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A Review of Jacquees’ 4275 Album Because He Called Himself ‘The King of R&B’ A Review of Jacquees’ 4275 Album Because He Called Himself ‘The King of R&B’

OK, Jacquees might be an idiot. Perhaps a brilliant idiot since before last week’s “King of R&B” (of his generation) moment, I couldn’t point him out in a lineup, much less tell you the name of a single, solitary song he sang. But now? That pendulum has swung the entire other way. Again, as much as I want to call that…

Is It Sneakerhead Sacrilege to Not Like Jordan IIIs?  Is It Sneakerhead Sacrilege to Not Like Jordan IIIs? 

I’m not sure if I qualify as a sneakerhead or not. Most people that come into my home and see my shoe collection would probably say that I am, but I follow several people on social media whose collection of shoes would look at mine, call it a bitch and then give it a wedgie. Now, comparing myself to sneaker addicts is…

I Thought I Played Candy Crush Too Much. Apparently I'm an Amateur Compared to Some People I Thought I Played Candy Crush Too Much. Apparently I'm an Amateur Compared to Some People

I’m about to admit something that I was originally ashamed of because I thought I’d been neglecting my responsibilities (family, work, Black Jesus, etc.) because of how much time I clearly had spent playing Candy Crush. Turns out, what I’m about to admit actually makes me feel shamed for having thought I was doing…

New York Undercover Is Getting a Reboot. Here Is Where Detective Eddie Torres May Have Been, Instead of Dead New York Undercover Is Getting a Reboot. Here Is Where Detective Eddie Torres May Have Been, Instead of Dead

It looks officially official: New York Undercover is coming back. A deal has been struck for a pilot production with ABC. If you’ll remember back in the ’90s, New York Undercover was a FOX television show, following Martin and Living Single on Thursday nights in that murderer’s row of black television watch-hood. The…

If There Is an R&B King Right Now, It's Not Jacquees (Yet) If There Is an R&B King Right Now, It's Not Jacquees (Yet)

I don’t know what constitutes R&B anymore. Rather, I don’t know who is an R&B artist anymore. That’s the first thing that popped into my head when Decatur, Ga., singer Rodriguez Jacquees Broadnax, popularly known as Jacquees, proclaimed himself the king of R&B for this generation.

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music; One NYC Principal Decides to Die on One Anyway The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music; One NYC Principal Decides to Die on One Anyway

If there’s one movie I’ve seen a possible, actual, literal 1,000-plus times in life, it’s The Sound of Music. If you grew up overseas on military bases in the 1980s, movies were your viewing pleasure. The Department of Defense provided us with one channel, the Armed Forces Network (or AFN, for short), and decided what…

What Are Reasonable Expectations to Have of Rappers? What Are Reasonable Expectations to Have of Rappers?

I have a theory that because of the way we curate our social media circles nowadays, I believe most of us think our circles are representative of reality. This is my story, this is my song. I also think it’s pure bullshit.

For Parents Whose Blood Pressure Gets Raised Because of Product Recalls When ’Tussin and Wine Ain’t Enough For Parents Whose Blood Pressure Gets Raised Because of Product Recalls When ’Tussin and Wine Ain’t Enough

I was driving my daughter to school this morning, gleefully coasting across the Washington, D.C., area’s Woodrow Wilson Bridge, named after possibly the most racist president of all time, a true accomplishment considering that several presidents actually owned slaves, when my phone buzzed. Like many folks, I get an…

If You Don't Have the Keys, Don't Pack the Truck If You Don't Have the Keys, Don't Pack the Truck

2010 was a transitional year for me. A three-year relationship ended in the early part of the year, we had to move out of the house we lived in and go our separate ways, and I had to figure out a new life as a single man but one with a child. Life was different in the most substantial way, to that point, that it…

Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' ta F' Wit? The Creators of Shaolin Jazz Disagree Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin' ta F' Wit? The Creators of Shaolin Jazz Disagree

To call the Wu-Tang Clan one of the most influential musical acts of all-time isn’t hyperbole. When they burst onto the scene in 1993 as a gritty and grimey Staten Island, N.Y., counterpoint to the Dr. Dre-helmed polish of Los Angeles G-funk, music shifted, too. In the decades since, the Wu footprint has shown up in…

A Line-by-Line Breakdown of Jay-Z's Verse on Meek Mill's Song 'What's Free?' A Line-by-Line Breakdown of Jay-Z's Verse on Meek Mill's Song 'What's Free?'

