Marcus Miller explores his African roots on new CD
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Marcus Miller explores his African roots on new CD

  Marcus Miller, “Afrodeezia” (Blue Note) Inspired by his work as spokesperson for UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, bass guitarist, composer and producer Marcus Miller takes listeners on a groove-filled musical odyssey on “Afrodeezia.” The CD explores how the rhythms and melodies brought from Africa shaped the music of the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. … Continue reading

MCJR Week celebrates 40 years of mass communications and journalism at Norfolk State University
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MCJR Week celebrates 40 years of mass communications and journalism at Norfolk State University

by Antonio Garland From March 30-April 2, the Mass Communications and Journalism Department’s MCJR Week will mark the 40th anniversary of the department. Students and alumni are encouraged to come out to the events to build connections and relationships, which can last a lifetime. The MCJR Week media conference  (http://www.nsumcjr.com/) features alumni who serve on … Continue reading

Russell Simmons plans for a hip-hop musical ‘The Scenario’
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Russell Simmons plans for a hip-hop musical ‘The Scenario’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Music mogul Russell Simmons is producing a brand new stage musical that will celebrate three generations of hip-hop, from Run DMC to Kanye West. Simmons said Thursday that “The Scenario” will feature an original story written by author and hip-hop historian Dan Charnas, author of “The Big Payback: The History … Continue reading

After ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict, Dupri Understands Both Sides
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After ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict, Dupri Understands Both Sides

NEW YORK (AP) — As the music industry debates the fallout from the “Blurred Lines” copyright verdict, Grammy-winning producer Jermaine Dupri finds himself sympathetic to both Pharrell and Marvin Gaye’s family. Dupri, who helped Usher reach superstar status, aided in Mariah Carey’s ultra-successful comeback a decade ago and produced for the diva in 1990s, remembers … Continue reading

Music Review: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ is lovely
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Music Review: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ is lovely

  Madonna’s 13th studio album, “Rebel Heart,” beats with romance and rebellion. At 19 tracks, it’s an overstuffed triptych through the iconic performer’s life, careening between uplifting dance tracks, like the percolating “Living for Love” — her 44th No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart — and corrosively bitter tunes such as the Avicii-produced … Continue reading