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Maurice White performing with Earth, Wind & Fire in New York in the late '70s.
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February 5, 2016 His clever idea in forming Earth, Wind & Fire was to power forward with an ethical black music that could force us to keep our heads up to the sky when it matters most.
Mr. MFN eXquire in Los Angeles in January.
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February 5, 2016 Crown Heights came to North Hollywood so we could talk about crossed signals on the highways between artist and industry.
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Morris Robinson in the Los Angeles Opera's 2009 production of The Magic Flute.
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February 3, 2016 Once Morris Robinson dreamed of fame on the football field. Now, he's moving audiences across the world with the power of his voice, and changing the face of opera.
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Oh, weird, a street scene in Mumbai where everything isn't covered in neon clouds of dust. Is this really even India?
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February 1, 2016 Yes, this is about the new Beyoncé-Coldplay music video for "Hymn for the Weekend," which also features levitating sadhus, a child painted blue to resemble Hindu gods, and fire-breathing.
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"I was just in love with the energy," Anderson .Paak says of attending a black Baptist church for the first time.
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January 30, 2016 "I feel that people take you as serious as you take yourself," he says. The rapper-singer's Malibu has received more attention since Anderson .Paak's stellar performances on Dr. Dre's Compton.
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Macklemore performs onstage during the Capital One Orange Bowl Beach Bash in December in Miami Beach.
January 29, 2016 You won't have any thoughts about the rapper's new song about racial inequality, and his place as a white dude in hip-hop, that you didn't have before, in part because he plays it so safe.
Billboard named Brittany Howard its Women In Music "Powerhouse" artist in 2015.
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January 28, 2016 Howard was raised on her father's junkyard in the small town of Athens, Ala. "It was a really interesting way to grow up," she tells Fresh Air.
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John Peel in the studio at the BBC in 1972.
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January 23, 2016 Despite at least one attempt, the famed British broadcaster never made it big in the U.S.A., but a new history of his career at the BBC shows that America was central to Peel's career.
The supernatural investigations of FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are scored by composer Mark Snow.
January 22, 2016 At creator Chris Carter's request, composer Mark Snow tried to make the X-Files theme sound like The Smiths. In the process, he stumbled on a very different sound — that would become iconic.
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Kanye West at LAX in October, looking like us.
January 20, 2016 Seven of us share our initial reactions to the songs we're receiving as some form of preamble to SWISH with each other and with you.
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