Shutting Down…Again

This week on The Breaks, Confucius and Fresh talk about the uptick in COVID-19 cases and their impact in TX and the importance of Number 1 Records following Tekashi 6ix9ine’s first Number 1. In his Unpopular Opinion, Fresh calls on more R&B artists to put out music for this moment. In his Confucius Says, Confucius reiterates his cry to respect Black women.

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Dr. Dre is the GOAT

This Week on The Breaks: Confucius and Fresh explore all the reasons that Dr. Dre is the greatest producer of all time. Both hosts discourage people from dismissing¬† new music as not “Real” Hip-hop or “Real” R&B. They interview Austin artist Mike Melinoe about his new record “Clajidu,” why he moved to Austin from Detroit…

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Alicia Olatuja (Ep. 25, 2019)

On this week’s program, In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with vocalist, composer and arranger Alicia Olatuja, who combines elements of Classical, Jazz, Blues and R&B in her latest recording, Intuition: Songs From the Minds of Women.

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Veronica Brown (Ep. 37, 2018)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Detroit-born singer Veronica Brown about her career as an award-winning Gospel recording artist, and about her equally successful previous career as a Dance and R&B recording artist.

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Will Downing (Ep. 50, 2017)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with recording artist Will Downing, “The Prince of Sophisticated Soul,” about his three-facade recording career, and his recovery from a debilitating illness that threatened his career.

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King Curtis (2.15.15)

King Curtis was an American saxophonist, who played not only jazz, but R&B, rock n’ roll, and funk as well. His style was powerful and poignant, allowing moments to fully expand and develop. Unfortunately Curtis died young, murdered at the age of 37. In this installment of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe…

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A Tribute to Ron Banks (Ep. 21, 2014)

A tribute to the life and musical legacy of the late Ron Banks, a Detroit native who was the leader and founding member of veteran R&B vocal group The Dramatics, who passed away in March, 2010.

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