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Soul-Singer Leon Bridges Brought a Timeless Essence Back at Cliff Bell's in Detroit

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.30.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Going inside one of Detroit's best jazz clubs Cliff Bell's is always a bit of an escape into an air of the past. Beautifully restored from an era very far removed, it's history always kind of feels engrained within the walls.

Michal Menert Set to Release Space Jazz Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Musical alchemist, Michal Menert, has been reshaping the world of electronic music. No longer bound by the two genres of house and techno, this underground Renaissance is changing the way critics interpret electronic music.

The Truth About Online Dating

Ken Kirsh | Posted 05.30.2015 | Divorce
Ken Kirsh

After my wife and I untied the knot, I had to put myself back on the market. If you thought adolescence was awkward, try posting pictures of yourself online so people can instantly judge and dismiss you.

Oldies But Goodies

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 04.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

February 12th, 2015 is going to be remembered as a tragic day for the megalopolis of Los Angeles and will be felt throughout the Southwest.

Detroit-Born Singer/Songwriter JMSN Embraces His True Soul Music Spirit on New Album

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.15.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

The music of JMSN is that of embracing a sensual vulnerability as a mechanism to evolve into who you truly are, even if you're still on that journey.

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.

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

UK's Ruder Than Rude Boys: Rudimental!

Marlon Regis | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

A few hours before another SOLD OUT show -- this time at Terminal 5 on Manhattan's westside, I had a very engaging conversation backstage with half of Rudimental's foursome -- Amir and Piers, who were casually kicking back in their dressing room.

The Woman Behind the Memphis Sound

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Sophia Dembling Siblings Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton defied cultural norms in the Jim Crow era to found Stax Records, one of the most i...

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".

Legendary R&B Singer Bobby Womack Dies

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was...

Maxi Priest Hits His Groove at B.B. King's Blues Club

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

At age 53, 26 years after his career began, his dreads are almost floor-length (the ladies were pulling on them all night), his face is fuller and he has over two decades of hits to sing.

Daily Meditation: Peace For Posterity

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Roots Music Sacrifice: A Review of Matisyahu's Akeda

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Matisyahu's new album, Akeda, is almost pure roots music, with a little dancehall sprinkled in the mix. It's the kind of album you put on when you need to get away, or shut the bedroom door and just kick-back, soaking in the music.

'All Of Me' Gets A Vintage Soul Cover You'll Listen To On Repeat

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Entertainment

John Legend's "All of Me" is a romantic, musical tribute to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and the lovely dizziness and dedication that comes from being in...

Questlove: 'Hip-Hop Has Failed Black America'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Questlove has grown weary of artists at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy making art that mostly celebrates being at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy -- meaningless, cynical stuff created and packaged to appeal to the masses.

Billy Valentine's Brit Eyed Soul

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Brit Eyed Soul, Billy Valentine's forthcoming album of songs by British rockers inspired by the American soul music of the '50s and '60s, hearkens bac...

Bored with American Hip Hop, R&B and Funk? Go EAST, Music Lover

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.16.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

It's becoming harder and harder to find American R&B that satisfies my soul. I grew up on Chicago's Southside during the 50s and 60s. I danced dow...

Guns N' Roses' Legendary Song 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Gets Spiced Up

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Entertainment

There is simply no denying that the 1987 Guns N' Roses song, "Sweet Child O' Mine," is on a very short list of epic, '80s hard-rock singles that defin...

The Apollo Theater: Behind the Legend

Ted Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is bursting with music, theater and dance, and it looks marvelous, thanks to millions in renovations and upgrades -- an appropriate state for this iconic American cultural institution.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Meet Tower of Power's New Lead Singer

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Ray Greene always knew that he was destined to share his musical gifts with audiences around the world. Now he's finally getting his chance to do just that.

WATCH: One Direction's 'Story of My Life' Infused With Motown Soul

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Postmodern Jukebox is back with a very special cover of a pop hit that includes the powerhouse singing addition of Miche Braden. The modern song made ...

Sentiments From a 90s R&B Fan

Kevin Beckford | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

I miss hearing the tenor of a churchy vibrato that accentuates a sustained note at the end of a love song. I miss not having to strain my ears just to hear the (real) voice of a singer.

Two Ways to Be a Man

Mawuena Akyea | Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices
Mawuena Akyea

My two role models, these crooners and my papa, gave me two ways to be a man. I thought that being a man meant never showing who you truly were. But that was what these soul men that I admired did on the daily.

Singing the American Mythology with Soul

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Blackness is the story of my life and I will not allow the story of black people to be buried," Donnie wrote in response to one of the questions I forwarded him through email.