Soul Sista: Erykah Badu

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Ari Lennox – A New Addition to NeoSoul

Introduction Ari Lennox is not just a woman of self-worth, but also self-value. This is felt in her songs and seen through her mannerisms. March 26, 1991, Courtney Shanade Salter, known by her stage name, Ari Lennox, was born. A Washington D.C. native, she was exposed to many different music forms such as (Go-Go music, […]

Lil Wayne- Most Influential Rapper

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Who is Toni Braxton?

Who is Toni Braxton? Introduction Toni Braxton. Toni Braxton is an African American singer, songwriter whose music has gained millions of streams and is enjoyed by millions. Toni Braxton’s life and legacy has been cemented through her music that has inspired and loved by her fans. Who is Toni Braxton? Toni Braxton is an African-American […]

Bruno Mars- Artist Project Outline

By Christine Bynum SMUS-240- 04 Bruno Mars “Born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, singer-songwriter Bruno Mars grew up in a very musical family. His father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, and his mother, Bernadette (“Bernie”), was a singer. Mars received his nickname, “Bruno,” while he was still a […]

Gladys Knight

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} A Knight with Gladys /*! elementor-pro – v3.4.1 – 01-09-2021 */ @charset “UTF-8″;.entry-content blockquote.elementor-blockquote:not(.alignright):not(.alignleft),.entry-summary blockquote.elementor-blockquote{margin-right:0;margin-left:0}.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote{margin:0;padding:0;outline:0;font-size:100%;vertical-align:baseline;background:transparent;quotes:none;border:0;font-style:normal;color:#55595c}.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote:after,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote:before,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote cite:after,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote cite:before,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote footer:after,.elementor-widget-blockquote blockquote footer:before{content:””;content:none}.elementor-blockquote{-webkit-transition:.3s;-o-transition:.3s;transition:.3s}.elementor-blockquote__author,.elementor-blockquote__content{margin-bottom:0;font-style:normal}.elementor-blockquote__author{font-weight:700}.elementor-blockquote footer{margin-top:12px;display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:justify;-ms-flex-pack:justify;justify-content:space-between}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-transition:.3s;-o-transition:.3s;transition:.3s;color:#1da1f2;-ms-flex-item-align:end;align-self:flex-end;line-height:1;position:relative;width:-webkit-max-content;width:-moz-max-content;width:max-content}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover{color:#0967a0}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button span{font-weight:600}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button i,.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button span{vertical-align:middle}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button i+span,.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button svg+span{margin-left:.5em}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-button svg{fill:#1da1f2;height:1em;width:1em}.elementor-blockquote__tweet-label{white-space:pre-wrap}.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-bubble .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button,.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-classic .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button{padding:.7em 1.2em;border-radius:100em;background-color:#1da1f2;color:#fff;font-size:15px}.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-bubble .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover,.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-classic .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover{background-color:#0967a0;color:#fff}.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-bubble .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover:before,.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-classic .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button:hover:before{border-right-color:#0967a0}.elementor-blockquote–button-skin-bubble .elementor-blockquote__tweet-button […]

Welcome to Montero

☁️🦋 Welcome to Montero 🦋☁️ /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} An Introduction by Ta’Niyah Armstrong Who is Lil Nas X ? /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Montero Lamar Hill, the American musician better known as Lil Nas X, was born in […]

Pop Smoke

Gone But Never Forgotten Pop Smoke – A Pioneer of Brooklyn Drill Pop Smoke influenced many people, not just drill rappers, because he did the impossible for people who don’t believe in people like him. Early Life Pop Smoke, also known as Bashar Barakah Jackson, was born on July 20, 1999, in Brooklyn, New York. […]

