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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.

Straw-Man Feminism: What Beyoncé and Miley Have in Common

Rose Courteau | Posted 06.16.2014 | Celebrity
Rose Courteau

After centuries of being objectified, our chief feminist demand, as reflected by the stars we've elevated to celebrity status, is the right to be sexy. This is, to put it bluntly, farcically sad.

A Conversation with The Both's Aimee Mann & Ted Leo, Plus A Quick Chat with Dolly Parton

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.16.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The following is probably the shortest interview I've ever done. But it gets to the heart of what I wanted to learn about this smart, warm and honest performer.

Brave New Girl: Sarah Dooley Debuts With Stupid Things

Jaime Lubin | Posted 06.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

For Sarah Dooley, doing stupid things has been a genius move. The winsome young artist became a YouTube sensation in 2008 when she created And Sarah, ...

Lily Allen Perfectly Explains Why Media Pits Women Against Each Other

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.11.2014 | Women

"It's annoying being a woman since everyone pits us against each other." That's one of the things Lily Allen said in a recent interview with Rollin...

The Geography of Justin Bieber Fever in North America

Ryan Nickum | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Ryan Nickum

When deciding where to live, there's no shortage of considerations, particularly when it comes to the musical tastes of your neighbors. Before movin...

The 7 Most Important Secrets to Start Your Own Company

Elisheva Wexler | Posted 06.07.2014 | Small Business
Elisheva Wexler

Once confronted with the realization that my goal of creating an animated music video with a minimal budget and no directing experience was unlikely to yield a high quality product, I panicked.

Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus Should Get a Do-Over

Molly Fosco | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Sometimes the showiness is intentional and is a necessary part of the art itself. But sometimes it completely detracts from the real, raw talent. And isn't it the talent that makes music what it is? Maybe it's never truly existed, but I wish we could find a way back to that simplicity.

Legendary Queen of Pop Sings in Queens, NY

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

In honor of Women's History Month, I want to highlight Googoosh, this legendary singer of Iran, and her dedication to pursuing music and the arts.

Wanted: James Gadson's Drums

Susan Sisko Carter | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Susan Sisko Carter

Some nights he takes medication to sleep. Because he lies awake, trying to figure out who took his drums, his mics. Who took a part of him?

Audrey Evans and Alonza Bevan of Tumblewild Discuss Their Evocative New Album, When the World Had Four Corners

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 05.10.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

What do you get when you mix a founding member of chart-topping women's choral group Mediaeval Baebes with a founding member of chart-topping psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker?

A Reminder That Latinos Dominated Pop Music In 1999

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 03.06.2014 | Entertainment

Let's revisit the music scene in 1999: there were the inescapable boy bands, girl groups and a fair share of bizarre one-hit wonders (never forget, we...

Parent or Manager? The Challenges of Helping My Son Succeed

Patrick Hess | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

For most American parents, the balancing of a job and parenting children is enough. Add any sort of activities that require carpooling and tightly gripping a camera phone, recording the memories that will be broadcast on your Facebook page, and it's exhausting.

Meet Sonali: Musician and LGBT Ally Who Loves 'Who We Are'

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

there is a sweetness and light to Sonali's music that makes it perfect for that happy-go-lucky kind of playlist. For as light as her music may be, however, there's no doubt that she can pack a punch with her latest single, "Who We Are."

An Open Letter to Beyoncé

Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum | Posted 04.29.2014 | Style
Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum

B, thank you for letting down your third wall, for sharing your inspiration, your fantasies, your truth with us. Even though I don't know you, I feel we have a little more in common than I realized before, and you are a stunning emblem of what it means to be a woman -- flaws and all.

Why I Love Me Some Bruno Mars

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I'm only watching the Super Bowl for ONE reason this year: Bruno Mars. Let me give you some background on that.

Catching up With Nina Persson of the Cardigans

Salvatore Bono | Posted 03.31.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

The voice of Sweden's Nina Persson is instantly recognizable. Her voice is inviting but vulnerable, it is hopeful but can be melancholy. The singer fo...

Nile Rodgers: A Man of Music and Philanthropy

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fresh from winning three Grammy Awards for his work with Daft Punk on their ubiquitous smash, "Get Lucky," legendary songwriter/musician/producer, Nile Rodgers, chatted about life, art and a new honor: his being selected for ICON MANN's "28 Men of Change."

Striking the Right Chord; Music and Marketing

Gail Federici | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Gail Federici

I love music. I was actually in the music business for about five years after we sold our hair care company in 2002, John Frieda PHC. It was a roller ...

Why I Will Never Want the 'Same Love'

Jay Dodd | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

Macklemore has become a beacon of white gay hope and the face of "progress." As an independent artist, his fame and wealth are truly surprising and almost inspiring. However, he does a more destructive and problematic work, and his success, as validated by his new Grammy awards, speak to a larger injustice.

American Idle: Why We Don't Care About the Grammys

Stephan Said | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Stephan Said

Years from now, when people look back at this generation as one that created change on a scale not seen since the civil rights movement itself, they will know there was a soundtrack.

Ward, I Think There's Something Wrong with The Bieber

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.26.2014 | Celebrity
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

As a reporter for the Chicago Sun Times, I saw celebs crash and burn more times than I like to remember. Up close and personal, sometimes. Fame i...

A Pop Quiz On Pop Tunes For Boomers Only

Roz Warren | Posted 03.26.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

If you're a boomer, your brain is teaming with decades-old pop tunes that you just can't forget. The real reason you can never remember where you put your keys? Too many of your brain cells are clinging to every last lyric to 'Fire and Rain,' 'Free Bird' and 'Sweet Home Alabama.' Don't believe me? Just take this simple test:

Like a Wrecking Ball: In Defense of Miley

Scott Ellman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Celebrity
Scott Ellman

I don't condone Miley's antics. Nor do I think her behavior sets a positive example for anyone. But the world has to realize something: Miley Cyrus doesn't want to be a role model. And we have to learn to be okay with that.

Obama Does His Best Gaga Impression

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

If President Barack Obama is interested in pursuing a career in music after his term is over, he might just be an absolute shoo-in for becoming a pop ...