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Ebony

Ebony is a monthly US entertainment title aimed at the African-American market. Dating back to 1945, Ebony also spawned the sister magazine, Jet

29 articles

D'Angelo: On D'Angelo and the Birth of Neo-Soul

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 14 January 2012

SOULCHILD, LEGEND, BADU, EVEN SCOTT (AS IN JILL) SHOULD THANK THEIR LUCKY STARS FOR THIS CAT ...

The Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley: At 72, Ron Isley Remains Contagious

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 15 July 2013

With one more solo album, This Song Is for You, dropping tomorrow, the Isley Brothers legend stays true to his soulful roots ...

James Brown, Funkadelic, The Ohio Players: Who Killed the Funk?

Comment by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 24 July 2013

MICHAEL A. GONZALES REFLECTS ON P-FUNK, THE OHIO PLAYERS, EARTH WIND & FIRE, ETC. AND WONDERS WHERE THE FUNK HAVE ALL THE FUNK GROUPS GONE? ...

Glenn Lewis Cooks Up Grown-Up Soul

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 29 July 2013

Refusing to become a footnote to modern R&B, the Canadian soulman makes a matured return with his long-awaited sophomore disc, Moment of Truth. ...

Betty Davis, The Family Stand, Nona Hendryx, Klymaxx, Labelle, Mother's Finest: Rise of the Funky Divas

Overview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 12 August 2013

BEGINNING IN THE early 1970s, a small army of female funk-rock performers that included Chaka Khan, Betty Davis, Labelle, Mother's Finest, Brides of Funkenstein, Parlet, ...

Robin Thicke: The Blurred Lines of Blue-Eyed Soul

Essay by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 21 August 2013

ROBIN THICKE JOINS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, GEORGE MICHAEL AND ELVIS ON THE SOULFUL WHITEBOY TIMELINE. BUT IS IT CULTURAL APPRECIATION OR APPROPRIATION? ...

Amy Winehouse Never Twerked

Comment by Amy Linden, Ebony, 26 September 2013

Born 30 years ago this month, Winehouse seemed more intuitively connected to black soul than other white pop stars in her wake ...

Vintage Vision: Enter Wild Style, 30 Years Later

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 27 September 2013

THIRTY YEARS have passed since the cinematic rap classic Wild Style opened in a grimy Times Square theatre in 1983, and much has changed in ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, O'Jays: The Sound of Philadelphia

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 18 October 2013

Sweet Philly soul has influenced the likes of Erykah Badu, the Roots, David Bowie and more. Michael A. Gonzales delves into the1970s sound. ...

Herbie Hancock: The Futureshock of Herbie Hancock

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 8 November 2013

As Sony Music prepares a 34-disc box set for next week, Michael A. Gonzales takes a look back at the pianist's storied career. ...

Ol' Dirty Bastard, Wu-Tang Clan: Enter Wu-Tang's 20th Birthday

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 15 November 2013

Reminiscing on the 20th anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan's debut, Michael A. Gonzales wonders if it was all so simple then. ...

Ice Cube, N.W.A., Public Enemy: When Ice Cube Was Hardcore

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 6 December 2013

ON THE HEELS OF RECENT ICE CUBE AND PUBLIC ENEMY ALBUM RE-RELEASES, MICHAEL A. GONZALES RECALLS WHEN ICE CUBE WAS HARD ...

André Cymone, Alexander O'Neal, Prince: Various Artists: Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound (Numero)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 18 April 2014

WHEN IT COMES to the Minneapolis sound, most folks might believe the entire history begins and ends with the musical genius known as Prince. ...

Jay Z, Public Enemy: Still Smokin': 30 Years of Crack's Influence on Pop Culture

Essay by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 2 May 2014

With Showtime announcing John Singleton's upcoming Snowfall series, crack cocaine's sway on pop culture continues to grow ...

Aaliyah's Age Ain't Nothing but a Number Ages 20 Years

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 27 May 2014

THE LATE SONGSTRESS'S DEBUT ALBUM DROPPED IN MAY 1994, LAUNCHING A TOO-BRIEF CAREER THAT'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN ...

Rakim Speaks!

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 6 June 2014

WITH BLACK MUSIC Month here, it's a perfect time to reflect on the aural architects who helped shaped the noir soundtracks to our lives. ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy Pendergrass, the Heart of Philly Soul

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 20 June 2014

CELEBRATING BLACK MUSIC MONTH WITH SOME OF THE STANDOUTS OF R&B, SOUL AND HIP-HOP, MICHAEL A. GONZALES REMEMBERS THE LATE, GREAT TEDDY PENDERGRASS ...

Freda Payne Talks All That Jazz

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 11 August 2014

Vintage visionary Michael A. Gonzales checks in with the former EBONY/JET cover star's return to the singing stage. ...

Faith Evans Resurrects '90s Swag on Incomparable

Report and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 13 October 2014

In this 20th anniversary of Bad Boy Entertainment, its former First Lady collabs with Missy Elliott for sixth studio album. ...

TLC Marks 20 Years of CrazySexyCool

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 18 November 2014

Vintage visionary Michael A. Gonzales speaks with producer Dallas Austin, director Lionel Martin and more about the landmark album ...

Billie Holiday: Blood on the Leaves: Eric Garner and 'Strange Fruit'

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 5 December 2014

"I CAN'T BREATHE," Eric Garner moaned moments before dying on a Staten Island street on July 17 of this summer. As one of millions who ...

Umar Bin Hassan: Last Poet Umar Bin Hassan Returns for Revolution

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 7 April 2015

Are We Trapped, the latest from the voice of the Last Poets, flaunts the original Black revolutionary spirit that still inspires the likes of Kendrick ...

Teddy Pendergrass Turns Out the Lights… with Help

Report by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 18 September 2015

Duets – Love & Soul pairs the late soul singer with the likes of Angie Stone, Jody Watley and Rose Royce. ...

Groove Theory Revisited

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 23 October 2015

Twenty years ago, singer Amel Larrieux and producer Bryce Wilson unleashed one of the unsung classics of the neo-soul era. ...

Natalie Cole: A Remembrance (1950-2015)

Obituary by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, December 2015

STELLAR SINGER and showbiz royalty Natalie Cole has passed away at the age of 65. ...

SWV: Still Sisters With Voices

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 22 January 2016

With their fifth studio album, Still, on the horizon, Taj, Lelee and Coko remain sisters after nearly 25 years in the music biz. ...

Michael Jackson: How Off the Wall Launched Michael Jackson into Orbit

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 27 January 2016

As Spike Lee's new Sundance-debuting documentary celebrates Off the Wall, vintage visionary Michael A. Gonzales pieces together the making of MJ's blackest album. ...

Tweet Chirps Back on Charlene

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 22 February 2016

Refocusing on her God-given gifts, Charlene 'Tweet' Keys returns with a new studio album ...

De La Soul Is (Not) Dead: Inside the Anonymous Nobody

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 7 September 2016

30 years after the release of its groundbreaking first album, 3 Feet High and Rising, we catch up with this legendary crew. ...

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