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 […]

Rock the Bells Rocked

Woo! I’m still feeling the effects of musical euphoria, bellas and fellas — Rock the Bells at Miami’s Bayfront Park was utterly incredible. I had a time and a half. I gotta echo brilliant music blogger Vivrant Thang — this was the best hip hop concert I’ve been to… since last year’s RTB. Heh. No, […]

Worth a Click

Hey there! Today the nominations for the 2008 Black Weblog Awards are officially open, and I’m puttin’ myself out there. If I could win Best Writing in a Blog just once, I would be the happiest afrobella you ever did see. If you enjoy what you’re reading, show your girl some love. Enough begging. On […]