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The Incomparable Faith Evans

Stephen Grant | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Grant

Faith Evans is on a high celebrating 20 years in R&B music. Yet, before executive producing the R&B Divas reality TV franchise or becoming a NY Times best-selling author, the soulful singer from Newark entered the music scene as the first female artist signed to Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy label back in the early '90s

UK's Ruder Than Rude Boys: Rudimental!

Marlon Regis | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

A few hours before another SOLD OUT show -- this time at Terminal 5 on Manhattan's westside, I had a very engaging conversation backstage with half of Rudimental's foursome -- Amir and Piers, who were casually kicking back in their dressing room.

The Woman Behind the Memphis Sound

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Sophia Dembling Siblings Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton defied cultural norms in the Jim Crow era to found Stax Records, one of the most i...

ReThink Review: Get On Up -- Soul Brother No. 1 Lives Again

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you hear that there's a biopic coming out about an influential African-American icon, the six words you don't want to hear connected to it are "From the director of The Help".

Legendary R&B Singer Bobby Womack Dies

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was...

Maxi Priest Hits His Groove at B.B. King's Blues Club

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

At age 53, 26 years after his career began, his dreads are almost floor-length (the ladies were pulling on them all night), his face is fuller and he has over two decades of hits to sing.

Daily Meditation: Peace For Posterity

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Roots Music Sacrifice: A Review of Matisyahu's Akeda

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Matisyahu's new album, Akeda, is almost pure roots music, with a little dancehall sprinkled in the mix. It's the kind of album you put on when you need to get away, or shut the bedroom door and just kick-back, soaking in the music.

'All Of Me' Gets A Vintage Soul Cover You'll Listen To On Repeat

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Entertainment

John Legend's "All of Me" is a romantic, musical tribute to his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and the lovely dizziness and dedication that comes from being in...

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.

Billy Valentine's Brit Eyed Soul

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Brit Eyed Soul, Billy Valentine's forthcoming album of songs by British rockers inspired by the American soul music of the '50s and '60s, hearkens bac...

Bored with American Hip Hop, R&B and Funk? Go EAST, Music Lover

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.16.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

It's becoming harder and harder to find American R&B that satisfies my soul. I grew up on Chicago's Southside during the 50s and 60s. I danced dow...

Guns N' Roses' Legendary Song 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Gets Spiced Up

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Entertainment

There is simply no denying that the 1987 Guns N' Roses song, "Sweet Child O' Mine," is on a very short list of epic, '80s hard-rock singles that defin...

The Apollo Theater: Behind the Legend

Ted Fox | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Ted Fox

Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. It is bursting with music, theater and dance, and it looks marvelous, thanks to millions in renovations and upgrades -- an appropriate state for this iconic American cultural institution.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Meet Tower of Power's New Lead Singer

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Ray Greene always knew that he was destined to share his musical gifts with audiences around the world. Now he's finally getting his chance to do just that.

WATCH: One Direction's 'Story of My Life' Infused With Motown Soul

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Postmodern Jukebox is back with a very special cover of a pop hit that includes the powerhouse singing addition of Miche Braden. The modern song made ...

Sentiments From a 90s R&B Fan

Kevin Beckford | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Kevin Beckford

I miss hearing the tenor of a churchy vibrato that accentuates a sustained note at the end of a love song. I miss not having to strain my ears just to hear the (real) voice of a singer.

Two Ways to Be a Man

Mawuena Akyea | Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices
Mawuena Akyea

My two role models, these crooners and my papa, gave me two ways to be a man. I thought that being a man meant never showing who you truly were. But that was what these soul men that I admired did on the daily.

Singing the American Mythology with Soul

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Darnell L. Moore

Blackness is the story of my life and I will not allow the story of black people to be buried," Donnie wrote in response to one of the questions I forwarded him through email.

Celebrating Birth With Soul: Q&A With James A. Bing, Jr., Creator of Soul Ascension Weekend

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Sheryl Estrada

Atlanta resident James A. Bing is a radio frequency (RF) engineer by day, on a crusade to promote neo-soul music by night. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native is convinced this genre of music should be promoted, celebrated and in the mainstream.

Mary J. Blige: A Mary Christmas Album and Reflections of Past Treasures

Quassan Castro | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Over 20 years ago, Mary Jane Blige stepped into the music business with distinction. Armed with gritty soulful vocals, honey blonde hair, street edge swag and a new blending of R&B/Soul infused with hip hop, Mary created a new path in music history.

Unity Through Music: Goapele and Atlanta's ONE MusicFest

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

I don't know where I was, or what I was doing when I first heard the song "Closer" by Goapele; but I do remember how it made me feel. The drums and the baseline encompassed with the lyrics which said to me that, "whatever it is I wanted to achieve it could happened."

St Kitts Sends the World a Musical Invitation

Richard Powell | Posted 09.10.2013 | Travel
Richard Powell

By turns sumptuous and seductively shabby, St Kitts - or Saint Christopher's Island - has seen a surge in global interest thanks to its increasingly popular annual music festival.

Charles Bradley Gives Some Soul to The Great American Music Hall

Molly Fosco | Posted 11.06.2013 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

Brooklyn soul singer Charles Bradley has been called the "Screaming Eagle of Soul," and last night I discovered why there could not be a more accurate way to describe this man.

In the Shadow of the Giant Peachoid: Upstate South Carolina BBQ

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 10.08.2013 | Taste
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

The Peachoid, which looms over I-85, is any repatriating South Carolinian road-tripper's first real assurance that, yes, Virginia, you've made it home.