Throwback Thursday — That Retro Thing

My homies over at Soulbounce raised the concern that the current wave of retro soul is just as trendy as that Godawful inescapable auto-tune madness I’m confronted with every time I flip on 99 Jamz here in Miami. I’m sorry, friends who are fans…but I can snap my fingaz to T-Pain only so much. I […]

Worth a Click

I wouldn’t describe myself as a crazy cat lady… I think having more than one cat is definitely the first step, no? Just the one is enough for me, thanks. Max gives me plenty of stress and stuff to clean up… and now he’s famous! My cat Max is officially a LOLcat! I submitted this […]

Throwback Thursday — One in a Million

Seven years ago, on August 25, 2001 — the music world lost one of its brightest up and coming stars. Aaliyah’s death affected me profoundly then, and still her shadow looms so large over the music scene now. Who can blame lesser emulators for trying to jack her swagger? I just spent the evening browsing […]

Throwback Thursday — A Decade Since Miseducation

The Root just did an amazing trilogy of Lauryn Hill tributes to commemorate a decade since Miseducation dropped. Rebecca Walker asks five questions (including the one everyone has been asking for almost a decade now, Are you coming back?), The Confessions of Lauryn Hill — lyrical analysis that revealed her true feelings about fame and […]

RIP Isaac Hayes

Wow. When it rains, it pours, and tomorrow’s going to be a Stormy Monday, indeed. This weekend we’ve lost two legends of black entertainment — Bernie Mac on Saturday, and soul legend Isaac Hayes today. The 65 year old soul legend was found unconscious next to a still-running treadmill. He was pronounced dead at 2:08 […]

Church on a Sunday

After the sadness of yesterday’s news, I needed a little church to soothe my soul. I hope y’all don’t mind. No disrespect intended to the church I grew up attending — All Saints around the Savannah in Trinidad — but if our hymns went a little more like this, I would have been really anxious […]

Esperanza Spalding is One Cool Chick

Sometimes I love my job. Specifically, I love doing interviews. Although my mama raised me to do the opposite, I love talking to strangers. Not every interview is a winner, but every now and then you encounter an artist who truly makes an impression on you. For example, I just got off the phone with […]