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Dre says the beats really do go on

In April 1992, historic seeds were planted in the world of hip-hop. With the release of a single from a moderately successful motion picture soundtrack, the music world was put on notice. “Yeah and you don’t stop.” We were forewarned.

Nas is truly ‘Illmatic’

Here’s a scenario painted at a Bronx barbershop. It’s a high stakes poker tournament featuring the creators of the greatest hip-hop albums of the past 20 years.

Frankie Beverly and Maze: A class act

Brothers heading out to the Beacon Theatre Saturday, April 12 had an easy night of preparation. We realized that no matter what we adorned, we weren’t going to be the smoothest or the coolest cat in the room.

David Goodson. The Roots.

I guess their career would be akin to that of a short giant.

Face and Toni blazing a timeless trail

If a poll was issued to the legion of fans of songwriter, producer and singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on what makes his songs special, the vivid imagery would probably rank in the highest percentile.

Miss you, B.I.G.: Spread love; it’s the Brooklyn way

we grieved and partied the entire weekend in memory of the passing of all-time great emcee Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G.

Let the soul river flow

I never realized how much curiosity fuels folk. We always wanna know what happened.

Awarding ourselves

With history as an indicator, it was probably a safe assumption that the awards season for African-American entertainment, specifically cinema, officially ended with last week’s NAACP Image Awards.

NAACP Image Awards recognize achievement

he NAACP Image Awards are recognized as the pre-eminent multicultural awards show by some

The tale of Marcus Smart speaks volumes

Once again it reared its ugly head, despite the fact that the adage says that words will never hurt: A college basketball player who happens to be African-American, Marcus Smart, was verbally disrespected by a middle-aged male, Jeff Orr, who’s ...

“White America has an uncanny way of making the victim the victimizer” King ... Don King

Ever wished you can be a fly on the wall for certain conversations?

Apollo Music Café and Ethiopia’s Wanya is what’s up

Last Saturday at the Apollo an artist from Washington, D.C., by way of Ethiopia named Wanya lit up the stage

Nappy Headz Salon owner Yolanda Holme's son Young QC arrested in connection to her murder

On Dec. 24, 2013, Chicago police apprehended 24-year-old Qawmane Wilson and two accomplices and charged the trio with the alleged murder of Yolanda Holmes, 45

Hip-hop remembers Nelson Mandela

I intended to big up the indisputable No. 1 hip-hop and R&B radio station in the nation, Hot 97 WQHT

Hey, Soul Train Awards, what’s up with the pandering, blue-eyed soul segment?

It appears that quite a stir was caused by the broadcast of Centric’s/BET 2013 Soul Train Awards. Without giving credence to the volumes of hate directed at appearance and/or gear, I heard some opinions that were valid in regards to ...