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David Goodson

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Do sports matter?

A few weeks back we enthusiastically chopped it up about the possibility of seeing brothers display their athletic prowess on the hardwood.

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Now can you heed the words of: Frederick, Malcolm, Huey, Tupac, Khalid and Colin?

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

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We the fans, thank you Andre Harrell

His first taste of notoriety occurred as half of an early rap duo, Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde. Ironically, their biggest song sampled the tune “Genius of Love,” whose title could later be used to describe his persona and unfortunately now his legacy.

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Creativity VERZUZ Crisis

With his accomplishments as a respected businessman, philanthropist, art connoisseur /art collector and fashion designer, it may be difficult to comprehend that the talents Kasseem Dean exudes in these endeavors pale in comparison to where he initially staked his reputation.

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‘Rona inspires ‘Homeschool at Club Quarantine’ party, and more creative flavor

Coming in right under the gun of the crowd control limits imposed across venues throughout the nation was what could possibly be the last concert of this magnitude in the city for months.

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2020––The Year of the Fox?

The way things are shaping up, 2020 looks to be a big year for Jamie Foxx. The

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Awarding our own––For Us, By Us

For many of us, entertainment can be a path to discovery.

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Thank you Kobe, see you again Gigi

Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were laid to rest in a private funeral service in Orange County, California on Friday, February 7, 2020, according to his death certificate released Tuesday by Los Angeles County officials. Per the document, the funeral service was held at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California.

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Thank you Ms. Jackson, we can’t wait

It looks like Ms. Jackson is very, very serious about making her presence felt once more.

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Grammy grumblings afoot!

This is what was supposed to be my highlight moment of last week.

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Long live the phenom Kobe Bryant

I hate it when a story dominates the news cycle to the point that you can’t move off it.

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Nightlife

“Entertainment and arts [can] influence culture & galvanize communities”

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HAPPY BORNDAY, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

WarnerMedia, The Brookings Institution, and Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University hosted a conversation and film screening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy” at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 11.

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‘Power’ isn’t real, or is it?

Of the things that James St. Patrick is, was or was alleged in the eyes of the public, the one thing that he’d willingly admit to and wear with pride is that of the role of father.

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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.

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‘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.

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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 a lot of people talking about real.

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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...

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‘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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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’ vision always has a way to perfectly frame it.

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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.

The Boomerang Effect

That boomerang effect about things coming around and coming back around called karma says in its dictionary meaning “intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).”

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Getting to the essence of it

If you are a connoisseur of that pure, raw, well essence of what Black music, nope scratch that, Black CULTURE is about, the 2019 ESSENCE Festival was where you needed to be.

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Jamming at the 12th annual Roots Picnic

At least once a year, usually around Labor Day weekend, I find myself making the trek on I95 from the Boogie Down to the Two, One, Pound.

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BBQ and binge your ‘flix? And/or summer jam!

The phrase Netflix and chill was given a seasonal addendum. The added term, “barbecue and binge,” appears to have been coined just prior to the Memorial Day weekend, in time for the launch of season 2 of the Netflix hit series “She’s Gotta Have It,” and both can be attributed to the mind of Spike Lee.

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Tribeca Film Festival boosted by stronger African-American presence

Year 18 of The Tribeca Film Festival has come to pass and the presence of African-Americans looks to have more prominence.

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’90s Ladies on tour

You can’t survive, let alone thrive 30 plus years in an industry as fickle and cutthroat as the music business without heart and soul in abundance and your circle must remain for the most part sucker-free.

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Pugilist Clarissa Shields—Fighting like a GIRL

“You play to win the game!” That’s what we were told, emphatically. Sometimes, though, it’s not just about the win. Those with a self-confidence that’s through the roof have a different set of parameters. For them it’s also about how.

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Nipsey Hussle: Final victory lap—thank you

Time for reflection. Rewind a spell to the time of the vaunted issue of XXL Magazine’s Freshmen Class 2010.

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NAACP Image Awards highlights

To live up to its assessment as the premiere multicultural award show and truly acknowledge the excellence in the broad scope of creative expression the NAACP Image Awards would be one long show or as it plays out currently, a two day fête.

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Tempting tribute on Broadway

Outside of the Imperial Theatre was a buzz that only a premiere of a new production on Broadway can provide.

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This beautiful East Coast-West Coast b-ball thing

In the bigger scheme of things, the outcome didn’t really matter. Still, it’s us against them…New York vs. Los Angeles, Bad Boy vs. Death Row, Yankees vs. Dodgers, East Coast vs. West Coast and yeah, the Knicks vs. the Lakers!

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Setting off the Standard

Classic. We hear the word thrown around so much that we’ve become immune to the actual definition

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Celebrating the Women of Power Summit

It got no realer over the span of Feb. 28–March 3, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada at the host hotel, ironically called the Mirage.

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Essence of the ’90s

For those who point to the ’90s as music’s golden era, 1994 could be used as the yardstick in which the decade was measured.

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Sports n politicking!

Think we can now get a clear understanding of how it now works.

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Get on board The Soul Train

We’ve all heard the adage of necessity being the father of invention. Not so popular is the phrase pertaining to the ridicule, scrutiny and overall struggle of the inventor.

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Shutdown suffering, NFL shenanigans, national anthem exposure

It has occurred before, but not quite like this time. Here we are in Day 33 (as we went to press) of the longest government shutdown on record.

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New Jack Swing Day at the Apollo

Maybe that verse was the proverbial time capsule. It was a known fact back in the late ’80s that New Jack Swing was a movement and Teddy Riley was its alpha and omega.

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New Jack swinging at the Apollo

The tree at Rockefeller Center wasn’t the only thing that got lit last week. Per usual, as the year heads down the home stretch, New York City becomes more electric. On my end, the first of December was set off for the second consecutive year with a David Hollister showcase.

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‘Baduizm’ was on the Soul Train

Going into the 2018 Soul Train Awards, a good news bad news scenario was presented. First the bad news. Erykah Badu won’t be the host of this year’s proceedings. Fret not though, because her replacements were the kindred spirit, effervescent duo of Tichinia Arnold and Tisha Campbell.

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Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’

What if this story had come out when it was supposed to? Peep a few scenarios of things that might have been affected.

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Thank you and R.I.P. Mr. Roy Hargrove Jr.

Was one of those loooong work weeks and the forthcoming week shapes up to be an exact replica.

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Here comes the sixth annual Urban Action Showcase and Expo

Just when it looked as if we turned the corner, Netflix pulled the plug on “Luke Cage” after the second season. Huh? On strength of the music alone, Season 3 should have been in the bag. The show to was well written, directed and acted. Hmm?

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Apollo—Black and proud at 50

Sometimes it’s not just about singing. You need that extra umph, that proverbial battery in your back. Where does that come from? I guess realistically it varies, but idealistically, here’s a theory.

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Yo, Kanye, a word please

Will it ever end? I mean, it’s nonstop with this dude.

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