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How Washington, D.C., Turned Its Back On Go-Go, the Music It Invented

A little more than a month ago, thousands descended on Washington, D.C.’s Howard Theater to say goodbye to a legend. Chuck Brown, the guitarist who became synonymous with D.C.’s go-go music scene, had died at age 75. But while the assembled waited in the rain to be let inside to view Brown’s body, an official-looking … Continue reading

Conversation with Lalah Hathaway

The performer, the daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway, dishes about returning to Washington, her eclectic sound, and what it’s like living with her father’s ghost. Grammy-nominated performing artist Lalah Hathaway possesses a rare versatility, fusing pop, funk, jazz, blues, and R&B in her classically trained sound. But it’s perhaps not surprising considering her pedigree—her father is … Continue reading

In Memoriam: Whitney Houston August 9, 1963- February 11, 2012

April is here. . .

April is here which means I’m preparing for my daughter’s spring break in two weeks. I’m trying to line up some writing gigs as my internship will conclude end of April. There’s an exhibit I want to check out, America I Am, which is at the National Geographic museum. The writing is coming along slowly … Continue reading

Erykah Badu’s New AmErykah

With New Amerykah Part Two: The Return of the Ankh, Erykah Badu has secured her status as the bonafide Afro-Hippie of the neo-soul generation. Five albums into the music game, her work is still fresh, and gives listeners an occasional throwback to jazz artists like Miles Davis (who reinvented himself countless times) and Billie Holiday, … Continue reading

Searching for the Old Erykah

For the better part of the past 48 hours, I’ve been consumed with listening to Part II of the New AmErykah trilogy. Listening for what is being said, how it’s put together, how it differs from the previous albums. Trying to figure out what I feel about the “Window Seat” video. (I dig the song, … Continue reading

Erykah Badu

I just got an e-mail from Erykah Badu’s publicist. There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding her latest project: New AmErykah, Part Two: The Return of the Ankh. I can’t wait. More than the album, I can’t wait to meet Ms. badu in person. I wrote about Ms. Badu for The Root back … Continue reading

Starting Off Right. . . Happy New Years!

Here’s a little Black Eyed Peas for your listening enjoyment.

Framing 2009, Envisioning 2010

Tzyna Pynchback, one of my good writer-friends and I decided to have a conversation about 2009 in all of its beauty and ugliness. We examine the personal and the public and what I think this blog is all about–interrogating culture. What it all means and what can we gather from the music, films, and books that … Continue reading

Starting a Poetry Band

One of the challenges of being an artist is having to decide which “art” to push centerstage. We’re all so very complex. Even as writers, there’s such a fertile ground. And, God forbid you don’t choose, you’ll descend into a dilettante. And it will begin to affect other areas of your life. It’s difficult to move forward … Continue reading