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EWF's Philip Bailey Advocates for Shining Stars of Tomorrow

By: Wayne Trujillo

In 2019, a historic Earth, Wind & Fire appearance wasn’t on stage. Colorado native Philip Bailey sat alongside two of his EWF bandmates, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, positioned above – rather than in front of – the audience at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a Washington,...

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Passing the Torch: Iyanla Ayite Raises and Reinvents the Spirit

By: Wayne Trujillo

I feel the pressure of the blessing, started to question if He sent it to the right address, I don’t know if I’m cut out for this, but I’m going to take it with gratitude nevertheless. I get caught up stressing the service, guessing my purpose, looking for an impossible...

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Celebrating Two Young Music Phenoms from Colorado

By: Latrice Owens

The world of music has long celebrated young prodigies like Stevie Wonder, who was born blind, but considered a skilled musician by age 8. And then there was Prince who began playing the piano at age 7 and had mastered the guitar and drums by age 14. Two young, gifted...

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Dan ‘DJ’ Freeman’s The Back In The Day Project

By: Brittany Winkfield

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a time of immense challenges and disruptions in all aspects of our lives, including the music industry. For musicians, the closure of concert venues, canceled tours and the limitations on physical interactions have presented significant hurdles. However, amidst these unprecedented times, a story of resilience...

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Fear of a (Loud!) Black Voice

By: Op-ed T. Holt Russell

On April 3, 2023, Tennessee lawmakers voted to expel two of its Black lawmakers because they raised their voices on the house floor while protesting for tighter gun control after another tragic school shooting that took the life of children. The official reason was “disorderly behavior.” And “bringing disorder and...