The Powerlessness Of Nigeria’s Tech Startups

by Tim Mcdonnell Chris Oyeniyi runs a small tech startup in Lagos, Nigeria. It’s a smartphone app called KariGO that

Forgiving Student Debt Would Boost Economy, Economists Say

Presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders want to tear up your student loans and set you financially free. That’s popular among voters – especially those struggling to pay off this debt. Other Democratic candidates have more modest plans. But economists say the dramatic proposals from Sanders and Warren to free millions of Americans from

Tiny Tech Tips: Which Of The New, ‘Hi-Fi’ Smart Speakers Sounds The Best?

by Josh Rogosin As the audio engineer for the Tiny Desk concert series, of course I obsess over

Watch U.K. Jazz Group Sons Of Kemet Deliver An Explosive Midnight Set

By Nate Chinen “Jazz built for arenas.” A friend and former rock critic shared this admiring assessment of Sons of Kemet, after seeing the band for the first time at this year’s Big Ears Festival. There’s obviously truth in it: Over the last eight years, Sons of Kemet has not only fueled the fires of

Want Stronger Friendships? Pull Out Your Notepad

By Meghan Keane and Chloee Weiner Vanessa Nuñez was craving close friendship. “I had a lot of surface-level

‘Into The Planet’ Captures Cave Diving’s Mortal Risks — And All lts Glory

By Gabino Iglesias Jill Heinerth’s Into the Planet starts with the world-renowned cave diver almost dying while being

‘The Downstairs Girl’ Faces Difficult History With Joy And Style

By Caitlyn Paxson In her previous works of historical fiction, Stacey Lee offered readers a Chinese-American perspective on the Old West and turn-of-the-century San Francisco. Now, with The Downstairs Girl, she turns to the post-Reconstruction era South. As a Chinese girl living in late 19th century Atlanta, Ga., Jo Kuan constantly struggles to remain invisible.

Walking On Painted Keys: Creative Crosswalks Meet Government Resistance

by Brett Dahlberg One of the newest pieces of public art in Rochester, N.Y., is right in the

Utah’s ‘Tandoori Taqueria’ Brings Unexpected Indian Spice To Cowboy Country

by Kirk Siegler Rural southern Utah is cowboy country, and with it comes a deserved reputation of being a meat and potatoes kind of place. So after a recent three-day hiking trip in Bryce Canyon National Park, when Kim Johnson saw a sign advertising a Tandoori Taqueria, she pulled over immediately.  Johnson and her family,

Cutting Just 300 Calories Per Day May Keep Your Heart Healthy

by Susie Nelson Heart disease is the leading cause of disability and death worldwide. About 2,200 people in the U.S. die

‘Ray & Liz’ Is A ‘Melancholic And Unsparing’ Portrait Of A Household At Society’s Edge

by Andrew Lapin Richard Billingham grew up in a squalid tenement home in Thatcher-era Britain, in a region outside Birmingham commonly referred to as the Black Country. And true to its name, his upbringing was the blackest of circumstances. Billingham and his younger brother Jason wrestled with an alcoholic, withdrawn father and a violent, short-tempered

Netflix Promises To Quit Smoking On (Most) Original Programming

by Vanessa Romo There’s a scene in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things where the skeptical police chief, Chief Jim

Disney Cable Channel Defends Casting Black Actress As New ‘Little Mermaid’

by Vanessa Romo When Disney announced that Halle Bailey, a teen actress and one-half of the singing group

The Second Annual I.E. Jazz Experience

Mark Your Calendars For The Second Annual I.E. Jazz Experience on Labor Day Weekend Saturday August 31st- Sunday

Watch The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Celebrate 60 Years

How do you distill the spirit of the Monterey Jazz Festival into a single band? Considering the ethos of the annual event, the band was designed to be a celebration of diverse international talent, forward-thinking sensibilities and just plain killin’ performances. For artistic director Tim Jackson, that was the task at hand in 2018, marking

Podcasts Are Providing A New Way Into Poetry

by JEEVIKA VERMA When you read a poem, you might be struck by its form on the page,

Beach Adventures And Falling In Love: Summer In A Haiku

by CASEY NOENICKX People love summer.We heard they love haiku too. Put those together … Last month, to help

Danny Boyle On ‘Yesterday,’ A Magical Realism Mystery Tour Of Beatles Songs

by Audie Cornish In the story of Rip van Winkle, a man asleep for 20 years wakes up in a world where people know things that he doesn’t. Flip that, and you’d have a story about someone who wakes up to discover he knows things that no one else knows. That is, you’d have the

Life Luxe Jazz Experience November 7th-11th, 2019

Enjoy a weekend of the best in smooth jazz while relaxing DIRECTLY on our secluded beach and enjoying limitless culinary delights and sumptuous cocktails. From the moment you set foot at Vidanta Los Cabos, you know you’ve arrived in a world of luxury and relaxation unlike anything ever before imagined. The arresting ringed tunnel entrance

The Rise Of The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

The way Glory Edim tells it, it all began with a T-shirt. It was a birthday present from

‘It’s Lovely Being Mean’: Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Into Character As The Grinch

Sometimes it seems like there’s no role Benedict Cumberbatch can’t play. He’s been an iconic British detective, he’s been J.R.R. Tolkein’s dragon Smaug, he’s been Doctor Strange — and now Cumberbatch is back on the big screen, voicing the Grinch, the bright green grump in a new animated version of Dr. Seuss’s famous Christmas tale.

