Janelle Monae “Giving What You Love” at the Taste of Chicago [FULL VIDEO]

Janelle Monae Giving You What You Love at Taste of Chicago

If you are a real soul lover, this time of year cannot be beat! You can star watch and star gaze in Los Angeles for the BET Experience one weekend, fly to NOLA the following weekend for Essence Festival, and then head to Chicago for the third weekend for Taste of Chicago!  A time to fully immerse yourself in all five senses in the Windy City, Taste of Chicago is a must-go event!

In addition to the fun, Chicago based eateries that are out and about during the weekend, this year’s musical guest include the incomparable Electric Lady herself, Janelle Monae. Giving a show as only she can, she performed to a packed crowd at the Petrillo Music Shell. This video gives just a taste of the full show that Monae through down on! Watch the video below.
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Sevyn Streeter Playing the Superlounge [FULL VIDEO] @sevyn @EssenceFest

Sevyn Streeter Playing the Superlounge

Sevyn Streeter is one of the strongest contenders in the field of new R&B starlets. Her performance during Essence Music Festival over the weekend solidified her reputation. Excited about her upcoming album and birthday, Sevyn beams with excitement about her creative space. And when she takes to the stage, she performs with a combination of flirty attitude and full on vocal force.

Tune in to the video below, right at 28:00 to catch both the interview and the show.
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Prince Trivia! Would You Have Done Well? #essencefest @3rdEyeGirl @3rdEyeBoy @EssenceFest @YoliZoma

Prince Trivia! Would You Have Done Well?

Though Essence Music Festival 2014 is officially one for the history books, there are still moments from the weekend to look back on fondly! One such highlight is this video of Essence Entertainment Editor Yolanda Sangweni giving a pop quiz on Prince trivia. As Festival goers prepared for Prince’s Friday night show, Sangweni asked them about all things Prince, ranging from his personal background to his song lyrics. Essence readers did quite well with the trivia; how would you have done soulheads?
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Prince Sings “Purple Rain” at Essence Festival [FULL VIDEO + CONCERT REVIEW] @3rdEyeGirl @3rdEyeBoy @EssenceFest @liannelahavas

Prince Sings Purple Rain at Essence Festival

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Prince made “Purple Rain” fall in the Superdome. As the marquee artists for the event, the attention was tuned in for the tone he would set. And, as expected, it was wonderful. While this might not have been the greatest show Prince has ever given, the very virtue that it was Prince made it exceptional. Indeed, with this year marking historic milestones for both the artist and the festival (30th anniversary of Purple Rain, 20th anniversary of Essence Festival) audience members seemed to feel that sense of time and space and were present in the moment.

In addition to Prince performing, young star Lianne Le Havas made a guest appearance, as well as the truly unsung artist Nile Rodgers. For the full event review, read the article from StarTribune below the jump and watch this video of Prince magically singing “Purple Rain”.
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Tonight! Live Stream Purple Rain Anniversary Event at 6:30 EST[FREE LIVE FULL STREAM] @zaheerali @ronworthy @futhermucker @3rdeyegirl


This year is the 30th Anniversary of the release of Purple Rain. And as we mentioned over the weekend, Miles Marshall Lewis of Ebony.com has curated a panel event at the Schomburg Center featuring soulhead.com’s very own Ron Worthy, among others. You can stream the panel here beginning at 6:30pm EST. Do not miss out!
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Art is Revolution: An Exhibition – Sunday 06/29 in BKLYN [BUY TICKETS] @ninasky @SelinaCarrera @denitiaandsene

Art is Revolution

For all soulheads who will find themselves in the New York Area this Sunday, you do not want to miss the opportunity to attend this event. Art is REVOLUTION is an exhibition that brings together some of the most exciting new soul artists, who- per the tradition of the genre– are being innovative and creative with the style. The event features vocalist Selina Carrera, DJ NI**SKY of Nina Sky fame, and, a soulhead.com favorite, electro-soul duo Denitia and Sene. You can purchase tickets from the link below and hear sample tracks from the featured artists. Dig this!
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30th Anniversary of Purple Rain at Schomburg Center @zaheerali @ronworthy @3rdeyegirl @futhermucker

