Friday movie poster

Classic Soul Cinema: ‘Friday’

“You’ve got to be one stupid (expletive) to get fired on your day off!” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what classic movie that famous line is from. Released April 26, 1995, the all-time classic Friday starred Ice […]

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Montell Jordan

Montell Jordan: Def Jam’s R&B Ring Leader

Back in the mid-‘90s, Montell Jordan was a multi-platinum recording artist for Def Jam, the first R&B solo act to be signed with the

Staples Singers & Don Cornelius

Soul Retrospective: The Staple Singers—The Stax Era

The Staple Singers were a well-loved and well-traveled journeyman gospel group from Chicago by way of Mississippi. The group did sides for Vee Jay,

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Classic Soul Album Spotlight: Smokey Robinson’s ‘A Quiet Storm’

There’s an old saying, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In the music world, where there’s Smokey, there’s love fire, and that’s exactly what William

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The 80s: The Top Ten of 1982

In the early 1980s the disco sound was dying while hip-hop was beginning its ascension and in between, the sounds of rock, new wave

donna summer

Soul Retrospective: Donna Summer’s ‘Bad Girls’

In the late '70s Donna Summer was called the "queen of disco." While Summer did have an astounding amount of success in discos, clubs

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The Apollo Theater Recognizes Four Bold Soul Sisters

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Apollo Theater recently paid tribute to four legendary women in soul music as part of its monthly

Jellybean Benitez & Madonna

The Producers: Jellybean Benitez

John “Jellybean” Benitez has been one of the premier dance music producers since the early 1980s.  His love of music began in his home


The 80s: ‘Wendy & Lisa’

Any true Prince fan—as well as anyone who saw the movie Purple Rain—is more than likely familiar with the duo of Wendy and Lisa,

Patricia Bagley doing Scramble Board

Diary of an ex Soul Train Dancer: Patricia Bagley

Anyone who saw a dance demonstration segment on Soul Train from 1980 in which an enthusiastic teenage girl in a white jumpsuit busted some

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