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Quayshun  Carter has decades of experience in the music industry. The former Epic Records artist eventually became an independent promotions guru who worked on projects for Uptown, Ruffhouse Records, BMG and Tommy Boy. He co-founded entertainment consulting firm Sleeping Giant Music Group and Hood Management LLC, which represented The Ying Yang Twins, Nappy Roots and…

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The Grammys has announced plans to stop using the word “urban” to describe music of Black origin in their awards categories. When the prestigious awards ceremony returns in 2021, the Recording Academy will replace the Best Urban Contemporary Album category with the title Best Progressive R&B Album. A spokesperson said: “This change includes a more…

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Sean “Diddy” Combs went on a prolonged rant at a celebrity-filled pre-awards party on Saturday night, telling the star-studded audience that the Grammys have never “respected” black music. Diddy, 50, made the declaration while speaking at Clive Davis’ legendary pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Vibe magazine reports. Adding to the…

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Tom Joyner has stepped away from the mic. On Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, the legendary radio jock retired after four decades on the air. Joyner, 70, hosted “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” which aired in more than 105 markets nationwide and reached nearly eight million listeners. The show served as an important outlet for the…

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Hip-hop music has been under constant scrutiny, attack and attempted censorship almost from its origins. At the height of the popularity of “gangsta” rap music in the 1990s, as an example, the genre was even the subject of high-profile hearings on Capitol Hill. Now, according to the New York Post, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly…

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Joey Price is from the West Side of Chicago. He does not follow mainstream trends of the mainstream. As an artist, he likens his skill to that of Common and Lupe Fiasco. We spoke to Price recently in honor of Black Music Month and asked him a few questions. What does Black music mean to…

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June is Black Music Month and rolling out is celebrating the emerging artists who embody the essence of what Black music is and who are looking to push it forward while preserving the legacy of greatness. Mic Terror, co-founder of the artist collective Treated Crew, has consistently represented the culture of hip-hop and rap music…

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Another argument has erupted on social media about whether or not Bruno Mars is a culture vulture. Today, a video has surfaced of a woman passionately explaining during an intense debate why she feels Bruno Mars, 32, culturally appropriates black music. Several others pointedly agreed. Others vehemently disagreed and stated why. The video and the…

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