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Rhythm and Blues

There Is No Shortage of Soul in Exmag's New Double Track Release

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.01.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Working tirelessly in a garage somewhere in Pennsylvania to record their second full length album titled Part I is electronic-future-soul trio Exmag (...

Join The Parade With The Electric New Orleans Russ Liquid Test

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.13.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Photo by Jason Kruppa The desire to create begins with inspiration. Electronic music is constantly being reinvented as new technology arises and inno...

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...

Music Debut for TV Babe Cierra Ramirez

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 06.14.2016 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Barely old enough to drink, singer-actor Cierra Ramirez is poised to take the stage in global fashion with an urban/pop EP release June 20, coinciding...

Christine Swanson on Making the Miki Howard Movie

Nell Minow | Posted 06.12.2016 | Black Voices
Nell Minow

Teyonah Parris ("Chi-Raq," "Mad Men") is dazzling in a new TVONE film based on the life of R&B singer Miki Howard called "Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story."

BJ The Chicago Kid: 'In My Mind', Kush, God, Blackness and Chi-City

Erika Hardison | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

BJ The Chicago Kid has definitely earned every accolade his has received and will receive. He is more than a gospel soul singer; he's innovative and visionary with the ability to give your favorite singers their soul back or at least, direct them to finding it.

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.

90s 'Til Infinity: Silk Still Delivers Satiny, Sensual R&B

EBONY.com | Posted 03.21.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

Silk has been gifting us with the aural answer to foreplay since they slid onto the music scene in the 90s with pulsating, bed-breaking anthems from "Freak Me" to "Lose Control."

Don't Say Michael Jackson. "Don't Say You Love Me" is B. Howard's Hit

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 12.15.2016 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf Lynn

It says enough that Beverly Hills pop artist Brandon "B." Howard has just released a single that's in the top 20 on Billboard magazine's dance song ch...

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. Photographe...

My Conversation With Robert Glasper On the Diversity of Black Music

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.02.2016 | 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.

Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!)

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Public folklorists like me often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. We try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and we recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition.

Why Pat Boone Believes He Helped Black Artists by Covering Their Songs

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.29.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Pat Boone was among the many white artists of the 1950s and '60s who built their careers recording songs originally performed by black Rhythm & Blues artists. Tonight, he responds to criticisms that he and other white singers profited much more than the African American musicians whose songs they covered.

This Sexually Enlightened R&B Song Feels So Right

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.03.2014 | Comedy

Ladies, get ready. Because this guy is going to treat you "actually, sociopolitically right." As in, he'll make sure sex is a conversation in whic...

Jagged Edge Is Back to Steal Hearts Once Again

Azeem Khan | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

I had a chance to sit down with the group and talk to them about their new project, what they've been up to, and plans they have moving forward.

Porky Chedwick Played the Platters That Mattered

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

But whatever you call him and however you remember him, WAMO's George "Porky" Chedwick singularly turned on a generation of young people to the music of African Americans.

Legends Of The Mississippi Delta

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

If you can't wait for the fall, take a virtual spin now of the featured tour stops.

The Legacy of Don Cornelius

Chris Williams | Posted 04.03.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

His transcendent impact on Black culture and the world at large throughout the 1970s and 1980s was immeasurable. To call him simply a luminary does a great disservice to his contributions. He was a trendsetter, icon, and a barrier breaker.

JD McPherson: An Old-Fashioned Success in the New Media Musical World

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 02.25.2013 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

With a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this month and a debut record that reached #47 on the Billboard album charts, JD McPherson is enjoying one heck of a pop cultural high.

Curtis M. Wong

'30 Rock' Star Reveals Message For Gay Youth On New Album

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

For a performer so deeply rooted in physical comedy, Tituss Burgess comes across as awfully moody on his new album, "Comfortable." But as it turns out...

Ne-Yo Serves Up Sexy Spring Cocktails And Some Gentlemanly Advice

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 03.09.2012 | Black Voices

Who's got your back better than an R&B crooner when it's time to get it in? Luther, Stevie, even Usher have certainly played a part. (A stiff cocktail...

'God Is Everywhere Present And In All Things': Experiencing The Sacred Within Secular Music

Charles Howard | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Charles Howard

The life of faith is a love story. And in my life, the lyrics of many love songs have helped me to grow in love with God.

(Re)introducing Támar Davis

John Gascot | Posted 09.06.2011 | Entertainment
John Gascot

In 2006, Támar Davis' much-anticipated debut album was suddenly canceled. But the charismatic songstress has taken the wheel and is re-introducing herself with a solid (new) debut album.

Acapella at the Met

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

Acapella Soul Photo by Nick Broad www.thebuskingproject.com One mid-summer day, sun bestows his blessing upon New York City concrete and its denizen...

Bettye LaVette: The High Priestess of R&B, Too Long Ignored

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Leonce Gaiter

Unashamedly aged, rough, ragged and under absolute control, Betty La Vette could find depths of longing and desperation in a lyric that the songwriters probably didn't even know existed.