Airing on TV One since 2008, Unsung is sort of a black Behind the Music, detailing the rise and fall of various R&B stars who haven't gotten their proper respect with time. The show has covered some of my all-time faves (Tammi Terrell, Florence Ballard), as well as acts outside my palette (Alexande ... More >>
Amy Winehouse passed away on July 23. In memory of the people, places, and things that passed away in 2011, here's a collection of links and streaming-video artifacts.
Maura JohnstonThe Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour feat. Travie McCoy, Donnis, Black Cards, XV, and Bad Rabbits Gramercy Theatre Tuesday, March 24 Better than: Being broken up with by email. There was apparently some sort of apocalyptic weather going on outside the Gramercy ... More >>
Jean SimmonsAnd there were a lot of them, all with a legacy of astounding achievements well worth reflecting on! Rue McClanahan? Elizabeth Edwards? Teena Marie?
Her songs were part of the DNA of both rap and anyone who grew up in the '80s, she was powerful enough to hold down her end of a long musical relationship with a man no less freaky than Rick James, and she took a legendarily goofy guitar-pose photo. Teena Marie called herself the "Ivory Queen ... More >>
Nikka Costa adheres to rhythm and blues
Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP
Backroom boys versus marquee girls in a never ending battle for generic R&B perfection
Flash back, who's that, dancin' to the latest? Lady T, y'all
All My Ex's Don't Live in Paris, Texas
Dusty Springfield, 19391999