Originally launched as a music blog in July of 2017, EB4PREZ.COM has become one of the premier destinations for everything relating to Black culture and is continually dedicated to connecting a global community of music lovers while recognizing and paying homage to the history of R&B music.
EB4PREZ.COM remains focused on the education and preservation of the culture through various music genres. News, playlists, video clips, vintage photos, feature articles, artist spotlights, album appreciation posts, and reviews... you will find it all here on EB4PREZ.COM.
E.B. is the nickname for Eric M. Black, a self-proclaimed “musicologist” with an immense passion for Black culture. He is a budding writer, blogger, media creator/personality, and DJ with a 15-year professional background spanning urban radio and live music event production. An avid vinyl collector and concert junkie, his obsession with music continues to grow daily.
Though his taste in music spans several genres, E.B.’s love for soul music and its origins is the most prominent. He credits his family for his connection with music, as everything from The Doobie Brothers, Leaders of the New School, and Culture Club to Mahalia Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, and Bettye Swann was a constant in his home. In an environment filled with music, E.B. says that he “fell” for R&B when he first heard Mary J. Blige’s “Love No Limit.” Fascinated with the way the human voice could convey such a deep level of emotion through song, he yearned for more and began the task of educating himself on the history of soul music. That act of self-education is where EB4PREZ.COM was born. Not only does he enjoy discovering new artists and albums (both past and current), but also sharing his discoveries with others. He has a special interest in background vocalists, sharing little known artist, stories, and connections.
Since embarking on the journey as a Black culture blogger, he has received recognition from Essence Magazine, Denise Wilkerson of SKYY, Daphne Maxwell Reid, ?uestlove of The Roots, Missy Elliott, Miki Howard, Ava DuVernay, and a host of others.
E.B. possesses a healthy appreciation for all decades and genres of music, but his heart gravitates to 70's soul and funk. Some of his favorite artists include Aretha Franklin, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Belita Woods, Miki Howard, Kashif, Erykah Badu, Fleetwood Mac, Mobb Deep, Rick James, A Tribe Called Quest, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, Bilal, The Emotions, Joi, Brand Nubian, Betty Carter, Roy Ayers, Dinah Washington, Cameo, The Clark Sisters, and more.