Category: Music

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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.

The Executive Corner: Vince Lawrence’s Rise In House Music

The Chicago Defender’s Black Music Month Special Edition

Vince Lawrence @slangmusicgroup

Before House music was declared a separate genre by Black and brown club kids partying in the late 1970’s, a young skinny, African-American teen witnessed thousands of disco records as an usher at White Sox park. The largest vinyl bonfire and biggest publicity stunt from a local Chicago radio disc jockey declared his dislike for the music that was perceived ‘overkill’ for most of white America.

10 Thoughts About “All Eyez On Me”, Both A Day Late and a Dollar Short

I finally saw All Eyez On Me, the Tupac Shakur biopic that’s been years in the making after a bunch of fits and starts. It was pretty universally panned by critics, but I loves me a good bad Black movie so a bad review is like catnip to a thug. Also, I’m a big fan of Tupac so there’s almost no way that I wasn’t going to see the film in theaters. With that being said, here are 10 thoughts about the movie, in no particular order.

The 10 Blackest Moments From A BET Awards Show I Only Watched An Hour Of Because It Was Long As Shit And I’m Old

Full disclosure. This will not be a recap of the entire show. Because I did not watch the entire show. Because I’m old as fuck and took a nap at 8pm and woke up at like 10pm. Because old ass niggas take evening naps. And then for the first few moments of watching the awards, I was only kinda, sorta paying attention because I was eating this really delicious cake and some Bermudian ginger beer. So there’s that.

Twista: New Music, New Label and Positive Outlook

The Chicago Defender’s Black Music Month Special Edition

Twista  | @TWISTAgmg

When Carl Mitchell first broke on the scene, his amazing lightning speed style of rap—spitting rhymes with precision—earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest rapper on earth in his youth. He knew this was a natural gift, working hard to define and build a signature style that is unrivaled to this day.

Ravyn Lenae: Millennial Moves

The Chicago Defender’s Black Music Month Special Edition

Ravyn Lenae  |  @ravynlanae

 

When The Chicago Academy for the Arts (ChiArts) opened its doors in 2009, there was no warning that one their students would become a major recording artist before they graduated.

Sam Chatman: The Definition of A DJ

The Chicago Defender’s Black Music Month Special Edition

Sam Chatman | Breaking Music and Creating Trends

As a teenager, Sam Chatman fell in love with music. He spent most of his adolescence in St. Louis, but moved to Chicago to attend high school. It was the ideal place to soak up the musical diversity of what a big city could offer.

The Boy Illinois: Millennial Moves

The Chicago Defender’s Black Music Month Special Edition

The Boy Illinois | @theboyillinois

As a small child, William Gilbert Dalton was surrounded by music in his home; with his musician father belting out soulful tunes on his piano and his sister taking their father’s lead. His earlier memories of copying Michael Jackson’s dance moves as a toddler planted the seed at an early age of the true definition of what world-class showmanship personifies.

Todd Dulaney: Fresh Faces in Faith

The Chicago Defender’s Black Month Special Edition

Todd Dulaney |  @todddulaney

When Todd Dulaney left a blossoming career in professional baseball to commit his life in music ministry, he had no idea where this life-altering decision would lead him. One evening, visiting Pastor Smokie Norful’s church shook something awake in him that had been dormant outside of baseball and he wanted to pursue that renewed feeling.