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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Take Your Winterpills, and Do a Victory Dance

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.13.2016 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

So much music out there is empty calories. Sometimes that's quite alright. I mean who doesn't like a nice hook you can dance to and blast out your car...

Terry Gross Reveals She Used to Speak with a High Pitched Squeal Before Rare Live Fresh Air With Questlove

Laura Goldman | Posted 04.11.2016 | Media
Laura Goldman

Two titans of Philadelphia's cultural scene, Terry Gross, the host of NPR's "Fresh Air," and famed Roots drummer Amir "Questlove," Thompson will share...

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...

These #FallSongs Tweets Point Out Your Biggest Fall Peeves

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.25.2015 | Comedy

Fall is that time of year when you always misjudge if you should wear a jacket, the sweet taste of hot chocolate burns the roof of your mouth and you ...

ONE Musicfest Breaks The Internet

Timothy Tukes | Posted 09.22.2015 | Entertainment
Timothy Tukes

Over ten thousand #OMF2015 photos were shared last week to celebrate the 6th annual ONE Musicfest. The daylong music festival featured performances by headliners Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wale, Janelle Monae & Wondaland, A$AP Rocky, The Roots, Raekwon, Ghostface, and The Internet.

Experiencing the Innocence of U2 at Madison Square Garden

Salvatore Bono | Posted 07.26.2015 | New York
Salvatore Bono

The stage for this current tour is a far cry from what they did with 360. Here they are opting for the intimacy they had with the Elevation and Vertigo Tours of the early 2000's. Yet, the most interesting thing about the set-up is the massive wall that is their LED screen.

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

Timothy Tukes | Posted 06.26.2016 | 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.

On the Culture Front: The (RED) Supper, Forbidden Root, The Yes Men, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.19.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

On a soggy evening on the last night of May under two large white tents set up on pier 26, I sat down with throngs of people at one endless table for the ambitious (RED) Supper.

The Roots, Billie Holiday Among This Year's Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame Honorees

Billboard | Posted 05.29.2015 | Black Voices

The Roots will be among the 2015 honorees added to the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame....

The Roots Aim To Expand Music Festival Following Record-Breaking Ticket Sales

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.01.2015 | Black Voices

Music festival season is upon us, and that means that the legendary Roots crew will host their 8th annual Roots Picnic on May 30 at Philadelphia’s F...

Crying Piccolo Girl Plays With The Roots On Jimmy Fallon

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 03.24.2015 | Sports

Crying piccolo girl isn't crying anymore.

The Enduring New York City Pop Life of George Usher and Lisa Burns

Tom Semioli | Posted 04.20.2015 | New York
Tom Semioli

Where there is life, there is hope, as evidenced in the latest work of George Usher and Lisa Burns -- who are indie pop royalty to my generation of New Yorkers -- and who still make music that matters to our demographic.

Thought and Vision: A Conversation with Roots Vocalist Tariq Trotter

Karen J. Francis | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Karen J. Francis

While it isn't surprising that such an inventive and innovative lyricist would so multi-faceted, up until now Tariq Trotter has always been very private. With his recent foray into the fashion world, however, he is opening up and allowing us a rare glimpse inside.

Jimmy Fallon Sings With All Your Favorite Music Superstars

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment

Here's a story of a man named Jimmy... and pretty much every music superstar ever. In honor of Super Bowl XLIX, Jimmy Fallon brought in an all-star...

'The Tonight Show' Just Turned Into A 'Jon Stewart Show' Reunion

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 11.20.2014 | Comedy

Jon Stewart finally returned to "The Tonight Show," and he brought the '90s with him. Though "The Daily Show" host has reportedly not been on the ...

The Drum Beat of Success (VIDEO with Sheila E.)

Rana Florida | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

Musical legend Sheila E. was literally born into the business, yet she paid more than her share of dues at the beginning of her career, playing to empty rooms and living from gig to gig.

Meghan Trainor And Jimmy Fallon Are 'All About That Bass'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.05.2014 | Comedy

Jimmy Fallon has already performed songs on classroom instruments with Idina Menzel, Robin Thicke and Carly Rae Jepsen, but his latest rendition of "A...

The 5 Must-See Acts at Boston Calling

Hopper.com | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Hopper.com

Boston Calling, in a world of over-stimulation and excess, is successful - the festival is digestible. It's two and a half days! There's a shaded area! You can leave and come back!

Challenge Accepted

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 08.14.2014 | Comedy

The cold never bothered Jimmy Fallon anyway. After being called out by everyone from Justin Timberlake to the owner of the New York Jets, Fallon fi...

Questlove Honors Robin Williams

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment

Following the announcement of Robin Williams' death on Monday, August 11, Roots drummer Questlove posted a photo of the legendary actor and comedian, ...

Action Will Lead Us to the End of Extreme Poverty

Hugh Evans | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Hugh Evans

In keeping with previous Global Citizen Festivals, the goal is to celebrate the achievements made toward ending extreme poverty by 2030. But this year, we're working to change the systems that keep people poor.

The Roots Completely Lose It

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.30.2014 | Comedy

We finally know why NBC cut parts of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer when they premiered it last week. It's scary as hell! On Tuesday's "Tonight...

This Is How To Survive A Real 'Sharknado'

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.29.2014 | Comedy

"The Tonight Show" audience just dropped some serious knowledge on Jimmy Fallon. Fallon learned that in a real "Sharknado," there's an easy way to...

Snoop Dogg, The Roots Express Their Love For HuffPost In This Incredible Freestyle Mashup

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 07.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

At HuffPost Live, we've had many rappers drop by the studio, and we usually ask them to freestyle about HuffPost. Snoop Dogg, Black Thought of The Roo...

The Roots: Boyz II Men Cheated In Our High School Talent Show

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.26.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

It's no wonder Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots describe their time at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts as "r...