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Did Jesus Leave Us a Mixtape?

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

If Jesus could record a mixtape to share with the world, what do you suppose would be on it? Actually, some scholars believe Jesus already made one.

Woman Up, Mississippi Leaders!

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

It's not about "political correctness" (in the context of current Mississippi politics, supporting the inclusion of the Rebel standard on the state flag is the politically "correct" thing to do). It's about moral correctness; it's about historical correctness; it's about common decency.

The Thrill Is Gone

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.29.2015 | Black Voices
Paula Gordon

The moment we heard that Riley B. King -- known universally both as "BB" and as the King of the Blues -- had breathed his last, we invited ourselves to a very private memorial service. Our own.

A Conversation With Robert Johnson

Patrick Daniel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Patrick Daniel

I interviewed Robert Johnson at the Institute of New Economic Thinking's annual conference in Hong Kong. Johnson is the President of the Institute and a man with a fascinating background.

Dennis McNally Revisits Highway 61 (and Beyond)

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Joanna Colangelo

In his new book, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, McNally reminds us of who he is at his truest core -- and that is, one of the finest cultural historians of our time.

A Tribute to a Blues Triumvirate

J. Michael Welton | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

"My husband, an artist, a guitar player and a lover of the blues, left this world suddenly. When I create objects of his passion, his presence returns and it rekindles his love, allowing me to give love to him again."

Court Dispute Over Mississippi Bluesman's Photos

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 11.23.2013 | Black Voices

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi Supreme Court panel has heard arguments about who should make money from the only two known photographs of the la...

Interviewing The Rides' Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Barry Goldberg, Plus Talking with John Waite, and Exclusives by Sanders Bohlke and Cameron McGill

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.20.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"As big as rap is with the R&B community, that's how blues was back in the day. It was the hot thing. We're talking about a genre that is a hundred years old and is still relevant today."

Man Wrongfully Convicted Of Attempted Murder To Sue NYC For $28M

| Posted 05.03.2013 | New York

By James Fanelli, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer CONCOURSE — A young Bronx man spent seven years in prison for a shooting he didn't commit — all bec...

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 3

Debra Devi | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

On my Mississippi Delta book tour for The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu I met people working together to develop a blues tourism industry with the potential to economically rescue the Delta -- the poorest region in our nation.

147 People

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

147 people can change the course of history. Not necessarily the same 147 people, of course. But the small social groups which surround our world's leaders have extraordinary power.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 2

Debra Devi | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

"They say that so-called twelve-bar stuff is the black man's blues and country western of that day was the white man's blues, but there's a very thin line between the two musics. Only difference is the beat, and the bars to some extent, but the stories of happiness, sadness, being lonesome. All that was the same."

Solomon King's Train & New School Blues in L.A.

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

I was with my musician pal Solomon King at Arcadia Blues Club recently chatting about Train his excellent upcoming record of "new school blues," which includes some modern riffs on traditional Blues...and beyond.

Can the Blues Rescue the Mississippi Delta? Part 1

Debra Devi | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Debra Devi

If you haven't paid a visit to the Mississippi Delta yet, plan one now to this starkly beautiful, richly musical place. You'll thank me as you roll down 61, with cotton fields fanning out on either side under an impossibly wide blue sky.

Bronx DA Falls Behind Rest Of City In Fighting Crime

DNAinfo | Posted 01.07.2013 | New York

NEW YORK CITY -- A confidential report shows crime fighting in The Bronx is lagging behind other boroughs in virtually every category. The mayor's...

BET Founder Offers Plan To Cut Racial Disparity In Hiring | Posted 12.18.2012 | Black Voices

Backed by leading civil rights leaders, prominent African-American businessman Robert L. Johnson Monday renewed his call for President Obama to addres...

The Life Lesson I Learned on a Road Trip with My Son

Patricia Leigh Brown | Posted 12.16.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Leigh Brown

Inviting your 18-year-old son to follow his muse on a road trip -- even though he refuses to let you friend him on Facebook -- is to enter uncharted emotional terrain.

Anna Sanders

'Insufficient Evidence' In Traffic Cop Rape Case | Anna Sanders | Posted 08.23.2012 | New York

An NYPD traffic officer arrested Tuesday following allegations that he drugged and raped a 17-year-old girl was released without charge Wednesday nigh...

Tracy Edmonds Partners With BET Founder For New YouTube Channel

Posted 08.07.2012 | Black Voices

Over 32 years since launching Black Entertainment Television, Robert Johnson alongside his RLJ Companies group is planning on venturing into digital m...

Driving Towards The Daylight to Noise In My Head: A Conversation With Joe Bonamassa and DarkDriveClinic's "Litmus Heart"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.24.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Gonna Take An Elemental Journey: A Conversation With Sonny Landreth, Plus Getting To Know J.D. Shelburne

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.16.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Use the internet, spread the word, word of mouth. But in the long run, that's what it all comes down to, you have to play live. You never know who's going to be in that audience who knows somebody else, who knows somebody else, and one thing leads to another. You have to open up to that.

Still a Wizard, a True Star: A Conversation With Todd Rundgren, Plus Tonight Alive's "Starlight" (Exclusive)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.06.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I wrote a song about my high school girlfriend who broke my heart and have been milking it ever since. The irony of it is, it's the very first song I ever wrote and it's the song that's pinned on my back, kind of like 'kick me.'"

The Return of the Blues Wanderer: A Conversation With Dion, Plus Anthony Green's Beautiful Things Album Streamer

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.11.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Janell Ross

Nation's First Black Billionaire Proposes Plan to Reduce Black Unemployment | Janell Ross | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business

As Congress weighs the Obama administration's jobs package, RLJ Companies CEO Robert Johnson is pushing a proposal that he says marshals the capacity ...

New York City Marathon Training: Stop Breakin' Down

Janet Turley | Posted 12.06.2011 | New York
Janet Turley

There's something gratifying to physical labor and pushing your body beyond a perceived limit. What was once a ceiling becomes a springboard.