116 posts and counting, all in just under a year. And what a year it’s been! Still so much more great music to discover and share, so many more people to meet who can become part of this community. But, before I move on, here’s a roundup of posts from the past year. I consider these the best of what I offered, and I hope that you continue to find it valuable.
- Best releases of 2007
I know it’s continued into the new year, but it all started in ’07!
In some ways, this answers the "Why are we here?" question.
- What is Black rock?
It’s not just about a band or a particular sound, but the acceptance of an invitation to be brave.
- Why We Fight
Making a stand for the physical, psychic and emotional space African Americans deserve.
- Barack Obama is Black rock
It was true a year ago, and now he’s become only the most visible sign of the cultural shift that’s taking place.
- "Passing Strange" review
Just ’cause it was a landmark event: A black rock coming-of-age musical!
- PODCAST: Maureen Mahon, author of "Right to Rock"
Listen and get an earful from one of our leading thinkers on the subject of Black rock.
- Nona Hendryx on cultural appropriation
There are two sides to every story and, as Nona points out, everyone’s complicit.
- On excellence (part 2)–Making Black rock matter in the marketplace
And it will only matter when more of us make different choices about what and how we support.
- PODCAST: Rock journalist Kandia Crazy Horse
More flava in ya ear from a woman on the frontlines of music journalism and criticism.
- Breaking the Frame
How we frame this conversation about Black music and, hence, Black identity and authenticity, is critical.
Could’ve thrown in a couple more, but that’s a good overview of 2007. Now, onward!