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The 11 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2023

The 11 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2023

In these challenging times, the best R&B and soul albums walked tall and carried a big stick, while also being a much-needed balm and source of warmth.

Jamila Woods Finds ‘Water Made Us’ While Seeking Love Inside Her

Jamila Woods Finds ‘Water Made Us’ While Seeking Love Inside Her

Jamila Woods’ Water Made Us is full of creativity. The songs are not just liquid, solid, and gas; they are blood, wine, and soul.

Jamila Woods’ “SULA (Paperback)” and Creative Ancestry and Self-Love in the Age of “List” Activism

Jamila Woods’ “SULA (Paperback)” and Creative Ancestry and Self-Love in the Age of “List” Activism

In Jamila Woods' latest single "SULA (Paperback)", Toni Morrison and her 1973 novel of the same name are not static literary phenomena. They are an artist and artwork as galvanizing and alive as Woods herself.

The 70 Best Albums of 2019

The 70 Best Albums of 2019

From forward-looking electronic and experimental to new approaches in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and punk to rock and pop, 2019 bestowed an embarrassment of musical riches upon us.

The 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2019

The 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2019

The year in R&B and soul brought brilliant returns from music legends alongside artists pushing the boundaries of R&B past any limits. It's a genre where retro and futurism nestle cozily side by side. Here are the 15 best.

The 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far

The 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far

As we head into a brief summer publication break to enjoy the summer sun for a few days, it's the perfect time to take stock of the year in music so far. PopMatters returns to our normal publishing schedule on Monday, 8 July.

Jamila Woods Honors Her ‘Legacy! Legacy!’

Jamila Woods Honors Her ‘Legacy! Legacy!’

Jamila Woods, herself, a poet, singer, activist, and teacher, casts Legacy! Legacy! as a beacon for a type of self-empowerment informed by the predecessors who built and shaped culture.

Jamila Woods – “ZORA” (Singles Going Steady)

Jamila Woods – “ZORA” (Singles Going Steady)

A nod to the fiercely independent Zora Neale Hurston, Jamila Woods' "Zora" revels in defying "molds" and occupying a lane of your own.

On Black Girl Magic and Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Latest, ‘Overload’

On Black Girl Magic and Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Latest, ‘Overload’

It's tempting to proclaim this moment in black pop as something akin to 2018's political Year of the Woman -- Year of the Sista, if you will. But today's unapologetically progressive female black pop artists stand on the shoulders of a most impressive cohort from the '90s and early '00s.

Breaking Binary: Redefined Janelle Monáe Is Afropunk Immortal

Breaking Binary: Redefined Janelle Monáe Is Afropunk Immortal

Afropunk Festival continues to represent more than just music. Way more. And the photos here prove it.

NPR Music ‘Turning the Tables Live’ at Lincoln Center

NPR Music ‘Turning the Tables Live’ at Lincoln Center

Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Jamila Woods, and Carly Rae Jepsen cycled through songs and conversation following an intro from I'm With Her.