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Music Sermon: The Forgotten Voices Of The ‘80s Pt. II

In the last Music Sermon, we highlighted three ’80s soul singers – Lisa Fischer, Vesta Williams and Phyllis Hyman – whose solo careers never reached full potential…

Music Sermon: The Forgotten Voices of ‘80s R&B

In 1990, singer Phyllis Hyman complained to Donnie Simpson during a BET Video Soul interview about record labels shifting their focus from talent to artist “packaging,&#8221…

Music Sermon: Millie Jackson – The Original Bad Girl

You know that auntie who you were nervous to bring your young male friends around back in the day because she might proposition them in the kitchen when nobody was…

Music Sermon: Groove Me – The Women Behind The Early ‘90s Dance Legacy

If the category is “women in ’90s music videos,” the first response that probably comes to mind is, “video vixen.” Hip-hop rose to mainstream prominence in the late…

Music Sermon: Why Ya’ll Owe Queen Latifah More Credit

There’s an abundance of “queens” in the game right now. Yes, we’re all queens and wear a personal crown, I know. That aside, “Queen” is sometimes used a little loosely…

Music Sermon: The Golden Era Of Black Movie Soundtracks

We’re experiencing a renaissance for black storytelling. A few years after #OscarsSoWhite called Hollywood to the carpet for lack of opportunity and acknowledgment of…

Music Sermon: The Evolution And Extinction Of Male R&B Groups

Male vocal groups were a mainstay in black music for decades. Whether it’s gospel harmonizers, the lockstep, perfectly blended Motown, or Stax and Philadelphia…

Music Sermon: Hip-Hop Vs. The Grammys: 30 Years of Fighting The Power

Hip-hop and the Grammys have beef. The genre has always been marginalized by the Recording Academy, even as it grew into a superpower. This year, Kendrick Lamar, Drake…

Music Sermon: Classic Conscious Posse Cuts For The Hip-Hop Generation

#MusicSermon is a weekly series by Naima Cochrane that highlights the under-acknowledged and under-appreciated urban artists and sub-genres from the ’90s and earlier…