Eddie Murphy in talks to play famed funk musician in a biopic

Eddie Murphy is busy tying down rights with the Parliament-Funkadelic leader and he and fellow producers John and Catherine Davis, of Davis Entertainment, will then look for writers and begin shopping the project. The film is described as a “passion project” for Murphy. George Clinton is widely considered to be one of the biggest innovators […]

Wiz Khalifa to play P-funk legend George Clinton in upcoming biopic

Wiz Khalifa has been added to the cast of the upcoming biopic about Casablanca Records’ founder Neil Bogart called Spinning Gold. The “Young, Wild & Free” rapper will play Parliament-Funkadelic bandleader and legend George Clinton in a role that was originally slated for Samuel L. Jackson. Currently in production in New Jersey, the film will […]

Kandy Apple Redd continues the P-Funk tradition with their debut project

Tonysha Nelson and Patavian Lewis could be considered P-Funk royalty. The granddaughters of P-Funk superstar George Clinton are known as Kandy Apple Redd. Nelson spent her formative and teen years in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland area. Lewis was born in Los Angeles and spent her youth on the family farm in Brooklyn, Michigan. It wasn’t until later in life that they truly […]

The Steeles: A ‘soul music’ family that touches everyone they encounter

Singing since they were children, J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta, and Billy Steele developed their style of music, which they call “soul music.” Jevetta described the style as “a constant pursuit of touching the souls of those who encounter us [the Steeles] and our art form.” The Steeles have performed in every area of the industry, […]

Amp Fiddler drops funk-driven project ‘Amp Dog Knights’

Funk Legend Amp Fiddler is one of the pillars of Detroit Music. As a native of the legendary Conant Gardens, he got his start with George Clinton in the ’80s, then taught a young J Dilla the MPC in the ’90s. Amp has continuously been on the cutting edge of soul and funk and he’s […]

Amp Fiddler talks early years, J Dilla and new album, ‘Motor City Booty’

Joseph “Amp” Fiddler is a Detroit music legend. With a career spanning over 30 years, he’s worked and collaborated with musical giants such as J Dilla, Prince, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Raphel Saddiq and more. His blend of futuristic funk and soul puts him in a class of his own. He never hesitates to push […]

Common joins lineup for Durham’s Art of Cool Festival

What do you get when you blend Common’s conscious sound, with George Clinton’s funk, and hip-hop god Rakim performing to a live band? You get Durham’s ultra-slick Art of Cool Festival (AOC), a medley of dope music acts ranging from hip-hop and funk to neo-soul, jazz and R&B. A mainstay of Durham’s rich music culture, AOC […]

Kendrick Lamar releases official tracklist of new album, 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

After teasing fans last week with an incomplete tracklisting of his new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, Compton, California, rapper Kendrick Lamar finally gave up the goods and released the official sequencing for the highly anticipated album. Though there are no listed features from K. Dot’s TDE family, the 16 track long player does have collaborations […]

Larenz Tate, Questlove, Michael K. Williams, others attend Urbanworld film screenings

The year of transcendent black directors and breakthrough films with black casts continues along with the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival presented by BET Networks in New York. Actually, black directors are producing quality films every year. But a confluence of agreeable circumstances produced the meteoric successes of Lee Daniels The Butler, while Steve McQueen’s […]

Erykah Badu’s fashion style at Summer Spirit Fest

Erykah Badu is a performer known for switching up her fashion and hairstyles. She recently performed on stage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles with her hair in an Afro. Badu sported braids and beads (a tribute to George Clinton), a black top hat, red top, black blazer, yellow capris, black tights and black booties. […]

Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox, tribute to Chaka Khan

Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo To pay tribute to Chaka Khan you don’t just call on any vocalist, you call on some of the best: Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Holliday, Mary J. Blige and Deborah Cox. These divas united on stage to honor Chaka Khan as part of the Apollo’s 8thAnnual Spring Gala Concert. […]

Ekundayo affirms art is healing

Ekundayo Artist What keeps you inspired? I am inspired by everything I go through, by all my experiences good or bad. How did you determine your career path? I came up playing African drums and going to dance rehearsal with my mother for as far back as I can remember. Seeing my mother perform and […]

Trinidad James, 2 Chainz and Trey Songz riding around and gettin’ it

“Gold all on my chain, gold all in my rang,” the relatively exclusive use of precious metals and gem stones to describe living life hip-hop style, sits in perfect juxtaposition to  the lyrical content of contemporary artists who haven’t reached their respective station’s in life. Trey Songz’ mixtape Trigga, represents what is 100. The fact […]

Movie Director Jason Orr’s ‘Diary of a Decade’ Documents Musical Roots

And the beat goes on — literally — or at least the controversy does about what constitutes good music. In the documentary Diary of a Decade, the issue is expertly examined and arrives at some very definitive conclusions. Directed by music aficionado Jason Orr, the film features the music that generations of black and white […]

‘Ro’ Top 10: Worst Celebrity Mug Shots

No one likes to smile for this camera … bad lighting, terrible angles, and no second chance to get your “good side.” Jailhouse mugshots are photos guaranteed to haunt you worse than your drivers license. This top ten list of some of the worst-ever celebrity mugshots should jog your memory of crazy past times and […]

1 Killed, 3 Hurt as Shooting Erupts Near George Clinton Concert

Tragedy struck this past weekend when a man fired several shots during a large fight near a Cleveland outdoor concert venue where George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic were performing, killing one person and injuring three more. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the fight broke out around 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, at an […]