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Black Musicians

The Antidote for 'Anaconda' and Minaj

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.

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.

Keeping Our Jazz: From Fort Greene to the Musicians' Village

Rajul Punjabi | Posted 08.21.2013 | New York
Rajul Punjabi

Anyone who knows about Fort Greene knows that it has undergone miles of evolution during the past few decades. On Jay-Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt, he raps with Biggie about the 'hood as a drug sales hotspot.

Where Are All The Black Classical Musicians?

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts

Black men and women have built practically every musical tradition in the West: jazz, blues, rock and roll, funk. But when it comes to classical music...

Hip-Hop's Anti-Gay Tone Shifting: Could A Gay Rapper Be Next?

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 10.23.2012 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK — Snoop Dogg has rapped in songs where gay slurs have been tossed about. He's even said them, part of a long list of rappers who have ...

PHOTOS: Most Memorable Album Covers In Black Music

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices

Recording a masterful opus requires various elements upon completion including producers, songwriters, and musicians just to name a few. Not to mentio...

60 Black Music Style Icons

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 06.07.2013 | Style

When I wasn't playing dress-up or scribbling in journals as a child, you could find me dancing or singing. I watched BET's "Video Soul" and "Planet Gr...

The Carolina Chocolate Drops Give Chicago Something To Barn Dance About

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Jeff Pinzino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit It used to be that Chicago had the most famous country music radio show in America. The WL...

60 Black Music Style Icons

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 07.31.2012 | Black Voices

When I wasn't playing dress-up or scribbling in journals as a child, you could find me dancing or singing. I watched BET's "Video Soul" and "Planet Gr...