Author Archives: Makeda Sandford

Daniel Kaluuya, Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas To Create New Film, ‘Queen & Slim’

The very talented Melina Matsoukas is always working on artful projects to push the culture forward, and her newest creation happens to bring together two other names doing that same thing in their own way. She is on her way to directing Queen & Slim, a forthcoming film originally imagined by James Frey. The film is screen-written by…

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Blood Orange Announces Forthcoming Album, ‘Negro Swan’

Dev Hynes has been mostly quiet about the new music he’s been brewing, but now it’s official. Negro Swan was announced early today via Instagram, along with the stunning album art. This marks the follow up to 2016 Freetown Sound, a beautifully jazzy alternative that has kept Blood Orange fans anxious for this return.  Hynes says Negro…

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SZA Releases Donald Glover-Starring Visual for “Garden”

TDE’s leading lady SZA is still riding the wave from her grammy-nominated debut album Ctrl and has blessed our feeds with yet another visual. “Garden” is a luscious and sentimental track from the project for which SZA enlists Toronto’s youngest rising director Karena Evans to create a perfect visual to help tell the story. Guest starring Donald Glover (who…

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Watch Tyler, The Creator’s Visual for New Single “OKRA”

Tyler, The Creator has been pretty reserved since he stepped out on the Grammy’s red carpet with glorious cheetah-print hair. He’s returned to Twitter to announce the release of “OKRA,” a “throwaway” song he put out for fun, but bumps like we would never guess it was. The rapper also releases a visual for the high-paced…

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Kelela Talks Music Process, Industry and Humble Beginnings with GQ

Kelela has always been a transparent breath of fresh air in a world of music industry secrets. In a new feature with GQ Magazine, the Take Me Apart singer-songwriter gets candid about her process in creating her hit album, how she keeps a holistic group of creative equals as a support system, and what it means to be a black woman…

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Audio: Anderson .Paak, “‘Til It’s Over”

It’s been quite a while since soulful party-starter Anderson .Paak graced us with solo work. Since 2016, the drum-playing R&B singer has been grinding by way of features (such as making appearances on songs for Talib Kweli, Rapsody and others), touring and his joint effort with studio ace Knxwledge, NxWorries. Now, we get the full…

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Issa Rae & HBO to Develop New Shows with Young, Black and Queer Characters

The Issa Rae empire continues to grow as she does everything but back down from her trailblazing HBO takeover. The premium cable network has picked up not one, but two new series where the TV producer and actress will make way for multidimensional African-American characters; Sweet Life – a Windsor Hills-set drama looking at the lives of affluent black…

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Stream DVSN’s Second Romance-Soaked Album ‘Morning After’

October’s Very Own’s dvsn knows what love feels like, no matter what kind. The two-piece powerhouse’s sophomore album entitled Morning After was delivered today, as the unofficial announcement of OVO season, and we are whisked away into dvsn’s soulful R&B world of pink sunsets and slow grinds. Standout tracks include previously released singles “POV,” a more electric take on their…

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Nick Hakim Shares Spiritual Visuals for “Cuffed”

From his woozy soul vocals dripping through his debut album Green Twins, to his intimate live performances during his current tour, R&B singer Nick Hakim is not one to back down from intensity. Hakim recruits film director Daniel Kaufman and FluCT’s dance choreographer Monica Mirabile for an intensely spiritual journey in visuals for “Cuffed.” A group of talented…

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Beyoncé Will Donate Proceeds of New “Mi Gente” Remix to Hurricane Relief

Beyoncé Knowles has been active with Hurricane Relief efforts in her hometown of Houston and she’s now expanding her support to those impacted by this year’s record-setting hurricane season. Since tragedies have deeply affected our neighbors in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and surrounding the Caribbean Islands, she joins Latinx music stars J. Balvin and Willy Williams for…

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Sampha Takes Home 2017 Mercury Prize

Experimental R&B singer-songwriter Sampha didn’t expect Process to be received so well. The deeply personal and unique album released in February came with a short film and zine, all conceptualized and brought to life by the London-based artist. This year, Sampha took home the 2017 Mercury Prize for Process previously won by Skepta for Konnichiwa. In his acceptance speech, the singer…

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Audio: Nao, “Nostalgia”

British Pop/R&B dream girl Nao has reemerged from her musical hiatus. Returning with the groovy single “Nostalgia,” the singer-songwriter reassures fans a new album is on the way with an accompanying note via Twitter: “A gift 4 U whilst I create my next album, I promise I won’t keep you waiting long…” “Nostalgia” is an upbeat romantic…

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