Natalie Cole

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Unforgettable with Love… The Natalie Cole Story By Essence Ward /*! elementor-pro – v3.4.1 – 01-09-2021 */ .elementor-gallery__container{min-height:1px}.elementor-gallery-item{position:relative;overflow:hidden;display:block;text-decoration:none;border:solid var(–image-border-width) var(–image-border-color);border-radius:var(–image-border-radius)}.elementor-gallery-item__content,.elementor-gallery-item__overlay{height:100%;width:100%;position:absolute;top:0;left:0}.elementor-gallery-item__overlay{mix-blend-mode:var(–overlay-mix-blend-mode);-webkit-transition-duration:var(–overlay-transition-duration);-o-transition-duration:var(–overlay-transition-duration);transition-duration:var(–overlay-transition-duration);-webkit-transition-property:mix-blend-mode,opacity,background-color,-webkit-transform;transition-property:mix-blend-mode,opacity,background-color,-webkit-transform;-o-transition-property:mix-blend-mode,transform,opacity,background-color;transition-property:mix-blend-mode,transform,opacity,background-color;transition-property:mix-blend-mode,transform,opacity,background-color,-webkit-transform}.elementor-gallery-item__image.e-gallery-image{-webkit-transition-duration:var(–image-transition-duration);-o-transition-duration:var(–image-transition-duration);transition-duration:var(–image-transition-duration);-webkit-transition-property:-webkit-filter,-webkit-transform;transition-property:-webkit-filter,-webkit-transform;-o-transition-property:filter,transform;transition-property:filter,transform;transition-property:filter,transform,-webkit-filter,-webkit-transform}.elementor-gallery-item__content{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-orient:vertical;-webkit-box-direction:normal;-ms-flex-direction:column;flex-direction:column;-webkit-box-pack:var(–content-justify-content,center);-ms-flex-pack:var(–content-justify-content,center);justify-content:var(–content-justify-content,center);-webkit-box-align:center;-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;text-align:var(–content-text-align);padding:var(–content-padding)}.elementor-gallery-item__content>div{-webkit-transition-duration:var(–content-transition-duration);-o-transition-duration:var(–content-transition-duration);transition-duration:var(–content-transition-duration)}.elementor-gallery-item__content.elementor-gallery–sequenced-animation>div:nth-child(2){-webkit-transition-delay:calc((var(–content-transition-delay) / 3));-o-transition-delay:calc((var(–content-transition-delay) / 3));transition-delay:calc((var(–content-transition-delay) / 3))}.elementor-gallery-item__content.elementor-gallery–sequenced-animation>div:nth-child(3){-webkit-transition-delay:calc((var(–content-transition-delay) / 3) * 2);-o-transition-delay:calc((var(–content-transition-delay) / 3) * 2);transition-delay:calc((var(–content-transition-delay) / 3) * 2)}.elementor-gallery-item__content.elementor-gallery–sequenced-animation>div:nth-child(4){-webkit-transition-delay:calc((var(–content-transition-delay) / 3) * […]

The Commodification Of African American Music

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The Commodification of African American Music by Mariah Wolfe What is Commodification? Commodification describes the process by which something without an economic value gains economic value that can replace other social values. In music, commodification is music made for the sole […]

The Wondrous Life of Stevie Wonder

The Great Musical Wondorous Life of Stevie By: Niara Powell /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} An inspiration to all across America, with over 20 major awards, influence in all genres of music from R&B to Jazz, the ability to play a multitude of instruments (some simultaneously) and an […]

J. Cole Artist Project by Kaia Bruce

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} J. Cole-Artist Project By: Kaia Bruce /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Who is J. Cole? Jermaine Lamarr Cole, J. Cole, is an American Hip Hop artist born to Kay Cole on January 28, 1985 […]

City Girls

City Girls: Friendship, Trap Music, and the Rise to Stardom Rap Duo The City Girls which consists of Yung Miami (Caresha Brownlee) and JT (Jatavia Shakara Johnson), two friends who grew up in the Opa-Locka and Liberty City areas of Miami Florida. Both women grew up around trap music, with JT’s father having a studio […]

Artist Paper – Kehlani

Kehlani “Success to me is only two things: happiness and stability.” Artist History Kehlani Ashley Parrish was born in Oakland, California, on April 24, 1995. Unfortunately, both of her parents were struggling with addiction, and as a result, her father died when she was a toddler, and her mother was in and out of jail. […]

Erykah Badu

Erica Abi Wright was born on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas. She began singing and dancing at the early age of four years old in theaters in Dallas. In her teenage/young adult years, she changed the spelling of her name from Erica to Erykah. She added the last name Badu after her favorite jazz […]

Artist Page – Richard Smallwood: The Gospel Icon

Biography Richard Smallwood is an American pianist, singer, songwriter and producer. Success came early for the Atlanta native who formed his first gospel group when he was 11 made up of kids from the Washington D.C. neighborhood he grew up in.  After graduating from Howard University, where he earned degrees in vocal performance and piano, […]

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, more commonly known as her stage name Megan Thee Stallion, signed to her first label 300 Entertainment in November of 2018. She is the first female rapper to sign to this specific label and released her first full-length album “Fever” on May 17th, 2019. Since the release of her first album, she has become a figure for independent women, women’s education, and coined the popular term “Hot Girl Summer”, which is still widely referenced and used to this day.