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A great night at the Tony Awards

We’ve been rocking together for years on end, so it’s always good to see our brothers and sisters have their days in the sun, and that was indeed the case this weekend.

Muhammad Ali—Pride, fortitude, integrity and compassion

As Americans of African descent, we should know better then most the feeling of being a victim of crime.

‘Roots’ blacklash—Enough with the slave movies

You know it’s been a rough day when you need to see “Roots” to bring levity

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra keeps it funky!

I have some vivid memories of my first foray as a musician. Fourth grade it was. I could join the glee club, but my Afro wasn’t quite right at the time to sing. The other option was the ban

Diddy and The Family are back

In 1993 an aspiring music executive established a label that would eventually lay the foundation of a movement that would literally have a global impact. Fashion, multimedia and food/beverage were a few of the industries that were influenced by the ...

Afrika Bambaataa—It’s about to get real

Because one of the major news stories mirrors ancient Greek civilization, let’s begin with a quote from a Greek philosopher, Thrasymachus: “Justice is nothing other than the advantage of the stronger.”

Waiting for the facts

If you say it loud enough and often enough, it becomes popular consensus. Eventually it can become so engrained into the collective psyche that it’ll be conceived as “truth.” That’s how rumors and stereotypes get perpetuated and facts gets altered ...

Keith Sweat keeps it coming!

The year was 1987 when a young brother from Harlem managed to accomplish what millions aspire to: he got on.

Snow forecasted? How's Miami's Jazz in the Gardens 2016 sound?!

The weekend forecast predicted snow … SNOW?! Noooo. My arm is twisted and I'm convinced; I will go. The destination? Miami Gardens, Florida. Sunshine, beaches and music sound like a winner.

Regina Belle: Talent, belief and opportunity

Bridges, tunnels and “welcome to” signs aside, growing up, the real determination of geographical boundaries were the radio waves.

The Bomb Squad revisited

I have to preface this piece by saying my views skewed, as I’m what they call a “homer.”

Recording Industry of America streaming live

Technological advancements have once again made their mark on the antiquated structure known as the music industry.

A day in the life of the legendary regal Regina Belle

Much ado is made of the hip-hop heydays. For a decade around the same span (say, 1985–1995), what was touching female R&B? Let’s talk about it.

Oscar who? We celebrate Black talent like we s’posed to

In “Burn Hollywood Burn,” Chuck D sang, “Hollywood or would they not, make us all look bad like I knew they had!”

Future, Drake having smashing years

Certain facts, like it or not, can’t be denied, especially with bottom line numbers being used as supporting evidence.

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