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Frannie Kelley

Frannie Kelley appears in the following:

Souls Of Mischief: 'It's Like Catching Lightning In A Bottle'

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Oakland group most widely known for the ageless "93 'til Infinity" has made a new concept album based on a true story. To make it, they went old school.

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Ledisi Steals The Show

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Standing on a balcony in her hometown of New Orleans, the singer stops an unsuspecting crowd, and all the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, dead in its tracks.

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The Underachievers: 'We're Still Young'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Now is the time that I'm actually thinking of myself as a musician," says Issa. "Things are hitting me like, 'Oh, damn, you have this responsibility.'"

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Out, Out, Damned Ebola: Liberia Is Obsessed With Hand Washing

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are two camps in Monrovia. The hand washers. And the skeptics who don't believe in Ebola — or in the public health message that scrubbing hands is an effective way of keeping the virus at bay.

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Jazmine Sullivan Fades A New Orleans Barber Shop

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To a roomful of captivated men, Sullivan sings "Stupid Girls," a new song that warns women to be careful with their hearts.

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Sevyn Streeter Knocks Us Out

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The lyrics to the R&B singer's "It Won't Stop" are warm and unpretentious, while the performance demanded by the music is not for the meek. In a boxing gym, she executed with muscle and grace.

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First Listen: The Underachievers, 'Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium'

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Issa Gold and AK move words and beats so deftly on their new album, it can be difficult to keep up. But they're saying it's OK if you don't catch every word; if, right now, you don't know everything.

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Danny Trejo's Big Break, James Brown's Must See Performance, Ebola Breakout

Sunday, August 03, 2014

In this podcast episode a nurse from Doctors Without Borders talks about the deadliest ebola breakout, Danny Trejo's jump from the big house to the big screen, James Brown awes at the 1964 TAMI Awards

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Cormega: 'I Just Want To Be A Soldier For My Culture'

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.

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YG: 'I Gave Y'All What I Seen'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.

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Essence: Songs From America's Biggest R&B Festival

Thursday, July 03, 2014

As the Essence Music Festival kicks off in New Orleans, we offer a non-stop stream playlist of songs by musicians who have played the festival during its 20 year run.

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Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original'

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

"I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old," says the renowned producer. "I wasn't the same since."

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The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living

Friday, June 20, 2014

The guaguanco is one of three rhythmic patterns that live under the umbrella of the rumba. It was once subversive and now serves to bring drummers and singers and dancers together.

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Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kwolek, a DuPont scientist, invented the remarkable fibers — lightweight, flexible and five times stronger than steel — that are used around the world in bulletproof body armor.

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Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

Friday, June 20, 2014

The most philosophical member of Top Dawg Entertainment in a Microphone Check conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.

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Rhythm Section: Spending A Week Trying To Catch The Beat

Monday, June 16, 2014

A series of stories about trying to listen better to the rhythms around us — in music, in speech, in our surroundings and in our own bodies.

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Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From

Monday, June 16, 2014

In almost every Hollywood depiction of the American military, at some point a bunch of guys will jog past the camera, singing and stepping in unison. That rhythm infiltrated the Army in 1944.

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Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything'

Thursday, May 29, 2014

At the close of Microphone Check's onstage conversation with the producer and DJ, he took to the decks to demonstrate what he meant when he said, "When I want you to understand something, I remix it."

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D'Angelo: 'I'm Trying To Go Deep'

Friday, May 23, 2014

In a conversation with author Nelson George at the Brooklyn Museum, the elusive singer and songwriter spoke on his idols, his process and his teenage years, and hinted at a new album.

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Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This week the hip-hop magazine revealed its annual cover highlighting new acts, which prompted the usual avalanche of debate over the artists featured, those absent and the state of the genre.

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