Tag: black music

‘To Be Young, Queer, and Black’: Janelle Monae Gets Revealing with Lizzo for Them.

Photo: Justin French (Them./Condé Nast) Coachella kicked off again on Friday with one of our favorite shapeshifters, Janelle Monae, in a headlining spot. In the past decade, the multitalented artist has been, at turns, the ArchAndroid, an Electric Lady, a no longer-Hidden Figure, and, most recently, a brilliant and Dirty Computer. “The beauty of art […]

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India.Arie’s Acoustic Soul Was Successful in Its Time. I Think It Would Be Even More Successful in Today’s Pro-Black Climate

Photo: Jason Kempin (Getty Images for BET) Recently in black America, I hosted a meeting for the VSB x Mahogany Books (a black bookstore in Washington, D.C.) Monthly Book Club where we discussed the book, <a rel="nofollow" data-amazonasin="1501195255" data-amazonsubtag="[t|link[p|1833914183[a|1501195255[au|5876237249236929685[b|theroot[lt|text" onclick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Commerce', 'theroot – India.Arie's Acoustic Soul Was Successful in Its Time. I Think It […]

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Singer Andre Williams, the ‘Godfather of Rap’, Dead at 82

Photo: Paul Natkin (Getty Images) R&B singer-producer Andre Williams, whose indelible musical journey included collaborative efforts with Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and Ray Charles, has died at the age of 82. On Wednesday, Williams’ record label, Pravda Records, announced his passing on Facebook, paying tribute to their fallen star. “It is with great sadness that […]

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’80s, Baby: Check out the Totally Rad Retro Makeovers One Artist Gave a Few of Our Faves

Recording artists Cardi B and Bruno Mars attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Christopher Polk (Getty Images for NARAS) No, it’s not #ThrowbackThursday—but we’re willing to call it #WayBackWednesday, because we’re knee-deep in nostalgia after seeing a series of artworks immortalizing some of […]

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Icon, Unfiltered: Stephanie Mills Talks Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and Why the Music Industry Doesn’t Honor Black Artists

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET Stephanie Mills has got opinions. Lots of ‘em. The Grammy-award winning singer and actress best known for playing Dorothy in the original Broadway production of The Wiz is not one for holding her tongue. She’s now a woman of a certain age—read: She has no time for the BS. […]

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10 Thoughts About Solange’s New Album, When I Get Home, Because Enough Time Has Passed to Talk About It For Real, For Real

Photo: Bennett Raglin (Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival) At the intersection of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, at midnight on March 1, 2019, Solange Knowles, aka Solange, aka Solo, aka The Knowles We All Love to Love, dropped her fourth album—the one right after the expectations-creating A Seat at the Table, so […]

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Black Myself: Rhiannon Giddens Forms Supergroup ‘Our Native Daughters’—and Reclaims the Soul of Country Music

(L-R) Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell and Amythyst Kiah form the supergroup “Our Native Daughters.”Photo: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings In 1966, Nina Simone famously sang the strikingly diverse yet intersecting narratives of four fictional but unforgettable black women. Now, four women who could be considered Simone’s spiritual daughters—award-winning musician and composer Rhiannon Giddens, acclaimed neo-folk […]

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Unreleased Music From Beyoncé Leaked and Somebody’s Probably Getting Fired

Image: Ezra Shaw / GETTY IMAGES It’s no secret that Beyoncé has no respect for our edges, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’d release music at some ungodly-ass hour. We learned that when the Beyoncé digital album dropped in 2013, and ever since that faithful night, we’ve all been on the edge […]

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Jennifer Hudson Just Gave Us the Homegirl Beauty Tutorial We’ve Been Waiting For

Vogue When it comes to glow ups, few have been more astounding than Jennifer Hudson’s. In the 14 years since she was an American Idol hopeful, she has transformed into an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy award-winning entertainer, bestselling author, and co-host of The Voice—with a lucrative (and very successful) endorsement stint with Weight […]

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Something About H.E.R.: The 2019 Grammy Nominee Teams Up With Adidas

H.E.R. is interviewed on stage by SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul Channel Broadcast during Essence Festival on July 6, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Marianna Massey (Getty Images for SiriusXM) She’s just received five 2019 Grammy nominations (tying Cardi B) for Best New Artist; Best R&B Performance; Best R&B Song; Best R&B Album; and Album of […]

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Something About H.E.R.: The 2019 Grammy Nominee Teams Up With Adidas and Foot Locker

H.E.R. is interviewed on stage by SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul Channel Broadcast during Essence Festival on July 6, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Marianna Massey (Getty Images for SiriusXM) She’s just received five 2019 Grammy nominations (tying Cardi B) for Best New Artist; Best R&B Performance; Best R&B Song; Best R&B Album; and Album of […]

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2019 Grammys: Kendrick Lamar Leads With All The Nominations 

Recording artist Kendrick Lamar poses backstage at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 28, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Christopher Polk (Getty Images for NARAS) Awards season’s momentum is still going strong and this time it’s chugging along to the sound of music. The nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards are here! A […]

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In a New Interview, Smokey Robinson Says He Regrets Not Recording With Friend Aretha Franklin

Smokey Robinson (L); Aretha Franklin (R) backstage at Chene Park on July 8, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.Photo: Monica Morgan (Getty Images) They knew each other almost all their lives, but in the many decades that Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin shared a friendship and mutual admiration, they never made it into the studio to record. […]

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Adorned—and Adorable: Miguel Marries Longtime Love Nazanin Mandi 

Miguel and Nazanin Mandi arrive at the Eva Longoria Foundation Dinner Gala at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on November 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Gregg DeGuire (Getty Images) “It’s been one hell of a ride!” model and actress Nazanin “Naz” Mandi told Vogue of her 13-year romance with the Grammy […]

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Country Music Recognizes Its Roots as 2 Black Artists Hit No. 1

Jimmie Allen attends the 12th Annual ACM Honors on August 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.Photo: Jason Kempin (Getty Images for ACM) “If someone asked me two years ago if I thought that this would be my life today—that I’d be on the red carpet at the CMAs or my song would be the No. 1 […]

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In Water Is Wet News: Lauryn Hill (Still) Shows Up 2 Hours Late to Concerts

Photo: Andrew H. Walker (Getty Images) I am known for many things. My humor, great smile, stamina, the list goes on. But one thing my black ass is not known for is punctuality. Given the opportunity, I will probably roll up late to my own funeral. Everyone will be there ready to mourn/celebrate my life […]

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Beauty and Fashion Keep Rihanna in the Top 10 of Forbes’ Highest Paid Women in Music

Rihanna attends the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Anniversary Event at Sephora Pitt Street store on October 3, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.Photo: Caroline McCredie (Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna) Never knock your side hustle. That’s the lesson to be learned from the music industry’s—and now, the fashion and beauty industry’s—favorite bad gal, who has […]

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Love, Peace and Soul (and a Little Faith): The 2018 Soul Train Awards Was a Night of ’90s Nostalgia

Faith Evans performs during the 2018 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Photo: David Becker (Getty Images) All eyes and (marketing strategies) may be on millennials and Gen Z, but despite artists from those generations leading the pack in nominations, by all appearances, it was “grown folks […]

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#JusticeforGlitter: 17 Years After It Bombed, Mariah Carey’s Fans Make Her Glitter Soundtrack No. 1 

Mariah Carey poses in the press room during the 2018 American Music Awards on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Matthew Simmons (Getty Images For dcp) Color us confused: We know that enduring megastar Mariah Carey’s new album, Caution, is coming out tomorrow, Nov. 16, but here’s a marketing strategy we didn’t see coming. […]

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