Meek Mill’s latest album, Championships, dropped today. While I’m not the biggest fan of the Philadelphia yellsmith, I can acknowledge that because of everything that’s transpired in the past, say 18 months of his life, this album release is an event. From a very public feud with Drake (they’re cool now; Drake’s even…

I Went to Morehouse College, But Morgan State University Was the First HBCU I Fell in Love With I Went to Morehouse College, But Morgan State University Was the First HBCU I Fell in Love With

There’s nothing like a good ole Facebook Memory, eh? This morning, while logging into the ‘Book, I was reminded of a discussion I started on November 29, 2017 (a year ago), spurred by an episode of This Is US about which historically black college or university (HBCU) was the most well-known. Here’s an excerpt…

I Had Two Black Teachers From Kindergarten Through 12th Grade and Even That Little Bit Made a Difference I Had Two Black Teachers From Kindergarten Through 12th Grade and Even That Little Bit Made a Difference

As a parent, the education of my children is a huge part of my life. I’m not only concerned by what that education looks like; I am equally concerned about who is providing it. I have two children in school—age 9 (4th grade) and 3 (Pre-Kindergarten)—at two entirely different schools in two entirely different places.…

So, Um, I Don't Think Beyoncé Is a Bad Actor So, Um, I Don't Think Beyoncé Is a Bad Actor

Since the release of the trailer for the new The Lion King live-action (or CGI or animated, whatever tickles your fancy and allows you fall back from your personal “well, actually’”face-ass principles) film remake—set to drop in July 2019 - the jokes about H-town’s finest, Beyoncé “Sorry, I’m Not Sorry” Knowles’…

So Disney Just Gon' Kill Mufasa Again for a Whole New Generation of Kids with This The Lion King Live-Action Remake, Huh? So Disney Just Gon' Kill Mufasa Again for a Whole New Generation of Kids with This The Lion King Live-Action Remake, Huh?

It is officially official: the live-action version of The Lion King, with all of your faves, will hit theaters in July 2019 so we can all excitedly watch Mufasa die. Again. Twenty-five years after he died the first time.

Dear DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, You Can Be Wrong but You Can’t be Loud and Wrong About Mumbo Sauce Dear DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, You Can Be Wrong but You Can’t be Loud and Wrong About Mumbo Sauce

Many years ago I remember getting into an argument with a friend about the documentary, Waiting for Superman, the 2010 documentary that looks at the American public school system. The argument wasn’t about the specifics of the film at all. The argument was about how well-known the documentary was. I argued that…

Is Usher a Legend In the R&B Game? Yes. Yes, He Is Is Usher a Legend In the R&B Game? Yes. Yes, He Is

A few weeks back in Atlanta for Spelhouse homecoming, I got into a fun and spirited debate with my crew of Day Ones over Sunday brunch. Because we love to have deep and intellectual conversations about shit that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things, music and entertainment are usually an easy go-to. The…

Ray J Is Going to Philander Smith College. Homecoming Finna Be Lit! Ray J Is Going to Philander Smith College. Homecoming Finna Be Lit!

Ray J is going to college, y’all. And while that sounds like the name of a new reality show helmed by Mona Scott-Young, it’s an actual factual true statement. According to his Instagram account, Ray J, real name Willie Ray Norwood, has decided to enroll at Philander Smith College, a historically black college located…

It Snowed in the Washington, DC Area Today for the First Time This Season. Let Me Tell You About My Commute It Snowed in the Washington, DC Area Today for the First Time This Season. Let Me Tell You About My Commute

According to the crackerjack group of meteorologists who service the Washington, D.C., area (or at least the ones on the stations I watch who shall remain nameless), today would be a day with some snow flurries early, perhaps some light accumulation on the grass and this evening would be a likely mess full of heavy…

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