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David Goodson

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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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Recording Industry of America streaming live

Technological advancements have once again made their mark on the antiquated structure known as the music industry.

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A day in the life of the legendary regal Regina Belle

Much ado is made of the hip-hop heydays. For a decade around the same span (say, 1985–1995), what was touching female R&B? Let’s talk about it.

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Oscar who? We celebrate Black talent like we s’posed to

In “Burn Hollywood Burn,” Chuck D sang, “Hollywood or would they not, make us all look bad like I knew they had!”

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Painting the city ‘The Color Purple’

s you’re reading this column, chances are you’re doing one of three things: (1) traveling to do some last-minute shopping, (2) wrapping/unwrapping presents or (3) returning gifts for what you really want or what’s left.

British Walkers come in kicking down doors

Took a while for the get back to come, but eventually it did. Wayyyy back in the day, when I was the lil tag along, my fashion-forward cousins would inadvertently rub it in.

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Willie Mays, Shirley Chisholm, Katherine G. Johnson awarded Medal of Freedom

The names on the figurative marquee were a definite indication that the East Room at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was the place to be.

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Living in ‘AmErykah’

On the initial announcement that “The Hippest Chick,” Erykah Badu was hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards, hints of skepticism ran on and on.

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Mary J. Blige stands the test of time

I guess a telltale sign that you’ve reached a rarified level of success is when after a significant period of time, the moves you make still can elevate or perhaps alter the movements of your peers and, in the case of entertainment, your ardent supporters/fans.

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Babyface all grown up in the game!

Nov. 29 at 8 p.m., when the hippest trip in America pulls into the last station, marked for “Legends,” exiting the transport this year will be Kenneth Edmonds.

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Big annual Guitar Mash Benefit Jam coming!

The first and only time I got to frequent New York City’s City Winery, it turned out to be one of the last performances of the late, great Bobby Womack.

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Tidal Wave takes over BK

The implications of the latest and much maligned business venture Tidal by mogul Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z, are of historic proportions.

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Wait—did somebody steal the soul?

Who stole the soul? It’s gone! People walking around here are happy go lucky like nothing happened.

Apollo pays homage to comedy royalty

To set off their new initiative called the Apollo Comedy Clubs, the Apollo Theater officially inducted comedic icons and Apollo Legends into the Apollo Walk of Fame.

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Lyfe Jennings brings that good ole feelin’ right back

It’s official. We’re seeing the pigskin flying officially for three weeks now.

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Bob Marley’s children Damian and Stephen staying ‘righteous’

It happens every lifetime, I guess—a momentous event that changes the course of history.

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Kevin Hart, Vic Mensa, J Cole, Meek Mill, Water Bed Kev rock Made in America Festival

The true school hip-hop antenna was standing at full attention as I made my way down Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Bizzy—Taking the rapping ‘Oath’

Hate it or love it, the way the game is constituted, the pursuit of overnight fame has been reduced to a matter of minutes.

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Bad Boys for Life rocking the stage again

When he said, “Ten years from now, we’ll still be on top” on one of hottest single releases, “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems,” from a then-burgeoning label, the listening audience was torn.

P. Diddy’s Hitmen back on the boards

June 29, a surprise performance at the 2015 BET Awards was Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records 20-year reunion performance sent a reminder that despite the flash and controversy associated with the label, at its core was strong music.

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Peace Sean Price, ‘Jesus Price Supastar’

As the comparisons between hip-hop and athletics began to take form, one of the first ideals to carry over is the premise that it’s a young man’s game.

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David Banner hosts American Black Film Festival

Here’s an introduction to a dude that you’ve probably seen before but don’t know too much about.

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Floetry flows on beautifully

Maybe, just maybe, we were looking at this thing all wrong.

Ballers gonna ball

There’s a first time for everything. For the National Basketball Players Association, their ambitious first time was announced this past April.

Black Star channel documenting pieces of life

After a crazy work week, beautiful weather on an off day is a welcome sight to say the least.

Hip-hop welcomes back Dr. Tracey Lee

Although the roles have evolved, the incessant need of established and fledging artist alike is the need for an entourage.

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Nightlife

Circled in red on the calendar was the date June 27.

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Miss Jackson’s back

Not now, that’s not fast enough. Right now! Immediacy is the word. That’s how we movin’—in the moment.

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Is Fabolous the new ‘King of New York’?

For a designation that has no tangible perks to speak of, it’s undoubtedly the most coveted moniker in hip-hop—the “King of New York.”

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‘Unsung’ revisited

Just in time for Black Music Month, TV One gives you a couple of reasons to make sure your cable bill is kept current for the next few months.

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