Tag: Rhythm and Blues (Music)

Breaking Down ‘Those Color Lines’ in a Music Industry That Drew Them

This week, a large portion of the music business shut down for Blackout Tuesday, a day meant to disrupt business as usual and take a stand against racial injustice. The initiative, which played out mostly on social media with black squares and hashtags, was met with mixed responses: support from those who said they’d use […]

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Jodeci’s Unplugged ‘Lately’ Was Its Pinnacle. Andre Harrell Made It Happen.

In the most memorable performance of his career, K-Ci Hailey is shirtless, wearing a backward baseball cap, two earrings in each ear and blue boxer shorts mushrooming out over low-slung black jeans. At times, he struts around with a cane. The pendant dangling from the gold chain around his neck bears the logo of his […]

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Jodeci’s Unplugged ‘Lately’ Was Its Pinnacle. Andre Harrell Made It Happen.

In the most memorable performance of his career, K-Ci Hailey is shirtless, wearing a backward baseball cap, two earrings in each ear and blue boxer shorts mushrooming out over low-slung black jeans. At times, he struts around with a cane. The pendant dangling from the gold chain around his neck bears the logo of his […]

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Little Richard: An Ecstasy You Couldn’t Refuse

Wild and outrageous don’t begin to describe Little Richard. He hit American pop like a fireball in the mid-1950s, a hopped-up emissary from cultures that mainstream America barely knew, drawing on the sacred and the profane, the spiritual and the carnal. He had deep experience in the sanctified church and in the chitlin’ circuit of […]

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Andre Harrell, Executive Who Bridged Hip-Hop and R&B, Dies at 59

Andre Harrell, an innovative music executive who in the late 1980s founded Uptown Records, a crucial bridge between the worlds of hip-hop and R&B, and who gave the first career break to Sean Combs, who became one of hip-hop’s signature moguls and global ambassadors, died late Thursday night at his home in West Hollywood, Calif. […]

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Little Richard, Flamboyant Wild Man of Rock ’n’ Roll, Dies at 87

Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, who combined the sacred shouts of the black church and the profane sounds of the blues to create some of the world’s first and most influential rock ’n’ roll records, died on Saturday morning. He was 87. His death was confirmed by his son, Danny Jones Penniman. He […]

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Jessie Reyez Is Yelling and Loving at the Same Time

Since 2016, Jessie Reyez, a Canadian songwriter whose parents came from Colombia, has built a fervent audience for songs that delve into loyalty and betrayal, ambition and obstacles, heartbreak and vengeance — songs that map the messy, volatile mood swings of 21st-century romance. The 2016 single that brought her international attention, “Figures,” is a ballad […]

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A Shot Before Last Call: Capturing New Orleans’s Vanishing Black Bars

[To read more provocative stories on race from The Times, sign up here for our weekly Race/Related newsletter.] NEW ORLEANS — Victor Dawkins’s routine has varied little in 40-plus years of owning The Other Place, a brick two-story that is one of the last black-owned bars on St. Bernard Avenue. But outside, much has changed. […]

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