Author: Naima Cochrane

The New #TGIF: Ranking Our Childhoods

Last week, some well-intended soul ranked classic Black sitcoms. My friend Jamal Jimoh and I had multiple issues with the ranking, so we decided to hop on IG live to discuss/revise the list, and invited friends to join us. In the process, we realized there were several more aspects of Black TV and film that

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Ghetto Fabulous: Andre Harrell Created a Culture of Black Excellence (Billboard)

The night Andre Harrell died, I DM’d my editor at Billboard to tell him that whatever they were going to do for Dre, I was raising my hand. I knew a slew of outlets’ headers would read “… who discovered Sean Combs,” and Dre’s impact was so much bigger than that; larger and farther reaching

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7 Unofficial Rules to Not F**k #Verzuz Up – Billboard

As we’ve collectively watched Swizz Beats and Timbaland’s producer battle series grow, there’ve been several teaching moments for how not to kill the vibe and energy that attracts everyone to what has become prime quarantine programming. But the thee-day (really three-week), two-part Teddy Riley vs Babyface battle was a whole dissertation on putting too much

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The Babyface/Teddy Riley Fantasy Pack

Get Prepared for Sunday’s PLAY A FANTASY VERSION OF THE Epic Producer Battle On Sunday, Timbaland and Swizz present were planning to stage the most legendary match up to date for their short-lived but quickly growing VERZUZ IG live-based producer battle: Kenny “Babyface” Edmunds and Teddy Riley. Two of the biggest contributors to the sound

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The Year Soul Music Fought Back

As part of Billboard‘s celebration for all things 2000 last week, I wrote about Neo Soul’s mainstream breakthrough, and why it didn’t last long. If you chart modern R&B’s course on a map, you’ll notice a giant fork in the path around the year 2000. Actually, it was more of a massive roundabout, leading to

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This #MarchMadness Isn’t Canceled

#MusicSermon’s annual Springtime Music Showdown is still on and poppin’! This year, it’s the BATTLE OF THE REMIXES! We resumed regular #MusicSermon services last weekend with a celebration of the real and true REMIX. Not these somebody-emailed-you-the-track-you-laid-you-verse-and-emailed-it-back joints, but the real and true, change the whole song, change the lyrics, up the energy, put fiftylemn

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Industry Rule No. 1 is Industry Rule No. 4080 – Still

You’ve likely peeped that there’s a call-out moment happening with artists and their first contracts. Kelis and Mase are addressing false promises, low earnings, and jacked publishing with Pharrell and Puffy, respectively. But how much of this is just business and how much of it is, indeed, sheisty? I wrote about complicated contracts and the

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NYTimes Popcast: WWPD? (What Would Prince Do?)

Prince was a perfectionist. He was a relentlessly creative musician and a refined aesthete, careful about the music he put out in the world, always presenting a seamless package — image and sound.In the three and a half years since Prince’s death at 57, those responsible for his estate have had to decide just how much

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