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29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #6 'Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did. We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History ...
Tags: Music, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Gospel, Motown, Mahalia Jackson, List this, Neosoul, Music feature


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #7 'Off Main St: Thundercat'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did. We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History ...
Tags: Music, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, List this, Neosoul, Music feature


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #8. ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads — A Robert Johnson Story

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did. We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History ...
Tags: Videos, Music, Films, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Robert Johnson, Motown, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #9  Behind the Music: Gladys Knight

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did. We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History ...
Tags: Videos, Music, Films, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Gladys Knight, Motown, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #10 The Believers: The First Transgender Gospel Choir

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Videos, Music, Films, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, List this


How Martin Luther King Jr. and Motown Saved the Sound of the Civil Rights Movement

You know Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Or at least you think you know it—you’ve read about it in textbooks, or heard politicians quote from it, or seen clips in classrooms or museums. But chances are, you haven’t heard the full 17-minute address from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and what you have heard failed to capture what made it the one of the most famous speeches in history. Even if you wanted to, despite its renown, it’s surprisingly hard to find...
Tags: Music, News, Washington, Stanford, New York City, Uncategorized, America, Atlanta, Fox, Cbs, Birmingham, Vietnam, Jackson, Martin Luther King, Detroit, Civil rights movement


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #11. Darker Than Blue: Curtis Mayfield

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Videos, Music, Films, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, Curtis Mayfield, List this, Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #12. Never a Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Music, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, List this, Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #13. Charley Pride: I'm Just Me

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Music, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #14. Mariah Carey Is Christmas: The Story of "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Mariah Carey, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #15 'The Black Godfather'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #16 'Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #17 'Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Travis Scott, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #18 Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Otis Redding, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Screamin' Jay Hawkins


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #19 Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Month 2020 --...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nas, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Wu-tang Clan, Adrian Younge, Motown, Clarence Clemons, BETTY DAVIS, Teddy Pendergrass, Todrick Hall, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Cecil Taylor, Jay Hawkins, Screamin' Jay Hawkins




Soul Serenade: The 8th Day, “She’s Not Just Another Woman”

After nine years and well over 400 columns, I’ve decided to change Soul Serenade from a weekly to an occasional column. Obviously, there are more than enough classic soul records to fuel a column like this for a lifetime but the truth is that while the column’s title mentions a specific song what I’ve really been doing is telling the stories of the artists behind the songs. And while many artists had multiple hits, how many times can you tell the same story? Are there artists who I’ve never cove...
Tags: Music, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Ken Shane, Soul Serenade, Wilson, Berry Gordy, Berry Gordy Jr, Motown, Holland Dozier Holland, Gordy, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Michael Anthony, Levi Stubbs, Eddie Holland, Invictus




Smokey Robinson Defends J.Lo, Says Motown’s Music Isn’t “Just for Black People”

For those of you who didn’t enjoy Jennifer Lopez’s Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Smokey Robinson wants you to have several seats and stop being a hater because you’re clearly missing the point of Motown. WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance On Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 12), at least two days removed from the Grammys, Smokey said in a lengthy statement (via Instagram) that those protesting J.Lo’s performance are “trying to set us back a hu...
Tags: Music, Celebs, Instagram, Smokey Robinson, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Michael Jackson, Grammys, Diana Ross, Don, Jennifer, J Lo, Motown, Smokey, Gordy


WATCH: Twitter Was Not Here for J.Lo’s Jentrified Motown Tribute Grammys Performance

When Jennifer Lopez was announced as the headlining performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, folks naturally scratched their heads and collectively asked: “How Sway?!?”When she finally took the stage Sunday night (Feb. 10) at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to perform, she did her thing, yet, something was still… missing. Twitter took notice and basically said, “Nah, sis, that wasn’t it” as they roasted the hell out of her for “Jentrifying” a Motown tribute.Maybe it was the fac...
Tags: Videos, Music, Celebs, Television, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Chile, Smokey Robinson, Michelle Obama, Pop Culture, Jennifer Lopez, Jazz, Mary J Blige, Grammys, Jlo, Jenny


Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys

Jennifer Lopez’s presence alone just about guarantees a solid, show-stopping performance at any show, but that doesn’t make it an appropriate choice, especially when Motown is involved. She’s received hefty criticism as the choice performer for the Grammys’ Motown tribute, in which she sang “My Girl,” alongside Smokey Robinson, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” with … Continue reading "Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings “JLO” to Motown at The Grammys" The post Jennifer Lopez Inappropriately Brings...
Tags: Music, Religion, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Grammys, Jlo, Motown, The Grammys, Grammys Motown, Rollin Stone


Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »
Tags: Music, Kacey Musgraves, Aretha Franklin, List, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Ne-yo, Grammys, St. Vincent, Diana Ross


Visualizing the Bass Playing Style of Motown’s Iconic Bassist James Jamerson: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “For Once in My Life” & More

