Author: Naima Cochrane

The Black Godfather is a Lesson In Relationships

If you haven’t already, I highly encourage and strongly urge you to watch The Black Godfather, Netflix’s doc on one of the most powerful black men in entertainment, Clarence Avant.  It’s not just a music and entertainment doc, though. It’s a primer for a fruitful and impactful life.I won’t go into his whole history here, but the

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Your Musical Guide to the Blackness of Beyoncé’s Homecoming

I (humbly) wrote for Billboard about the power and significance in Beyoncé’s musical choices for Homecoming, and how she used them to weave Black history and culture throughout the live albums 40 tracks. This is your song by song guide to the intentionally Black Homecoming experience. Last April, Beyoncé staged a headlining set at Coachella unlike

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SPOTIFY x “Wear Black History”

I’m so excited to announce my/#MusicSermon’s work with Spotify for their amazing celebration of history and the influence of Black music for #BlackHistoryIsNow. I worked with the Spotify team to identify, research and craft six key stories in Black music history for the one-of-a-kind capsule collection. ​Go browse the lookbook at BLACKHISTORYISNOW.COM to see what artists Joy Miessi and Brandan ‘bmike’ Odums​ created around The Sacred

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OSSÉ & WOODS: Rest in Power

Originally posted December 20th, 2017 If you read any bio about me, it’ll say some variation of “20-year industry veteran…” I’ve been in the entertainment industry my entire career, but it never would have happened without these three men: Ed Woods, Reggie Ossé aka Combat Jack, and Matt Middleton. I started in the combined law offices of Ossé & Woods

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Talking Nippy…

I joined New York Times music writer Jon Caramonica and a round table of other music and culture critics to discuss how the documentaries Whitney (in theaters now) and Whitney: Can I Be Me? (currently available on Showtime on demand) handled Whitney’s legacy, if either provided new insight or re​velations, if there’s a larger story to be told about her career,

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