Author Archives: Ashley Vance


Audio: Matt Martians, “Diamond In Da Ruff”

Shortly after The Internet announced developments of solo projects, member, songwriter and producer Matt Martians has released “Diamond In Da Ruff,” along with the revelation of his own upcoming LP. Arriving next Friday, January 27th, The Drum Chord Theory, will feature guest appearances from Tyler, The Creator, Kari Faux and fellow Internet members, Syd and Steve Lacy.…

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ICYMI: Hear SassyBlack’s ‘Pop Treasury Vol. 1’ Dedication to NSYNC

SassyBlack’s early days of toying with garage band beats have served her well. Now the most seasoned version of her singer-songwriter/producer self, she’s just released an electric beat tape titled, Pop Treasury Vol. 1: *NSYNC. According to CityArts Online, Cat “SassyBlack” Harris-White has always adored boy and girl bands like the Jackson 5, SWV and New Edition, as…

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Kevin Hart Creates ‘A Black Man’s Guide to History’

Kevin Hart wants everyone to stop in the name of Black History… and comedy. Though a rare combination, the comedian’s freshly announced TV special will be a joint venture on humor and recognition for under-acknowledged Black history figures. Titling the program A Black Man’s Guide to History, Hart plans to take a “hysterical, but important” look at lesser-known…

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Audio: Khalid, “Saved”

Still drawing in new listeners from his 2016 breakout song “Location,” Texas star Khalid is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. Today (Jan. 13th), he amped his growing buzz with the release of “Saved,” a melodic offering that seems to be dedicated to the memories of a failed relationship. All the while, the 18-year-old El Paso native sweetly…

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AUDIO: Alicia Keys, “Sweet F’in Love” (Prod. By Kaytranada)

Still radiating in the musical beauty of Alicia Key’s Here LP, the queen of soft and sultry has teamed up with deep cut king Kaytranada to deliver a blend of throwback, funkadelic vibrations. The modest track finds Ms. Keys soft-spoken and melodically singing “I’m talkin’ ’bout sweet f-ing love,” repeatedly throughout the song. The neo-soul jam was debuted…

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Solange Talks ‘A Seat at the Table,’ Finding Her Voice and More with Beyonce for Interview Magazine

Well known for pairing stars with high-profile interviewers, Interview Magazine has crafted a once in a lifetime cover story featuring our favorite sister duo at opposite ends of the discussion. Written to highlight the triumphs of our own, Solange, the feature is orchestrated with questions and topics curated by none other than Beyoncé. While on the phone with her big…

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Check Out Tinashe’s Carefully Choreographed Visual for “Company”

As we await the release of her sophomore album Joyride, Tinashe has blessed us with yet another treat to tie us over. In the new visual for “Company,” the singer uses every inch of the rhythmic beat to showcase the video’s intricate choreography. Making it very clear that she “doesn’t need love,” her preference for mere company is…

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Savannah College Professor Offers Students a Full Course on OutKast

For all the Hip Hop loving college students out there, you may want to ask your professors to borrow a page from Professor Regina Bradley’s teaching guide. Thanks to her, one of Armstrong University’s upper level English courses will take a scholarly look at the legendary Outkast. As we “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” fans know, the southern Rap duo has deep connections…

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Listen To Our Favorite Jams of December

The turbulent year of 2016 brought forth quite the slew of sounds, and the final month was no exception. Musically, December was a month of limitless possibilities. The tasteful tunes released within the last month of the year helped us curate a playlist rooted in warmth and a sprinkle of holiday cheer. Featuring Abra’s “Bounty,” Little Simz’s “Picture Perfect,” Big Sean’s “Living…

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See VanJess Perform Their Soft & Sultry Version of 21 Savage’s “X”

21 Savage, Metro Boomin’ and Future’s “X” has been transformed into a break-up ballad thanks to the dynamic music duo VanJess. The eclectic sisters have fused their softness with savagery to produce a visual that radiates vibes of sweet and sassy. Their angelic voices add a new dynamic to the once-vicious lyrics, and the short yet sweet illustration ties the theme together perfectly. As…

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U.S. President-elect Senator Barack Obama waves to supporters during his election night rally in Chicago

President Obama Signs Emmett Till Bill To Reopen Unsolved Civil Rights Cases

On his way out of the White House, President Obama is silencing some of those “he didn’t do enough” criticisms. The President’s most recent inscription activated the Emmett Till Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, granting the Department of Justice and FBI permission to pursue unsolved civil rights crimes committed before 1980. Amidst discussing racial equality in…

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#FlashbackFriday: These Retro Jet Magazine Covers Are Sure To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Seasons greetings and Yuletide carols are threaded with underlying messages of unity and empowerment, so what better time to celebrate Black Excellence than Christmas? Despite an increasing need to diversify social structures, most aren’t climbing aboard the “Christmas equality” train as quickly as you’d hope. Still, as a race, Black people have managed to shed light on culture through song, movies, and…

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