The 80s: Mazarati

In the mid-1980s, the Minneapolis, MN-based band Mazarati began as a side project for then-Prince bass player Mark Brown, who went by the stage name Brown Mark.  Brown took the seven-piece funk/rock band under his wing and occasionally performed shows […]

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Q&A: Hinton Battle

Three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle is a quintuple threat in the entertainment industry as an actor, singer, dancer, producer and choreographer. In a career

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James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul,” was indisputably one of the most dynamic and iconic entertainers in history; to this day, his music and most

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Queen Latifah: A Role Model for Women in Hip-Hop

When talking about the origins of hip-hop and highlighting female rappers, one must add Dana “Queen Latifah” Owens to the list. There is a short


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Actor Leon Robinson, who simply goes by “Leon,” began appearing in films in the early 1980s, working alongside some notable movie industry names.  In 1983,

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Soul Train History Book: Herbie Hancock

By the late sixties and early seventies, jazz music was considered something for an older crowd of people, but a new twist in this revered


The 80s: Culture Club’s ‘Colour By Numbers’

In 1982, the British band Culture Club made a big smash with their debut album Kissing To Be Clever. The vocal talents of lead singer

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