As part of Motown’s Funk Brothers house band, James Jamerson was the bubbling bass player behind hundreds of hit records from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and plenty more. His licks duck and dive and weave like Ali but never get in the way of the melody or the rest of the band. Paul McCartney was an early fan, but for the general public, Jamerson was not a household name for decades--Motown never listed the Wrecking Crew in its credits--until much l...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, College, Paul Mccartney, Marvin Gaye, Mccartney, Ali, Scott, Facebook Twitter, Motown, KCRW, Vandellas, Ted Mills, Jamerson, James Jamerson


Soul Serenade: The Capitols, “Cool Jerk”

  The summer of 1966. I spent it on the beach and Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Incredible music poured out of tinny sounding transistor radio speakers everywhere I went. The songs of that summer included “Paint It, Black” by the Rolling Stones, “Hanky Panky” by Tommy James and the Shondells, “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb, “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” by the Chiffons, “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the Temptations.” But the Tempts and their Motown colleagues were not th...
Tags: Music, Atlantic, Atlantic City, Detroit, Jerk, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Todd Rundgren, Berry Gordy Jr, Motown, McLaughlin, Percy Sledge, Shondells, Tommy James, Bootsy Collins, Samuel George, Bobby Hebb


Aretha Franklin: Context, Intersectionality, and the Rock Canon

None Let's face it, the established canon of popular music, especially from the mid-20th century on, is dominated by rock and white male artists: the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. How does Aretha Franklin fit into this canon, and what challenges can she pose to it, as one of the few women of color whom it has unequivocally embraced? Franklin fits within a prescribed framework of artists of color and female artists, as tied to specific contexts, including social mov...
Tags: Feature, Music, Aretha Franklin, Time, Beach Boys, US, Jerusalem, America, Jimi Hendrix, Atlantic, Bob Dylan, New York Times, Brian Wilson, Blues, Elvis Presley, R&B


Pepper Adams Plays Mingus

Berry Gordy hedged his bets in 1962.Though the founder of Motown had his first #1 pop and R&B hit with the Marvelettes' Please Mr. Postman in late 1961, the following year was dry. So Gordy formed other labels—Gordy, Mel-o-dy, Divinity and Workshop— to diversify and reach different radio stations. Workshop was a jazz label that tapped into local musicians. Gordy knew the Detroit jazz market well, having run a jazz record store in the 1950s that went belly up and motivated him to start Motown in...
Tags: Jazz, Charles, Smith, Detroit, Jones, Times Square, Charles Mingus, Adams, Pontiac, Berry Gordy, Carolyn, Motown, Mingus, Gordy, Marc Myers, Paul Chambers


Soul Serenade: Rose Royce, “Car Wash”

A little over four years ago I featured the L.A. band Rose Royce in this column. The focus of my story was their Top 5 1978 hit “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” But about a year earlier the band, which got their start in Watts under the name Total Concept Unlimited, had an even bigger hit when their debut single was included on the soundtrack album for the hit film Car Wash. The title track wasn’t the only Rose Royce hit from the Car Wash album either. “I Wanna Get Next to You” and “I’m Going Dow...
Tags: Music, TCU, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Ken Shane, Soul Serenade, Watts, Motown, Whitfield, Rose Royce, Dickey, Michael Schultz, Norman Whitfield, Love Don, Gwen Dickey, Kenji Brown, Rose Norwalt


Eddie Willis, Original Motown Funk Brother, Dies At 82

Eddie Willis, the original Motown Funk Brother whose muted, propulsive guitar style earned him the nickname "Chank," died Monday (Aug. 20) at age 82. More »
Tags: Music, News, Motown, Chank, Eddie Willis, Motown Funk Brother


Soul Serenade: The Marvelettes, “When You’re Young and in Love”

One year ago in this column, I featured Ruby and the Romantics and their 1963 smash hit “Our Day Will Come.” The record was so big that it cemented the group’s legacy all on its own. But that wasn’t the end of the Ruby and the Romantics output. They were the first to record two other songs that, while they were moderately-sized hits for Ruby and the Romantics, they were even bigger hits for the artists who covered them. In 1963, Ruby and the Romantics followed up “Our Day Will Come” with the ori...
Tags: Music, Motown records, Ruby, Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Ken Shane, Soul Serenade, Blues Hall Of Fame, Horton, Roll Hall of Fame, Motown, Sammie, Rhythm Blues Foundation, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Van McCoy, Funk Brothers, Allen Stanton


Dr. Dre is making a Marvin Gaye movie

The following people have all unsuccessfully tried to bring Marvin Gaye's story to the big screen: F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin, Jesse L. Martin, and Lenny Kravitz. None of them had the blessing of Gaye's estate. Now though, Dr. Dre is giving it a shot. Apparently the film is in early development and Gaye's estate has authorized use of his music. From Variety: The most recent project to get the sign off from the Gaye estate was with Jamie Foxx who landed the rig...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Movie, Williams, Jamie Foxx, Lenny Kravitz, Pharrell Williams, Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke, Dre, Motown, Gaye, Thicke, Let's Get It On, Holmes Paterno Soriano



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