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Greatness and sampling from true masters such as The Stylistics

Talk about underrated! The list of artists who have done covers of their material reads like a who’s who.

‘God made me funky’

When you know you’re rocking something fresh, that air of confidence is sometimes misleading.

Ice Cube’s new BIG3 Basketball League

On the precipice of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend, O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, revealed why and how one of his dreams is coming to fruition.

2016 and our farewell to some of our greatest musical icons

Farewell 2016. As we take a retrospective look back at the year that was, we can only conclude that this one was a rough one.

Rapper Yasiin Bey is the realist’s realist

As frustrating as it is to be a music fan, you may be correct to deduce the stress level for an artist to be magnified tenfold what we feel.

Ben Vereen on coming home—again

Don’t know when the slogan or ideology, “You can’t go home again,” became so deeply entrenched in our society, but it’s been proved incorrect on quite a few occasions.

‘Soul Train’ keeps chuggin on

The stigma attributed to New Yorkers, especially when we’re out of town, is that we can be a little vociferous.

Rhythm of the Night in ‘da Bronx’

Getting there is one thing. Gallons of blood, sweat and tears plus countless thoughts have been poured into the production of material designed for mass consumption, only to get halted abruptly in a mailroom, never meeting the powers who could ...

TIDAL washes over Brooklyn

Somewhere along the way something that we so proudly hailed had been compromised. The “Voice,” as hip-hop has been metaphorically described, ain’t what it used to be.

Jay Z is riding his TIDAL wave

A year ago, global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, raised upward of 1.5 million, divvied into grants for a select list of organizations promoting social and racial justice with their inaugural TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC.

Nat Turner—Birth of a new movement?

While it’s usually reserved for the day after Thanksgiving, on the surface, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, looks to give new meaning to Black Friday

Hip-hop’s evolution front and center

Judging by the talent at the 2016 Made in America Festival, aside from the talent curator, Shaun “Jay-Z” Carter, it’s probably safe to say that the entity proudest of the new lions set to bounce on the music industry is ...

Colin Kaepernick—Black resistance matters

In less than two weeks, the show starts. Yet this week, the league finds itself front and center for reasons outside the gridiron. San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has set it off with what has become a polarizing act.

Black Olympians continue the tradition of excellence

Teams are the theme this week. Nationally it’s almost impossible to escape Team USA’s exploits in the 2016 Olympic games.

Jim Jones, Jill Scott take center stage

A reinforced concrete foundation was laid for the Harlem-based hip-hop groups, with teams the likes of Master Don & The Death Committee, the Disco 4, The Crash Crew, The Fearless Four and The Treacherous Three leading the way.