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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.

Late Bluesman Remembered By Friends

Commercial Appeal | Bob Mehr | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

It was not one, but a multitude of Bobby "Blue" Blands who were hailed and mourned during funeral services at First Baptist Church -- Broad on Thursda...

Blues Legend Dies At 83

AP | ADRIAN SAINZ | Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

GRENADA, Miss. — Bobby "Blue" Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "...

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

They can sing a joyful noise. In pitch-perfect harmony. Never missing a beat. Yet they rarely take center stage. Why? Background singers, are the unsung heroes of music.

St. Lucia - Come for the Jazz & Arts Festival, Stay for the Island

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.16.2013 | Travel
Dwight Brown

When they weren't listening to toe-tapping music on Pigeon Island National Landmark, festivalgoers dined out, went sailing, sightseeing, beach hopping, zip lining or hung out at a diverse range of resorts that offer travelers very distinct vacations.

Highway 85 Destination: Austin Brown

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Highway 85 is a journey that we've all been on at some point in our lives and after you've listened -- you discover that the revisit was enjoyable, you'll want to listen to this album time and time again just because of that.

Movie Review: The Sapphires

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The darling of the Australian Academy Awards and a hit on the festival circuit, The Sapphires is that pure treat: an aggressively entertaining movie about the struggle, uplift, romance and joy of music.

The Rascals Are Back

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.23.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The band that gave us "Good Lovin,'" "People Got To Be Free" and "I've Been Lonely Too Long" are grooving their way to Broadway. The...

The Legacy of Don Cornelius

Chris Williams | Posted 04.03.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

His transcendent impact on Black culture and the world at large throughout the 1970s and 1980s was immeasurable. To call him simply a luminary does a great disservice to his contributions. He was a trendsetter, icon, and a barrier breaker.

LISTEN: The-Dream Stays Tender With His New Single

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 11.28.2012 | Entertainment

The-Dream is showing a moodier side with the second single from his re-release of "1977," the project he offered as a free download last year under hi...

My Hot Date With Macy Gray

Joshua Estrin | Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment
Joshua Estrin

In the intimacy of the Knight Concert Hall, Neo-Soul legend Macy Gray created an atmosphere that was both irreverent and mysterious, as if she was letting the audience in on both a secret and a very personal joke.

Mike Epps Will Play Richard Pryor in Nina Simone Biopic

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 10.16.2012 | Entertainment

Actor Mike Epps is joining the cast of "Nina," the Nina Simone biopic written and directed by Cynthia Mort. Epps will play comedian Richard Pryor,...

How I Love the Classics

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 12.04.2012 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

While watching the Mambo Legends Orchestra, my eyes would occasionally drift to the dance floor. I smiled as enthralled dancers, older and young, demonstrated that they were totally hip to what was happening on stage.

Whitney Houston's Pained and Persistent Dignity Sparkles on "His Eye Is on the Sparrow"

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 08.20.2012 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

With Sparkle and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," Whitney Houston may not have regained her voice, but she reclaimed her gospel youth, her class and an appearance of pained but persistent dignity.

An Old School Kind of Love: Leela James Tributes Etta James

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 10.07.2012 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Leela James' willingness to re-imagine the music of Etta James through many musical and historical contexts, speaks to the ways that the older James' music was a constant inspiration for the younger James.

Mayer Hawthorne Steps Up and Shows Out at Webster Hall

Jerell Tongson | Posted 06.19.2012 | New York
Jerell Tongson

Decked out in a black velvet blazer and matching bowtie, Hawthorne was a showman through and through, knowing when to belt out his signature falsetto and when to slow it down and interact with the crowd.

The Music in the Music Industry

Malik Yusef | Posted 05.05.2012 | Entertainment
Malik Yusef

Having a stove doesn't make you a chef. Having pro tools and auto-tune doesn't make you an artist. No matter the tools or utensils you have, only making "art" makes you an "artist."

Gregory Porter: The Brilliant New Voice of Jazz

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 04.22.2012 | Home
Marlynn Snyder

A good friend introduced me to Gregory Porter's music initially, which, once his vocal gifts hit me, led to a round of frenzied YouTube and Google searches.

Valentine's Day Video Premiere: Getcha Some Sugar + the Hi-lows

Michael Bialas | Posted 04.15.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

2012-02-14-Screenshot20120214at8.37.13AM.jpgWhat started out as a mild infatuation developed into a deep affection. So after repeated spins of Sugar + the Hi-lows' debut album, it's time to spread a little lovin'.

What Is Soul?: Hamhocks, Cornflakes & Divas

Questlove | Posted 02.18.2012 | Entertainment
Questlove

What is Soul? That's a big question that The Roots asked ourselves a lot while we were working with lots of other music lovers on VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul -- a show you can and should see tonight for yourselves.

Mayer Hawthorne: Soul Singer Does Michigan Proud

Kelly Frazier | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

For the past three years, Mayer Hawthorne has been the new look of pop music, dipping back to the old sounds of Motown and funk. For us, though, he is a testament to the continuing legacy of great music coming from Michigan.

Was James Brown Also The Godfather Of Debt?

AP | SUSANNE M. SCHAFER | Posted 12.31.2011 | Fifty

COLUMBIA, S.C. — James Brown's charitable trust had withered to just $14,000 and his estate was saddled with more than $20 million in debt befor...

Adele, Beyonce, and Jill: A Playlist

Danielle Jackson | Posted 12.12.2011 | Black Voices
Danielle Jackson

I'm not certain there is enough of this kind of uplifting music swirling through the airwaves, so I offer this playlist. Each is a masterpiece that delights in some aspect of femininity; each encourages an honest and joyful reveling in one's spirit.

A Song For Him -- Celebrating the Life of Donny Hathaway

Nate Larson | Posted 11.28.2011 | Entertainment
Nate Larson

Donny Hathaway, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and master of Soul, was, and continues to be, one the most underrated artists of his time --- the truly great ones usually are.

Soul Music Is What I Do

Nate Larson | Posted 11.12.2011 | Entertainment
Nate Larson

Soul music is not for Black people, or White people, or Brown people, or Purple people; it's for anyone who's ever heard a melody\ and had it come together in such a way that it transports them to a place where only the music is powerful enough to speak for them.