Black Music Month

It’s the last week of Black Music Month and we’ve saved the best for last. We’ve recorded your votes and chosen the Best R&B Male – Marvin Gaye. Your votes gave us the best R&B Female – Whitney Houston – and the Best R&B Love Song -“Always and Forever.” Now we want you to choose […]

As part of Black Music Month  wanted to share the origins of one of the funniest musical moments in recent memory. In 2011 Wayne Brady produced…

Dyana Williams wears a variety of hats. The celebrity strategist and ambassadress of Black music, who has worked with Rihanna, T.I. Fantasia, Erykah Badu, Faith Evans, Justin Bieber, Mary Mary and many others, is also an in-demand speaker, MC and the host of Old School 100.3’s “Soulful Sunday” radio program. Williams also ran an international […]

“Now what you hear is not a test/I’m rapping to the beat…” If you can complete not just this sentence, but the verse before and the rest of the song, then you know the seminal hip-hop classic “Rapper’s Delight,” perhaps the most addictive sing-along song ever recorded. Big Bank Hank, Master Gee and Wonder Mike […]

The 12th annual BET Awards take place this weekend. Are you ready? Here’s our guide to watching the Awards, which air live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live this Sunday, June 30th at 8 p.m. EST. Chris Tucker hosts the annual showcase of Black music, which began in Las Vegas on June 19th, 2001. OutKast […]

On June 7, 1979, I had the pleasure of attending the first Black Music Month celebration on the lawn of the White House, hosted by President Jimmy Carter. It was a lovely picnic gathering with an illustrious audience of music industry professionals, including Chuck Berry, Andre Crouch and other prominent artists of the day, who […]

He was born Shawn Corey Carter in Brooklyn, New York, but the world knows him better as Jay-Z. At the time when he chose the moniker that would make him famous, Carter had no idea it would become a household name around the world. But then, who would have imagined that hip-hop could make it […]

Usher Raymond IV may have been born to sing. As a youngster, he sang in the choir, and as his family watched his talent develop, they made what would be a fateful decision – to move from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia, where a more fertile music scene was growing. Turns out his family was […]

It was the hottest single of 2000s. Its video made Kanye West the most hated man in America. Though, at first, it seemed just a catchy pop song, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” turned out to be so much more. From the single ladies of America who could relate to its message […]

Since power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce dominated the past decade, it’s no surprise that one of their protégés would become the hottest new talent in the rap game. Jeremiah “J.” Cole is the first signing to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, even though Cole says he once approached the rap superstar outside of a New York recording […]