Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike (aka RBRM) Is the Lemonade We Get From New Edition’s Lemons

The Temptations are one of my favorite groups of all time. But I have to caveat that: The version of the Temptations that features the “Death Lineup” (no pun intended, seriously) of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams is my favorite. Even though that lineup is my favorite,…

Did Bobby Brown Make Don’t Be Cruel, or Did Don’t Be Cruel Make Bobby Brown?

I’m a Bobby Brown fan. I’m not sure I’m at stan levels, but I did shell out the money to buy the hardback copy of his autobiography (written with the assistance of Nick Chiles—it’s painfully obvious where Bobby either had help or didn’t write at all) and read it immediately in one sitting.

The BET Awards Show Felt Like It Was on Forever, but I Had Chicken and Was Entertained

If I tried to review the entire BET Awards, which went on for a smooth four hours, I would be writing until Blue Ivy released her second greatest-hits collection. So in the interest of time, I’ll only cover where my prerogative leads me. Feel free to cue up select tracks from the catalog of the legendary Kang of R&B,…

The 10 Blackest Moments From A BET Awards Show I Only Watched An Hour Of Because It Was Long As Shit And I'm Old

Full disclosure. This will not be a recap of the entire show. Because I did not watch the entire show. Because I'm old as fuck and took a nap at 8pm and woke up at like 10pm. Because old ass niggas take evening naps. And then for the first few moments of watching the awards, I was only kinda, sorta paying attention…

Unique Views, Episode 37: Can Johnny Gill and His Vocal Talent Win a Grammy Already?!

The reason I allow my pod mate, Stephen A. Crockett Jr. the third, to write the posts for The Root’s podcast episodes is that I literally do everything else. But, then I got the chance to read said posts. And though I’m not shocked that Crockett has been dragging my beautiful name through the mud, I am exhausted by…

10 Reasons I’m Very Excited To Be Here About BET’s “The New Edition Story”

Tonight, the first part of BET’s three-part miniseries, “The New Edition Story,” debuts. If you don't think I'll be glued to my television tonight at 9pm, you're huffing glue. It’s been a good long while since I’ve been this excited about a biopic. I still have the “New Edition –Past and Present” VHS tape and would…

The Members of New Edition Made Sure BET’s Biopic Came Correct With Their Story

In one of the most poignant scenes in the BET miniseries The New Edition Story, the young Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ralph Tresvant are fresh off their first major world tour. The tour bus, painted with the group’s name in graffiti letters on the side, pulls in slowly to drop the singers…

This Bobby Brown Biography Seems Like It Will Be The Greatest Book Of All Time

To call myself a Bobby Brown fan would do a disservice to the many years I’ve fought for Don’t Be Cruel’s recognition as one of the greatest R&B albums of all time. The album is damn near flawless. The WORST song on the album is “Take It Slow” and its not even a bad song. It’s just not as good as “Every Little Step”,…