From a tiny $800 loan, Berry Gordy turned Motown into the biggest African-American business of its era, paving the way for black-owned labels that followed.
Chess Records laid the foundation for rock’n’roll, and its influence can still be felt today, as this guide to the 10 best Chess blues records shows.
The composer and arranger is best known for his collaborations with Duke Ellington, but his immense talent and artistry shine on their own.
A seismic career shift and a bold new artistic direction brought an indelible classic.
Son of Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess, Marshall Chess offers an exclusive guide to the Chicago label that helped invent rock’n’roll.
Photographer Sam Trotter and multi-industry creative Amy Andrieux join for a perspective-shifting conversation about the work and history of Black creatives.
The classically trained jazz pianist has always straddled the two worlds of jazz and hip-hop, most audibly on pathfinding albums the likes of ‘Black Radio.’
‘This song means so much more to me, and has a completely different meaning, than when I first heard it.’
‘What’s Within Us’ explores the essence of Black music: its impact on culture, humanity, art, and as a powerful force for change.
The documentary was directed by Melissa Haizlip, niece of ‘Soul!’ host Ellis Haizlip.
The history of recorded jazz is hard to pin down. So many conflicting stories make up a rich patchwork that guides us towards the truth of how jazz began.
NPR Music's Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of home concerts and playlists by Black artists.
The rapper ran through a number of hits and fan favorites including ‘Super High’ and ‘Tears of Joy.’
Benefitting from a luminous, nostalgic sheen, ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay’ is a reminder that R&B duo Zhané were a unique voice in early 90s R&B.
With his third mixtape, ‘So Far Gone,’ Drake edged ever closer to world domination, teaming up with Lil Wayne and Young Money Entertainment.