‘Pass the Dutchie’ Turns 30

I say Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side Pass the Dutchie on the left hand side It a gonna burn, give me music make me jump and prance It a go done, give me the music make me rock in the dance In 1982, I was not yet ten, and loved this song…

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Irene Cara Wishes the New Sparkle the Best

Last year I interviewed singer/actress Irene Cara and asked her about her thoughts about the remake of the movie “Sparkle” that was released yesterday. While she didn’t speak much about what she thought, she did wish new lead Jordin Sparks well. Read the interview here. Have you seen the new “Sparkle”? How was it? Khadijah…

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Turning 30 Series on SoulTrain.com

Be sure to check out my TURNING 30 series this month on SoulTrain.com. TURNING 30 celebrates some of our favorite soul hits that turn 30 this. Read some of the already published ones below: Turning 30: Prince’s “1999” Turning 30: Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” Turning 30: Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots” Be sure to read…

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5 Useful Lessons Learned From the Frank Ocean Agenda

This summer, Frank Ocean created an upheaval in the music industry right before the drop of his new album Channel Orange. On a blog post, he gently painted a narrative of his experiences prior to his rise in celebrity, and, it just so happened, that part of his story included a romantic involvement with another…

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Interview with South African Singer Lira

Afro-Soul singer Lira is a South African songstress who is creating a buzz with the recent release of her first North American album, Rise Again. If you think she is just the latest international “It” girl to hit the airwaves, think again. Lira has enjoyed a long-time singing career that has surpassed some of the…

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Remembering Chuck Brown

Learning about Chuck Brown’s death this past week sent me reeling. I had JUST interviewed Brian Culbertson for SoulTrain.com on Tuesday, and when mention of the song he did with Chuck Brown came up, I was the one to tell him that Chuck was sick and that it had been on hush for a while…

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