Turning 30: Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message”

“Don’t push me ‘cuz I’m close to the edge/I’m tryin’ not to lose my head” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” was released on July 1, 1982 on Sugar Hill Records from album of the same name. Bringing […]

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Turning 30: The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”

Multi-platinum and award-winning singer Annie Lennox is quoted in Billboard magazine as recounting her days before the Eurythmics. "I was really a hybrid between Stevie Wonder and Joni


Turning 30: Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”

Maybe it’s because “Billie Jean” became the first video performed by a Black artist to be seen on MTV that made the song special. Maybe it’s because “Billie


The Conversation: Lupe Fiasco’s “B*tch Bad”

Warning: The word “bitch” is used throughout this piece in review of Lupe Fiasco’s new video “Bitch Bad”. The hook on Lupe Fiasco’s newest video thumps like a

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Turning 30: Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Let’s Groove”

Earth, Wind and Fire were household names by 1981 and when they released their eleventh album Raise! that year, their awaiting public was eager to enjoy their latest

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Turning 30: Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots”

With her sweet soprano, long beaded braids and shoulder-padded ensembles, Patrice Rushen graced the Soul Train stage in 1982 to perform her soon-to-be smash hit “Forget Me Nots”.


5 Lessons Learned From the Frank Ocean Agenda

This summer, Frank Ocean created an upheaval in the music industry right before the drop of his new album Channel Orange. On a blog post, he gently painted

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Sound Check: Lira—From South Africa to the U.S.A.

Afro-Soul singer Lira is a South African songstress who is creating a buzz with the recent release of her first North American album, Rise Again. If you think


Turning 30: Prince’s “1999”

It’s no surprise really that the song “1999” by his royal highness, Prince, still reigns supreme as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Aging as gracefully as its


Turning 30: Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”

In 1982, after a dramatic exit from Motown—the label that made his legendary career- Marvin Gaye sauntered back onto the scene with a new single, “Sexual Healing”. Short

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