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Nina Simone Inspired Artists Across The Creative And Ethnic Spectrum


The mercurial, talented, and fiery soul/blues singer Nina Simone put her mark on American entertainment for 50 years.  Shes now getting her posthumous props, joining Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues and Dire Straits as this years inductees into the R

TSL Black History Month In Focus: Happy Birthday Nina Simone


This is part of The Shadow League's Black History Month In Focus series celebrating Black exc

Zoe Saldana Claps Back At Nina Simone Criticism


Actress Zoe Saldana has been criticized unmercifully for a movie role that isn’t even out yet. Ever since it was announced last year that she would play

“Summer of Soul” Director Questlove Discusses Importance of New Doc and More

With All Deliberate Speed was a phrase once used by the Supreme Court to describe the manner states were to end segregation in the...

Comic Book Convo: We Ask Dr. Foo How She Do What She Do


These days,the true definition of what it is to be an artist is at times blurred by commercialism, social media impressions and disgruntled fans.  

But Afua Richardson has hefted that mantle and waved it high above her crown like an ebon

Common’s Finding Forever Remains Hauntingly Exceptional 10 Years Later


"Music can be forever if you make it from the heart, if you make it from the soul and it's good," said Common as he was working with producer Kanye West to craft his seventh studio album, Finding Forever. "And I look at music like Bob Marley's or M

Mary J. Blige’s “What’s The 411?” Turns 25


Do you remember where you were when you first heard What's The 411? 

For me, it invokes images of a New York City summer drenched in sunshine and neighborhood sophistication. Block parties and the raw energy of a still-conscious

Welcome Back Carter: JAY-Z’s New 4:44 Album Blazes


First it was the random, ambiguous 4:44 posters that began popping up on the NYC subways and streets, then in different places from coast to coast. Then it was a couple of teasers featuring well known African-American actors. Then it was revealed t

Chicago’s Drill Music: An Honest Portrayal Of A Vicious Cycle Of Violence


The violence in Chicago has many layers.

One of those has manifested itself through YouTube music videos of rappers threatening each other with violence.

And the mayhem due to the videos has become so widespread that some local rappers

The Fugees’ Seminal Album, The Score, Celebrates 20 Years


It's hard to believe that 20 years have passed since The Fugees dropped their second album, The Score. The project was the antithesis of a sophomore slump.

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