By Maya Mabern Last week, I went down the rabbit hole of recommended videos on YouTube and spent about two hours feeling nostalgic for an era I never experienced: the heyday of “Soul Train.” The show, which ran from 1971 to 2006, brought Black culture to mainstream America and changed the landscape of music and […]

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By Maya Mabern DJ Grand Wizard Theodore revolutionized hip-hop when he invented “scratching” — the technique of moving a vinyl record back and forth on a turntable — in 1975. DJs such as Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Jam Master Jay all implemented the technique and the sound became synonymous with hip-hop in the […]

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By Maya Mabern When Hulu’s “High Fidelity” premiered, I actually squealed out loud.   As a fan of the 2000 film starring John Cusack, I was ecstatic for Zoe Kravitz to retell the story of the pretentious music nerd who realizes she’s the common denominator in all of her failed relationships.   Similar to the original film, […]

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By Maya Mabern A lot of people seem to be against cover songs, and unfortunately, I used to be one of them.  Regardless of who covered who or what, I was always convinced that the original version of a song was the only one that mattered. I’d like to think that the widespread disdain for […]

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