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Music Mix: Celebrating Women in Hip-Hop

March is Women’s History Month, when we honor the contributions of women throughout history and celebrate the work that is being done today by women. Last month, we witnessed a historic Grammy win for Cardi B when she became the first solo woman to win for Best Rap Album. Yet even in that glorious and…

Music Mix: Dreams, Converse & Cognacs

Dreams, Converse & Cognac is this month’s new playlist featuring more than four hours of music, blending R&B, hip-hop, and pop.  The playlist spotlights new music from some of your favorite artists like India Arie, J. Cole, Kelly Rowland, Ariana Grande, Monica, Ciara, and more.  You’ll hear a few tracks from recent Grammy winners Ella…

Dope Aural: Cold Cadences

January is typically a slow month for new music releases; however, there were some albums that have been released recently that are worth checking out.  Last month, with the help of a friend, I fell into the rabbit hole when I was introduced to an artist, Brent Faiyaz.  His latest EP Lost was released back…

Can Music Affect Your Health & Wellness?

Like it is for many Americans, the beginning of 2019 is about restarting my health journey and looking for ways to improve my overall health and wellness.  Every year, I say to myself, “Trey, you’re going to go to the gym and eat better.” Usually by February, I haven’t seen the gym, and I’m sitting…

Music Mix: Sazeracs & Sleigh Rides

As long as I can remember, my Christmas mornings typically began at my parents’ house.  My younger sister, Megan, would jump in my bed and wake me up at some ungodly hour because she wanted to open her gifts.  (It was 8 AM, but don’t judge me; I’m an adult now.)  When I finally got…

Ten Gifts for the Music Junkie in Your Life

Christmas Day is drawing near and most of us are online shopping or actually in line (like I am right now) to find the perfect gifts for those special people in our lives.  Unfortunately, we often find ourselves in the position of not knowing what to get.  As a music junkie myself, I would like…

Dope Aural: Holiday Edition

The Christmas holiday is upon us, and the smells of mistletoe and balsam are in the air.  Over the next few weeks, if you are out and about shopping, you will encounter tons of holiday music everywhere you go. It’s time to get in all of your holiday grooves now before December 25th, when all of…

Dope Aural: Recent Reverb

Once upon a time, when physical CD’s were actually bought and sold, this would generally be the time of year when record companies began releasing new music leading into the holiday season. Like all other sectors of retail, the music industry understood that consumers would buy CD’s, vinyl and cassette tapes as holiday gifts or…

Music Mix: Pretty Wicked Things

Halloween is right around the block, and it’s time for festive costume parties, gross candy corn, and all things pumpkin spice. In honor of these American traditions, I decided to share a collection of Halloween-inspired tracks that will get you ready for adult trick-or-treatin’. October’s playlist, Pretty Wicked Things, includes a mix of old Halloween favorites like…

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…