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Teaching Our Youth the Truth About Hip Hop


Edgewood Village youth proudly showing off their graffiti art they created for the community. 

Photo courtesy of AOTA


Read More Monday, October 6, 2014
Maya Angelou: A Phenomenal Woman Passes On

One of the United States' most prolific and beloved authors and poets has died at the age of 86. Maya Angelou was a Renaissance woman whose life inspired six autobiographies, including her internationally celebrated first memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.

Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
News Spotlight: Open auditions for Michigan State University Children and Youth Choirs

EAST LANSING, MI – Children and youth ages 7-18 years old are invited to audition for MSU Children and Youth Choirs at the MSU Community Music School.

Read More Monday, November 22, 2010
East Lansing Boys Battle It Out

 Hondo Shen has only been dancing for two years, but he is moving fast towards being a nationally known B-boy.  Courtesy photo

Read More Monday, November 22, 2010
Freedom of Information Act - Your Right to Know

Journalists and citizens who file Freedom of Information Act requests often expect delay or denial, unfortunately, that can impact  your daily life. Oftentimes, the lack of information provided by governmental agencies limit the ability to investigate issues, protect individuals or open the doors of justice. istockphoto

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know

Did you know that you can ask for the documents below under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)?

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
PHANTOM The longest-running show on Broadway!









Tickets are now on sale online at or  by 
calling 1-800-wharton or at the Wharton Center box office.
Read More Monday, February 15, 2010
The Royalaires Still Performing After 43 Years

Top Left to Right:  Charles James, Miller Mendenhall, James Jones, Jay Johnson,  Nathaniel McGhee and Henry Rogers
Below Left to Right:  Johnnie Risper, Dennis Johnson and Joe Lane

Read More Sunday, October 11, 2009
Jazz Review 7-7


Read More Sunday, April 27, 2008
Jazz Review 7-7


Read More Sunday, April 27, 2008
Jazz Review 7-6


Read More Sunday, April 13, 2008
Jazz Reveiw 7-5


Read More Sunday, March 30, 2008
The Wharton Center Presents: San Francisco Jazz Collective

Date/ Time: Wednesday, March 12, 2008   at 7:30pm Cobb Great Hall
Tickets:  $33, $28, $23
Box Office:
517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON

Read More Sunday, March 2, 2008
Jazz Sensation Coming to the Cadillac Club

     LANSING, MI --  Promoter Danny McDaniel is bringing Brian O’Neal to the Cadillac Club on February 29, 2008 at 9:00 p.m.  This will be an extraordinary opportunity to see jazz at its best.

Read More Sunday, February 17, 2008
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Set to Perform at the Wharton Center

EAST LANSING, MI- -The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a world renowned dance organization which has grown in leaps and bounds from the now fabled first performance at the 92nd Street Young Men's Hebrew Association in New York in March 1958.

Read More Sunday, January 20, 2008

Legendary daredevil Evel Knievel died on November 30, 2007  just days after announcing his meeting with Kanye West that led to a settlement over the rapper's video for "Touch the Sky."

Read More Sunday, December 9, 2007
The New Citizens Press Q & A: Soulja Boy Tell'em


17-year-old DeAndre Way - AKA Soulja Boy Tell'em - utilized internet marketing to make his production and raps a must-have by music consumers. With tens-of-millions of people visiting his website and Myspace page, his single “Crack That” became a #1 hit, and one of the most popular singles of 2007. Signed to Collipark Music/Interscope Records, Soulja Boy Tell'em's career, like his website, could remain popular for years to come.

Read More Sunday, November 11, 2007
Jazz Reveiw 6-20

  In my humble opinion, "R n R", released by Rick Braun and Richard Elliot on August 28, 2007, on the Artizen Records label, is the best smooth jazz CD of the year.

Read More Sunday, October 28, 2007
Jazz Reveiw 6-19


Read More Sunday, October 14, 2007
Jazz Reveiw 6-18

I first became acquainted with Marcus Johnson’s music with his release of a CD entitled “Just Doing What I Do” in 2004, and I immediately fell in love with it.  “Just Doing What I Do” was an excellent CD, and it was good enough to make me want to search for more of Johnson’s music.

Read More Sunday, September 30, 2007
Jazz Reveiw 6-16


Read More Sunday, September 2, 2007
Jazz Reveiw 6-15

Michael Marsh is the jazz reviewer for TNCP. To make contact, you may e-mail him at for review.

Read More Sunday, August 19, 2007
The New Citizens Press Q & A: A back-to-school interview with Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo is one of the most requested writers in the music business today. He has penned hit songs for Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mario, Rihanna, and himself. Both of his platinum-selling albums - “In My Own Words” and “Because Of You” - reached the top of the sales charts off the strength of Ne-Yo's writing ability; ability he began to fine-tune by going to school. He pushed his pen and paper aside to speak with us about his education and songwriting skill.

