2020––‘Expect theater. Expect incredible musicianship. Expect love.’

Hoping you all had the merriest of Christmas’. With the first half of the holiday season behind us, now’s it time to shift focus and simultaneously reflect on 2019 and look ahead to the promise and possibilities that lie before ...

Ladies and gentlemen: the incomparable Ms. Dionne Warwick

With material recrafted by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, Sybil, Isaac Hayes and even Slick Rick (at a small dose) it’s no wonder her material has resonated for generations on end.

‘What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21’

guess technically, Jarad Anthony Higgins did make it past his 21st, having celebrated his born day on Dec. 2; that would put him six days into his 21st birthday.

Is Post Malone AMA just another Iggy Azaela?

“If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop. There’s great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they spit that real, but right now, there’s not ...

Salute to S.O.S Band––the BET 2019 Soul Train Legend Award winners

I just thought that bassline was crazy, when I first heard the joint. The S.O.S. Band with “High Hopes.” Nice!!

The annual BET 2019 Soul Train Awards lit again

The candidates are getting a clearer indication of where the votes are going to go regarding the selection of the adversary against the reigning president of The United States...

‘The Final Word’ on R&B, soul and gospel…perhaps

Let’s harken back a bit, to the month of April—the 19th to be exact.

Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, Roc Nation and the NFL

Deifying celebrities is not an option. Being an apologist is not in the cards.

Goodbye and thank you Miss Carol Diahann Johnson

Born in the _ and raised in _! If the two towns involved in the equation are the Bronx and Harlem a uniquely flavored individual will surely manifest.

60,000 strong gathered on the Great Lawn at Central Park for the 2019 Global Citizen Festival

World and business leaders, non-profit organizations, and thousands (in excess of 60,000) Global Citizens united on the Great Lawn at Central Park for the 2019 Global Citizen Festival.

Cynthia Erivo strong as Harriet Tubman at the UrbanWorld Film Festival, and Ta-Nehisi Coates and Oprah Winfrey big at the Apollo

If the documented history is to be believed, the odyssey of the African American began in 1619 with the arrival of the privateer The White Lion, which brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia 400 ...

‘Godfather of Harlem’ returns home

The audience at the Apollo Theater was flooded and star-studded on a Monday. The catalyst for the excitement and commotion was the premiere of the new vehicle from Oscar Award winning actor Forest Whitaker entitled “Godfather of Harlem.”

Black girls just keep rocking

The 2019 ‘Black Girls Rock’ had me in a real Shalamar’ish mood. Any time we get to honor and respect the achievements of past, present and future excellence is a moment to cherish, but the annual production of Beverly Bonds’ ...

Were they fair to Telfair?

Hip-Hop, basketball, and hustlers! That trinity of entities were immortalized by the late, great Notorious B.I.G. with lyric ‘Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot.’

Waxing poetic in the face of change

Walking up and down these streets just don’t feel the same.