Jonathan McReynolds: Stages of Life

Jonathan McReynolds spent much of his summer literally watching time fly by through the windows of many airplanes as he reached stages from the Essence Music Fest to the McDonald’s 365Black Awards, overseas to Germany and Norway, and back to […]

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John Michael: Nothing Left Unsaid

Passion will drive you to extremes; it has been known to create or destroy, motivate or distract. In the case of John Michael, it


Back to School: How Artists Balance Family and Career

The words “back to school” carry various definitions depending on the role of the person who invokes them. For parents, it’s that time of year

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Julian King: ‘Sing for You’

Julian King refuses to be boxed in. In middle school, he turned his attention from being a veterinarian to the arts after participating in

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Dean: Beyond Borders

Music is the universal language; it touches millions around the world, connecting emotions and experiences until the spaces between the oceans meet. One of


Introducing: Rawyals

Kedar Massenburg’s Midas touch is partially responsible for D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Kem and Chico Debarge’s late ’90s reemergence, but now he’s working his

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Q&A: Brian Owens

There’s a sound that comes from Brian Owens that is unmistakably soulful. It is the soul of someone who knows Jesus and family and

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The Elijah Bland Experience

Elijah Bland is at an interesting stage in his career; he hasn’t made it to where he wants to be, but he’s too far


Tyrese: ‘Black Rose’ in Bloom

Tyrese is feeling bold these days; Furious 7, the latest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, became a billion-dollar movie, and he's released the

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Michael K. Woods: Artistic Scholarship

Michael K. Woods’ dorm room at Vassar University has become his window to the world, an intersection of academia, social justice, and the music

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