February 12, 2010

Grooves

GROOVES: Sade

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Like many grown bootied women I know, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had a major crush on Sade since her 1984 debut. Needless to say, I could NOT wait for February 8th to arrive. On Tuesday night I happily skipped out of my office to Giant Step’s Listening Party at the Royalton and then made a b-line for Best Buy early on Wednesday morning to cop her new joint, Soldier of Love– her Read more...

February 4, 2010

Grooves

GROOVES: Hot Grrrls Cool Music 2010

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(erykah badu, corinne bailey rae, janelle monae)

I’m so excited about the music that’s dropping in 2010! I really feel like, more so now than ever, the ladies are going to smash this year wide open, which after Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, I couldn’t be more pleased.

The Grammy’s, even though promoted as a Ladies Night, really played strongly for the fellas. Maxwell and Eminem ripped that sucka silly on just some old school Read more...

December 5, 2009

Grooves, Hot Grrrls

Janelle Monae + Cindi Mayweather

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I love surprises and couldn’t be more thrilled when my homey Greg told me he got us on the list to see Janelle Monae perform at a sci-fi event about time travel at The Greene Space in Soho. I was giddier than a pubescent girl on opening night for Twilight. I’m a sci-fi head that gets totally turned out by all manner of time travel whether it be the wormhole adventures of Farscape or the Read more...

November 20, 2009

Grooves

Tamar-kali: Afro-Punk’s Pink Side

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Tamar-kali describes her music as “Hardcore Geechee Goddess Warrior Soul.” I simply think it’s bad-ass. Featured in Afro-Punk, James Spooner’s marvelous documentary about Black folk who punk-rock and up jumped the boogie to another level via Fishbone, Betty Davis and Bad Brains, Tamar-kali quickly became a face of a movement she’d fronted locally in NYC for over 15 years in bands like Song of Seven and Funkface.

What I love so much about Read more...

September 3, 2009

Grooves, Real Talk

Roxanne Shante Caught The Vapors

Last week on our Facebook page I posted this really amazing story about Roxanne Shante earning her Ph.D and how she so cleverly had her record label pay for her entire academic ride. It was impressive. Redemptive even. I was thrilled to hear that one of my favorite female rappers had the foresight to include in her contract a provision for her educational expenses. Homegirl had juiced the music industry and had her doctorate in Read more...

August 22, 2009

Grooves, Videos

Marsha Ambrosius– Cool Chick, Hot Flo

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Okay I think it’s high time we stop fronting with these politically correct music critiques. Both the music industry and artists alike are suffering from disingenuously wack music reviews, not to say how this kind of criticism has rendered music journalism damn near irrelevant. So real talk. I know most fans of Floetry have love for both Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart– The Songstress and The Floacist respectively, but we all know that Marsha was Read more...

July 9, 2009

Grooves, Real Talk, Videos

They Won’t Go When I Go – MJ RIP

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Off of Fulfillingness’ First Finale, “They Won’t Go When I Go” is, for me, one of Stevie Wonder’s best and most moving songs. Hearing it sung at MJ’s Memorial was nothing short of pure genius. Following “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” (which ironically was featured in Poetic Justice with a young, grieving Janet Jackson), with this here song singing: No more lying friends/ Wanting tragic ends/ Though they do pretend/ They Read more...

April 14, 2009

Grooves

Santigold: Authentic & Real

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Santigold is the new evolution or should say revolution of Stiffed. It’s Santi White remixed and renewed and right on time. I’ve known Sant for awhile now– at least 10 years. We even lived together for a minute in ’96 and during that time, especially on weekends when we were both around, I really got to know and love her. She’s mad ambitious and passionate and always has a ton of things on her plate. Read more...