Matthew Allen

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Soul Singer Sharon Jones Fights Cancer in Gripping New Film

A cancer diagnosis is tremendous, complex and frighteningly daunting to comprehend and live with. If…

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Fans Revel in The Roots Picnic’s Music Diversity

What started out as a humble, if somewhat ambitious, undertaking by The Roots in 2008…

roots A&E remake L-R: Fiddler (Forest Whitaker) and Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby)- Night 1 Photo by  Copyright 2016

Films About Slavery Are Important, Even If You’re Tired of Them

History Channel’s Roots reboot premiered this week, and despite its critical acclaim and high ratings, I must…

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Robert Glasper & Miles Davis Make ‘Beautiful’ Music

In 1973, 46-year-old trumpeter Miles Davis wanted to connect more with Black youth. His iconic…

Joe Morton in a scene from TURN ME LOOSE by Gretchen Law, Directed by John Gould Rubin.

Joe Morton Takes on Dick Gregory

Joe Morton is a household name, thanks in part to his amazing portrayal of the…

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Corinne Bailey Rae Returns

Taking long breaks from the music business is risky, but Corinne Bailey Rae has been…

Kamasi Washington Brings Aural Afrofuturism to Life

The best kind of music is transcendent, and in order to achieve that level of…

Sippin’ on That Lemonade

Ever since the bombshell of a video statement “Formation” fell out of the sky, Beyonce…

[INFLUENCERS] Why Everyone Wants to Work with Terrace Martin

"Nothing's more influential than rap music. I merge jazz fusion with the trap music. I…

Anderson .Paak: Creating a Unique Voice Without Fingerprints

Anderson  .Paak finds himself in an interesting predicament. His career is taking off, smack-dab in…