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

Rana Florida | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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.

Prince Is Releasing Two New Albums In September

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 08.25.2014 | Entertainment

Four years after his last LP, "20Ten," Prince will return on Sept. 30, with not just one, but two brand new studio albums, "ART OFFICIAL AGE" and "PLE...

An Aligned Life: Prince, Queerness and Softcore Porn (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-08-23-20140821EliciaGonzalessmall.jpgIn her youth Elicia Gonzalez from Broomfield, Colorado, experienced a shocking exposure to Prince that would become "very much so representative of what would happen with my sexuality later in life."

Indie Band Warns Near-Empty Hall to 'Silence Your Phones'

Kipp Friedman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Comedy
Kipp Friedman

About seven people attended the band's debut performance, including Schmitz's parents and members of the school's AV squad, plus the church custodian.

Remember When the Music Didn't Suck

Galanty Miller | Posted 08.12.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Two summers ago, I visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Rihanna's dress was on display, which is sort of like putting Joe Namath's jersey on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame. It doesn't really belong.

Rock-and-Roll Dandies Through the Years

Rock Paper Photo | Posted 07.31.2014 | Arts
Rock Paper Photo

From 1960s British mods to soulful crooners to psychedelic guitarists, musicians from every genre have used fashion as a tool to amplify their brand and persona.

How Prince Surprised Sheila E. The First Time They Met

OWN | Posted 07.18.2014 | OWN

Grammy-nominated female percussionist and singer Sheila Escovedo, better known by her stage name Sheila E., was a huge pop star in the '80s. She famou...

Brennan Williams

How The Man Behind 'American Idol' Went From Harlem To Hollywood

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

Keyboardist and orchestral arranger Ray Chew has been a key figure on some of television's most watched shows, serving as music director and/or compos...

Essence Fest Makes History

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 09.06.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival's 20th anniversary set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four ...

PHOTOS: 2014 Essence Music Festival

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Uttering his signature, "We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life," Prince opened his set for the 20th ce...

Essence Festival Marks Its 20 Year Anniversary

AP | CHEVEL JOHNSON | Posted 07.07.2014 | Black Voices

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's been 20 years since Essence magazine first brought its "party with a purpose" to New Orleans and organizers say this year's ...

Catching Up With Wendy & Lisa Upon Winning ASCAP's Inaugural Shirley Walker Award

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman have always been hard to put in a nutshell - in fact, I can't think of a duo whose musical path through the entertainment...

Femininity in Men Is a Form of Power

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

If a Somali man is considered feminine he is deemed weak, helpless, pitiful: The underlying message being that femininity is inherently inferior to masculinity. Variants of this thinking extend across most cultures, belief systems, races and sexualities.

My Favorite Year: The Pop Culture Peak That Was 1984

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Thirty years ago! Scary! Yet inspiring. (Certainly most millennials I encounter are ripping off that era as fast as their iPad-laden hands can grab.) For your pleasure and edification, I was there (and then), and I reflect.

Beyonce Made A Playlist Featuring Kanye And Solange

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.12.2014 | Entertainment

Who cares why this playlist exists? Beyonce curated it, so you probably aren't even reading these words to really find out. But, for the few of you wh...

11 Reasons Why We Adore Prince

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 06.07.2014 | Style

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to pay homage to Prince. We've been enamored with the music icon ever since we watched the film "Purpl...

The American Legend Who Inspired Prince Not To Swear In His Music

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.09.2014 | Entertainment

Muhammad Ali has long been known as an American inspiration, and it turns out Prince looks to the boxing legend for an unlikely motivation: to stop sw...

Prince Drops New Single 'The Breakdown'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.19.2014 | Entertainment

Less than 24 hours after announcing his rekindled partnership with Warner Bros. Records, Prince released a new single titled "The Breakdown," a pleasa...

Prince Makes Major Announcement!

USA Today | Posted 04.18.2014 | Black Voices

A new album, a deluxe reissue of Purple Rain and more unheard music: That's what Prince fans can expect from his new global licensing deal with Warner...

On the "A" w/Souleo: LiV Warfield -- A 'BlackBird' Learns to Fly

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.11.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

LiV Warfield is used to running. But these days, the former track athlete is flying high with a revived music career. It's all thanks to discipline, c...

Pop Music Could Use Another Decade as 'Gay' as the '80s

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

The new-wave acts of the early '80s represent everything that mainstream pop acts aren't so free to be today. Imagine One Direction hitting the stage dressed like Kajagoogoo. Would teenage girls still go wild? Would Taylor Swift have dated one of them?

Kiss Me Once and She's So Unusual: Chatting with Kylie Minogue and Cyndi Lauper

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.24.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"From here it's all about Kiss Me Once, it's all about getting on the road and connecting with friends around the world. The ultimate part of what I do is about the live performance."

Chats with Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio and The Wild Feathers' Ricky Young, Plus Arc Iris and The Boston Boys' Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.18.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I think it's super pop. I think it's pop, I think it's modern, I think it's current and it fits right in today with all of these danceable tunes. It does all of those things, it's drivable in the car. That's always the test."

Brothers Hypnotic -- An Inspiring Documentary About Music, Politics, and Family

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Peter Dreier

You've never seen a documentary like this. Brothers Hypnotic is not a concert film, but a documentary about how eight individuals forged a collective musical enterprise in a society and industry that rewards individualism, competition, and celebrity.

That Prince & Zooey Deschanel 'New Girl' Song Is Finally Here

Posted 03.14.2014 | Entertainment

Following the Super Bowl, Prince appeared on "New Girl," playing ping-pong, flipping pancakes and acting as relationship guru for Zooey Deschanel's ch...