Sourdough Hands: How Bakers And Bread Are A Microbial Match

If you bake a lot of sourdough bread, your hands might look like your loaves. Bacterially speaking, that

Cécile McLorin Salvant

  Standing behind the Tiny Desk with only pianist Sullivan Fortner by her side, jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant remarked that she hadn’t been this nervous in a while. But it was hard to tell: She embraced the discomfort with ease, taking command of the space with a calm demeanor and spiritual presence that felt

The Chile Pepper Rivalry Heats Up Between New Mexico’s Hatch And Colorado’s Pueblo

Fall has arrived, which means seasonal scents will start wafting across the United States. Dried leaves in the

Life Luxe Jazz November 1st-4th 2018

Join the experience of a lifetime at Life Luxe Jazz​ in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, November 1-4, 2018! Click here for tickets & info: http://lifeluxejazz.com

Ari Lennox – Whipped Cream

Check out this week’s video featuring Ari Lennox performing Whipped Cream only on McQsJazz.com

‘New Amsterdam’ Brings In The One Man Who Can Save Medicine (And The World)

You probably thought that the existing Coldplay version of the Coldplay song “Fix You” — which, by the

Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline Reclaims Mood Music In The City Of Brotherly Love

Nels Cline has earned his place as a guitar hero for our times, with a track record stretching back four decades and a marquee gig with Wilco. But if you mainly associate him with squalls of feedback, you’re missing a big part of the picture. “The Avant Romantic” is how Rolling Stone pegged him about

Emmys 2018 Winners: The Complete List

Updated at 10:59 p.m. ET The 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards were broadcast Monday night on NBC. Below is

Rice University Says Middle-Class And Low-Income Students Won’t Have To Pay Tuition

Rice University is “dramatically expanding” its financial aid offerings, promising full scholarships to undergrads whose families have incomes

Christian Sands – Reaching For The Sun

Check out this week’s video featuring Christian Sands performing Reaching For The Sun only on McQsJazz.com  

No More Sad Tears

Today, September 3rd has always been a difficult day for me and my family. You see my mother

Experience a Taste of Everything ROW DTLA

DTLA is quickly becoming one of the city’s hippest districts. In Downtown Los Angeles, ROW DTLA has continued to take shape, transforming 32 acres into an all-encompassing iconic destination. This growing collective of globally recognized shops, restaurants and offices are spread over six buildings to create their own unique L.A. environment. Upon completion, ROW DTLA will

Syd Isn’t Rushing Her Moment

When the hip-hop collective Odd Future broke onto the music scene in 2008, they looked and sounded like a group of rowdy, young boys. OF’s rambunctious, juvenile and clownish behavior is part of what shaped the group’s independence and authenticity, which quickly attracted loyal fans and attention from the media. But as the group rose

Esperanza Spalding Is The 21st Century’s Jazz Genius

It’s not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to

Rumors Of The Death Of The Rom-Com Are Greatly Exaggerated

The debate about whether romantic comedies are — or ever were — dead is an old one by

No More Cages: New Animal Cracker Packaging Sets The Mighty Beasts Free

Lions and tigers and bears are now roaming free – on the box for Barnum’s Animals. For more

Marcus Miller – Power

    Check out this week’s video featuring Marcus Miller performing Power live on McQsJazz.com

‘It’s Taken On A Whole Other Life,’ Says ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan

Around the time Kevin Kwan published his 2013 satirical novel Crazy Rich Asians, a producer reached out with

An Afro-Surrealistic Worldview Looms Over This Year’s Video Music Awards

A couple of years ago, when viral videos of black death were all the rage in America, MTV

Nashville: Not Just A Country Scene But A Place To Go For Jazz

“It used to be: ‘Nashville — that’s where you come to play country music.’” Joe Spivey is voicing a prevailing view of his adopted hometown, one that has endured for the better part of a century. But Spivey — a fiddler in The Time Jumpers, the swingingest band in Music City — knows better. He

For Some Facebook Employees, Free Food Is Coming To An End

For years, tech employees of companies in Silicon Valley have enjoyed free meals around the clock. That’s changing

All The Things You Are: Aretha’s Life In Jazz

Aretha Franklin was about a month shy of her 20th birthday when she appeared for a week at The Village Gate in late February of 1962. She shared a bill there with pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, who like her was an indescribable talent — a genius, in the fullest sense of the word —

‘Insecure’ Co-Star Yvonne Orji Says Molly Is A ‘Beautiful Mess’

When Insecure debuted on HBO in 2016 Issa Rae and her best friend Molly were on the brink