Author Archives: Hannah Morris

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Audio: Big Sean “Living Single” Feat. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih

After an accursed leak this summer, Big Sean‘s “Living Single” officially debuted last night featuring none other than Chance The Rapper and Jeremih. Reminiscent of the memorable 90s black sitcom Living Single, the song details the innate battle everyone seems to go through when joy and pain meddle with the heart’s desires. Sean raps about his struggle with the dilemma…

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The 23rd Annual ESSENCE Festival Lineup Has Been Announced

ESSENCE has officially announced their star-studded lineup for the 23rd Annual ESSENCE Festival and its headliners include Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige and our very own Solange! “This year’s Festival lineup puts women at the forefront of an incredible weekend of entertainment featuring more than 40 of the world’s most gifted artists and performers,” said…

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Lloyd is Unrestrained in New EP ‘Tru’

After a 5 year hiatus, Lloyd reemerges to the music industry as his freest self today with his new EP Tru. The album begins with the previously released single “Tru.” A personal homage to his own past, the crooner uses the opening track to express his struggles and how that turned into him embracing the…

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POC Are Celebrated in New Magazine ‘Maroon World’

There is a beauty in the madness in the daily life of people of color, and its come to light in newly launched magazine Maroon World. The biannual publication, founded by partners Cynthia Cervantes and Travis Gumbs, strays from traditional layouts by removing words – no editor’s letter to describe its contents, just profound editorial…

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Audio: Haunted, “Late Train” Feat. Snubnose Frankenstein & Makeda Iroquois

Get your shine on in Haunted‘s jazzy locomotive production of a new single entitled “Late Train”. The track features the tongue twisting lyrics from the gruffly voice of Snubnose Frankenstein with Makeda Iroquois’ soothing sound following right behind. Haunted is one half of dance/electronic band The Pheels. Listen to the syndicated soul below and be…

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A Visit Through The Mackey Twins’ ‘Art’s Conscience II’ Gallery in Harlem

Friday evening, we celebrated the opening night of the Mackey Twins Art Gallery exhibit Art’s Conscience II, admiring artists of color who fed our souls. Karen and Sharon Mackey’s presentation included an open conversation with six of the eleven artisans followed by an art sale. Moderated by Diedra Harris-Kelley, the participating artists, including Charly Palmer, Essud…

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Chance The Rapper Is Set to Appear In New Film ‘Slice’

Having wrapped up “The Magnificent Coloring World Tour” last night, we’d imagine Chance The Rapper would be taking a break from the big stage. And he is… just for the big screen! Today the native of Chicago revealed that he secretly shot a movie in his hometown this summer. Slice, written by Austin Vesley, follows an…

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This Is What Peach Fuzz Sounds Like: Ari Lennox

This is a story of how self-love allows you to follow your dreams. Let me confess. I’d never heard of singer Ari Lennox prior to this interview, but after listening to the seven tracks of her Dreamville debut project, PHO (repeatedly I must say), I knew that she was someone I’d never forget. Opening with…

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Audio: Anik Khan, “Cleopatra”

With his third single to drop this week, Anik Khan illuminates our imaginations with “Cleopatra.” The Queens native teamed up with Melo-X to sample legendary Bollywood film composer A.R. Rahman, commonly known for Slumdog Millionaire. Spicing up the track, Akin also adds homage to the UK’s own Craig David. Listen to the cultural concoction below.

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The Weeknd Reveals New Hairstyle & Album, ‘Starboy’

Along with a brand new haircut, The Weeknd took to Instagram to share the cover art for his third studio album, Starboy. Earlier this month, the singer spoke with VMAN on what listeners should anticipate for the upcoming record. “I think it’ll be the best-sounding album I’ve ever done. It’s hard to label the sound…

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Audio: Chris Brown, “Keep You In Mind” Feat. Bryson Tiller

Guordon Banks’ 2015 melody “Keep You In Mind” gets a new spin with the chameleonic R&B sound of Chris Brown. The mid-tempo jam also features Bryson Tiller, one of R&B’s newest and most promising artists. As pressure rises from the outside looking in on Brown’s personal life, it’s refreshing to see CB focus on his…

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Listen To Our Favorite Jams of August

August came with a few heat waves, but fortunately for us, the music kept us cool. Summer may be over, but we’re still on cloud nine with a melodic funk that warms any ambiance. Celebrate womanhood with Diana Gordon’s “Woman,” then let your melanin shine dancing to Brasstracks’ “Melanin Man.” Get into your feelings with Syd’s…

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