Read More Thursday, August 2, 2007
The New Citizens Press Q & A: An interview with Rihanna

By Joe Walker
The New Citizens Press

Since coming to America from Barbados, 19-year-old Rihanna has become one of the nations biggest Pop and R&B stars. Her first two albums - “Music of The Sun” (2005) and “A Girl Like Me” (2006) - are both certified platinum, each spawned huge hit singles. Rihanna's more mature new release, “Good Girl Gone Bad”, is on pace to do the same. With her life moving continuously at high speed for the past three years, time to herself is not as abundant as radio requests. We slowed Rihanna down to ask her a few questions.

Read More Sunday, July 22, 2007
Nu Music 7-3

Linkin Park, Grecthon Wilson, Bobby Valintino

Read More Sunday, July 8, 2007
Nu Music 6-11

 Reveiws for Joe, Rihanna, Micheal Buble

Read More Sunday, June 24, 2007
Jazz Reveiw 6-10


Read More Sunday, June 10, 2007
Nu Music 5-10

Christina Milian, Cam'Ron, Roscoe,

Read More Sunday, June 10, 2007
Jazz Review 6-9


Read More Sunday, May 27, 2007
Nu Music Reviews 6-7

Lumidee, Macy Gray, Beyonce, Joss Stone

Read More Sunday, April 29, 2007
Nu Music Reviews 6-6

2Pac, Shakira, The Game and Regina Spector

Read More Sunday, April 15, 2007
Kloud 9 brings heavenly soul to 621

Their Koch-distributed sophomore album, Yearning 2 Love, is set for broad US release on June 12, but first they'll set foot in Lansing, performing live at 621 E. Michigan Avenue  on April 27.

Read More Sunday, April 15, 2007
Jazz Review 6-5


Read More Sunday, April 1, 2007
Rap Artist Fiasco Sends An Explosive Message

E. LANSING, MI -- The stage setup inside the intimate Fairchild Theater at Michigan State University was boring and simple. There were no 400 inch screens playing videos. No pyrotechnic machines blasting fireballs. No 40-piece string orchestra fiddling violins. Just a set of turntables and a microphone. And that's all Lupe Fiasco, 24, needed.

Read More Sunday, April 1, 2007
Nu Musics 6-3

Eminem, Lil Scrappy, Brooke, Akon

Read More Sunday, March 4, 2007
My Chemical Romance, John Legend, JoJo, Diddy

Nu Music

Read More Thursday, January 4, 2007
David Benoit, "Full Circle"

I must confess that I am just an occasional fan of David Benoit.  He is a very accomplished piano player and a lot of people like him.  However, he normally tends to be a little too smooth and mellow for me.

Read More Friday, December 22, 2006
Justin Timberlake, Cherish, Fergie and Daz

Remember the time when groups like SWV, Sista and En Vouge could actually sing? R&B quartet Cherish won't remind ones of those times.

Read More Friday, December 22, 2006
Lionel Richie, The Mars Volta, Cassie and Chingy

Lionel Richie, The Mars Volta, Cassie and Chingy

Read More Tuesday, November 21, 2006


I wanted to reach back a little bit and review a CD that was released before I started to do the smooth jazz reviews for The New Citizen Press.

Read More Monday, November 6, 2006
"Jazzmasters V" True To Formula

If you ever wanted to find an example of a successful formula in the music world, you would have to look no further than Paul Hardcastle's Jazzmasters series.

Read More Monday, October 23, 2006
Nu Reviews: Kelis, Outkast, Paris Hilton and Letoya

Check out this Nu Music!

Read More Monday, October 23, 2006
Pat Boone's R&B Project Released



Legendary music icon Pat Boone, recently  released his new CD "Pat Boone R&B Classics - We Are Family".

Read More Sunday, October 1, 2006
Peter White's "Playin" Favorites?


Despite my usual reservations, I took a chance on Peter White’s latest release, “Playin’ Favorites”, and I’m glad I did.

Read More Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Shilts is Definitely Coming on Strong

Some of you might not be familiar with sax player Paul “Shilts” Weimar, but if you are a fan of Down To The Bone, you’ve heard him many times as you listened to one of their CD’s.

Read More Friday, September 8, 2006
Wayman Tisdale takes a giant leap forward

Wayman Tisdale’s latest CD, “Way Up!”, represents his best work since his 1995 release of “Power Forward”.  In fact, I think it’s his best work period.

Read More Saturday, August 19, 2006
Swung Series Narrows the Generation Gap

Award winning trumpeter, twenty-four year old Maurice Brown will join Def Poetry Jam finalist, Sparrow O’Neal for Spoken and Swung Series kick-off at SereNgeti Galleries in Detroit, MI, July 26, 2006

Read More Sunday, July 23, 2006
Marion Meadows Takes A Slight Step Down

My initial reaction to listening to Marion Meadows’ latest release, “Dressed To Chill”, on the Heads Up International label, was one of slight disappointment. Perhaps I’m a little spoiled, but it is my expectation that when an artist releases a new CD, it’s going to be better than that artists' previous release.

Read More Thursday, July 20, 2006
Chris Standring Is Ready for Prime-Time

Not many of you smooth fans may be familiar with guitarist Chris Standring, but with his recent release of “Soul Express”, I predict that is about to change.

