Faith 2021

How Maxo Kream Turned Personal Tragedy into the ‘Weight of the World’

We spoke with Maxo Kream about the making of Weight of the World, paying tribute to his brother, his relationship… Read More

October 21, 2021

Denzel Washington Carries ‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’ [Review]

Despite lacking narrative intentionality, The Tragedy of Macbeth, which made its world premiere at this year's New York Film Festival,… Read More

October 13, 2021

‘The Inheritance’ Is About The Pursuit Of Black Knowledge And Community Building [Review]

The Inheritance, which was recently played at this year's Blackstar Film Festival, is based on director Ephraim Asili's real experiences… Read More

October 12, 2021

Hip-Hop Doesn’t Trust The Covid Vaccine. This Doctor Wants To Change That

Amid hip-hop figures expressing skepticism toward the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Uché Blackstock wants to give them and others the opportunity… Read More

October 6, 2021

First Look Friday: Spillage Village’s Benji. Gets Another Chance with ‘Smile, You’re Alive!’

For October's First Look Friday, we spent time with Spillage Village's Benji. and the spiritual journey he went on creating… Read More

October 1, 2021

An Oral History Of Zumbi From His Closest Collaborators

In remembrance of Stephen Gaines, better known as rapper Zumbi, we broke down his legacy with five figures who were… Read More

September 30, 2021

12 Classic R&B Songs Written By Andrea Martin

Andrea Marin was a songwriter’s songwriter. Throughout the '90s and 2000s she wrote songs for Monica, Toni Braxton, SWV, En Vogue,… Read More

September 29, 2021

How Pastor T.L. Barrett Melded The Secular and The Sacred to Forge a Singular Gospel Sound

We spoke with Chicago legend Pastor T.L. Barrett about his musical legacy, his relationship with Earth, Wind & Fire, and… Read More

September 27, 2021

How Bob Power Put The Low End In A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’

In 2016, for the 25th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s seminal album The Low End Theory, we talked to… Read More

September 24, 2021

How Black Drummers Influenced Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl shared earlier this year that drummers from disco and funk groups inspired his drum part for… Read More

September 24, 2021

How Sci-Fi & Fantasy Author Cadwell Turnbull Pulls From the Horrors of Real Life

We spoke with author Cadwell Turnbull about his new book No Gods, No Monsters, what it means to write fantasy… Read More

September 16, 2021

Michael K. Williams’ Queer Roles Are An Important Part Of His Legacy

The late Michael K. Williams brought the stories of fictional — and real — queer figures to life through some… Read More

September 14, 2021

André 3000’s “Life of the Party” Verse Deserved Better Than Kanye And Drake’s Pettiness

André 3000 spit his most heartfelt guest verse in years. The moment was overshadowed by the immature pettiness of Drake… Read More

September 10, 2021

‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’ Season 2 Is Saving ’36 Chambers’ Until The Very End [Review]

The second season of Wu-Tang: An American Saga is continuing to do more world-building around the group's mythos before going into the… Read More

September 9, 2021

11 Montreal Producers to Keep Your Eyes On

Even without a city-defining sound, Montreal musicians have seized the moment. Here are 11 Montreal producers you should know about.… Read More

September 8, 2021

First Look Friday: Bartees Strange Is Redefining Indie Rock On His Own Terms

For this month's edition of First Look Friday, we talked to Bartees Strange about his early influences, the success of… Read More

September 3, 2021