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‘My Brother, Marvin’:
Zeola Gaye Speaks

by Madison J. Gray

On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye was infamously shot to death after a domestic dispute with his father in their Los Angeles home one… Read More

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[NEW MUSIC] Alicia Keys + Kendrick Team Up for ‘Spider-Man 2’

by Starrene Rhett Rocque

Alicia Keys ft. Kendrick Lamar, “It’s On Again” Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar teamed up for this tune… Read More

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by Syreeta Martin

When it comes to manifesting ones dreams, Em Jai knows the importance of sacrificing… Read More


[AFRICAN CONNECTION] Akon Lights Up the Motherland

by Kelley L. Carter

Akon has seen the light—and in more ways than one. For starters, the hit-making musician has always been quite the philanthropist… Read More


[NEW MUSIC] Kelis Gets Ready to ‘Rumble’

by Starrene Rhett Rocque

Kelis, “Rumble” [VIDEO] Kelis’s new “Rumble” video features Christian Lamb-directed visuals… Read More

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Frankie Beverly Talks 38 Years of Maze [INTERVIEW]

by Penny Dickerson

Every funk band has a front man. It’s an old-school law obeyed by Maurice White, whose vocals reigned supreme as Earth, Wind… Read More

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan Goes Through the Fire in New Doc [INTERVIEW]

by Michael A. Gonzales

It was the summer of ’74 when I first fell in love with Chaka Khan. Living in Harlem, every radio was tuned to WBLS where… Read More

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The Music of SXSW 2014

by Miles Marshall Lewis

Breaking down Austin’s 27th annual SXSW Music, the absolute hugest festival of its kind, is sort of like blind men touching… Read More

jhene aiko

[NEW MUSIC] Jhené Aiko Proves Why She Got Next

by Starrene Rhett Rocque

Jhene Aiko, “My Afternoon Dream” This Key Wayne-produced track lays the perfect musical foundation for Jhené… Read More

[VINTAGE VISION] Why Hip-Hop Deserves Its Own Museum<br type="_moz" />

[VINTAGE VISION] Why Hip-Hop Deserves Its Own Museum

by Michael A. Gonzales

This past Wednesday in New York City, hip-hop pioneers Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Kurtis Blow, Grand Wizzard Theodore… Read More

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