She is perhaps the most famous runner-up in music history.  Her life story reads like a Hollywood movie – full of unexpected triumph and unparalleled tragedy.  Yet the story of Jennifer Hudson is ultimately one of triumph over adversity. Jennifer Kate Hudson was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.

He’s the musician’s musician. Raphael Saadiq is one of the most prolific musicians of the modern era, writing, producing, performing and playing on his own work as well as on songs for Jill Scott, D’Angelo, Joss Stone and more. The ageless multi-instrumentalist owes his start to another famous wunderkind – Prince

This month, we celebrate black music and we do so today with the first of our Top Tens. For this one, we’ve selected the 10 hottest songs you’re most likely to hear at any backyard barbeque you go to this summer, went to last summer or will go to in any summer to come.

It was a shock to all of us who knew him, and made an appointment to watch him every week. As the word spread that “Soul Train” legend Don Cornelius, apparently took his own life, Twitter was ablaze with in a stream of condolences that continued Thursday. has the feature story.

There are few musicians in the business who can do it all, but Raphael Saadiq is one of those special artists.

R. Kelly’s opening act was incredible! From the starting medley of his older hits to his soulful “When A Woman Loves” to the final transition of a high energy, 1950′s like ‘hop-bop’ transition of the song.  His engaging, vivacious performance was on point as an opening act!   Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard returned […]

Get your pause tapes ready. The lowly cassette tape is making a comeback. Next stop will be the 8 track. When the vinyl LP began its modest but highly publicized commercial comeback a few years ago, the format felt easy to love again. With sprawling artwork, pristine sound quality and the adoring ritual of flipping […]

What’s going on with the ever huggable, so loveable Ruben Studdard? Well says he is scheduled to be a part of TV One’s “Life After.” “Once a choir boy, R&B crooner Ruben Studdard became American Idol’s first African American winner during the show’s nail-biting second season, edging out runner-up Clay Aiken. Read more