Alabama State drum major Ja’Vonta Price recounts preparation for halftime show

Everybody loves a good football matchup between two HBCUs, but what gets the people going is the band performances during halftime. On Aug. 27, Alabama State University and Howard University played the longest MEAC/SWAC Challenge in series history, starting at 7:38 p.m. and ending at 1:18 a.m., which included three weather delays totaling two hours, […]

Teacher who beat up a student gets staggering amount of donations in 3 days

The recent viral video that showed a teacher beating up a student has swept social media. Marston Riley, 64, has been a music and band director at Maywood Academy High School in Maywood, California, for many years. Last week, he was the target of an unprovoked verbal and physical assault by a student at the school. After […]

 Teacher fights racist student, receives $30K in donations days later (video)

A steadily declining respect for teachers in public schools is one of the many challenges facing today’s educators. But for one abused teacher at Maywood Academy High School in Maywood, California, a fight with an bullying, disrespectful student has led to his arrest and now more than $30,000 in donations from supporters. Marston Riley, 64, […]

Anger erupts after Atlanta-area high school band uses racial slur on field

The city of Snellville, Georgia, is just a 40-minute ride east of downtown Atlanta. Named after a powerful family of slave owners, its once bucolic nature has been stained by racism from young students using a very old racist slur. It occurred over the weekend when Brookwood High School in Snellville played rival Lakeside High in […]

Rosie and The Fellas are bringing an authentic sound to the music world

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Rosie and The Fellas are introducing a new, fresh sound to the city of Detroit and abroad. Detroit media mogul Randi Rossario and fellow band members True Animal, Corey Dunn, Mitch Kidd and DJ Nemo Beatz have collated as one to bring new vibes to listeners and inject positivity into the universe through their music. Here, […]

Get musically nourished with Water Seed

When five equally talented artists combine forces to start a band, only greatness can ensue and the New Orleans band Water Seed is a living, singing, and instrument playing witness of such. Comprised of Lou Hill (drummer and composer), J Sharp (keyboardist), Berkley the Artist (lead vocalist), Cinese (flutist), and Shaleyah (vocalist and percussionist), Water […]

FAMU band leader sentenced to prison for hazing death

A former band leader at Florida A&M University will have to serve the next six years of his life in prison for the hazing death of a fellow band member. Dante Martin, 27, and 15 other FAMU band members were charged for the death of Robert Champion while hazing him in 2011. Prosecutors said Martin […]

Playboy Jazz Festival 2011 Pleases Music Lovers in Beverly Hills

At first, things seemed just like another day in upscale Beverly Hills until the sound waves were filled with the pleasant tunes of Tamir Hendelman Trio and Justo Almario and his Afro-Cuban group.  It was all live jazz at Beverly Hills Civic Center! The day was sunny and hot, but Hendelman seemed as cool as […]

Album Review: Mint Condition’s ‘7’

When Mint Condition released their debut hit single “Breakin My Heart,”  it represented a resurgence of the funk-soul era that was popularized during the ’70s by bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and K.C. and The Sunshine Band. Twenty years and six top 10 singles later, Mint Condition continues to provide fans with the […]