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David Goodson

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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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Maysa Leak and her soulful

Maysa Leak and her soulful DNA

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Mary J. Blige shows strength of a woman

Human nature is a little twisted sometimes, especially when love is involved. Case in point: Imagine if you are in a 20-plus year friendship.

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Cleveland ole skool soul

Cleveland? If I were to stay true to the core tenets of loyalty to my town, I’d want no parts of anything from that city, especially from the perspective of an avid sports fan. Here’s a quick then/now synopsis as to why.

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Eric Benét and Marsha Ambrosius rock BB Kings

When we rock with you, we rock with you, especially when it’s family. Their journey is ours. May 2 and May 3 BB Kings played host to a family reunion as two of our favorite kin, Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét, held court on the New York leg of their national M.E. Tour.

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Ruff Ryders take over Brooklyn

For artist Lil Waah, Drew James, Quadir Lateef and Brillo, an assumption of extreme jitters was justified on the evening of Friday, April 21. That night, they were thrust into the fire and were about to showcase their wares in front of an estimated 15,000 heads at the Barclays Center.

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‘Shots Fired’—Reality, music, movement

If you are a native of the Bronx, you’re quite familiar with the expression, “Shots fired!” and the actions associated with it.

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The Kalief Browder story should have been even more real

Had it focused only on the subject matter, it would have been a very good film. What elevated “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” to great was that it nuanced how common behaviors we may take for granted can powerfully affect a singular life.

Spring time, Trey Songz, Maxwell and Queen Mary J. Blige!

True, that foot-high, dirt-covered pile of snow may belie what that month says, but we have a season change. It’s hard to write when you have your pinky finger lifted to the moon.

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Comedy ‘n’ soul in NYC

While the ’90s were viewed by many as a high-water mark in Black music, Black comedians were also beginning to find traction in the marketplace.

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MC-ing, b-boy, graffiti, DJ-ing and knowledge—The tenets of hip-hop

In the early stages of this thing called hip-hop, the DJ was the end all, be all.

This season of Knicks state of play, Oakley and Garden gentrification?

When all signs point to the worst, it’s the intrinsic nature of a true fan to look for the bright side.

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Musiq Soulchild bringing the R&B narrative

True story. For roughly three days a week, the routine was the same. The dude would arrive at the room, break out the bag containing the grub and eventually pull out the checker board—12 red pieces versus 12 black pieces, last man standing.

Greatness and sampling from true masters such as The Stylistics

Talk about underrated! The list of artists who have done covers of their material reads like a who’s who.

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‘God made me funky’

When you know you’re rocking something fresh, that air of confidence is sometimes misleading.

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Ice Cube’s new BIG3 Basketball League

On the precipice of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend, O’Shea Jackson, aka Ice Cube, revealed why and how one of his dreams is coming to fruition.

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Tupac stayin’ alive, getting his props

Looking back, it looks like filmmaker John Singleton was on to something. During his run, aside from the film “Rosewood,” Singleton’s mining of untapped talent from Black music and trusting that they could carry the acting and marquee load was a gamble that has proved in the long run to have paid off.

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‘Soul Train’ keeps chuggin on

The stigma attributed to New Yorkers, especially when we’re out of town, is that we can be a little vociferous.

Rhythm of the Night in ‘da Bronx’

Getting there is one thing. Gallons of blood, sweat and tears plus countless thoughts have been poured into the production of material designed for mass consumption, only to get halted abruptly in a mailroom, never meeting the powers who could change a music maker’s life.

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Musical legend speaks on the power of the vote

For a moment, I forgot what the objective of the conversation was. I had no idea I was speaking with someone who majored in psychology and who is an impassioned follower of politics, particularly with the impact that the outcome of Nov. 8 can have on us all.

TIDAL washes over Brooklyn

Somewhere along the way something that we so proudly hailed had been compromised. The “Voice,” as hip-hop has been metaphorically described, ain’t what it used to be.

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Jay Z is riding his TIDAL wave

A year ago, global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, raised upward of 1.5 million, divvied into grants for a select list of organizations promoting social and racial justice with their inaugural TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC.

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Nat Turner—Birth of a new movement?

While it’s usually reserved for the day after Thanksgiving, on the surface, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, looks to give new meaning to Black Friday

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D.C. opens new African-American museum and hosts Freedom Sounds Festival

Despite what we’ve seen, heard and been taught, the Negro, Black, Afro/African-American has a history in this country that should not only be acknowledged but also celebrated.

Welcome back David Hollister!

When embarking on a new venture, getting advice from someone accomplished in the field you’re about to enter is a welcomed plus.

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Hip-hop’s evolution front and center

Judging by the talent at the 2016 Made in America Festival, aside from the talent curator, Shaun “Jay-Z” Carter, it’s probably safe to say that the entity proudest of the new lions set to bounce on the music industry is XXL magazine.

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Colin Kaepernick—Black resistance matters

In less than two weeks, the show starts. Yet this week, the league finds itself front and center for reasons outside the gridiron. San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has set it off with what has become a polarizing act.

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Black Olympians continue the tradition of excellence

Teams are the theme this week. Nationally it’s almost impossible to escape Team USA’s exploits in the 2016 Olympic games.

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Jim Jones, Jill Scott take center stage

A reinforced concrete foundation was laid for the Harlem-based hip-hop groups, with teams the likes of Master Don & The Death Committee, the Disco 4, The Crash Crew, The Fearless Four and The Treacherous Three leading the way.

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Big ups to the Head Doctor—Pooh the Barber

Before I sat down, I knew better. The picture he had hanging on the wall should have been enough to prevent me from jumping into the chair, but after waiting close to an hour for my regular dude to show up, time was of the essence.

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Michael Jordan’s effort rebounds with critics

Whoaaa! Pump the brakes! Just as we were to hit the presses, word came down from Mount Olympus.

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Hope and basketball

It’s only July 2016, but for basketball fans we’re a year ahead into the 2017/18 season.

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