We are having a conversation about Frank Ocean's sexuality. We are living in a time and space where a talented, mainstream R&B singer admits to same-gendered romance. It's news. Or a Twitter sensation. Or a Tumblr-wave. Or whatever entertainment news is referred to as these days. Late Tuesday even ... More >>
It's easy, sometimes, to forget who the greatest rapper Dallas ever spawned is -- especially when considering that, for the past 20 years, he's worked in a largely behind-the-scenes role, ghost-writing for other rappers and working closely as a mentor to genre luminaries Dr. Dre and Eminem.But, n ... More >>
Courtesy of Tre Wilcox and Loft 610Tre WilcoxI was worried when I first arrived at Loft 610. Chef Tre Wilcox, 37, was running late for our interview, and when he arrived he was distracted, looking toward the open kitchen with each question, which he would think about carefully before answerin ... More >>
Danny notes that "Smokey Robinson's eyes are supernaturally intense... like, seriously." Click to expand; see for yourself.Our Danny Fulgencio happened by the Dallas Rocks benefit Saturday night at Union Station, where Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons gathered quite the hodgepodge of celebritie ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, March 12, 2009... Remember Ashley Dupree, New York Governor Elliot Spitzer's former call girl? Looks like she's found a new mentor in hip-hop icon Russell Simmons. It seems he's been "reaching out" to her in their yoga class. You know ... More >>
When I spoke to Erykah Badu in February 2008, shortly before the release of New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), she strongly suggested all was not well with the Black Forest Theater, from which Badu had hoped to save the soul of her native South Dallas. "Financially, it's a burden," she said. "It ... More >>
Simmons hosts D.E.F. fundraiser
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Erykah Badu performs at a church on Saturday. For free. She's good like that. We've said it before, but we'll say so again: If you didn't know any better, you'd swear Erykah Badu was still a hometown comer trying to make it in show business. She lives here, works here, owns a theater here, raises h ... More >>
Eminem, Russell Simmons, Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Benjamin Chavis got together at the 2003 Hip-Hop Summit in Detroit Rock City. Now Simmons and Chavis are bringing the show back to another D-town...uh, Denton. If you consider eating Ramen and drinking 75-cent PBRs to be the ultimate acts o ... More >>
Bellamy hits the Improv
If you ask the "Rev." from Run-D.M.C., the answer may be "God's house"
You voted. We counted. It's your favorite local acts, amplified.
Strike your book and cry no more
Erykah Badu is serious about saving the soul of the city
It's a good day, sunshine
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
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Thanks to The O'Reilly Factor and Pepsi, Ludacris got a bad rap
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