Sarah Godfrey

Writer and Editor

Washington, D.C.

Sarah Godfrey



Why have so many D.C. area nightclubs banned white T-shirts?

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How Thomas “Kokamoe” Goode became a D.C. transit legend

Thomas "Kokamoe" Goode calls himself "the most famous rapper in D.C." He has the support of his neighborhood, where he has been performing on the X2 bus for over 20 years.
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Singing her songs or others’, Erykah Badu still enchants

As soon as it was announced that Erykah Badu would perform in the Washington area over Valentine’s Day weekend, the chatter started: Who better to hear from on the day of love than a woman who seems so uniquely skilled at it? According to lore, looking directly into Badu’s eyes means falling instantly in love, and also going just a little bit crazy.
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Miguel creates his own R&B path on “Kaleidoscope Dream”

R&B singer Miguel doesn’t want to be called “smooth” and he’s tired of hearing his music described as “sexy.”
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Thundercat attracts crowd in hot warehouse for blissfully weird show

Thundercat wasn’t exactly toiling in obscurity before his brand of jazz, cosmic funk and soul fusion helped Lamar’s heady rhymes soar. He put in time with metal band Suicidal Tendencies and has two incredible albums under his belt: 2011’s “Golden Age of Apocalypse” and 2013’s “Apocalypse.”. He has also worked as a session musician for the likes of Erykah Badu and toured with Snoop Dogg.
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Da Oral History of Da Butt: Put your memory in motion! It's the back story of D.C. go-go's biggest national hit. - Washington City Paper

In the spring of 1987, D.C. go-go band Experience Unlimited traveled to New York to record "Da Butt," a song commissioned by director Spike Lee for the film School Daze. At the time, the members of the group weren't convinced the song would yield anything more than a paycheck and a trip to New York.
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The King of Bounce Beat: How Polo Brought Go-Go Into the 21st Century

In 2003, the best place to find Polo was onstage at nightclubs across the D.C. area—but if you showed up early to the go-go, you might’ve found him in the parking lot, taking a nap. I first met TCB’s lead talker that year, outside of the old Deno’s Metro Club on Bladensburg Road NE, when I interrupted his preshow snooze.
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Lauryn Hill is out of prison and back in top form at 9:30 Club

It’s time to let go of the memory of every less-than-amazing Lauryn Hill concert you’ve been to or heard about. Forget about that time she talked more than she sang or rapped, that show where she ran through her hits as rote, the time her voice didn’t sound quite right and the one when she showed up three hours late.
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Review: Nas’s ‘Life Is Good’

Nas expresses nostalgia for the 1990s without pitifully longing for his heyday, and he unpacks some of his rich guy issues while also acknowledging that he has a pretty extraordinary life.
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'Chapter V' by Trey Songz

Now that "Chapter V" has landed, it's clear that "Sex Ain't Better Than Love" was a one-off - Songz is back with his signature blend of soft-core imagery and sweet nothings.
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Music comes first for star of VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop’

Last Tuesday, New Jersey rapper Joe Budden released his latest album, “No Love Lost,” which is on track to move a respectable (if far from blockbuster) 27,000 units in its first week.
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Area Code The term “DMV,” brought to you by the hard work of local rappers. And phone cards.

Thanks to the hard work of both hip-hop pioneers and young upstarts throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, the DMV is now officially on the map. It’s also in the dictionary. but still. Most regions with thriving hip-hop scenes have catchy nicknames, but before the whole DMV acronym caught on in the mid-aughts, the greater nation’s capital lacked one.
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Sarah Godfrey

Sarah Godfrey has worked as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and nonprofit organizations for more than a decade. Her arts and entertainment writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and the Da Capo Press Best Music Writing series. As a nonprofit communications professional, she has created award-winning content for Bread for the World, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and others.