Author Archives: Stephanye Watts

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The Revisit: Musiq Soulchild’s “Juslisen”

Growing up in Philadelphia is a gift for any music nerd. It’s the city that Gamble & Huff built. The home of The Philadelphia Sound. If you’re an artist that can get love from Philly, you can get love anywhere. The neo-soul era started bubbling while I was in high school, for example. Artists like…

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Spree Wilson Shares Official Video for “Last Call for Sad Goodbyes”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Spree Wilson is making the last call for sad goodbyes. Taking a complete detour from the bright and airiness of his last single “Counterfeit,” “Last Call for Sad Goodbyes” wrestles with the complexities of love. Wilson says, “Love is incredibly complicated. It’s never always black and white..there tend…

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Black Contemporary Film and the Endurance of Legacy

Oscars season is officially here! As a self-described film nerd, 2016 felt like a dream. From small films like ‘Little Men’ and ‘White Girl’ (who were royally gipped this awards season) to standard American blockbusters, it was an incredible year for cinema. When tasked with the responsibility to reflect on the last year in Black film,…

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Sophia Tassew Reimagines Our Favorite Albums As Film Posters

We all have that album that seems to completely embody who we are or who we were at a certain point in our lives. Enter Sophia Tassew. Without a formal education or background in visual arts, she took classic albums and turned them into film posters just in time for the 2016 film festival blitz.…

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The Revisit: Bilal’s ‘1st Born Second’

Summer 2001 was one of those major pivotal moments in my life. SATs were around the corner. I had my first trip to Africa. My life inspo Aaliyah passed. I got my first job. None of these things shook me though like the day Bilal‘s debut album 1st Born Second dropped. I was taking pre-college courses at my…

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Stream SMSHNG HRTS’ ‘On My Way’ EP

Just as we’re finally catching a breath from Oakland band SMSHNG HRTS‘ So Cosmic EP, they’ve released a follow up mixtape, On My Way. Back in May, SMSHNG HRTS (comprised of Dylan 20, Jaden and Martin, both 18) dropped a video for “Bright Lights” hinting that a project was coming, but we weren’t exactly sure what…

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The Revisit: Jodeci’s ‘Forever My Lady’

As Brooklyn comes down from the high of the dual night Bad Boy 20th Anniversary extravaganza, Sean Combs is celebrating yet another milestone as the original bad boys of R&B, Jodeci, commemorate the 25th anniversary of Forever My Lady. Landing on the steps of the Uptown Records office in 1991 with $300 and a demo, these church boys,…

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Brooklyn Academy of Music Celebrates Black Film

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has been the major hub of arts and culture in Brooklyn since it’s founding in 1861. Everyone from Booker T. Washington to Pearl Primus have passed through its halls. It is also the home of Dance Africa, a weekend combining performances from dance companies across the diaspora, a film series, and a…

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Premiere: JusMoni as Saffroniaa

The west coast has truly had the wave for the last few years. The next generation of soulful, vibey R&B has been rooted in Cali via artists like The Internet and Iman Omari. This time however, we’re adjusting our eyes north to Seattle thanks to the Saint Heron premiere of JusMoni as Saffroniaa. We first…

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The Revisit: Faith Evans’ “Faith”

“I am still amazed when people refer to my debut album as a classic. Mainly because I certainly had no expectations, as I didn’t know what to expect! I was a church girl who grew up listening to gospel, soul, R&B, jazz, disco, house, classical, pop, rock, funk, folk, and any other music my mom…

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A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator Are True Leaders of the New Cool

This week, the internet has been enthralled in a fight about what’s considered “real” hip-hop bringing into question evolving taste, hypebeast culture, and the eternal elephant in the room within the genre, ageism. Many people are using the argument that oldheads just can’t get the youthfulness of artists today. Meanwhile, the biggest acts in hip-hop right now are on the…

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Audio: Siaira Shawn, Love

We’ve been waiting for Maxwell to finish his trilogy for what feels like eternity. Lucky for us Saint Heron favorite Siaira Shawn is already back with the second installment of her Flowers While You’re Here EP series and it’s first single “Love.” Iris features Shawn’s whiskey smooth vocals and songwriting that hits you in the…

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