Did you know that R&B was renamed as “rhythm & blues” from “race music” by Billboard magazine in 1949? The name change reflected upwardly mobile Negroes working diligently to change their social and economic statuses. But, of course, with growth and downright swag comes theft. R&B caught the ears of white audiences,…
A little purple mathematics for you: On April 21 of 2016, planet Earth lost a magical, musical unicorn in what can only be explained as the rapture of a singular genius—one who left us 40-plus years of (released) music by which to remember him. On July 29, 2018, the purple family with gather to honor the legendary…
I can be prone to hyperbole. I can see proof of it in my daughter, who has adopted my penchant for saying, “This is my favorite song ever” for nearly every song she hears that she likes. We don’t do things small in the My-Last-Name-Isn’t-Really-Jackson household.
You didn’t think we forgot, did you? Admittedly, it’s been a busy week here at The Glow Up, with the GLAAD Awards, a lingerie line from Rihanna and the questionable Catholic imagination of the Met Gala (oh my!). Frankly, we’re ready to slow it down for the weekend, so we thought we’d start by going classic, and…
Misty Copeland is making boss moves.
Ever wanted to have your own private island estate? Or possibly a private estate that was once owned by Prince? Well, if you have several million saved up or are ready to break into your 401(k), Prince’s estate is offering up his retreat home in Turks and Caicos.
We promise, we’re going to stop with the all-Janelle Monáe-everything ... just as soon as we listen to Dirty Computer about 200 more times. But seriously: We’ll definitely give you a break next week, but for the second week in a row, the artist occasionally known as Cindi Mayweather has The Glow Up’s hearts—and…
All six of Prince’s siblings have joined together to sue personnel at an Illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose a week before his death. The family has also named Walgreens pharmacy in its wrongful death suit.
Many know Yara Shahidi as the adorable and irrepressible Zoey Johnson on Black-ish’s hit spinoff, Grown-ish, but fewer know about her roots as a Minneapolis girl—like myself—and her ties to our most famous fellow native.
Patti LaBelle fondly remembers the time she found out that Prince could talk.
On Thursday, the estate of musical icon Prince released the original studio recording of his song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” recorded in 1984.
Prince didn’t know he was taking fentanyl, a painkiller 30-50 times stronger than heroin, at the time of his death. Still, citing a lack of evidence, Carver County (Minn.) Attorney Mark Metz announced in a news conference on Thursday that there will be no criminal charges filed in relation to Prince’s overdose death.
As citizens of the Purple Nation prepare to commemorate the anniversary of the death of their monarch, Prince Rogers Nelson, a new report reveals that Prince’s family has yet to see a dime from his estate, while lawyers and “consultants” have cleared millions.
As the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc on the nation, we are sad to say that it looks like singer Prince is one of the fallen.
The first matter of business, if you haven’t already, is to treat yourself to Janelle Monáe’s latest video offerings, which the singer released today.
In case you haven’t had your fill of African royalty this week (as if), Janelle Monáe dropped in on us today with not one, but two new singles sure to be in heavy rotation over the coming weeks, accompanied by stunning visuals that are already giving us fashion inspiration.
Yesterday I saw Drake’s video for “God’s Plan,” the song he dropped a few weeks back that is currently sitting atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the fourth straight week. When I checked it out yesterday, it was sitting at roughly 25 million views on YouTube, and as of today, it’s nearing 30 million. I think it’s…
Before not watching Sunday’s Super Bowl, I was engaged in a conversation with Kyla Jenée Lacey, a contributor to The Root, about appropriation. Specifically, we were talking about Indonesian rapper Rich Chigga’s music.
Updated Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, 11:10 a.m. EST: After what proved to be some serious blowback after rumors that Justin Timberlake would be using a Prince hologram for his Super Bowl halftime show, longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E. confirmed last night that there would be none.
The Bay Area is mourning one of its pioneers, DJ Pam the Funkstress of the seminal political rap collective the Coup, yet another hip-hop trailblazer gone too soon. She was 51 years old.