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How the New Jack Swing Movement Redefined an Era

New Jack Swing was the soundtrack to young America of the late 1980s and early 1990s in the same vein that Motown was the soundtrack to young America of the 1960s.

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The Top 11 Greatest Hits from "Greatest Hits" Compilations

It's one of the strangest pop microcosms in history: singles released exclusively from Greatest Hits compilations. We rounded 'em up and ranked 'em to find out what is truly the greatest Greatest Hit of all.

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The Year In Music: July 2010

July 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of new releases, high-profile concerts, and TV specials.

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Bad, Bad Girls

Sexual stereotyping reached a fever pitch this month; call it March Madness.

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Janet Jackson, Good Times, and the Current Healthcare Debate

As much as the mammy stereotype may persist alongside images of the domineering Black (southern) mother, Good Times could not deny the dignity of feminine leadership.

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Janet Jackson: Regain Control

With the musical world filled with young "divas", there's little room for Miss Janet, an innovator who popularized the Sexy Diva With Choreography paradigm in the first place.

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Janet, Madonna & George's Unpopular Coming Out

Blues, jazz, funk and hip-hop have always masked white transgression, aiding generation upon generation to distinguish themselves from the conservative norms of whiteness bequeathed them; here was our generation’s Elvis, mocking and masking anything authentically black, trading love of the craft for sheer fame. And here on the black and white pages of Sex, she was showing us her beautifully dark skin friends, bragging about how much of a bad girl she was.

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Janet Jackson: Discipline

Janet Jackson makes yet another forgettable album that leaves you treasuring all of her pre-Nipplegate creations.

Michael Arceneaux
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Good Times: The Sixth Season

Good Times quickly abandoned its original intent for easy laughs, leaving the house divided, but funny, nonetheless.

Courtney Young

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