 01.19.2016 | Entertainment
Randall Radic

Rebecca Jade is a neo-soul/R&B singer from San Diego. Her new album, due to drop soon from Pacific Records, is called A Shade of Jade.

Can Trap Soul Thrive as a Music Genre

Nigel Isaiah | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment
Nigel Isaiah

"We are very excited about @brysontiller's #TRAPSOUL. Hope you are too. Listen here first" Apple Music tweeted in regards to Bryson Tiller's LP, T R A...

Boyz II Men Joins The 'Grease Live!' Cast

Clutch Magazine | Taryn Finley | Posted 01.08.2016 | Black Voices

Legendary 90s R&B group Boyz II Men is gearing up to play the role of the ‘Teen Angels ‘in Fox’s live reimagining of the 1978 cult classic music...

15 for '15: Favorite Music of the Year

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 12.28.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

This was a strong year for music and one that felt more tumultuous than ever for planet Earth and its inhabitants. No coincidence, I'm sure. Here are some favorites from 2015.

On the "A" w/Souleo: After 15 Years, Singer Regina Belle Returns To R&B

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 12.19.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Belle shared with us details on her newfound personal freedom enabling her return to R&B, early career struggles, the lesson Phyllis Hyman taught her, remaining relevant and why she proudly wears her gray hair.

Killiam Shakespeare Scores Major Points With Debut Album

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

I went to band camp. I'm no flautist, so we're okay there, but the five summers I spent at Encore/Coda, tucked away in the hamlet of Sweden, Maine, we...

New Artist Reviews: May Devun

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.20.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Soaked in drama, epic in scale, and profoundly woeful, Devun's new solo album is honest and pure. With no holding back, she masterfully crafts an album that is as heavy as it is delicate.

Fall In - Best New Music IV

Sean Bradford | Posted 11.03.2015 | Entertainment
Sean Bradford

And just like that it's November. Leading up to the holidays, there are always great releases, though apparently a few by major artists will be postponed until next year to avoid the upcoming Adele album.

New Artist Reviews: Charity

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Singer-songwriter Charity grew up in Detroit and was shrouded in the dark tides that washed over the city. A place with many wounds, Charity became familiar not only with pain, but even more so with healing.