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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.

Butcher Brown's GrownFolk: Foreground Music

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

Getting old is scary. Not so much in the "I'm gonna break my hip taking this layup" way, but more in the way of "oh shit - death." Mortality. Responsibility. Paying rent AND feeding my two cats BEFORE finishing The Walking Dead WHILE cooking dinner for my wife.

Captivating Black-And-White Photos Chronicle The Early Days Of R&B

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.19.2015 | Arts

It's not easy, as an artist, to make your primary subject a certain sound. For example, the sound of deep pain mixed with a flame of hope. Photo...

Facts Are Facts -- Robby Is on the Rise

Myrlaun Walker | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment
Myrlaun Walker

Last September, the interweb was introduced to new heartthrob, Robby Blackwell, by popular producer DJ Marley Waters on a track called "Afterparty" featuring Christina Milian where the new swoon brought with him a remarkably strong, soulful, yet, seductive voice.

DJ Mustard: Hip-Hop, R&B and the Long Game for Fame

Nile Cappello | Posted 09.18.2015 | San Francisco
Nile Cappello

Signed to Jay Z's Rocnation since 2013, DJ Mustard has been slinging tunes since age 11 -- getting his start DJ'ing a party at his uncle's bar in Westchester and getting his DJ moniker from his given name, Dijon.

Doe Paoro to Release After, an Enlightened Reconstruction of Time and Travel

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Doe Paoro drew from these notions as she created After, the follow-up to her 2012 debut album Slow To Love, which Paoro wrote in an isolated cabin close to her hometown of Syracuse, New York.

Tavis Smiley: D'Angelo's First TV Conversation in Over a Decade

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.01.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The R&B superstar shocked the world when, in December, he dropped his long-awaited third album, Black Messiah. The critically acclaimed project is his first major release in fourteen years, and has reached the number spot in more than 20 countries.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Singer Avant Questions the Politics of Today's Music Industry

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 08.22.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Despite 15 years in R&B, Avant still wrestles with understanding his place in today's music scene. Check out his thoughts on what defines quality music, ageism in the music industry, and finding a way to keep going for another 15 years and beyond.

Cannes 2015 #Shingerview: Mary J. Blige

David Shing | Posted 07.16.2015 | Entertainment
David Shing

"What keeps me fresh is my ability to be and to not be afraid to be who I am. Inspiration comes from living, from life, from living my life and watc...

My Conversation With Robert Glasper On the Diversity of Black Music

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by two-time Grammy-winner Robert Glasper. The talented and innovative pianist has reunited with his jazz trio on the hit new album, Covered, which was recorded in front of a live audience at Capitol Studios.

ONE Musicfest 2015 Lineup: Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Janelle Monae, A$AP Rocky and more

Timothy Tukes | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Timothy Tukes

Black music is celebrated all June for Black Music Month. However the celebration is back this fall, earlier this month ONE Musicfest announced its 2015 lineup. Grammy-award winning Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, and Janelle Monae are some of the big headliners at the Southeast's largest urban alternative music festival.

White Boy Gets the Blues

Tim Arnold | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Tim Arnold

Everybody knew "What'd I Say," an early crossover hit, a basic 12-bar riff that I practiced on my guitar since I was 13 years old, but this was a live album, "Ray Charles in Person," recorded in Atlanta in May 1959.

Conversation with Robin Carolan Founder of Tri Angle Records

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

On the occasion of Tri Angle Records 5th Anniversary as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, I got the chance to interview the charming Tri Angle Records founder Robin Carolan at my local neighborhood diner.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Now's the 'Time' for Mikky Ekko; 'Never Too Busy' for Some Kenny Lattimore

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Rihanna. Blood Diamonds. Ryan Tedder. The list of collaborators Mikky Ekko has worked with is astounding, and I say that in a very pound-my-fist-on-a desk-to-emblazon-the-statement kind of way.

Could This Queer Artist Change The World Of R&B?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Is there a place for a queer voice within the world of R&B? Russell Elliot is a self-identified pansexual feminist engaged in a Kickstarter campaig...

Black Messiah: Worth the Weight

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

Earlier this week, my friends in the band Polyenso wrote, "the world is not ready for what D'Angelo just dropped on us." I love those guys, but I couldn't disagree more. The world is ready for Black Messiah.

Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans: The Legends Return

Stephen Grant | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Stephen Grant

Our favorite voices of the '90s return with albums to remind us that soul still lives in R&B music.

Tweet: The Singer and Her Magic!

Kelsey Minor | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Kelsey Minor

On what was a pleasantly warm Sunday Fall night in New York City there was even more heat taking the stage at SOB's in the SoHo neighborhood for R&B Spotlight. Singer Tweet took to the stage with her signature hit 'Boogie 2 Nite' and the crowd went wild.

Ryan Kristobak

London Richards Is Your New R&B Obsession | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment

London Richards might only be 17 years old, but like Richards' peer, Raury, his age says nothing of his musical comprehension and talent. Pairing his ...

The Incomparable Faith Evans

Stephen Grant | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Grant

Faith Evans is on a high celebrating 20 years in R&B music. Yet, before executive producing the R&B Divas reality TV franchise or becoming a NY Times best-selling author, the soulful singer from Newark entered the music scene as the first female artist signed to Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy label back in the early '90s

Behind the Scenes With Singer-Songwriter, Macy Gray

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

When I sat down with singer-songwriter Macy Gray in the private Barrel Room of City Winery just before her performance there, I was reminded of what it means to be a one-of-a-kind.

Arika Kane on Music and True Artistry

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

If you've watched Hollywood Exes, you've heard her powerful vocals perform the VH1 series' theme song. This is someone that you need to know about if you don't already - her name is Arika Kane.

Love The Free Presents: Rome Fortune, Kilo Kish, The Trp, Dos Global and Doja Cat

Kitty Cash | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Kitty Cash

After the release of Love The Free Volume II, I wanted to share a bit more insight on the featured artists and their songs. Check out the details from Rome Fortune, Kilo Kish, The Trp, Dos Global, and Doja Cat.