Black folks have been in the news a lot recently and, despite the fact that an African American is in the White House (and according to recent polls stands likely to stay there for the next five years), a lot of that news has been extremely depressing in the past month. From "Stand Your Ground" to w ... More >>
via VH1VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul
Sunday, December 18
Better than: Whatever Ryan Seacrest is going to cook up for VH1 Soul.
Last night's VH1 Divas taping existed both as a performance and self-contained, 24-hours-out advertising opportunity for its broadcast. (Tonight at ... More >>
Sure, the Golden Globes are a big excuse for celebrities to get soused and congratulate each other, but this year's offering of Best Original Song nominees has a neat wrinkle: Lady Gaga and Madonna are facing off against one another, with Gaga up for her weirdly Bee Gees-evoking Elton John co ... More >>
These days, there's nothing attention grabbing about rappers who sing, whether it's Andre 3000's amped squawk, an Auto-Tune-enabled Kanye West, or Lil Wayne's upcoming Riker's Island shower room spirituals. This week the canon sees new album additions from one-time Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Gr ... More >>
"Billboard's 'Tastemakers' chart is the one we should all paying attention to, don't you think?"This week's Billboard 200 is headed once again by Lady Antebellum, the milquetoast country trio whose second album Need You Now moved 481,000 copies in its debut week, and 209,000 copies in the sal ... More >>
The stars wore dark, solid colors and radiated tasteful concern on the telethon Friday night, most of them digging up standard tunes of hope-through-the-wreckage.
I think the most powerful performers that night were:
Jennifer Hudson wailing beautifully on "Let It Be" and reminding us of her ... More >>
After the Shawn Carter hex on the Phillies flagged badly on Monday--three does not make four, Jay!--the Yankees have apparently gone to their bullpen: Mary J. Blige will sing the National Anthem at the Stadium tonight. We'd say something undermining here, but when it comes to Mary, we've got nothi ... More >>
They tried to get Mary J. Blige, former druggie Natalie Cole, and woman beater Chris Brown, but they ended up with Sister Sledge, or at least a splintered version of the group. (Last time I looked, the lead singer was doing solo gigs and was ironically singing "We Are All Family" all by herse ... More >>
Argument-baiting alt-weekly the Boston Phoenix celebrates "Independents Day" (heh) for the second year in a row by publishing a "Best Band" omnibus broken down by the 50 states. Last July, the paper was ambitious enough to hand out such geographically divided distinctions as "All Time Best Band," ... More >>
Who would've thought that, even a year ago, T.I. would become a rapper who will almost certainly go down in history as the inspirational, R&B-inflected posi-rap king--the prom don, the graduation-speaker type whom parents will eagerly recommend to their kids. As far back as the '90s Tip was being ar ... More >>