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Who is Quincy Jones?

Last week, I was washing clothes and preparing for my vacation this week. My usual habit is to watch YouTube videos, listen to podcasts, or catch up on my Netflix shows while doing housework or packing. I came across Quincy, a documentary about the life of the legendary Quincy Jones. I was both captivated and…

Dope Aural: Fall Frequencies

The fall music season is officially here and is ready to take us anywhere the wind blows.  New music releases have been landing steadily every Friday as we trek into the holiday season. Season 3 of Insecure recently concluded, but Issa Rae managed to leave us with a collection of dope music featured throughout the season of…

rePLAY: Confessions

This month I decided to pull out an album from a not-too-distant past that I haven’t heard in quite some time.  I have been an Usher fan since his very first album and my all-time favorite, “Think of You”.  I remember when Usher’s Confessions album was originally released in March 2004 because you could not…

Music Mix: Beats & Bourbon

This month’s playlist is all about featuring new music from different types of artists and some classics that remind me of the fall season.  The Beats & Bourbon mix spotlights more than 100 songs, blending R&B and hip-hop with a touch of jazz and a pop sprinkle on top.  It includes new music from some of…

Is There a Responsibility to Make Socially Conscious Music?

This past week, everyone has been up in arms about Nike’s new ad that features Colin Kaepernick as the spokesperson.  Nike’s ad has reignited the controversy surrounding Kaepernick’s choice in 2016 to kneel during the US National Anthem in protest of racial injustice.  In the new ad campaign, Kaepernick is quoted saying, “Believe in something,…

Dope Aural: The August Underground

If you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet that you are somewhat social media-savvy and have heard all about the controversial antics surrounding the roll-out of Nicki Minaj’s latest album Queen.   We are still vibing to tracks from Drake’s album Scorpion that continues to control the airwaves and streaming spins.  The rest of August’s music landscape has been…

rePLAY: CrazySexyCool

Being a music lover, I often get in moods where I get tired of new music and want to re-visit albums of the past.  It’s been a while since I’ve listened, but I decided to trot out my very first CD. My parents bought TLC’s CrazySexyCool (my first CD ever) and my first portable CD…

Music Mix: Love, Light & Lemon Drops

This past month has been extremely busy and stressful for me. I’ve found myself being trapped in a daily routine without any time to relax or de-stress. So I decided that I would do something to help me loosen up and get through my days.  It is said that music can be a powerful tool for…

Can we PLEASE give Missy Elliot her 10’s?

This past Tuesday, I was sitting in my office at work when a text message flashed on my phone. When I opened the message from a friend, I discovered a report that Jennifer Lopez had been selected to receive the upcoming 2018 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 20th. Although my feelings…

Dope Aural: July’s Coolest Records

The summer thus far has been ripe with new music from Black artists, and July has definitely offered some great sounds to vibe to.  Check out this list of R&B, hip-hop, jazz, gospel and dancehall albums/EPs that you may have missed this month.  Just click the album art and take a listen to find your new fave.   Jade…