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David Goodson

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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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Cereal, Ajax and The Emotions

If you’re in a certain age bracket, you’ll peep the scenario and fall right in line. Life between the period of grade school was pretty regimented.

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Goodnight Dennis Edwards, and thank you!

We know that the one thing that remains constant is change. For the better, worse or just for the sake of change, it’s an inevitable life occurrence.

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Grammy gots to get a grip

The set-up was ohh so sweet! Seeing the coronation of his latest project, “4:44,” transforming from one of the year’s most anticipated projects to the year’s most celebrated album at the top award show in music: the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

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49th NAACP Image Award winners

Ava DuVernay taking home the Entertainer of the Year Award was perhaps the surprise of the night during the 49th NAACP Image Awards from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

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Taking a knee with Tribeca-Grand

Hadn’t had much interest in watching football lately, but that National Championship Game Monday was indeed a thrill ride.

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Starz loss of Optimum ‘Power’

Here’s why ear hustling goes wrong. You get the story twisted. All I overheard was snowstorm and loss of power.

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The Golden Globes

Saying that time flew will be quite the understatement. It literally seems like yesterday that I was taking self-inventory and assessing what my resolutions were for 2017. Now we sit days away from closing the chapter on the year.

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Keepers of the overground underground, prepare yourself for Rapsody

For the pure fans of hip-hop, there’s a few times when we meet that fork in the road. It occurs when we find that diamond in the rough that bears the responsibilities of what true emceeing is about—finding your voice, expressing your thoughts in a manner unique as possible and growth. Now couple that with flow, vocabulary and content and we’re onto something special.

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2017 Soul Train Awards

Hard to imagine, but the first Soul Train Award ceremony took place in 1987.

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Anita Baker—the songstress and the T-shirt

I’m sitting here trying to figure out how her energy emerged and became newsworthy. As a reach I found that out of her eight solo projects, she has had two albums originally released close to today’s time-frame: “Giving You the Best That I Got” and “Christmas Fantasy,” in the respective years of 1988 and 2005.

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Celebrating Johnnie Wilder—Real soul and R&B bands

By music industry standards, in which success is measured for soul/R&B bands relatively low. The concept itself of a band in Black music is such an anomaly that a top-10 record on the R&B charts is all that’s expected

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There’s no one like Miss Patti

At 73 years young, with 54 years of professional experience, Patti LaBelle deserves her spot in the pantheon of all-time great singers.

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Hip-hop honoring itself at BET Awards

got bars! Even have a moniker: Lil’ Ole Yungun. By this time next year, I would’ve walked the red carpet as the new hottest thing in hip-hop and secured a few trophies honoring my achievements.

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Racism, activism, hurricanes and TIDAL waves

Make plans, God laughs. The results from last season led us to believe that we had restored the defensive identity associated with the championship runs we’ve had in the past and that we had an offense, buoyed by one of the most explosive players in the game, that could scratch the potential of the overall personnel—boom, plans for Feb. 4 in Minneapolis were plausible.

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Avery always brings the Sunshine

It can be said that true art has the ability to activate the senses. For little Denise White, Black music served in that capacity.

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Black music—A real narrative

In the annals of Black music history, we all know what Detroit had poppin’ with Motown.

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Boogie Down Bronx rocks Made in America stage

We back! Yes, yes y’all! It’s been awhile now, but we can say the phrase just as Boogie Down Productions did back in ’88, “My posse from the Bronx is thick!”

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Israel flying high as it deepens global ties in Argentina

A flight by Israel’s national air carrier El Al to Argentina next month would be a historic first, if it were not for Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

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Mayweather did what he was supposed to do

It was all a dream—or so we thought. In fact, it may have begun here in New York City at the world’s most-famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

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Black Girls Rock!

“When I tune into my beautiful self, I get happiness. Everything in the universe belongs to me.” These are profound thoughts by newly fallen soldier, Dick Gregory.

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Colin Kaepernick diss inspires boycott call

It’s been a long road for these dudes.

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Cool R&B summers in NYC

What happened to B in R&B?

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Brooklyn hosts annual Hip-Hop Festival

Since it was established in 2005, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has put forth the best balance of celebrating and preserving hip-hop’s legacy through culture-based educational events, exhibitions, movie screenings and the climactic block party.

When culture is always of the Essence

What is it about the July 4 weekend that has people planning for it in mid-July the year prior, to congregate in the Crescent City, New Orleans, La.?

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Rest and raised in ‘Power’

“Rest in Power” is an expression that’s been utilized since the passing last week of Albert “Prodigy’ Johnson.

Waiting on latest Jay Z album, and RIP Prodigy

The phrase “one and done,” so synonymous with the National Collegiate Athletic Association/ National Basketball Association pipeline, is a once a year, celebrated, life-changing occurrence.

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Soul Town, New York

The verbiage indicated it would be a ‘soul man’ dominated few days, originating on Long Island and reaching a crescendo uptown in Harlem.

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Benjamin Melendez returns to the essence

Low key, a few building blocks in the ever-evolving culture of hip-hop have returned to the essence.

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