Read More Saturday, July 8, 2006
Nu Music 5-4

Javierm, Grits,Scarface, Matisyahu, 

Read More Sunday, March 19, 2006
Nu Reviews 4-26

 Nelly, The Ying Yang Twins and more....

Read More Friday, January 20, 2006
New York’s Lincoln Center Jazz Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis: Set to Perform at the Wharton Center

 Jazz at Lincoln Center's Fall Gala celebrated its artistic director's, Wynton Marsalis’, 25 years of musical achievement with tributes and special guests. He will be performing at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center on. 

Read More Sunday, January 8, 2006
Nu Reviews 4-25

Chammilionaire, Lil Wayne, Lindsey Lohan & more....

Read More Sunday, January 8, 2006
Nu Music 4-24

This week's nu music

Read More Sunday, December 25, 2005
TNCP Speaks with Jamaican Sensation Sean Paul

  Sean Paul hopes to continue global success with the “Dutty World” 

Read More Sunday, December 11, 2005
Nu Reviews 4-23

 CeCe Winans, David Banner, Toni Braxton and more!!!

Read More Sunday, December 11, 2005
Nu Music 4-21

The Nu Music reveiw

Read More Sunday, November 13, 2005
TNCP Interview with 50 cent about his new movies and his personal life... Still Alive and Getting Richer


Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is still alive in 2005, and his stock continues to rise. 
Read More Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Nu Reviews 4-22


Rev. Run, Madonna, Slum Village and more!!!

Read More Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Nu Reviews 4-22: Kanye West

Hip-hop star Kanye West, dressed in a white suit and white-trimmed sunglasses, looked like an angel on stage in East Lansing on Friday November 11

Read More Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Nu Music 4-19

Nu Music Reveiws by Joe Walker

Read More Sunday, October 16, 2005
BEYONCE AND FAMILY DONATE TO HOUSING CHARITY: Singer gives $1 million to Houston homeless displaced by hurricane

  In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Beyonce Knowles, her mother Tina Knowles, singer Kelly Rowland and the Knowles family are donating $1,000,000 via the family’s Survivor Foundation to St. John's Downtown and the Bread of Life. 

Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
Nu Reviews 4-21


Bun B, Miri Ben-Ari, Atmosphere and more!
Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
Young Musicians Aim to Help Katrina Victims




"Katrina" song by 8 and 6-year-old hip-hop duo Romel & Noel aims to help victims, including their grandmother.

Read More Sunday, October 2, 2005
Nu Music 4-18

Nu Music

Read More Sunday, October 2, 2005
Nu Music Reveiws 4-17

Nu Music

Read More Sunday, September 18, 2005
Wanted for Hip Hop Murder

Little Brother and Royce The 5’ 9" knocked hip-hop fans dead at The Temple Club

Read More Sunday, September 18, 2005
Nu Reviews 4-16

Nu Music

Read More Sunday, September 4, 2005


 Eugene Record, leader of the 1970's vocal group the Chi-Lites, died Friday in Chicago at his daughter's south suburban home following a long battle with cancer. He was 64

 Singer co-wrote such classics as “Have You Seen Her?” and “Oh Girl.”

Read More Sunday, August 7, 2005
Music Reveiw: Kiesha Cole




The Way It Is, The Way It Was

Keyshia Cole’s album deals with life, past and present

Read More Sunday, August 7, 2005
Nu Music Reveiws 4-14

Symbolyc One & Illmind, Bizarre, Bow Wow, Faith Evans

Read More Sunday, August 7, 2005
Nu Music Reveiws 4-13

Lina, B5, Fat Joe, Pretty Ricky

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2005
XPOZ Music Reviews 4-11

Baby Bash and Jon Cena

Read More Sunday, June 26, 2005

      Ludacris is a failure.
    I have no knowledge of his franchise season on NBA Live 2005, nor do I know how well Ludacris matches up with opponents on Tekken 5. I cannot tell you if Ludacris was able to rescue the President’s daughter on Resident Evil 4, nor can I tell you if he gets lapped on Mario Kart Double Dash. What I can say is that Ludacris has failed when it comes to selling records.

Read More Sunday, May 1, 2005
Ray J Set to release new album


Read More Saturday, April 16, 2005
B. I. G. Misconception Guerilla Black is not Biggie Smalls reborn

“That gangsta stuff is dead,” Guerilla stated. “[Rappers out on the West] don’t understand that times are changing.”

Read More Sunday, February 6, 2005
Music Review 1-12


Wu Tang Clan Offspring Sunz Of Man To Release 'Savior's Day' September 3rd


Read More Sunday, July 14, 2002

Rap/Hip Hop Music And Parenting

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2002
Rap Veteran MC Eiht to Release New Album 'Underground Hero' in Stores July 2nd


Read More Sunday, June 2, 2002

First Artist is Conya Doss

Read More Sunday, May 5, 2002
Mariah Goes Def

 Songbird signs with Island Def Jam label

Read More Tuesday, March 19, 2002

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