The ‘80s: Loose Ends’ ‘Zagora’

The British group Loose Ends hit the scene in the early 1980s, building up an audience in their own backyard of the U.K. They gained popularity in the states in 1984 when their hit “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” topped […]

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Film still from Dreaming of Kin exhibition _Credit Tiona McClodden

‘Dreaming of Kin’ Explores the Black Family Narrative

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On the “A” w/Souleo

Leaders such as Martin Luther King

Assata Shakur

A Tribute to Assata Shakur: Timeless Quotes and Application to Present Activism

Assata Shakur, the legendary member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, is notorious to some, honored by many, and influential

Mavis Staples Livin On A High Note

Film Review: ‘Mavis!’

Mavis! is an excellent biography celebrating the career of R&B/gospel legend Mavis Staples, and the exclamation point in the title of this


The ‘80s: The Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin’s “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”

In 1985, the pop/rock duo The Eurythmics, comprised of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, teamed up with “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha


The ‘80s: Vanity’s ‘Skin On Skin’

Vanity burst onto the music scene as the fearless and sexy camisole-clad lead singer of the Prince-assembled group Vanity


In Memoriam: Denise Matthews (Formerly Known as Vanity)

There is a saying in the music business, “The hits just keep on keeping.” But that phrase is also, unfortunately, à propos this year,


Black Platforms Matter: A Conversation With Combat Jack

When I was in elementary school, a teacher introduced our class to a game called telephone. This was a fun way to teach the

Kimberly Mayhorn, Release (film still), 2016

Sandra Bland Inspires Kimberly Mayhorn’s New Exhibit

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On the “A” w/Souleo

Upon learning of the death of Sandra Bland, visual artist


Q&A: Matt Thorne—‘Prince: The Man and His Music’

When it comes to music superstars, Prince is truly in a lane by himself; but while he has long been one of the world’s

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