About Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen is a Brooklyn-based TV producer, director and award-winning music journalist. He’s interviewed the likes of Quincy Jones, Jill Scott, Smokey Robinson and more for publications such as Ebony, Jet, The Root, Village Voice, Wax Poetics, Revive Music and Soulhead. His video work can be seen on PBS/All Arts, Brooklyn Free Speech TV and BRIC TV.

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28th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony - Show
September 20, 2023
TheGrio examines the nuances of Black American articulation as it relates to Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner’s recent comments.
September 16, 2023
Nas celebrated his 50th birthday on Thursday with a Black-tie invite only party featuring celebrity guests like Chris Rock and N.O.R.E.
2023 MTV Video Music Awards - Show
September 13, 2023
The audience’s lukewarm ovations for hip-hop artists at Tuesday’s MTV VMAs show that the genre’s grip on pop music is loosening.
September 13, 2023
TheGrio highlights the five best performances from the 2023 MTV VMAs, broadcast Tuesday night from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Queen Latifah
September 11, 2023
While Queen Latifah is a renowned rapper and actress, theGrio is highlighting five times she amazed her fans with her singing.
2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 2 - Show
September 8, 2023
Combs reassigned Bad Boy Records publishing to artists and writers, but former Bad Boy rapper Mark Curry says the publishing is worth little.
Hollywood Unlocked 3rd Annual Impact Awards
September 6, 2023
Chloe Bailey makes her solo debut at NPR’s “Tiny Desk” online concert series, performing songs from her debut album, “In Pieces.”
Cardi B, Megan thee Stallion theGrio.com
September 5, 2023
Cardi B announced on Tuesday that she and Megan Thee Stallion will release a new collaborative song, “BONGOS,” on Friday.
Daniel Benzali CD Release Party
August 31, 2023
Harold Childs, successful music promotions executive who helped break artists like The Carpenters, died at age 80 from leukemia.
August 28, 2023
TheGrio recaps Afropunk Brooklyn: Circus of Soul 2023, featuring performances from Teyana Taylor, Flying Lotus, and more.
August 28, 2023
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s album, “Let’s Get It On,” theGrio explores how he intertwined sensuality with dread.
August 25, 2023
The Universal Hip Hop Museum NYC fete also honored D-Nice, Lisa Gomez, Brad Smith — and featured a surprise De La Soul performance.
Glastonbury Festival 2019 - Day Three
August 25, 2023
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Lauryn Hill’s, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” theGrio dissects the album’s many religious references.
Marvin Gaye
August 23, 2023
TheGrio counts down the top 10 greatest albums off all time released from artists on Motown Records, from Stevie Wonder to Diana Ross.
Reel To Reel: LOVE, LIZZO
August 18, 2023
A group of Lizzo’s dancers from her recent “Special Tour” issued a statement of support amid a lawsuit against her from three ex-dancers.
21st Annual Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
TheGrio reviews ESPN documentary “The Crossover: 50 Years of Hip-Hop & Sports,” screened at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.
August 16, 2023
Jazmine Sullivan is no longer headlining the Afropunk Brooklyn festival following her mother’s death, and Teyana Taylor will replace her.
21st Annual Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
Apple TV+ screening special episode of season two of “Swagger” at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, featuring John Carlos.
Kendrick Lamar thegrio.com
August 14, 2023
TheGrio examines the 10th anniversary of Kendrick Lamar’s career-defining guest verse on Big Sean’s “Control.”
August 7, 2023
TheGrio reviews the “2023 Rock The Bells Festival,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, headlined by LL Cool with The Roots.