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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.

Great 2015, better 2016

The last week of December is always a time for reflection on the 51 prior weeks, especially when you’re trying to recollect the year’s best. At the beginning of the month, I had narrowed down the top shows I witnessed ...

Painting the city ‘The Color Purple’

s you’re reading this column, chances are you’re doing one of three things: (1) traveling to do some last-minute shopping, (2) wrapping/unwrapping presents or (3) returning gifts for what you really want or what’s left.

British Walkers come in kicking down doors

Took a while for the get back to come, but eventually it did. Wayyyy back in the day, when I was the lil tag along, my fashion-forward cousins would inadvertently rub it in.

Willie Mays, Shirley Chisholm, Katherine G. Johnson awarded Medal of Freedom

The names on the figurative marquee were a definite indication that the East Room at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was the place to be.

Living in ‘AmErykah’

On the initial announcement that “The Hippest Chick,” Erykah Badu was hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards, hints of skepticism ran on and on.