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2013 saw the untimely deaths of two very influential people in my life; my biological mother Mary Ann Holmes and legendary film critic Roger Ebert. Both losing their battle with cancer, similar fighting spirits and graceful acceptance of the end showed fearlessness in character. Those...

For a woman brought up in the church, St. Louis born and Chicago raised singer Aida didn’t take her Christian background seriously after traversing down south to Huntsville, Alabama around her sophomore year of high school. “I turned into the Tasmanian Devil because I didn’t...

There wasn’t a sound that represented black music and its crossover marketability more than 1960's Motown. Detroit’s crowned jewel of course gave birth to The Jacksons, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross & The Supremes among others who went on to break various racial and commercial...

It’s pretty interesting how exactly Freddie Ross, a.k.a. Big Freedia, became the face of New Orleans-based bounce music. Beginning his career as a backup dancer and singer for then mentor Katey Red, the “Queen Diva” is now the star of Fuse TV’s biggest reality show, Big...

Prince, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Mint Condition all have one central city instrumental to their career beginnings: Minneapolis. “I think Minneapolis is one of the best cities to get started in,” says Blue Note Records jazz hybrid vocalist José James. Growing up...

Ten or fifteen years down the line, it’s highly probable William Eubank’s surrealist science fiction thrillerThe Signal will enjoy a following similar to the Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle Donnie Darko. Both feature plots that can be described in one very simple yet crude word; mind fuck. Like Richard...

“We just happen to be a group that’s married and puts out entertainment; one of the reasons why we haven’t had any issues on that level is because we treat it that way,” says Xanthe who, along with husband K-Tabbs, form Atlanta-based R&B duo Epic...

The last couple of years has seen a resurgence in popularity for Los Angeles-based collective Fishbone. The group, who would go on to influence acts including Sublime and No Doubt, reignited their flame of popularity after 2012’s phenomenal documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. Seen as...