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David Goodson

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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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Just POWER-ful—That’s all

Summer 2016 is shaping up to be eventful for the apparition.

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Celebrating beautiful ‘Black Pearls’

After going over the catalog, my decision came down to the final two collections: “Living in Confusion” and “Prime of My Life.”

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BET Award show: Putting Black cultural appropriation on blast

The day of the event began as they all do for a media member.

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A great night at the Tony Awards

We’ve been rocking together for years on end, so it’s always good to see our brothers and sisters have their days in the sun, and that was indeed the case this weekend.

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Muhammad Ali—Pride, fortitude, integrity and compassion

As Americans of African descent, we should know better then most the feeling of being a victim of crime.

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‘Roots’ blacklash—Enough with the slave movies

You know it’s been a rough day when you need to see “Roots” to bring levity

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Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra keeps it funky!

I have some vivid memories of my first foray as a musician. Fourth grade it was. I could join the glee club, but my Afro wasn’t quite right at the time to sing. The other option was the ban

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Diddy and The Family are back

In 1993 an aspiring music executive established a label that would eventually lay the foundation of a movement that would literally have a global impact. Fashion, multimedia and food/beverage were a few of the industries that were influenced by the kid from Harlem, Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy, with the golden touch.

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Waiting for the facts

If you say it loud enough and often enough, it becomes popular consensus. Eventually it can become so engrained into the collective psyche that it’ll be conceived as “truth.” That’s how rumors and stereotypes get perpetuated and facts gets altered or obliterated.

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Prince, yeah—sometimes it does purple rain in April

Remembering the legend that is Prince.

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Keith Sweat keeps it coming!

The year was 1987 when a young brother from Harlem managed to accomplish what millions aspire to: he got on.

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Of course Black girls rock, and always have!

BET showcased Black excellence to women of all ages with their empowering award show, 'Black Girls Rock!'

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You stayed on point, Phife—rest in power @iamthephifer

Remembering a hip-hop pioneer and A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg.

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Snow forecasted? How's Miami's Jazz in the Gardens 2016 sound?!

The weekend forecast predicted snow … SNOW?! Noooo. My arm is twisted and I'm convinced; I will go. The destination? Miami Gardens, Florida. Sunshine, beaches and music sound like a winner.

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Regina Belle: Talent, belief and opportunity

Bridges, tunnels and “welcome to” signs aside, growing up, the real determination of geographical boundaries were the radio waves.

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The Bomb Squad revisited

I have to preface this piece by saying my views skewed, as I’m what they call a “homer.”

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