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Saint Heron Presents: Roll Back, Say That & “Braids” Live Art Show With Shani Crowe

And we’re back! We are so excited to share that we will be hosting our artist talk series Roll Back, Say That featuring the south-side Chicago braiding queen, Shani Crowe on January 28th in New Orleans! Stop by at 1:00 p.m. for a live art presentation of her “Braids” series and an intimate discussion moderated…

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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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Roll Back, Play That: Cardi B

When you cross an unapologetic persona with palpable honesty, you get the tenaciously beautiful Cardi B. The rapper-meets-reality stars uninviting past has platformed the success of her future, and the world can’t get enough of her persona and comedic candor. As she continues to metamorphose into a public figure, she sheds a unique light on women who once…

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INTERVIEW: BJ The Chicago Kid Premieres ‘The Lost Files: Cuffing Season’ Mixtape

I’ve always believed, from personal experience, that music heals. So with that, BJ The Chicago Kid is a true musical medicine man to me. An incredible vocalist and insanely talented songwriter, I happen to think he’s the reason passion and romance have returned to lustful desire in music. So when the opportunity to interview the…

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Listen To Our Favorite Jams of November

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already December. November flew by in the blink of an eye but we still managed to snag our favorite songs of the month for our monthly playlist. Through the fall month, we were driven by the grooviest of gems. Goldlink exclusively premiered his “See I Miss Pt. 2” with…

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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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Interview: Using Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ As A Healing Component With Raphael Saadiq

When it was announced that the multi-talented Raphael Saadiq would be executive producing Solange‘s now No. 1 album, ‘A Seat at the Table’, I was elated. I don’t wake up each morning with “Still Ray” on repeat for nothing. The former Tony! Toni! Toné! member holds considerable talents, so it comes as no surprise that…

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A Seat With Us: A Conversation Between Solange Knowles, Mrs. Tina Lawson, & Judnick Mayard

On the eve of releasing her fourth studio album, ‘A Seat at the Table’, Solange Knowles gathered me and her mother, Mrs. Tina Lawson, for a celebration and a deep discussion about the powerful new LP. ‘A Seat at the Table’ is every bit as sonically intricate as expected from Solange, centering on her own…

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And Do You Belong? I Do

The tone. It’s the same one that says to your friend, “BOY…. go on over there and hand me my bag” at the airport, assuming he’s a porter. It’s the same one that tells you, “m’am, go into that other line over there” when you are checking in at the airport at the first class…

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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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Armina Mussa Debuts ‘Unknown, Wyoming’: A Telling Visual Journey Through Trauma

Visual artist and our very own Armina Mussa has debuted her long-awaited conceptual book, Unknown, Wyoming. The collection of vivid, full-page imagery and a deep look into the mind of the artist pulls from Mussa’s experimentation with medium and self. Two months after a traumatizing event, Mussa was inspired to create. The name given to her…

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Interview: Digable Planets Realign

From the moment you hear the first few strums of bass introducing Digable Planets’ Grammy Award-winning single “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” snapping your fingers along to the effortless beat that ensues is inevitable. With the hip-hop trio’s 1992 crossover hit, the music world’s ears were introduced to Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler’s introspective lyricism, Mary…

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