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David Goodson

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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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Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud at 50

After hearing it blared all summer, I never ever thought I to would have to pose the question, but after Tuesday, Oct. 9, I might have to.

Music fests fill out the waning days of summer

When legends transition, although it seems as if time stops, we know the real.

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Celebrating the King of Pop

As the world sat on the threshold of bidding adieu to the physical being of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, across country was a grand celebratory fete for another musical royal. 

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Rock steady Aretha—R-e-s-p-e-c-t, and Black Girls Rock!

A few of us have had the pleasure to have seen it from its infancy.

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Celebrating Black music from Nashville to Brooklyn—all is love and pride

It’s the morning of Aug. 16, 2018. So far so good. My flight landed as scheduled. What it do Nashville?

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Thank you, Aretha! We love you!

Thank you for sharing her with us. We know you had her first and although there’s a selfish part in us all that wishes she’ll stay with us a little while longer, but if you need her back, we overstand and won’t question. She’s in good hands.

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Isms, global citizens and Central Park

The methodology has been around for a good minute. If it ain’t broke leave it be. We know that sometimes what we need comes in a bitter pill.

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Baldwin, Gomez and literary Harlem

The No. 1 city in the world renown’s No. 1 city: Harlem USA. (Arguments are futile; it is what it is.) Among the many reasons that Harlem is held in such high regard is the language.

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Black Girl Magic is just everythang!

In terms of leaving an indelible print in the realm of U.K. soulstresses, there’s Jane Eugene, Sade and Floetry.

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‘Power’ to the people

Whether real or perceived, folks are taking notice of the “Beige Rage.”

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‘Long Live The Kane’—BK’s finest

Nothing last forever. So, it was a surprise to no one that the strong run of previous lyrical monarchy of Grand Master Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Mele Mel was to soon fall.

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Theater, Warriors and Carmen Jones

From my observation, domination was a key theme in events that I found of interest last week.

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Apollo hosts mega spring gala

There has been a rising consensus lauding the decade of the ’90s as the pinnacle years in Black music. Various tours throughout the year have and will be taking place nationwide with that very sentiment in mind.

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And the old sage T.I. then said...

Coming off the week he just had, with actions and words, you’d think that Clifford Harris’ alter ego, T.I., was an abbreviated form of Tupac Incarnate.

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It might be cold outside, but Summer Jam is on its way

With its announcement Monday, Hot 97 gave the first true indicator that the wintry-like blanket we find ourselves under will soon dissipate, at least by June 10.

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Free Meek Mill dammit!

Through hard work Meek Mill, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, made it happen. He got that shot and took it to the house, overcoming tragedy and poverty in the process.

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Trey Ellis film: Dr. King legacy 50 years later

Jan. 15, 2018, we have, as we’ve done on the national level (all 50 states) since the year 2000, observed the holiday Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Feeling like Miami jazz

Got a glimpse into the future—82 degrees, fluffy white clouds, clear blue sky during the day gives way to the twinkling stars and gentle cool breeze at night.

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Oscar was hit with the Wakandian effect!

Oscar was hit with the Wakandian effect!

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Tuned in Soundtrack 63 at the Apollo

Don’t know how else to explain it, but I’m feeling real lost boyish this week. Pulled an “East Coast, West Coast, worldwide” move. Before bouncing to the left coast, I had to make it out to the Apollo Theater to experience Soundtrack 63.

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Celebrating ‘Soundtrack 63’ at the Apollo

If I didn’t know any better, I’d begin to think that maybe, just maybe, a segment of society has been harboring deep resentment over the notion of an entity called Black History Month.

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