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A look back at Grammy fashion through the decades

In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Rihanna arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in a two-tiered pink Giambattista Valli dress in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

On May 4, 1959, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Autry and other musical luminaries sat down to formal dinners and golden statues in Los Angeles and New York simultaneously for the very first Grammy Awards.

Marsha Ambrosius: Carving Out Her Niche

Breaking out on the music scene as part of the soulful duo Floetry in 2001, Marsha Ambrosius wasn’t trying to develop her passion because she knew it was already there. Joining forces with high school friend Natalie Stewart, known as the The Floacist, to add her poetry for a song she penned and submitted to her publishers.

Demetria McKinney: It’s Not As “Easy” As You Think

Demetria McKinney has become one of the most recognizable faces between the small screen and her first passion—music. Her range of television credits are active from her role on Syfy’s “Superstition” with Mario Van Peebles; the drama series “Saints and Sinners;” BET’s popular “The Quad” and Tyler Perry’s sitcom “House of Payne” returning for another season in 2018.

LowDown Brass Band: New Music in A Unique Way

When musician and composer Lance Loiselle formed The LowDown Brass Band, he had no idea his love for New Orleans brass sound would cultivate into a fusion of funk, soul, reggae and hip-hop influences.

Nearly 15 years later, Loiselle leads a group of talented musicians, emcees and composers—each bringing a unique skill to the table and onstage.

Diana Ross to perform, be honored at American Music Awards


In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, Diana Ross presents the Dick Clark award for excellence at the 42nd annual American Music Awards. ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced on Oct. 18, 2017, that Ross would receive a lifetime achievement honor and perform at the upcoming ceremony on Nov. 19. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Cardi B Signs With Sony/ATV Publishing

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“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” may have dropped from the top spot of the Billboard 100, but Cardi B continues to slay the music scene, now signing a publishing deal with powerhouse company Sony/ATV.

Kendrick Lamar Collects 6 MTV Video Music Awards

The big winner at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night was Kendrick Lamar, collecting six awards and further cementing his place as a superstar.

Hey Mona, Stop Trying to Make Hazel-E a Thing. Please?

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Dearest Rachet Proliferation Bae,

Hey, girl! How you doing? No…no…how YOU doing? Okay! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaas!

Yeah, girl. Girl talk like a boss!

Now that we got the pleasantries out of the way, can we kick actual factuals for a minute? Please?

The Experience With Dedry Jones: A Fresh Face For WTTW Chicago

There’s a new kid on the block at WTTW making his premiere Thursday, July 13. The Experience With Dedry Jones will make its television debut redefining how music fans connect with some of the most critically acclaimed musicians and artists on the scene.

Chicago Defender Events Calendar

June 30-July 3

2017 Chicago Black Gay Pride

There will be various events for the LGBTQ Black communities and allies, June 30 – July 3. 

June 30-July 8

The Department of the Navy, in partnership with the City of Chicago, will host the annual Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games

12 Thoughts on Jay Z’s New Album, “4:44” Because We All Care Right Now

At midnight EST, Jay-Z dropped his latest album 4:44 amidst one of the better promo runs we’ve seen in a while. Of course, to listen to it you had to either sign up for Sprint and why would you do that or have a subscription to Tidal, which is only slightly less unreasonable than signing up for Sprint in 2017. I’m not the most reasonable chap, so way back in the day I signed up for the Tidal premium subscription and have forgotten to cancel it EVER SINCE LEMONADE DROPPED. Think about that, Lemonade came out in April 2016. For over a year, I’ve been meaning to cancel Tidal and haven’t and it’s only been beneficial TWICE. Nobody will ever accuse me of solid decision making. Either way, armed with beats by veteran super-under-the-radar-top-tier producer, No I.D., Jay decided to give the summer some, one more time. And boy did he.  I had no expectations and because of that, Jay reminded me why he’s the GOAT.