Why “Rock With You” Really Is Everything

Random: My niece and I would lay on the basement floor in Queens for hours just reading liner notes from the albums my parents purchased. It’s during those sessions that we listened to the best of George Benson and James Ingram and couldn’t get enough of a new group called Yarborough and Peeples. We wereContinue reading “Why “Rock With You” Really Is Everything”

Infinity Song is a Talented Family Affair

I’m always on the lookout for new music. Well, let me amend that. I’m always on the lookout for GOOD music. Guys. I’ve found it, and it’s a family affair with the group Infinity Song (!!!) They’re a band of five siblings who went from playing music for spare change in Central Park and theContinue reading “Infinity Song is a Talented Family Affair”

In Appreciation: The BEST of 2019

Let’s keep it real: 2019 feels like it’s lasted at least two years. So much scandal, so much trash that what was really good, what was really great could get lost in all the mess. I’m hoping it doesn’t, and since I have this platform, I’m doing my part to make sure it’s celebrated. MakingContinue reading “In Appreciation: The BEST of 2019”

Happy 25th Anniversary, ‘Brandy’

Timeless. That is the word that I think of when discussing the album Brandy. IAll of the tracks on the debut album from singer/actress Brandy Norwood resonate on many levels, from first love to first heartbreak, with great friendship in between. The album, released by Atlantic Records in September of 1994, was one of the first albums of itsContinue reading “Happy 25th Anniversary, ‘Brandy’”

Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Stay With Me’

I remember where I was when I first fell in love with Regina Belle‘s voice. I was standing in front of my radio listening to her golden voice as she belted out the ad libs to “Baby Come to Me.” That wasn’t from her first album, All By Myself (although looking back, the single “Show Me the Way”Continue reading “Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Stay With Me’”

Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’

It was a soundtrack of a generation. That’s the best way to describe the album that changed many lives, that taught a generation how to use its voice for both activism and entertainment. For music and a movement. From the all black everything outfits to the innovation that gave the concept of a music videoContinue reading “Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’”

Happy 20th Anniversary, ‘Let There Be Eve’

I don’t remember where I was when I first heard Eve on my radio. All I know is that when I did, I made that face you make when you hear something different. Something so dope, you weren’t ready for it. At all. And that was just on a guest verse. Since that first time, the self-proclaimedContinue reading “Happy 20th Anniversary, ‘Let There Be Eve’”

‘Cry Today, Smile Tomorrow’, Anthony Ramos

It was last weekend when Season 2 of the Spike Lee Joint She’s Gotta Have It dropped on Netflix, giving us the continuing saga of its lead character, Ms. Nola Darling. The sophomore season is filled with life-altering growth for Darling as she dives deeper into her art and struggles with success, what healthy relationships look like, and self-identity. Continue reading “‘Cry Today, Smile Tomorrow’, Anthony Ramos”