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SZA’s Highly Anticipated Album ‘Ctrl’ Has Arrived

Having “Love Galore” and “Broken Clocks” on repeat for the past few weeks, fans finally can blast singer SZA‘s long anticipated debut LP Ctrl all summer long. After releasing her EP, Z, SZA has been featured on projects from Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, Schoolboy Q and Rihanna. It’s been almost three years since fans have heard a…

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Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorrillaz to Headline The Meadows Music and Arts Festival

It is now the time to carefully plan out your summer, vacations, road trips, and of course music festivals. With all the stellar lineups at this year’s domestic and international festivals it’s pretty hard to choose. To further shake things up, The Meadows Music and Arts Festival lineup has been announced and we’re sure you’ll…

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The Internet Demands Action to #FindOurGirls

An alarming amount of young Black and Latina girls have gone missing in the greater Metropolitan area of Washington D.C. Until today, national coverage of the alarming disappearances didn’t exist. But when the internet erupted with demands for media coverage, that changed. Over 500 girls have disappeared from D.C. since the beginning of 2017, and…

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Jay Z is Set to Produce Docuseries & Film about Trayvon Martin

The poetic rapper, Jay Z a.k.a Sean Carter, known for his clever lyricism about hustling and being Black in America has more to say, and it isn’t through music. Following up the six-part docuseries about the late Kalief Browder, the mogul has plans to release a new docuseries and a narrative film with the Weinstein Company…

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Missy Elliott’s Debut Album ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ Recieves Vinyl ReIssue for 20 Year Anniversary

“Beep beep. Who got the keys to the jeep?” The question that charmed a generation. We’ve been singing in unison with Missy Elliott since we first saw her in that unforgettable black plastic puffy suit, adorning finger waves and dark lipstick in her 1997 music video, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” from her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly.…

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Melina Matsoukas is Woman of the Year & Drops a Few Gems at This Year’s Fusion Film Festival

Director Melina Matsoukas has an outstanding resume. Her riveting work can be seen in Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” Beyoncé’s “Formation”–both of which earned her Grammys, and most recently, Issa Rae’s Insecure.  Success, however, didn’t come easy. The 36-year-old director is a rare breed in the film industry. Rare in two ways specifically: being a woman and being a woman…

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Jay-Z Announces Roc Nation’s Newest Company, Arrive

After being announced as the first rapper inductee in the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, it’s no surprise that Jay-Z continues to create history and new platforms. Roc Nation recently partnered up with Primary Venture Partners and GlassBridge Asset Management to form their newest branch to the empire, Arrive. From managing artists to representing athletes, Arrive…

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Ravyn Lenae Invites Us on a Trip to the Stars with ‘Midnight Moonlight’ EP

Young Chicago songstress Ravyn Lenae kicked-off her tour with poetic rapper and fellow Chicagoan Noname earlier this year, and today fans were surprised with a new six song EP. Titled Midnight Moonlight, the 18 year old continues to grace the airwaves with her soulful, raw aesthetic in what almost feels like an extension of her debut EP, Moonshoes. Midnight Moonlight is…

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Gallant Shares Steamy Music Video for “Talking to Myself”

In Gallant’s newest video, “Talking to Myself,” you see the Grammy nominated vocalist in an all black fit, freely fidgeting and moving to his words through an empty diner. The first scene welcomes the audience in through an upside down frame and continues to entice our attention with a slow, constant rotation of angles and frames.…

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‘Moonlight’ Makes History With Oscar Win for “Best Picture”

As an award show that traditionally lacks diversity, the 89th Academy Awards delivered some memorable moments for the close of Black History Month. In the past two years, not a single Black actor was nominated for any category. What a surprise it came to hear the 2016 acclaimed Moonlight won the Oscar for “Best Picture”…

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Sonder Releases First EP, Into

Maryland native Brent Faiyaz made a lot of noise in 2016. The soulful R&B singer released his first EP ( A.M. Paradox) was recently featured on Goldlink‘s song “Crew,” and released several mixes on Soundcloud with fellow Sonder members, producers Dpat and Atu. The group known for their hit single “Too Fast” finally stopped teasing fans and shared the…

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KCRW’s 2017 World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl Lineup Includes Solange, Blood Orange and More

After winning her first Grammy and hosting the most memorable post-Grammy Wine and Grind, the show must go on. Today KCRW announced it’s line up for the 2017 World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and our leading lady Solange will be the headlining act. Also slated to take the stage during this very special event…

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