Strong In The City: Mali Music, the Grammys, Black Broadway on U, Frank Ski & More!

There is always something happening in the DMV and not enough time to see it all! Here’s just a little snippit.

Mali Music tore up the Howard Theatre Monday evening and then stopped by WHUR to treat us to an intimate performance. This “Beautiful” rapping/singing/songwriting bruh is bad!  His music is powerful, spiritually conscious and soulful.  If you missed Frank Ski’s interview with him yesterday afternoon, you can catch Mali and I choppin’ it up tomorrow, Thursday 12:30pm for The Scene on SiriusXM Ch 141 HUR Voices.

ya ya ya ya ya ya ya @iamnikkistrong w/ “Beautiful” Mali Music @whurfm



Last night the DC Chapter of the Grammys (yes as in the The Recording Academy) had a forum on the state of R&B music.  It was the beginning of understanding why R&B/Soul music, particularly this year seemed to be undergoing a gentrification process.

Recording artist Ledisi was the moderator of a panel of industry execs that included Singer/Songwriter Maimouna Youssef, Producer Chucky Thompson, CEO of KNOWWAX and Music Director at SiriusXM, Dave Dickinson, CEO of Night Flight Studios, Kevin Jackson, CEO/President of Soul World Entertainment, Cliff Jones, Producer Jay Fenix, and Music Journalist Marcus Moore.

Producer Extraordinaire & then some, James McKinney w/ WHUR Personality, Nikki Strong at the Grammy Urban Music Outreach Dinner


It was great to see so many DC based talent that work in various parts of the industry coming together to network and endeavor to become more active in raising awareness of Soul music and artists, particularly as it relates to VOTING in the Grammy process.





Last night was the launch party for Black Broadway on U at Ben’s Next Door, complete with song and costume!

The “Black Broadway on U” transmedia (cross-platform) project sheds light on the under-told story of African American life within Washington, D.C.’s U Street Corridor, aka “Black Broadway.” The Black Broadway era (early 1910s through the late 1950s) was D.C.’s cultural renaissance before, during and after the Harlem Renaissance. The project’s objective is to connect today’s audiences with the historical and hidden contributions of this African American community’s iconic entertainers, music, culture and society, as well as their impact on American history.

Peep part of the documentary here


Coming up… Don’t miss the Getting Fit & Ready live broadcast w/Frank Ski tomorrow Friday 3-7pm at the Historic Anthony Bowen YMCA 1325 W Street, NW Washington, DC

Enjoy educational and interactive activities, including exercise equipment demonstrations, aquatic training, yoga instructions, kick boxing, rock climbing, cooking demonstrations and more!

Some other events I hope to check out!…Algebra Blesset in concert tonight. DJ Questlove putting it down at the Howard Theatre on Friday, and the Atlas Intersections Festival on H street this weekend.  See u around!

– Nikki Strong