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The ‘80s: Kool & the Gang’s ‘Emergency’

1984 marked twenty years since Kool & the Gang’s formation as the Jazziacs.  Over the course of a couple of decades, the group had gone through various musical transformations with jazz and funk hits like “Jungle Boogie,” “Summer Madness,” and […]

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Leslie Jones: The New Queen of Comedy

The American Film Institute recognizes Ivan Reitman’s super natural comedy Ghostbusters as one the greatest films in history. Written by Dan Aykroyd and the


Q&A: Jan Gaye

In her memoir, After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye, Jan Gaye recalls life as the wife of one of

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Profile: Nia Peeples

As an artist and performer, Nia Peeples is almost impossible to categorize, applying unmatched versatility to a successful career that has spanned over two

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Celebrating Michael Jackson’s Top Ten Solo TV Performances

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June 25, 2015 is the sixth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing. In memory of one of the world’s


The ‘80s: Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science”

In 1982, Thomas Dolby released his debut album The Golden Age of Wireless in the U.K.  The album, now considered an ‘80s synth-pop classic,

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On the “A” w/Souleo

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This year’s list of

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Q&A: Rain Pryor—“Richard,” Race & Reality

Rain Pryor, an established and talented artist in her own right, is the daughter of one of the world’s greatest entertainers,


Black Music Month Musings: Imagine The Roots as the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Each season of the National Football League culminates with the Super Bowl, an event that’s one part championship game, one part pop culture spectacle,


Soul Retrospective: The Temptations’ ‘Truly For You’

In the 1980s, The Temptations were one of the few R&B groups who could keep their act contemporary as well as hold on to

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