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”

#FortyLove: 16 Classic Songs Turning 40 This Year

One of the many great things about music is its timelessness. Whether it’s a new track from Tank and the Bangas or a classic from Teena Marie, there is always a song or collection of songs that can serve as your personal soundtrack. Just as there are classic songs, there are classic years for songs. One such yearContinue reading “#FortyLove: 16 Classic Songs Turning 40 This Year”

Five Reasons ‘Always Be My Baby’ Is The Best Song Mariah Carey Ever Made

Let’s just get this out of the way right now: Yes, I am writing this post after watching the adorable Netflix film “Always Be My Maybe” over the weekend. And yes, I did bop along as this song played over the ending credits, just before the absolute song of the year “Best Believe I PunchedContinue reading “Five Reasons ‘Always Be My Baby’ Is The Best Song Mariah Carey Ever Made”

17 Documentaries You Should Watch During Black Music Month

June is Black Music Month (shout out to legendary radio maven Dyana Williams for making sure this became an annual celebration AND to the fact that it’s celebrating 40 years!!!) and it’s during this month there’s a larger concentration on what Black culture has contributed to the international canon. There will be music festivals (The Roots Picnic and Queen City Jazz Festival toContinue reading “17 Documentaries You Should Watch During Black Music Month”

Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Raw’

No, this post is NOT about the Eddie Murphy comedy special, Raw. It’s an appreciation post for the 1989 album Raw by Def Jam recording artist Alyson Williams. You remember that Raw, right? You should. It was the project that gave us the smash singles “My Love is So Raw,” “Just Call My Name” and “I Need Your Lovin’.” It wasContinue reading “Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘Raw’”

Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘3 Feet High and Rising’

Today, we come together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album 3 Feet High and Rising. Let’s start there, and continue by giving iconic Hip-Hop pioneers De La Soul their psychodelic flowers while they’re still here. And thriving. And touring. And giving us the music that is the soundtrack of our lives.  I remember where I was when IContinue reading “Happy 30th Anniversary, ‘3 Feet High and Rising’”

Look Back at It: ‘U Will Know,’ Black Men United

It’s been a very strange and twisty Black History Month, but there’s no way I could let it end without acknowledging the anniversary of one of the most Blackety Black moments in the history of Blackness. Ever. Yup, this year, the track “U Will Know” by Black Men United turns 25 and despite the grainy photo I had to grabContinue reading “Look Back at It: ‘U Will Know,’ Black Men United”

Happy 25th Anniversary, ‘Pronounced JAH-NAY’

It was a cruise around New York, sponsored by ZIMA, a weird clear wine cooler that I’m guessing became the primary donor due to the first initial of the names. Either way, that was the first time I saw Zhané perform live. And my life was never the same after that. Their first single was a smash. “HeyContinue reading “Happy 25th Anniversary, ‘Pronounced JAH-NAY’”