Encylcopedic texts, fusion subjects, industry-wide takes, general musings, bits and bobs.
- Music of Black Americans: A History by Eileen Southern, 1971.
- The Hero and the Blues by Albert Murray, 1973.
- The Black Chord: Visions of the Groove: Connections Between Afrobeats, Rhythm and Blues, Hip-Hop & More by Vivien Goldman, 1999.
- African American Music: An Introduction ed. by Portia K. Maultsby & Mellonee V. Burnim, 2006.
- Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature by Emily J. Lordi, 2013.
- On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom by Dennis McNally, 2014.
- Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader by Greg Tate, August 2016.
- Issues in African American Music: Power, Gender, Race, Representation ed. by Portia K. Maultsby & Mellonee V. Burnim, 2016.
- Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound by Daphne A. Brooks, 2021.
Read an excerpt: “Shifting the Center of American Music from Bob Dylan to Beyoncé Knowles” in Jezebel.
- “Black Music, American Music: From the Slave Ship to the World” by Pablo “Yoruba” Guzmán, Village Voice, April 1979.
- “What Black Writers Owe to Music,” by Samuel G. Freedman, NYTimes, October 1984.
- “King of Wreck” by Greg Tate, Village Voice, January 2007.
- “I Go Shout Plenty: A Guide To The Work Of Fela Kuti” by David Katz, RBMA, December 2012.
- “The Greatest Music Producer You’ve Never Heard of Is . . .” by Michael Hall, Texas Monthly, January 2014. ☆
- “Take The Power Back: Black Artist-Owned Labels” by Michael A. Gonzalez, RBMA, January 2016.
- “Two Turntables and a Saxophone” by Marc Hogan, Pitchfork, April 2016.
- “The Way We Mourn Now” by Rawiya Kameir, The Fader, May 2016.
“Should Black Artists Care About the Grammys?” by Matthew Allen, The Root, January 2018.
- “Barbara Gardner Proctor, Who Founded Ad Agency and Brought Beatles Music to US, Dies” by Steven R. Strahler, Crain's Chicago Business, January 2019.
- “TikTok's Digital Blackface Problem” by Tatiana Walk-Morris, OneZero, February 2020.
- “The Best Albums by African American Women” by ZORA Mag, June 2020.
- “The Grammys Still Don’t Get It” by Gary Suarez, Vulture, June 2020.
- “Amid a Racial Justice Reckoning, Pioneers of Rap, Reggae, and R&B Recount Their Struggles to Get Paid” by Marc Hogan, Pitchfork, July 2020.
“Black Artists Are Still Getting Ripped Off the Way Little Richard Was” by Drew Schwartz, VICE, October 2020.