The February issue of Black Grooves has now been posted atš 


In honor of Black History Month we're taking a slight departure from our usual all-music offerings to include a new DVD compilation of footage from the Black Panther Party Library. Since February also brings Valentine's Day and the Grammy Awards, we've got reviews of the new Beautiful Ballads series from Legacy and Ike Turner's Grammy nominated Risin' With the Blues. We're also taking a look at three new DVDs that offer unique, historical footage of Motown artists Marvin Gaye and the Supremes and the black, hardcore punk band Bad Brains. Rounding out the issue is the latest release from Ghostface Killah, a compilation from southern rap artist Cee-lo Green, an examination of vocal harmony groups, a bit of gospel, and a post about Louisville's Mr. Wonderful label. 


We hope you enjoy this issue. If you know of any new releases or other items of interest that fit the Black Grooves mission (below), please let us know:

Black Grooves is a music review site hosted by the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University. Our goal is to promote black music by providing our readers and subscribers with monthly updates on interesting new releases and quality reissues in all genres€including gospel, blues, jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop-as well as classical music composed or performed by black artists. We feature reviews of some of the best new discs and DVDs, with an occasional book or news item thrown in for good measure. An extra effort is made to track down releases by indie, underground, foreign, and other small labels that don't get covered in the mainstream media. Our primary focus will be on African American music, but we'll be happy to cover anything else that's sent our way, from Afro-pop to reggae.



Brenda Nelson-Strauss

Head of Collections

Archives of African American Music and Culture

Indiana University

Smith Research Center, Suite 180

Bloomington, IN 47408


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