Michael A. Gonzales

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‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’: A Modern Xmas Classic

In celebration of the song everyone knows and means so much to the author–which in December 2019, 25 years after its release–has hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, we are revisiting this December 2014 article

[THROWBACK] When ‘Shaft’ Ruled Hollywood

Richard Roundtree was born July 9, 1942, and became a trailblazing star with his groundbreaking role in ‘Shaft.’ We are revisiting this post from December 2013.

Stax Records and the Making of Blaxploitation Soundtracks

In the 1970s, what most Blaxploitation films had in common were their scorching soundtracks that…

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[Grindhouse Gems] Uncovering Johnny Tough

The Blaxploitation era of the 1970s gave the world an array of explosive films that…

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Bad Boys for God: Diddy’s Lost Gospel Album

Watching the recent Bad Boy Reunion Concert on the Today show brought back many jiggy…

Black Films’ Rich, Resistant History

During the 1970s, many picture show palaces across America weren’t doing the same brisk business…

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Why You Don’t Want to Come for Prince

From the moment that Prince’s death was made public, there has been much speculation about…

I Wonder U: The Incredible, Undeniable Pop Impact of Prince

The evening before Prince died I sent a copy of his dope album 3121 to…

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[90s‘ til Infinity] Bahamadia Talks the 20th Anniversary of Kollage

While the Internet would have us believe that rapper Bahamadia released her underrated 1996 debut…

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‘The Dude’: Remembering Quincy Jones’ Most Important Album Ever

Legendary music producer Quincy Jones recently was blessed by two landmark events. First, there were…