Written By: Lele Symone For R&B fans coming of age in the 1990s, there was something special about Blackstreet: a hybrid of new jack swing, hip-hop and old school R&B that filled the airwaves with silky ballads and infectious club jams ("Booti Call," "No Diggity," "Before I Let You Go," "Joy," etc.) and who also won a Grammy Award in the process. But years later, its … [Read more...] about Music Interview: Chauncey Black of “Blackstreet” – wants to set the record straight, starting with the ownership drama surrounding the name
Written by: Melody Charles Courage, confidence, trial and transformation: in the nearly three years since her last album Pieces Of Me, singer and songwriter Ledisi Young has experienced growth and loss. Getting good with herself dovetailed with leaving a long-term relationship, but instead of secluding herself to the shadows and licking her wounds, the eight-time Grammy … [Read more...] about Music Interview: Singer / Songwriter Ledisi’s – Courage, confidence, trial and transformation
Written by: Melody Charles If you've been a part of the re-emerging 30+ live music scene in Dallas, TX over the last few years, chances are you've heard---or seen---the long, lean guitar-wielding machine known as Mark Letteri. Ahem...make that the Grammy Award-winning guitarist, composer and producer Mark Letteri. For years the Ft. Worth, TX-based performer did the … [Read more...] about Music Interview: Guitarist Mark Letteri of ‘Snarky Puppy’ on the recent Grammy win and working with Lalah Hathaway
Musician Raphael Saadiq speaks on the ingredients that went into making the music in the feature length film BLACK NATIVITY … [Read more...] about Movie Black Nativity: Music Behind The Film Featurette feat Raphael Saadiq
CD Review By: Melody Charles Revelry, rivalries, old friends and new beginnings---the film BEST MAN HOLIDAY not only brought back the entire beloved cast of characters (portrayed by Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan and Terrence Howard, to name a few) from its popular 1999 prequel, the recent box office hit updated their life trajectories, … [Read more...] about CD Review: “Best Man Holiday” Soundtrack. Is it good…or what?