Songwriter Alan Scott debuts music video featuring Eric Garner's mother

D.C. songwriter and music teacher Alan Scott debuts his new song “You Only See Me When I’m Gone,” which touches on the recent killings of Black Americans.

One Africa Music Festival coming to Brooklyn

People, like myself, who enjoy listening to Afrobeat and Afropop artists are excited about the upcoming concert, One Africa Music Festival, Friday, July 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This concert is presented by Upfront & Personal.

Third World to headline for Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

Anyone who enjoys authentic Caribbean food needs to run—not walk—to get tickets to the sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.

Hip Hop Honors' tips hat to women trailblazers, tackles racial issues

Monday night's "Hip Hop Honors" was a chance to honor both the first ladies of hip-hop and bring attention to racial unrest in this country.

The Apollo Theater presents hip hop concert featuring DMX, Jim Jones and Jadakiss

The Apollo Theater announced that it will present The Originals: DMX featuring N.O.R.E., Jim Jones Jadakiss & friends with DJ Scram Jones, an epic hip-hop concert

Jennifer Holliday headlining Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show

Grammy and Tony-Award winner Jennifer Holliday is scheduled to perform at Macy's 4th of July Fireworks celebration.

Dr. Lonnie Smith, Coltrane at Birdland, African masks

Dr. Lonnie Smith, the ever swinging organist and composer, brings his Hammond B-3 to the Jazz Standard (116 E. 27 St.) June 28 to July 3. Smith’s audience prescription for his engagement will be plenty of national hip rhythms from ...

Beyonce Formation Tour 2016 stomps in beautiful rhythm all over Citi Field, NY

The Beyonce Formation tour took over Citi Field in Queens, N.Y., for two nights starting Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Since April 27, 2016, Beyonce has been touring the nations, performing her hit album “Lemonade.”

Zulu Nation Apologizes to Victims of Afrika Bambaataa

Reports indicate that Zulu Nation issued an apology this week via the media to victims of its founder, Afrika Bambaataa.

Benny Carter, the master arranger of big band swing

For a couple of reasons Benny Carter stayed on my mind this week. His memory was first evoked during a discussion of the history of the Apollo Theater.

A spiritual reunion between Miles and Trane

Tributes to the music and legacy of Miles Davis and John Coltrane were only feet apart recently at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Kat’s Cafe, ‘Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song’

Last week, while visiting Atlanta, I was introduced to a nice little jazz club on that scene called Kat’s Cafe.

Duke Ellington’s sacred concerts revived at Grace Congregational Church

Last week the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts hosted its 24th International Study Group on the peerless composer.

Last Poet Abiodun launches latest release

Famed Last Poet Abiodun Oyewole and his music group released their new album “Gratitude” at New Harlem Besame Lounge this week.

Legends who walk among you: The Veldt

Any given day on the Lower East Side, you can find members of The Veldt, a legendary Black psychedelic Brit Pop band who got their start and a major label record deal with Polygram in the ’80s.