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The respective releases of ‘Let’s Get It On’ (1973), ‘I Want You’ (1976) and ‘janet.’ (1993) saw Marvin Gaye and Janet Jackson’s subject matter become sexually provocative. By this time, both had established themselves as among the music industry elite. Marvin renewed his contract with Motown for a deal worth $1 million dollars, subsequently becoming music’s highest paid black recording artist. Janet had left A&M Records and signed with Virgin for an estimated $40 million. In contrast, becoming the highest paid act in the world — black or white, male or female.

The unexpected success of ‘What’s Going On’ pressured…

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Marvin Gaye and Janet Jackson. Two performers most wouldn’t think to examine side by side, despite being two of the most daring black artists of all time. Especially where “pop stars” are concerned.

The only critic to consider the parallels between them is David Ritz. For Rolling Stone, he wrote “Just as Gaye moved from What’s Going On to Let’s Get It On, from the austere to the ecstatic, Janet, every bit as serious-minded as Marvin, moved from Rhythm Nation to janet., her statement of sexual liberation.” But this is where his analysis reached its apex. …

The early 2000s can arguably be recalled as R&B’s swan song, its final curtain call if you will. I won’t extend this belief that R&B is dead as it is both inaccurate and reductive. If you look hard enough and monitor the appropriate mediums, one will find there is still an abundance of superb R&B music around. However, in terms of widespread appeal; it is definitely no longer the force it was once was.

2002 was unquestionably a year that substantiates claims of the genre’s former glory. Aaliyah who had passed away the year before was enjoying success with a…

Being human. Being a person. Qualities all fathers possess but don’t always utilize. Now evidently everyone is human, but when I say human I mean it in a manner that is more qualitative. Being approachable. The capability to have an unrestricted and balanced exchange of ideas, but most crucially; implementing accountability.

I find that such tropes either don’t exist or are severely lacking when thinking about Black but specifically African fathers. As a second generation British-born Nigerian, it can be assumed that my relationship with my dad can be challenging. My father tends to approach parenting on a step by…

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