Here's our fitting conclusion to Summer Break, as these have been the must have mixtapes/albums to employ inside of your vehicle or headphones at all times. A few more are still on the horizon, so of course this list will have more context come December. But as far as 2013 so far is concerned...
In 1992, the recording industry was riding high. The compact disc had become a major success, with music lovers purchasing new albums and old releases in astonishing numbers despite the format's comparatively steep price tags. And the music-video juggernaut known as MTV was helping major labels to b ... More >>
In 1926 historian Carter G. Wilson began what was known as Negro History Week in an effort to make the African American story more prevalent in our culture's consciousnesses. The week evolved into an entire month-long celebration and promotion of African American history, which we recognize this mon ... More >>
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. As research for an upcoming music feature, we met up w ... More >>
OutKast's depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the Old South
Spike Lee's Inside Man plots the heist of your moviegoing dollars
Stick it to The Man and avoid this slipshod, ugly mess
Mark Wahlberg stars in an odd remake that, oddly, isn't so bad
Why the biggest deal at Sundance was no big deal at all
The officially sanctioned Tupac Shakur biopic emerges, and it's quite money
Could it be that this year's crop of summer movies requires a brain cell or two?
The big-screen dames of cinema 2003 will keep you watching
Gordon Parks paved the way for modern African-American directors
Baby Boy showcases Singleton's smart strides toward sensitive films
Author sees women and Europe surpassing men and New York as the prime exponents of black culture
He wants to castrate pedophiles and purge the courts of politics. He has assailed fellow jurists, lawyers and lawmakers. He's maverick Mike McSpadden, a tennis ace with a tomahawk tongue.
Generally a letdown, the year in film offered some well-crafted works that are best viewed as double features
Three stories of taxman terror
Renee Zellweger as an Orthodox Jew? A Price Above Rubies proves the actress's worth.
John Singleton's Higher Learning fails to make the grade
Two black filmmakers try new territories, with mixed results