2014 Soul Train Awards Full Recap [FULL VIDEOS] @SoulTrain @WendyWilliams @CentricTV

2014 Soul Train Awards Full Recap

2014 Soul Train Awards Full Recap

The Thanksgiving weekend is becoming synonymous not just with great food and fun times, but also a recap of the past year in R&B soul music. The Annual Soul Train Awards was held last night. With a lot of the winners being some familiar musical faces and voices we’ve covered this year, there were some performances that we were just excited to see. Below you can get a list of all of the winners and look at the videos of the performances you missed, including the reunion of Jodeci! And check in later today to see the tribute to Kool and The Gang, worthy of its own analysis!
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The Rooks Bring New Blood to Old Soul at NYC’s Mercury Lounge CONCERT RECAP by @KerikaFields @tweetGMT @ggordon89 @therooksband [VIDEO]

By Kerika Fields

On Saturday September 27, 2014 The Rooks took the stage at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and did the almost impossible: They convinced this cynic that the next generation of musicians is keeping good, pure soul music alive, one song at a time.

With Garth Taylor slaying songs on vocals, Gabe Gordon killing it on keys, Louis Russo grooving on bass, Graham Richman getting down on guitar, Spencer Hattendorf doing some backup singing and slaying the sax, and Nate Mondschein doing the damn thing on the drums, The Rooks showed and proved that listening to their mom and dad’s records have really rubbed off. Read more of this post


We are incredibly excited this week with Prince dropping 2 albums. Although we can’t be in Minneapolis, we know the listening party at Paisley Park this evening will be amazing. Read more of this post

Made in the City of Angels – LA’s Made in America Festival a Success [FESTIVAL REVIEW] @S_C @ericgarcetti @MIAFestival @LAUnitedWay

Made in the City of Angels- A Festival to Send off Summer

Made in the City of Angels – A Festival to Send off Summer

In its third year, the Budweiser Made in America festival was expected to be a success in Philadelphia. But the sister festival occurring in LA had more room for debate. When Jay Z joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on the steps of city hall in April to announce the Los Angeles show, many questions were posed. Could  LA pull of this experiment in  urban planning and culture building by attracting 50,000 people to a paid event to the young Grand Park, right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles? The very thought of this was nightmare inducing for any city logistician. But by all accounts, the experiment proved a success.
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Soul Surprised Afro Punk by @ErickaBlount @Deangelo @Questlove

By Ericka Blount Danois and Walter Blount

The revered Afro Punk festival rolled into Brooklyn again this year by the tens of thousands, with eclectic costumes, and a crowd with an irreverent sense of humor and a hearty appetite for black rock, punk and soul. Two of the best received bands out of an impressive line-up that included Alice Smith, Lianne LaHavas, The Internet, Shabazz Palaces, Meshell Ndegeocello and Tamar-Kali, were Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Fishbone. Read more of this post

HIEROGLYPHICS Feat: Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief (Aplus, Opio, Phesto, Tajai), Casual, Pep Love, and Domino, J.PERIOD, WARA Tonight August 21, 2014 at Brooklyn Bowl at 8pm

If you are in or near Brooklyn, you need to be here. This is going to be an amazing event.

More information and tickets here.

BlackStar Film Festival Going Strong [EVENT DETAILS] @BlackStarFest @tilinfinitydoc

BlackStar Film Festival Going Strong

Last night was the first night of the Philadelphia BlackStar Film Festival. An event running all weekend long, those on the East Coast do not want to miss out on the great films and talents being presented. The festival will show the works from filmmakers and artists nation wide, including a film from a Los Angeles based filmmaker and a story about the Apache nation. But what we at soulhead.com really want to bring your attention to is the film Til Infinity : Souls of Mischief. This full length documentary is about the indelible the East Bay based Souls of Mischief have left on hip-hop. That screening is tonight, August 1st at 8:30pm. See the promo video below and find details about the screening here.

And for the full itinerary of the festival visit this site!
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@NipseyHussle and @BigBoy Attending Los Angeles Peace Walk – @TTMFoundation

Nipsey Hussle and Big Boy Attending Los Angeles Peace Walk

Using their influence for good, some of the biggest names in Los Angeles hip hop are encouraging people to attend today’s Los Angeles “Peace Walk and Peace Talk”. An event hosted by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, these events are meant to discuss and propose solutions for the ever occurring violence in Los Angeles street culture. Big Boy and Nipsey Hussle, as well as actress Jurnee Smollet-Bell are among a few who are using their celebrity influence to have an impact on the community.

For all those in the Los Angeles area, the event is scheduled to being at 10:30 am at the historic Crenshaw High School.

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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