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Bruno Mars: The Downest Dude on the Planet

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

You don't have to know the history of funk to feel it. But knowing where he gets all that funky stuff -- and those crazy legs -- makes it a whole lot funkier. And more fun.

Lalah Hathaway Does the Impossible and So Can You

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I've been keeping my head above those waves for six decades now, learning all the strokes and how to float, too, now and then. So when adversity rears its ugly head, I just take a deep breath...and sing the life song I've learned almost as masterfully, as Lalah Hathaway sang hers.

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.

Iyanla, Can You Fix My Relationship with Hip Hop?

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

So let's get the turntables spinning and musical love affair juices flowing. I may not be in love with hip hop anymore but the music is still near and dear to my heart.

People Get Ready: Celebrating Curtis Mayfield's 70th BIrthday!

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Throughout the night, audience members swayed to the music, sang along with the performers and stood up in homage to this incredible prophet of funk. People Get Ready, indeed.

Pop Music Is Human Nature

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.14.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Barry Kaufman

I've got a proud confession to make: I'm a pop music junkie. Drizzy Drake, Britney, Adele, Nicki, Ke$ha, you name it. I love it. But I've got to admit...

Grammy Preview: The Best CDs of 2010

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In anticipation of the Grammys on Sunday night, here are my favorite albums of 2010, followed by my favorite singles and some early favorites for 2011.