Author: Stephanie Smalling

The 21 Blackest Songs for Black History Month

“The Blackness.” That is the first lyric you hear off “Optimistic,” from gospel group, Sounds of Blackness — an ideal name for this collection if it wasn’t already taken. Recently, there has been a reemergence of black artists being more upfront about who their music is for and what it is about: the black community. Before, it

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There’s a Problem With Justin Timberlake Performing At the Super Bowl

Let me be clear, I am no hater of Justin Timberlake. I actually favor the N*Sync member-turned-breakout soloist as one of the great performers of my lifetime. However, Janet Jackson is one of the greatest of all time, and I go hard for her. and it was last night that I remembered it's still JANET JACKSON and then

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The 15 Greatest Television Theme Songs

With some of the biggest shows like Game of Thrones and The Crown still relying on this musical launch, I decided it was time to revisit some of the greatest TV theme songs ever used. At some point, TV theme songs became a rare art. Traditionally, before you could settle into an episode, there was a 30-second to a

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Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Is Not a Response to ‘Lemonade,’ But Another Visionary Tale of Empowerment

From word-of-mouth and other reviews, it can seem like 4:44 is just a response to Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Did Jay-Z cheat at some point(s) in their decade-plus long relationship? From his song lyrics, we finally know he did. Was he taking her for granted like she voiced in the up-tempo “Sorry?” Oh yes he did, taking a quick tongue-in-cheek type

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11 Soundtracks You Can Enjoy Without Seeing the Films

I believe a great film is only as great as the music it contains. There’s the musical score — known more for its non-diegetic sounds, usually orchestrations to deliver a tone or emphasis for the film. Like what would Jaws have been if it were not for that “dun-dun” musical cue composed by the legend, John Williams? Then, there’s the compositions of

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‘May I Have This Dance’ Is the Next Wedding Song For Millennials

You don’t have to be familiar with Francis and the Lights to feel the loving, first dance, wedding-song potential of the single, “May I Have This Dance.” Off the 2016 album Farewell Starlite!, the Phil Collins-esque single has since been refreshed and remixed with an added verse from millennial superman Chance the Rapper. Before Chance’s verse, the song simply

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