The May 2014 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture<>, has now been posted at<>.

This month we're leading with Beyoncé's self-titled "visual" album, released digitally in December and now available as a CD/DVD set. Also featured are four new hip hop albums: Gravitas by Talib Kweli, Oxymoroon by ScHoolboy Q, Gold PP7s by Detroit's Clear Soul Forces, plus the compilation Rock It... Don't Stop It: Rap from Brooklyn, Boston and Beyond, 1979-83.  Other new releases include The Floacist's Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid, Candida Crazy Horse's country rock debut album Stampede, and the debut EP from Lolawolf, fronted by Zoe Kravitz.

Three recent releases from the reissue label Real Gone Music are reviewed: Irma Thomas's Full Time Woman: The Lost Cotillion Album, Professor Longhair's The Last Mardi Gras, and Samuel Jonathan Johnson's My Music. Also covered are new box sets devoted to blues musicians Michael Bloomfield and Johnny Winter.

Our featured gospel music title is the book The School of Arizona Dranes: Gospel Music Pioneer, by Timothy Dodge.  Under world music is Black Slate's new reggae album World Citizen, Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi's latest release Sarawoga, and the South African collective ImprovED's Marula's Shade which supports efforts to  create  an AIDS-free generation in South Africa.

Wrapping up this issue is our summary of April releases of note, not previously featured in Black Grooves.

Brenda Nelson-Strauss
Editor, Black Grooves
Archives of African American Music & Culture
Indiana University
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