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Robyn L. Charles, Heather Hayes, Namphuyo Aisha and Keisha Jackson are the daughters of four music icons: Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes, Betty Wright and Millie Jackson, respectively. Embracing their rich musical heritage and pedigree, each has been performing and pursuing solo careers for more than 20 years, mastering her respective genres. In 2012, Jackson conceived…

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While I’m putting the finishing touches on this job description, I’m listening to Isaac Hayes’s Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic. Why? Because it’s one of those joints that oozes Blackness — the kind of Blackness often incomprehensible to White audiences. And trying to explain why one-third of the song is brother Hayes gruntin’, groanin’ and moanin’ over a funky piano,…

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Singer Russell Taylor believes that real artistry is about peeling back the layers of one’s soul and allowing the creative truth to take form. Far from a novice in the music game, Taylor — a self-professed nomad — has poured out his heart and soul on stages all over the world, including stops in London, Amsterdam and…

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Isaac Hayes will kick off  TV One’s, “Unsung,” during the premiere of their sixth season on January 23.  TV One’s signature music biography series lets us in the lives of  some of the most influential, talented and, even some of the  forgotten R&B, soul, hip hop, funk and gospel artists of the last 30 years.…

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    Thank God for the federal government’s corruption and ruthlessness. Where would rap be without it? Academy Award-winning film score composer Isaac Hayes [Shaft] says the government is guilty in the first degree with implementing policies that created a fruitful environment for rap to find its footing. “A certain administration which I won’t call…

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