Category: Music

The cadence. The precision. The buttery essence. The silky perfection. Today is the 40th anniversary of “Never Too Much,” the debut album of Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. Get into it.

Links For The Voracious

NPR’s Audie Cornish breaks down getting over imposter syndrome and knowing when to stop and take care of yourself.

Photographer Tommy Kha on making the work you want to create and not succumbing to the limits of other people’s imaginations.

What Black critics have to say is essential for expanding our understanding of the arts.

“People tend to forget that words are scripture. Life and death lies in the tongue, and I wanted to create something that could uplift.” Costume director Marci Rodgers describing the inspiration for writing her children’s book “MaJaRa’s Dream” during the chaos and pain of 2020.

Everybody loves The Linda Lindas and they just signed a record deal with Epitaph Records. Congratulations, Lindas! 👍🏿 Check out the band at the Los Angeles Public Library TEENtastic Tuesdays: AAPI Heritage Month Kick-off.

5 Songs For The End of The Week

The one and only Grace Beverly Jones celebrated her birthday on Thursday, May 19. She shares that birthdate with Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, and Yuri Kochiyama. May 19 looks to be an auspicious day to bring people into the world who will grow up to be brave.

Ms. Jones’ singular body of self-expression is guided by a relentless creative spirit that doesn’t recognize the confines of the status quo. Her music can’t be tied to one specific genre. She is punk and disco and rock and soul and new wave and reggae and art song all in one astounding package beyond characterization. 

Here are five songs by Grace Jones and the singer’s thoughts on life in her own words.

“One creates oneself.”

“If you are lonely when you are alone, you’re in bad company.”

“I am a child. I think we’re all still children. Always stay an amateur, never a professional.”

“In a room full of people, want yourself first.”

“I only move forward, never backwards, darling.”

5 Songs For The End of The Week

Grand Dame Queenie. Amy Sherald, 2012.

Smooth as silk. Sweet like honey. Made for the moonlight. Brighter than sunshine. There is no voice like Ms. Dionne Warwick’s. If you haven’t already dipped into her catalogue of hits, it’s time to get into it. Here are five of my favorites for the end of the week.

5 Songs For The End of The Week

It’s Friday and the year is almost over. 2020 has been 2020. Find joy and peace where you can. Here are five songs to end your week on a high note.

Grace Jones +Disco = Perfection. Add Iggy Pop, ASAP Rocky, and Tyler, The Creator in a video ad featuring Cerrone and Ms. Jones’, Disco classic “Supernature?” That’s entertainment.

“Because I’m Me” by The Avalanches never fails to make me feel good. 

Ravyn Lenae’s “Sticky” is a legendary late night dance party song in the making.

These Power Pop inspired kids from Surfaces are keeping me going with “Sunday Best.”

Just when you’re ready to wind down, John Legend and Cynthia Erivo are right on time with “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys.