Music

In an alternate reality, one where John Gary Williams wasn’t called up to go to Vietnam, he might have become a soul music icon, a household name mentioned alongside Marvin Gaye, Al Green or Otis Redding. But in this reality, as news spread of Williams’ death at his Memphis home...
It’s been nearly two years since India.Arie’s “Songversation” project, so when she finally dropped her much anticipated album “Worthy” this past February, it was her mission to send positive affirmations to her fans and beyond on finding their inner worth through a musical dose of clarity. Speaking on topics of...
The Beale Street Music Festival, a cultural buffet known as “The Fest,” returned for its special Bicentennial year, once again taking over Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis for a musical celebration spanning the first weekend in May. As always, this year’s ongoing edition featured an array of talent from...
“Some dreams grab us by the heart when we are young, and they never let go,” said Evelyn Thorpe Hibbler, owner of the successful private school, 1st Class Montessori Preschool. “That’s kind of what happened to me. After 40 years of teaching and developing three- and four-year-olds who speak several...
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By Allana J. Barefield, The Undefeated Her honey blond hair was like a halo of gold under the stage lights. An Egyptian cape wrapped around her body. She mesmerized the audience. Once the whistle blew, Coachella’s music festival and the lives of eight students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) changed...
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Beyoncé, yet again, has gifted us all. This time, she’s bringing a culture that’s so very important to African Americans to a global, mainstream stage. Her latest present is a Netflix documentary, Homecoming (streaming now), and it’s a dive into the inspiration for her game-changing 2018 Coachella performance. Beyoncé not only...
By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930. The Pulitzer...
If you watch closely the mourning of Nipsey Hussle, you will notice that it feels a bit different than that of other rappers who departed too soon. He didn’t just connect with people through music, but through a business ethic and dedication to positive change that is a very...
R. Kelly’s defense team is going after the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, accusing the prosecutor of colluding with celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti who they say manipulated her into charging the singer with sexual abuse, CBS News reports. Defense attorney Steve Greenberg is banking on email evidence that he...
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Ermias Davidson Asghedom — better known as rapper, businessman and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle — was killed Sunday, gunned down in front of his own Marathon Clothing Store in his hometown of Los Angeles. Two others were wounded. Hussle was 33 years old. Hussle’s acclaimed 2017 Victory Lap was nominated...