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5 Up-And-Coming Female Artists To Watch Out For

May 25th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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At a time when many women in music are working hard to look and sound exactly the same, sometimes it feels like there aren’t very many female artists speaking your language and trying to make genuinely good music. Not true! They may not be at the top of the Billboard charts or all over the magazines yet, but there are some very talented women out there ready to change the game. For music lovers everywhere, here are five up-and-coming women in music to look out for.

Maimouna “Mumu Fresh” Youssef

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This Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and emcee has had her vocal abilities compared to the likes of Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill, but with a fresh twist. She has provided supporting vocals for many musical geniuses including Common, Lalah Hathaway, Zap Mama, and The Roots. Her work with The Roots landed Maimouna her first Grammy nomination for the hit “Don’t Feel Right.” In 2011, Maimouna released her first EP, Black Magic Woman. That same year she released a full-length album titled The Blooming, which made the Washington Post’s list of the Best DC Music of 2011. One of my favorite songs of Maimouna’s is her cover of Lorde’s “Royals.” Maimouna reclaims our rich African history and proclaims, “We’re already Royals, see it runs in our blood. We just been having tougher luck, we need a different kind of buzz. Let me be your ruler, call me Nefertiti and baby I’ll rule, come on in to reality.” Maimouna is truly a voice that will take the music industry by storm.

After The Original It’s Probably This: 15 Hottest Remixes From The Last 20 Years

May 21st, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The ’90s was the era that birthed the remix. And whether or not you believe Diddy’s claims that he fathered this form of music, you can’t deny that a good remix can live on forever. A great remix will make you forget all about the original. From Mariah teaming up with ODB to Nicki and Bey, check out 15 of the best remixes from the last 20 years.

Oh Na Na, What’s My Name? 15 Of The Best Music Videos By Rihanna

April 17th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Rihanna has decided to quench the thirst of Navy fans by releasing her latest video for the song “American Oxygen” to the masses.

Rihanna’s videos are always fresh to death. She takes big chances and is not afraid to twerk it out in a jean thong to get her point across: she’s the baddest gyal. Never forget it!

Let’s revisit 15 of Rihanna’s hottest music videos while we impatiently wait for the release of R8.

She Is The Lyte: Rapper MC Lyte Returns With New Album

April 9th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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MC Lyte was one of the groundbreaking hip-hop artists of 1990s, especially for women in rap. Now after an 11-year hiatus, the legend is coming with a new album aptly titled Legend.

There are a few promotions centered around the release, including the album’s one-day-only availability in throwback vinyl format only (with digital downloads for album purchasers) at independent record stores nationwide as a part of Record Store Day.

For the album Lyte, whose past hits include “Cold Rock A Party,” “Ruffneck,” “Cha Cha Cha,” and “I Am The Lyte,” had a little help from her friends. Ten in fact. And it’s already getting great reviews.

“The comeback in itself is an art. On Legend, however, MC Lyte doesn’t appear to have any jet lag,” raves the Source magazine.

The newest single to be released from the album is “Check,” with its retro underground hip hop feel. Prior to this, “Ball” featuring Lil Mama & AV was released.

And the single “Dear John” proved to be MC Lyte’s first Billboard charting single in 11 years. The track features Common and 10 Beats.

For more information on Lyte’s new release, check out her website.

Goapele Gives Us a Tour of Oakland for Black History Month

February 24th, 2015 - By jade
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A Black Mecca is a city where a good amount of African Americans live and thrive in the community on a daily basis. When you hear of a Black mecca you always think of places such as Atlanta and DC but in this segment, Goapele gives us a tour of her hometown Oakland, California. We are encouraging locals to support and celebrate small town businesses in the area during black history month!

Click here to see our editors tour St. Louis.


For more information on the places that were featured in the segment see below:

Oakland School for the Arts

530 18th St.

Oakland, CA 94612

Miss Ollie’s 

901 Washington St.

Oakland, CA 94607

Owl N Wood

45 Grand Ave.

Oakland, CA 94612

Zoo Labs

1035 7th St.

Oakland, CA 94607


Rihanna’s Not Alone: Leaks That Broke The Internet

January 6th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Everybody is buzzing about Rihanna’s leaked single World Peace. But RiRi’s not the only celebrity who’s taking over the internet buzz. We’ll never forget these celebrity leaks that broke the internet.

12 Drummers Drumming: Celebrities Who Played In Their School Bands

December 18th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Did you play an instrument in high school? Then join the club with these celebrities who played in their school bands. They just made all that time we spent in the bleachers seem a lot cooler.

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Halle Berry

The Monster’s Ball star played the flute in high school.

Throwback Thursday: Albums Every Neo-Soul Sister Had

November 13th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Neo-Soul music was one of the best things about the late 90’s. So put your head wrap and your amber jewelry on and get ready to remember the albums every Neo-Soul sister had.

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Remember Hey Mr. DJ and these ladies from Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit collective? .

The Best Movie Soundtracks

November 11th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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From Purple Rain to Frozen, these are some of the best movie soundtracks eve made. Because movies are always better when you can sing along.

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Waiting To Exhale

The only thing better than watching Waiting to Exhale is listening to the sound track.

Shoop Shoop? Let It Flow? Not Gon’ Cry? They’re all R&B classics, and Babyface wrote every last one.

Anaconda’s Not Alone: 15 of the Most Controversial Music Videos

November 7th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Is it just us or are music videos getting more controvesial all the time? And as artists turn the volume up on video’s they’re getting into a lot of hot water. Should these artists be allowed to do what they do? Or are the censors right about things getting out of hand?