[Goal Oriented] Gabby Douglas Begins a New Journey to Olympic Greatness

[Goal Oriented] Gabby Douglas Begins a New Journey to Olympic Greatness

by Christopher Harris

Standing atop the first place podium at the 2012 Olympic Games, Gabrielle Douglas grinned, crutched her victory bouquet and waved at the audience… Read More

Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper & Miles Davis Make ‘Beautiful’ Music

by Matthew Allen

In 1973, 46-year-old trumpeter Miles Davis wanted to connect more with Black youth. His iconic albums like Kind of Blue and ‘Round… Read More

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[Grindhouse Gems] Uncovering Johnny Tough

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The Blaxploitation era of the 1970s gave the world an array of explosive films that include seminal features Shaft, Super Fly, Coffy… Read More

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After 16 Years, Heather Headley Is Back On Broadway

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Grammy and Tony Award winning singer and songwriter Heather Headley is known for her angelic voice.  Headley’s songs, “In My Mind”… Read More

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In a third floor loft a few blocks from Madison Square Garden, eight people are deciding what wine New Yorkers will drink. From 10 a.m. to 5… Read More

How Pop Culture Moved from ‘Respectable’ to ‘Unapologetically Black’

How Pop Culture Moved from ‘Respectable’ to ‘Unapologetically Black’

by Michael Harriot

I knew it the moment it happened. Had I written this a month ago, I would have found it difficult to pinpoint the time of death. Maybe it… Read More

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Watching the recent Bad Boy Reunion Concert on the Today Show brought back many jiggy memories of yesteryear when the label launched by a lanky kid… Read More

The Beautiful Ones: The Women Who Inspired Prince

The Beautiful Ones: The Women Who Inspired Prince

by Miles Marshall Lewis

What did the women in Prince’s life bring to him? What was it about the sacred feminine principle that moved and defined him in a way distinct… Read More

When a Race Man’s Color is Purple

When a Race Man’s Color is Purple

by Mark Anthony Neal

When an icon such as Prince Rogers Nelson transitions, he becomes a torch for both nostalgia and the power of music to unite, proving an artist… Read More

Why Prince? Why Now?

Why Prince? Why Now?

by Kierna Mayo

That’s not how any of this works. When we began the planning of this June issue—our annual celebration of Black Music Month… Read More

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