Ciara nude on the cover of VIBE

The nude Ciara cover VIBE promised. For the full spread [wink] of photos, 2dopeboyz got you all in check.

A Decade of Miseducation

An 11-page article in Rolling Stone magazine well worth checking out, 10 years on from the release of Lauryn Hill's debut solo album

- Read Inside "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill".

Love & Life preview

Listen to Eric Benét's new album Love & Life, for freeeeee, on [click here]. His single 'You're The Only One' is currently sitting pretty at #20 in the R&B charts, and the album's out this month on Warner Bros Records. Keep your eyes peeled for our interview with him!

No Vibe for white artists?

Robin Thicke recently criticised Vibe magazine for not putting him on their cover due to the colour of his skin.

"When I did a recent interview with Vibe Magazine I asked, 'Why can't I get the cover? This is a magazine I love. If there's one magazine that I'd want to be on the cover of, it's Vibe," Thicke told Billboard. "Their response was they don't have white artists on the cover; that the only white artist they've had on the cover was Eminem."

Speaking to in 2007, Robin said "[Being white] always is affecting my career. I mean the world is racist and the world is stereotyped, and you know everybody has a tendency to go with what they see rather than what they feel and I’ll forever be seen as the ‘soulful white guy’ and I don’t mind that, just as Ray Charles will forever be seen as the soulful black blind guy. We all have our labels depending on who we are visually, but when I listen to Ray Charles’ CD I don’t see anything except what I feel from his music, and that’s what I’d like people to do – is open their hearts, and just be touched by the music. But you gotta make great music for that to happen, for you to be able to break down visual barriers."

Danyel Smith, Vibe's Editor-In-Chief, released a statement regarding Robin Thicke and his comments on the magazine:

"We have a great deal of respect for Robin Thicke and his music, and we remain flattered by his desire to be on a Vibe cover," Smith explained in her statement. "A Vibe cover is a huge milestone in any artist's career — recent cover stars include Young Jeezy, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Usher, Senator Barack Obama, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Robert De Niro, to say nothing of our 15-year history. We wish Thicke the best, and we're glad he discusses his thoughts on race and R&B in the new October 2008 issue of Vibe."

Robin Thicke's interview will appear in Vibe's October issue with Ciara on the cover.

Source: HipHopDX

Ola Onabule @ Ronnie Scott's jazz club, London

Born in the UK but raised in his parents’ home country of Nigeria, an early exposure to James Brown in concert convinced Ola Onabule that he wanted to be a singer.

Pursuing this ambition has seen him onstage alongside artists such as George Michael, Joe Zawinul, Roberta Flack and Gladys Knight.

He released his sixth studio album, The Devoured Man, in 2007 on Rugged Ram Records, which he set up himself to put out his material.

A passionate singer and songwriter, his strong yet sensitive vocals are bolstered by an incredible four octave range and are often influenced by hints of his African roots.

Random trivia: Ola Onabule performed at the David & Victoria Beckhams' wedding!?

Catch the smooth London soul singer with 6 albums under his belt live at Ronnie Scott's (London) next week - September 11th, 12th & 13th.

Tickets are £20, £26, and £36.

Words (and video)

Georgia soul sanger Anthony David's duet with India Arie - 'Words' - was always a standout track on his second album The Red Clay Chronicles. Spine-tingling vocals and honest lyrics, India and Acey are fire together. We're so bloody pleased it's been made a single. See the video:

Catch Anthony David at Erro's concert in London's Indig02 next month, October 4th. No doubt he'll be performing material from his new album Acey Duecy (out now on Universal Republic).

The FADER: New Soul

Peep NYC magazine The FADER's new digital quarterly publication, F2, for Issue #3 'New Soul' - "focusing on how classic genres are being reexamined and reinterpreted in 2008." Features Flying Lotus, Muhsinah, Jazmine Sullivan, Jack Splash, Keziah Jones, Little Dragon, and some stunning photography.

Click to download the issue (pdf).

Music Is Remedy - 4th Sept in Camden

London readers could do worse than wandering into the Oh! Bar in Camden tonight for some cocktails whilst checking out the up&coming artists on the soulful London music scene.....

Free before 8pm!

Black Girls Rule!

Another hawt Black Girls Rule issue of TRACE magazine - August featured Spike Lee as guest editor, who bagged an interview with Michelle Obama to discuss family. Also features some stellar artists - the likes of Muhsinah, Janelle Monae and Keri Hilson...

Pick up a copy or click to download the latest issue of TRACE magazine.

Green Light camera action

John Legend and 3 Stacks do it for the camera:

Baby Girl (1979 - 2001)

Aaliyah was one of the last few making pop-R&B that we still actually listen to years after its release.

It's seven years to the day since she's been gone but we still remember.

Rest in peace Baby Girl.


MOBO Awards 2008

It has been announced that this year's 13th MOBO Awards show (Music Of Black Origin) will take place on Wednesday 15th October at the Wembley Arena, London.

Tickets to the annual award show go onsale this Wednesday and can be bought through

Last year's ceremony included soulful performances from Amy Winehouse, Robin Thicke, and Ne-Yo. Click here to view last year's winners.

This year's MOBO Awards "will reach a global audience in over 75 countries spanning 5 continents and in the UK is being broadcast on the night by BBC Three with highlights on BBC One."

Nominations will be announced in early September, before being put to a public vote.

I wonder if there will be a Soul category this year...?

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London's 9th Wonder

If you're in London, this weekend means only one thing. Carnival.

Here's our pick of the zillion carnival events popping off this weekend: tomorrow night at The Westbury...

Amy at V Festival

Check out this footage of Amy Winehouse performing 'Rehab' on the main stage of the UK's V Festival last weekend...

The deliciously-voiced Rahsaan Patterson, who also performed at V Festival, commented on his MySpace blog,

i adore her gift and talent.
and understand a human's right to do what they want.
and understand addictive nature....indeed.
but to see that she has no one on her side to at least make her take a BATH .........?

it hurt to witness such a thing.

Visit Rahsaan's MySpace blog to read the full entry.

'No one spoke to Isaac directly, because he couldn’t literally speak. "Chef” was written out of the show.'

Thought provoking article by Roger Friedman on ponders the role of Scientology in the death of Black Moses - "Did Scientology Kill Isaac Hayes?"

?uestlove Kicks

The gleeful Roots drummer's dreams just came true.

The Air ?uesto 1

Golden Tickets

His very own kicks.

Click the pics for more info, or watch him gush to about it - and find out how the design represents Africa: Air Questo Interview -