Purple Rain Event

As a celebration of the 30th anniversary of a film and album that changed the face of both rock and R&B, Miles Marshall Lewis of Ebony.com has curated an event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The esteemed panel to discuss this milestone will takE place on June 25 from 6:30-9:30 in New York, NY and feature commentary from Zaheer Ali, and soulhead.com’s very own Ron Worthy. Following the event there will be a Garden Party with the talents of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Do not miss this event!
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Double Header at Marquee NYC on July 10, 2014 – The Twin Danger and Stuart Matthewman & Maxwell @cottonbelly1 @_maxwell_

DJ Jus Ske

Summer has officially arrived and the fun is completely underway! soul suite of New York could not agree anymore! They have selected July 10th at the celebrated Marquee NYC to have not one,  but TWO, early summer shows that will light the town up. There will be a musical doubleheader with two separate events. This will be a night of high end partying, set in a luxurious atmosphere. Read more of this post

Luther Vandross Receives Star on Walk of Fame

Luther Vandross Receivers Star on Walk of Fame

It would be ludicrous to deny the role Luther Vandross played on contemporary R&B. His velvety voice was the sound of the genre for over two decades. And in his lifetime, Luther sold over 25 million records and was awarded 8 Grammy Awards to back it all up! Though it’s been nearly nine years since his untimely passing, he has been posthumously recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a star on the Walk of Fame. Called a “true master of the genre” by Clive Davis, Vandross ceremony was also attended by Marcus Miller and Nile Rodgers. Watch the video of the ceremony below.
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Conversation With D’Angelo TONIGHT! #AskDAngelo @nprmusic


Back in April we broke news that the Red Bull Music Academy will host a conversation with neosoul bannerman, D’Angelo. That conversation takes place TONIGHT and will stream live on NPR Music. Follow this link to listen live at 7pm EDT.
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Michael Jackson Hologram Tears Up Billboard Music Awards Performing “Slave to the Rhythm”

Slave to the Rhythm Michael Jackson

Last night’s Billboard Music Awards was met with the usual fan fare and excitement of celebrating the top selling and most glorious pop music. But what would a night of pop be without the King of Pop? Less than a week after the release of Michael Jackson‘s posthumous album, Xcscape, Michael’s dancers moved alongside his hologram to his newest jam, “Slave to the Rhythm”. During the performance, proud producer L.A. Reid was spotted grooving along to his well-made project honoring the Late Great. Watch the full performance here!
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Red Bull Music Academy Host A Conversation with D’Angelo

D'Angelo Red Bull Music Academy

D’Angelo is one of the most intriguing figures in the neosoul era. For all the vibrancy and strength he gave us in the 90s and early Aughts with Brown Sugar and Voodoo, he has been fairly silent in recent years.

The Red Bull Music Academy Festival (commissioners of What Difference Does it Make?) in New York this spring plans to break that silence!
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Get Happy!! Pharrell Williams Performs Saturday Night Live [VIDEO CLIP]

Pharrell Williams on SNL

Last night’s episode of SNL featured the quirky and charming Anna Kendrick as the host, which brought a bit of laughs and a huge dose of heart to the show. But more than that, Pharrell Willliams came through and rocked the stage. Yesterday might have been his birthday (an unbelievable 41 years old!), but it was him who gave us the gift of his songs “Happy” and “Marilyn Monroe” from his new album GIRL. Watch him perform here!
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theHotness.com presents “Hot Grrrls Cool Music” featuring Imani Uzuri and Res on March 20 and 22, 2014 at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem NYC @thehotnessgrrrl‎ @gypsygirlbliss @the1res‎ #GetInvoved [FEATURED EVENT]

We are too excited to lend our hand in getting the word out about this amazing event sponsored by TheHotness.com. Imani Uzuri is one of this generations most powerful and soulful voices and she will certainly be bringing down the house with her unique and passionate blend of jazz, world, blues and gospel. She is the real deal for those of you who are not familiar. Read more of this post

Prince Flashmob in Oakland VIDEO RECAP #YesWeCode @3rdeyegirl @ledisi @3rdeyeboy @VanJones68‎ @OAKArts @dereca @ronworthy [EVENT RECAP]

