Black Music Month

While many TV audiences know William Drayton, aka Flavor Flav, as a colorful (and sometimes polarizing) figure on his reality TV shows,  the multi-talent came to prominence for many as a member of the rap group Public Enemy. Public Enemy’s messages of Black power and social consciousness run contrary to some of the images we’ve […]

The Roots will kick off Philadelphia’s annual celebration of Black Music Month with their fourth-annual Roots Picnic on June 4th. The event will take place at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in the band’s hometown of Philadelphia, PA.  Black Thought, lead MC of The Roots spoke to TheUrbandaily.com about one of the Summers best shows.  […]

50. Sade: Why Can’t We Live Together (Apartheid) 49. Outkast: Liberation 48. Billie Holiday: God Bless The Child 47. Arrested Development: Revolution 46. Whitney Houston: The Greatest Love of All 45. Tracy Chapman: Revolution 44. Various Artists: We Are The World 43. Public Enemy: Burn Hollywood, Burn 42. Common: I Have A Dream 41. Mos […]

T op 50 Black Message Songs: 10-1 Top 50 Black Message Songs: 20-11 Top 50 Black Message Songs: 30-21 Top 50 Black Message Songs: 40-31 50. Sade: Why Can’t We Live Together (Apartheid) 49. Outkast: Liberation 48. Billie Holiday: God Bless The Child 47. Arrested Development: Revolution 46. Whitney Houston: The Greatest Love of All […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Kodak Theater 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA When: March 5, 2006 What: The Memphis rap group earned an Oscar for Best Original Song for their contribution to the Hustle & Flow movie soundtrack. The film starred Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, who performed the Three […]

We all know R&B singer Ginuwine can dance. What you might not know was that he was originally cast in the movie You Got Served but was later replaced by Marques Houston. His real name Elgin was kept by the writer for one of the lead roles. RELATED POSTS: Ginuwine & Tameka Raymond Have Joint […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Address of influential go-go records label TTED/DETT Records 3834 Ironwood Place, Landover, MD 20785 When: Late 1970’s What: Go-go is a live blend of R&B, funk and rap music still most popular in the DC Metro area and surrounding counties. Groups credited with popularizing the percussion-filled genre […]

Denver, Colorado native, India.Arie, is the definition of “slow and steady wins the race.” In 2000 her debut single, “Video,” wasn’t an instant hit. It gained momentum as radio stations began adhering to the requests of fans. Contrary to the many flashy, over-the-top clips of the day “Video” was about loving yourself for who you […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare) Record Plant Studios 2200 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94966 When: Oct 1 – Dec 22, 1977 What: Prince Rogers Nelson signed to Warner Bros. and demanded that he write and produce his debut album himself. In an unprecedented move for an unproven artists, Warner agreed. «  PREVIOUS NEXT  » In […]

Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)529 Bryant Street, NW When: Summer, 1977 What: When Cathy Hughes was the General Manager of Howard University’s WHUR, she urged Melvin Lindsey to use Smokey Robinson’s hypnotic “A Quiet Storm” as the theme music for a new format that featured laid back soul and R&B hits that […]