Naima is a music industry veteran, writer, and self-described culture preservationist in NYC. She's also the creator, curator, and Senior Pastor of #MusicSermon. In her free time she watches too much tv, spends too much time on twitter, and eats too much candy. Follow her on twitter @naima.
For Us, by Us: How Fox’s Answer to ‘Must See TV’ Validated Hip-Hop Culture
Recalling Fox's early black-centered TV lineup and how it amplified hip-hop culture.
‘Living Single’ 25: In a 2010s Kinda World, Where are Khadijah and Her Girls?
We knew Khadijah and her crew survived the '90s, but what is the gang up to 25 years later?
How ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ Launched Hip-Hop Into the Mainstream
30 years ago MTV took a chance on hip-hop and propelled the genre from being a fad to becoming one of the most important genres in history.
The Best ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ Moments: Revisiting the Most Talked About Interviews & Performances 30 Years Later
We take a look at 10 of the best moments from 'Yo! MTV Raps' in honor of the sow's 30th anniversary.
The Greatest Band in the Land Meets the Greatest Music Festival in the Land: How The Roots Opened Essence Fest
The Roots did not disappoint at Essence Festival.
Queen Latifah & Friends Prove the Ladies Still Kick It at Essence Fest
The only criticism was that there wasn’t more.
Teddy Riley Brings New Jack Swing to Essence Fest, but Misses The Mark
The New Jack Swing night curated by the super producer of the era felt like a roller coaster that never hit any peaks high enough to merit raising your arms above your head and screaming.
Remembering the OTHER Female R&B Voices of the ’90s
Many times when discussing women in R&B during the '90s, the same names dominate the conversation. Here's a list of some (good) singers you might have forgotten.
ALL HAIL THE QUEENS: In Appreciation of MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa
MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Salt-N-Pepa are rarely discussed regarding pioneers in hip-hop. While many women have come after them, these three hip-hop acts laid the foundation for the women in rap today to fly.
Remembering Uptown Records: the First Lifestyle Label
25 years after Uptown Records appeared on MTV's "Unplugged," we pay homage to the history of Uptown Records, its artists, and founder, Andre Harrell.