Prince Flashmob in Oakland VIDEO RECAP #YesWeCode @3rdeyegirl @ledisi @3rdeyeboy @VanJones68‎ @OAKArts @dereca @ronworthy [EVENT RECAP]

Anyone in Oakland who loves Prince seemed to be out and about for this amazing event organized by #YesWeCode, Dereca Blackman and Tanya Leake among others.  According to Blackman, during the show, Prince asked who went to the flash mob. Then he clutched his heart and said, “Thank you.”  NICE! Read more of this post

Biggest Prince Flashmob Ever in Oakland’s Art Park on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 4PM #YesWeCode @3rdeyegirl @ledisi @VanJones68‎ @OAKArts @dereca @ronworthy [EVENT]


We are proud to announce this amazing event which will happen a few hours prior to the recently announced Prince takeover of Oakland this weekend.  After an amazing run including the UK and LA, his Purple Badness (and our favorite), Prince, is going to be  bringing down the house for sure.  The organizers of the flashmob, Dereca Blackmon and Tanya Leake, guarantee you will have a good time.

So, if you are in the S.F. Bay Area, you have to check this out:

“The Biggest Prince Flash Mob EVER!!! Collaboration with Prince’s partnerYesWeCode and Oakland School for the Arts Mix of classic track “Delirious” and “Ain’t Gonna Miss You” by PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL featuring Oakland’s own Ledisi!!! Flash mob will be at the Art Park directly across from the venue. This will be epic, and since he is performing later that night – you never know who might show up??? Support great music and helping our youth claim the future!”

Location:  Art Park, Telegraph Ave (at 19th St), Oakland, CA 94612 MAP

Time: 4PM PST



Here is an intro video and choreography below:

More help below:

Delirious Breakdown with OSA

Ain’t Gonna Miss You Breakdown

Delirious Breakdown



Prince on Arsenio Hall Recap + ALL PERFORMANCES @3rdEyeGirl @arseniohall @therealshelbyj @livwarfield

Prince on Arsenio Hall Recap + ALL PERFORMANCES @3rdEyeGirl @arseniohall @therealshelbyj @livwarfield

For the 3 people who were not tuned in to Arsenio Hall last night for the Prince takeover, we offer this recap:  Prince Showed. Prince Proved.  After an hard rocking opening number, FunkNRoll, with his all girl band, 3rdEyeGirl, Prince sat and spoke with Arsenio Hall about a number of wide ranging topics including the state of the music business and his late night antics back in the day with Hall.   Read more of this post

#GetInvolved at OkayAfrica Presents Electrafrique *NYC On March 8, 2014 at The303 at Louie & Chan NYC featuring DJ Underdog and DJ Jahsonic [FEATURED EVENT]

1962732_10153845681345333_1572659963_nOkayAfrica Presents Electrafrique *NYC On March 8, 2014 at The303 at Louie & Chan NYC featuring DJ Underdog and DJ Jahsonic [FEATURED EVENT]

Big up to previously featured DJ Underdog and our homeboy DJ Jahsonic for this set which looks to be the spot to be.  Get involved.  More details on venue here.

Pharrell Williams Performs “Happy” at the 86th Annual Academy Awards @pharrell @TheAcademy [FULL VIDEO]

Pharrell Williams Performs Happy at 86th Annual Academy Awards
Well, we are Happy! Last night was the 86th Annual Academy Awards, for which legendary Skateboard P, Pharrell Williams, was nominated for his original song on Despicable Me 2. And while Pharrell might not have won, it was a big night for some soulful (if you will) actresses (hey, Lupita), screenwriters, and films that walked away with the film industry’s highest honor.

So, like Pharrell, we feel like a room without a roof! Here’s to a good start your work week!
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Prince to Take Over Arsenio Hall Show on March 5, 2014 @3rdeyegirl @arseniohall @arsenioofficial

We are overjoyed to announce that Prince will be taking over the Arsenio Hall Show, which was recently renewed for a second season, next week on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  The legendary musician has been performing around the UK over the past few weeks and will certainly bring down the house.  Apparently, he will be performing a few songs and also speaking with Arsenio on his legendary couch.  Given Prince has not typically granted a lot of interviews, we will certainly be watching. Read more of this post

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